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Hue & Cry

Crime & Mystery, Fiction, Historical Fiction, The Hew Cullan Mysteries
Publication Date
16 February 2017
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
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Birlinn Limited

Hue & Cry

A Hew Cullan Mystery – Book 1
by Shirley McKay - Find out more about the author


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'Hue and Cry is beautifully plotted and keeps the reader turning the page. Meanwhile, the St Andrews conjured up by Shirley McKay is entirely convincing, to the point where you think you can almost smell it. Add in engaging and believable characters and it is easy to see why this book marked the start of a successful series'  Undiscovered Scotland

'A gripping and welcome addition to the growing genre of historical crime fiction'  Waterstone's Books Quarterly

'An elaborate, closely plotted tale that combines extensive research with high drama'  The Herald

1579, St. Andrews. A thirteen-year old boy meets his death on the streets of the university city of St. Andrews and suspicion falls upon one of the regents at the university, Nicholas Colp. Hew Cullan, a young lawyer recently returned home from Paris, uncovers a complex tale of passion and duplicity, of sexual desire and tension within the repressive atmosphere of the Protestant Kirk and the austerity of the academic cloister.

Shirley McKay was born in Tynemouth but now lives with her family in Fife. At the age of fifteen she won the Young Observer playwriting competition, her play being performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. She went on to study English and Linguistics at the University of St Andrews before attending Durham University for postgraduate study in Romantic and seventeenth century prose. She was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger. Shirley works as a freelance proofreader.

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