Selected by CBC The Next Chapter as one of the 9 best mystery books to read in 2021 & shortlisted for the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction, the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and the Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence-Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery
The year is 1900. Reluctant amateur detective, Reverend Charles Lauchlan, and his fiancé Maggie Skene depart the prairie city of Winnipeg and travel to Scotland, where they join a bicycle tour of the Highlands. Two near fatal accidents put members of the tour on edge and, to make matters worse, a shadowy figure seems to be observing their every move. Stuck in the remote Highland countryside, the group is thrown back on their own resources. While Charles and Maggie are trying to decipher what these strange events mean, they make another grisly discovery. It’s murder most foul and we’re not just talking about Scottish weather.
“So Many Windings” is the second in a three-book series that began with “Put on an Armour of Light “(winner of the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction). With touches of humour, meticulous research and a keen eye for character, Macdonald spins a winding, cross-country tale that both charms and intrigues readers.
“With SO MANY WINDINGS Catherine Macdonald delivers a crackling procedural, set beautifully against the stark landscape of rural Scotland, circa 1900. Macdonald’s eye for period detail is unmatched and her writing is just flat-out terrific. A great, engrossing read.”
– Brad Smith, award-winning author of The Goliath Run
“Macdonald seamlessly and with good humour masters the nuances of the language of the day. The combination of finely drawn characters leads to lively discussion from women’s rights to the rise of the Scottish Independent Labour Party, and naturally to opinions on the danger that follows them through the countryside. Who is the target? Who has the most to lose? This is the stuff of award-winning novelist Catherine Macdonald’s new mystery.”
– Alison Preston, award winning author of The girl in the Wall
Catherine Macdonald enjoyed a varied career as an archivist and freelance historian before turning to crime. Her first mystery novel, Put on the Armour of Light, won the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction at the 2016 Manitoba Book Awards. FIFTY WORDS FOR RAIN (At Bay Press, 2021) is the sequel to that book and finds the characters in Scotland where they tour the Highlands by bicycle.
Author City: WINNIPEG, MB CAN