Cass sails to Unst, most northern island in the Shetland archipelago, to hear her Maman sing opera. But at the post-performance meal one of the other singers dies. The mystery is compounded by Cass voluntary keeping night watch over archaeological sites for metal detectorists seeking Viking treasure. And her will she/ won't she relationship with DI Gavin (she is reluctant to have sex with him on board her boat because the mast will wobble and everyone in the marina will know what they've been doing) continues.
Although I was a little confused about the details in the end (even after the murderer was exposed I found it difficult to work out how it was done and what exactly was happening with all the other sub plots) Taylor delivers another wonderful story steeped in sailing and Shetlandish lore and set against a backdrop of the beautiful and beautifully described Shetland scenery. I want to go there!
"The whole city's dressed up like a candy store getting wed." (p 11)
The brilliant books in this series, in order, include:
- Death on a Longship
- The Trowie Mound Murders
- A Handful of Ash
- The Body in the Bracken
- Ghosts of the Vikings
- Death in Shetland Waters
- Death on a Shetland Isle
December 2018; 327 pages