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A Dream of Silver
J. Laughton Johnston
An old man is forced to move from his retirement cottage on Shetland to live at the Edinburgh home of his 10-year-old grandson. As a way of making contact with a child he hardly knows, the old man begins to tell the boy the story of his own childhood. It is a moral and physical journey; the narratives of the grandfather and grandson, and that of the old man’s childhood, closely interweaving.
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A Handful of Ash
Marsali Taylor
The third in the Cass Lynch series.

Liveaboard skipper and amateur sleuth Cass Lynch is busy at marine college in Scalloway, until one night she finds an acquaintance dead in a doorway, whose head is smeared with peat ash. Rumours spread of a strange ritual linked to the witches once burned in Shetland's ancient capital, of horned figures abroad in the night, and townsfolk behaving strangely.
At first Cass dismisses these as mere superstition until there's a second murder, and she begins to wonder if the devil really does walk in Scalloway...
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A Merchant’s Tale The Life of William Hay (1787-1858)
Margaret Rose
A merchant’s life is unpredictable in any era, but what makes the story of William Hay captivating is the courage, hard work and determination he used in the fight back from failure.
 
This is a fictional account of a well-known son of Shetland. From childhood experiences of whaling and smuggling, we follow him through his early years of apprenticeship to adulthood, through the triumphs and tragedies of his professional and personal life.
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Alice's Adventirs in Wonderlaand
Lewis Carroll. Translated by Laureen Johnson
This is the first translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland into Shetland Scots. A type of Scots spoken in Shetland, which has been influenced by the North Germaine language of Norn, which died out in the eighteenth century. As a dialect of Scots, it is closely related to Standard English, but there are many differences in both grammar and vocabulary between the two.
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And then forever
Christine De Luca
Katherine Maitland has always wondered what happened to her Shetland grandfather when he emigrated to Winnipeg around 1900; why his life turned out the way it did. She sets out on a journey of discovery, based on the slimmest of evidence, and in the process, her own life takes a new and unforeseen turn.

Part historical, part contemporary quest, the two stories of this novel intertwine and reflect one another with considerable deftness. They are, above all else, about the human condition, and the constraints on deciding our own destinies.
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Berries on the Heather
Kari Williamson
In this novel, set in the late Thirties, the author has drawn on her recollections of the close-knit family and community lifestyle prevalent at that time. It describes the situations and day-to-day events, both humorous and serious, which occur in the lives of a three-generation family on an island croft.
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Blue Lightning
Ann Cleeves
The fourth novel in the Shetland series.

Detective Jimmy Perez returns to his home Fair Isle. A body has been found and the islanders react with fear and suspicion. , Detective Perez has no way off the island until the autumn storms subside. Cut off from the outside world, Jimmy must use whatever means he can, and fast, to find the killer.

Other titles by the author:

Raven Black
White Nights
Red Bones
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Cats, Clouds and Flatpacks!
Magnie Shearer. Illustrated by Katherine Laidlay
We were born with the gift of laughter. It lifts our spirits and makes us feel happy. Laughter is a contagious emotion. It can bring people together. It can help us feel more alive. Laughter can help you feel better about yourself and the world around you. Laughter can be a natural diversion. When you laugh, no other thought comes to mind. After laughing for only a few minutes, you may feel better for hours.

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Dead Water
Ann Cleeves
When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat, outside the house of the Fiscal, down at the Marina, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in from the Hebrides to head up the investigation.
Since the death of his fiancée, Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his interest in this new case is stirred and he decides to help the inquiry. His local knowledge is invaluable as the close-knit community holds many secrets.
Markham – originally from Shetland - made a name for himself in London. He left the islands years before to pursue a burgeoning writing career. In his wake, he left a a scandal involving a young girl, Evie Watt, who is now engaged to a seaman. He had few friends there, so why was he back in Shetland?
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Death on a Longship
Marsali Taylor
Hollywood glamour comes to the Shetland Islands – with deadly results!
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