Kathleen Ernst: Betrayal at Cross
Technically this is a young adult
novel, but grown-ups will enjoy it as well.
Elspeth Monro, 13, and her family
have very recently come to North Carolina from the highlands.
She's apprenticed to her best friend's mother, a weaver. Tension is
building in 1775, as Scottish settlers who have been in the colonies
for several generations seek independence and recent arrivals, like
Elspeth's family, maintain loyalty to the British King.
A good look at the loyalist Scots at
the beginning of the American Revolution.
M. C. Beaton: Death of a Poison Pen
Laconic Hamish Macbeth, constable of a
wee highland community, is called upon to look into poison pen
letters in Braikie. The anonymous letters' accusations are wildly
improbable as well as malicious. When death intervenes Hamish
realizes the writer may have accidently struck a truth serious enough
Hamish's observation skills and his
knowledge of human nature enable him, once again, to solve the case
and further annoy his superior (in title only) Blair.