A Kind of Grief by A.D. Scott is set in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1950's during the Cold War. I read the first in this series in 2010 and enjoyed it. Although I thought I would continue with the series, it didn't happen (best laid plans "gang aft agley" -- thank you, Robert Burns), and Scott's latest offering is the sixth book featuring Joanne Ross.
So...I have missed the four books in between, and thus was unfamiliar with some important events that are referred to in this one. Maybe that is part of the reason I wasn't as taken with this book as I was with first one, but I also found the style a bit off-putting and don't remember feeling that way when reading A Small Death in the Great Glen.
What I did like is the connection to the Cambridge Five. (I read A Kind of Grief in May, but am scheduling the review for September. In May, I also read 3 fiction and 1 nonfiction books about espionage during WWII and later during the Cold War, so there was a nice fit in subject matter which also included watching Granite Flats, a Netflix series that also had the espionage and Cold War angle. None of this reading/watching was deliberate, and I love it when happenstance creates a synchronicity in subject matter and/or characters.)
I also love the setting. The highlands fascinate me in fiction and fact, and the late 1950's are
so removed from our current global inter-connectedness and our technology. The differences between the 1950's and 2015 are almost Brigadoon-ish.
Would I read more in the series? Yes, but I intend to check with the library to see if they have the second in the series. I would like to catch up on at least some of what I've missed.
Read in May; Blog post scheduled for Sept. 30, 2015.
Mystery. Oct. 6, 2015. Print version: 368 pages.