In the isles of the Hebrides, Muirteach of Clan MacPhee solves his second mystery for the Lord MacDonald (A Mass for the Dead, 2006).
In 1373, Muirteach’s uncle is fostering Lord MacDonald’s grandson, a headstrong young boy named Niall. Upon hearing tales of faerie gold, Niall takes to the hills to find treasure and never returns. His disappearance reignites old clan tensions. Niall’s parents accuse the men of Clan MacRuari of murdering the boy in vengeance for the accidental killing of a MacRuari son decades ago. The islanders believe the fey folk took the boy as punishment. Muirteach, however, sees a human hand at work. He and his uncle’s men comb the island for clues but find only the bones of an infant in a cave and word of a changeling in the next village. As Muirteach’s love for the healer Mariota blossoms, the shadows of the faerie world grow darker. On the night of Samhain, when the dead walk amongst the living, another victim is struck down. Does a witch or the local faerie doctor hold the key to Niall’s disappearance?
Well-paced and engrossing, this blend of faerie lore and all-too-human intrigue will satisfy fans of fantasy and mystery alike.