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Beneath the Abbey Wall (Joanne Ross, Bk 3)
Beneath the Abbey Wall - Joanne Ross, Bk 3 Author:A. D. Scott On a dark, damp Sunday evening, a man taking a shortcut home sees a hand reaching out in supplication from a bundle of sacks. In an instant he knows something terrifying has happened. — In the Highlands in the late 1950s, much of the local newspaper’s success was due to Mrs. Smart, the no-nonsense office manager who kept everything and ever... more »yone in line. Her murder leaves her colleagues in shock and the Highland Gazette office in chaos. Joanne Ross, a budding reporter and shamefully separated mother, assumes Mrs. Smart’s duties, but an intriguing stranger provides a distraction not only from the job and the investigation but from everything Joanne believes in.
Beneath the Abbey Wall brilliantly evokes a place still torn between the safety of the past and the uncertainty of the future, when rock ’n’ roll and television invaded homes, and a change in attitudes still came slowly for many. As the staff of the Highland Gazette probes the crime, they uncover secrets deeply rooted in the past, and their friend’s murder becomes the perfect fodder for strife and division in the town and between her colleagues.« less
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I read this book first and then went back to start the series. I thought it was original, with quite afew twists and turns (so many clues- I constantly changed my mind as to who had done it). After I read it, I had to go back and follow the clues again to figure out why the ending was as it was. I read quite a few mysteries, and this one kept me guessing.