1588: A Calendar of Crime

Shirley McKay

 
Date Published :
November 2016
Publisher :
Polygon
Series :
The Hew Cullan Mysteries
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Hardback
ISBN : 9781846973635
Pages : 400
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.5 inches
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Paperback
ISBN : 9781846973819
Pages : 400
Dimensions : 7.7 X 5.1 inches
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Overview
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Set in the year of the Armada, 1588: A Calendar of Crime brings together five eBook exclusive short stories featuring Hew Cullan, together with Frances, Giles, Meg and other characters from the Hew Cullan series. From the gruesome murder of a candlemaker to Spanish ghosts on Hallowmas, Shirley McKay delivers five gripping tales of mystery that will keep you reading long into the night. The stories are being released throughout the year as stand alone eBooks before being gathered into the Calendar of Crime anthology.

Candlemas. ‘The Crackling House’

Whitsunday. ‘Visitation’

Lammas. ‘Golden Lads’

Martinmas. ‘Dead Spaniard’

Yule. ‘The Keeping of Christmas’

About The Author
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Shirley McKay was born in Tynemouth but now lives with her family in Fife. At the age of fifteen she won the Young Observer playwriting competition, her play being performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. She went on to study English and Linguistics at the University of St Andrews before attending Durham University for postgraduate study in Romantic and seventeenth century prose. She was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger. Shirley works as a freelance proofreader.

REVIEWS
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‘Shirley McKay’s command of plot, place and character makes these 16th century St Andrews-set mysteries a delight ... Like all the best historical novelists she paints a vivid picture of times past. In these absorbing and scholarly stories she shines a light into the darkness of 16th century Scotland' – 

- Alan Massie, The Scotsman

A fascinating evocation of the everyday life of ordinary Scots in the 1500s as well as series of first-rate stories. Her use of language is a delight, the sinewy and expressive Scots words aiding the creation of Cullen's very realistic world. McKay is to be congratulated for the continued quality and inventiveness of her tales'

- The National

If you're a fan of period drama but the prospect of reading a heavy tome puts you off, Shirley McKay's new book is ideal. It's five gripping tales, from the grotesque murder of a candlemaker to vanishing corpses and a story set around Christmas that makes it perfect for popping into someone's stocking this year'

- Press & Journal

Shirley McKay's command of plot, place and character makes these 16th century St Andrews-set mysteries a delight ... Like all the best historical novelists she paints a vivid picture of times past. In these absorbing and scholarly stories she shines a light into the darkness of 16th century Scotland'

- The Scotsman, Alan Massie

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