A Victorian gothic murder mystery set in Edinburgh. Laced with comedy. ‘A truly gripping’ Christmas read by local Scottish author and lawyer.
Edward Kane and the Parlour Maid Murderer is set in Scotland, 1850. The penalty for murder is death by hanging. Why then employ a young defence lawyer with no trial experience, surely destined to fail? And why does the accused refuse to tell him what happened on the night the crime took place? Follow the young Advocate, Edward Kane, and his manservant, Mr Horse from the great houses of Edinburgh to the dangerous taverns and dark alleyways of the Old Town in search of answers – and a defence.
The Scotsman described Edward Kane and the Parlour Maid Murderer as ‘Fabulous…in the tradition of Robert Louis Stevenson’
Alexander McCall Smith has deemed it “…colourful and exciting…Victorian Edinburgh comes to life…”
‘Transport yourself back to 19th Century Edinburgh for a truly gripping read,’ the Scotsman
The characters in the book (Edward Kane and Mr Horse) have established a following already, from a number of previous short stories published in The Scotsman in 2019 and 2020. For the three weeks in the run-up to Christmas (7th – 24th December) The Scotsman will publish, daily, a serialisation featuring the same characters who appear in the book. Look out for an ‘Edward Kane’ special coming to the Scotsman this Christmas and read some previous ‘Edward Kane’ short stories to whet your appetite.
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About the Author
Ross Macfarlane QC
Ross Macfarlane QC is a Supreme Courts lawyer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has published articles and short fiction in national newspapers including The Guardian, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. The Dickens Fellowship chose Ross’s short story “Charles Dickens and the Tale of Ebenezer…Scroggie” as the featured work of in 2017. This is his first full-length novel. Scotland Street Press will publish Edward Kane and the Parlour Maid Murderer, in November 2020.