Danger in Edinburgh (The British Book Tour Mysteries)
by Emma Dakin
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Danger in Edinburgh: The British Book Tour Mysteries
By Emma Dakin
Why did I write Danger in Edinburgh?
I wrote Danger in Edinburgh because I love Edinburgh and wanted to spend time there—if only in my imagination. Claire Barclay the owner of The British Mystery Book tours has taken tourists to other parts of Britain but this is her first tour to Scotland. She has collected Isobel, a psychologist from Texas, Joseph, a businessman and true crime reader from Los Angeles, Dale and Ben from Seattle and Georgina from northern Alberta Canada. These disparate travelers soon form a congenial group and establish friendly relations with the staff and patrons of The Magpie Café where they all meet for breakfast. Into this holiday atmosphere comes the tragic news of the murder of a university student. She was not the first in the past few months to be murdered and Police Scotland under Detective Inspector Derrick Hamilton are investigating. Claire’s significant other Detective Inspector Mark Evans has no jurisdiction in Scotland so can’t help Claire except to advise her to stay out of the way of the killer. Claire plans to do just that and tries to keep herself and her tourists distant from trouble.
Hamilton is suspicious of Joseph who seems inordinately interested in the murders. Claire tries to explain that Joseph is a true crime mystery reader and is interested in all murders. Isla the waitress and daughter of the owners is taking psychology at university and is academically interested in crime. She is sure the killer is a psychopath and importunes Dr. Isobel Ferguson, the psychologist from Texas, to help her create a profile. Isla is convinced she can help the police. It is an academic exercise until Isla’s friend is murdered and Isla barely escapes a murder attempt. Then, it becomes far too real and Claire finds herself face-to-face with the killer.
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Danger in Edinburgh.
About Danger in Edinburgh
Danger in Edinburgh (The British Book Tour Mysteries)
4th in Series
Setting – Scotland
Camel Press; 1st edition (September 14, 2022)
Paperback : 264 pages
ISBN-10 : 1684920248
ISBN-13 : 978-1684920242
Digital ASIN : B09YMWP92G
Claire Barclay, owner and tour guide of The British Mysteries Book Tours, leaves her house in Hampshire and her significant other, Mark Evans, puts her dog Gulliver into her van and heads off to Scotland for the start of a fortnight tour.
She expects to lead her guests to various literary sites where authors set their stories. She had just settled everyone into their luxurious Edinburgh hotel when, on a quick outing with Gulliver, she discovers a body. A young woman has been the victim of the serial killer who targets university students.
She calls Mark. But Mark, although a Detective Inspector of the Major Crimes Investigation Team, has no jurisdiction in Scotland. He can only sympathize and advise—and protest her involvement. Her guests meet for breakfast every morning at the Magpie Café where Claire finds characters who live or work nearby, including the local beat copper Sheila McKinnon and Detective Inspector Derrick Hamilton. Christopher, an accountant, brings his dog Suzy. Ryan, a neglected teen, slips in for free food and Bert Anderson, a middle-aged entrepreneur, cheerfully tries to interest everyone in investment schemes.
The waitress is Isla, a university student, who is researching a paper on psychopaths.
All the guests speculate on the murders and attract the attention of the inspector. Claire is frantic to protect her guests from police investigation. At the end of the tour, after she has put her charges safely on their respective planes and trains, Claire takes a last walk with Gulliver and meets one of the café regulars. She sees irrefutable evidence of murder and is so surprised that she betrays her knowledge and puts her own life in jeopardy.
About Emma Dakin
Emma Dakin lives in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of British. She has over twenty trade-published books, including a 2022 Award-winning memoir Always Pack a Candle: A Nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, but continues to enjoy writing The British Book Tour Mysteries. Her love of the British countryside and villages and her addiction to cozy mysteries keep her immersed in discovering the different cultures of the country and the different dialects. She gives us characters who live and work in those villages, isles, and cities. She introduces readers to the problems that disturb the idyllic setting. Research is essential to give the reader an authentic setting. It was necessary for Emma to sit in The Whiski Bar on The Royal Mile, to tour Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood and to play her fiddle in the Tay Inn. A trip to the Highlands and the iconic isle of Iona were vital. When not writing or traveling, she paddles with her outrigger crew on the waters of the Pacific Coast and walks her dog who is much less obedient than Claire’s fictional Gulliver.
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