by Val McDermid
In the depths of 11th century Scotland, we meed Gruoch Ingen Boite, a granddaughter of the king, caught up in a web of vicious intrigue. Set against a dramatic highland backdrop, this is a tale of marriage and multiple murder, showing how one strong, charismatic woman, shaped by hard times, was able to survive – and thrive – amidst the endless plotting of a succession of ruthless and ambitious men.
Overturning Shakespeare’s propaganda, readers will encounter a new Lady Macbeth, bringing a schemer in the shadows out into the light and exposing the patriarchal prejudices of history.
Val McDermid is a number one bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than forty languages, and have sold over nineteen million copies. She has won many awards, including the CWA Gold Dagger the LA Times Book of the Year Award and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding achievement. She writes full-time and divides her time between Edinburgh and East Neuk of Fife.