Murder ballad

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Edinburgh, 1791. Isobel Duguid and her friend Clepsydro are the stars of the Edinburgh Musical Society. Clepsydro sings opera and Isobel sings famously dark Scottish ballads, despite being incapable of holding a tune. They roam the streets of Edinburgh, enjoying an opulent lifestyle. One night a note arrives from the mysterious Cecilia Abercorn, asking if Isobel’s most notorious song, The Fiddler’s Wrath, might be included in a book. It’s the tale of a prima donna who died of heartbreak after her husband committed murder and was sent to the gallows. Isobel is intrigued. But Mrs. Abercorn’s curiosity about the ballad is far more than a fickle interest. When Clepsydro goes missing, Isobel is forced to confront her past and the truth about The Fiddler’s Wrath begins to emerge.

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This glorious romp through the filth, greed and duplicity of 18th century Edinburgh is a feminist delight. Highly recommended. – Mary Paulson-Ellis’A beautiful sensory overload . . . I didn’t want it to end.’ – Kirstin InnesA wildly original and alarmingly readable historical novel whose dark, blood-soaked narrative takes us by surprise at every turn. – Andrew TaylorTales of opera singers and murderers, of cobbled streets and Old Town tenements, of audacious women and what can befall them. The writing is sublime, I loved every word. – Elissa Soave ***EDINBURGH, 1791. Isobel Duguid and her friend, the famous castrato Clessidro, are stars of the Edinburgh Musical Society. Despite her cavalier attitude towards holding a tune, Clessidro’s friendship and her own shocking murder ballads keep Isobel on stage and enjoying an opulent lifestyle in Auld Reekie.Yet one night a note arrives from the mysterious Mrs Abercorn, regarding Isobel’s most notorious song, The Fiddler’s Wrath. It’s the tale of a prima donna who died of heartbreak after her husband committed murder and was sent to the gallows. Isobel is intrigued.But Mrs Abercorn’s curiosity is far more than a fickle interest and the truth is more complicated than anyone could have imagined. As Isobel recounts rising through the social classes, her role in this ill-fated tune is brought to light, awakening the chilling retribution of a once buried secret.

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Weight 0.611 kg
Dimensions 24 × 16.2 × 3.5 cm
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