A Trick of the Light
A Highland Mystery featuring Susie Mahl
Pet portraitist Susie Mahl has to use all her artistic know-how to get to the bottom of a fiendish Scottish mystery
Praise for the Highland Mysteries:
‘A delicious new voice in crime writing... Excellent on the English aristocracy and written in a fine wry style.’ Daily Mail
‘This is a well paced and exciting read. More please!’ Alexander McCall Smith
‘Absorbing, charming and funny.’ Antonia Fraser
Struggling with long-buried family secrets and her own recent heartbreak, artist and pet portraitist Susie Mahl hopes her brief sojourn as an art tutor at a Scottish country house will prove a distraction.
But Susie soon realises she has bigger problems than teaching her eclectic mix of students to draw a Highland cow. Beneath the beautiful landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and the grandeur of the Auchen Laggan Tosh estate lie hidden secrets. Can Susie work out what exactly is going on before it’s too late? And can anyone be trusted?
Carter's leisurely third visit to the British upper classes (after 2019's The Colours of Murder) finds dog portraitist Susie Mahl hired by Fergus, 10th Earl of Muchton, and his wife to be the resident tutor for a five-day painting course at Auchen Laggan Tosh, the couple's 12,000-acre estate in the Scottish Highlands. Between lessons, which deal with such topics as color theory and the painting of trees, Susie happens upon clues that point to possible art fraud. She calls the police to share her suspicions, but otherwise focuses on her personal life. Many of the paying student guests have secret agendas, and some lesser crimes come to light, one involving the theft of a diamond necklace. Those wanting a brief vacation in the country will happily join the guests as they engage in such activities as strolling down to the river to catch a glimpse of water voles. Those who prefer a murder and a proactive amateur sleuth will have to look elsewhere.)