Edward Kane and the Parlour Maid Murderer

£19.99

Ross Macfarlane QC


Category
: Fiction, Scotland
ISBN
: 9781910895481
Format: Hardback
Pages: 336
Price: £19.99
Release date: November 2020

Edward Kane and the Parlour Maid Murderer is both comic and thrilling, the exploits of Kane and his manservant prompted the Scotsman to invite its readers to: “Transport yourself back to 19th Century Edinburgh for a truly gripping read,” and commented, “Fabulous…in the tradition of Robert Louis Stevenson” The Scotsman

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 who is surely destined to fail? And why does his client refuse to tell him what happened on the night the crime took place? “Edward Kane and the Parlour Maid Murderer” follows the young Advocate, Edward Kane, and his manservant, Mr Horse from the great houses of Edinburgh to the taverns and alleyways of the Old Town in search of answers – and defence.

Written by Ross Macfarlane QC (“Noted legal expert” – Legal 500), the novel evokes the sights and sounds of Victorian Scotland, introducing a rich cast of characters.

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Description

Blurb

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.

Reviews

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.