FROM THE BOOK JACKET: A bitter journalist and troubled art expert risk their lives to find the connection between a legendary painting and a series of rash murders.
Thomas Tallis, inspector of provenance, has just arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland, to authenticate The Goldenacre, a masterpiece by iconic Scottish architect and painter Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Still dealing with a miserable divorce and the fallout from a disastrous job in London, Tallis is eager to sign off on the painting and leave. It should be simple, as the painting has been owned by one noble family since the '20s. But then a horrifying parcel arrives on Tallis's desk, and the threatening message is clear: someone doesn't want him inspecting the painting. Now that Tallis sees lives are in danger, he has no choice but to stay until the investigation is complete.
Meanwhile, gruesome murders are plaguing Edinburgh. First, a Scottish painter of great renown. Next, an Edinburgh City Counsellor. Battle-hardened newspaper reporter Shona Sandison is on the case, even as her beloved industry shrinks around her. Shona doesn't care who she steps on to get the best story, and she soon uncovers a link between The Goldenacre and the murders. As Tallis's personal crises reach a fever pitch, Shona struggles to enlist his help in understanding how the painting is mixed up in all this violence before either one of them becomes the next victim.
Pensive, lush, and tragic, The Goldenacre is a heartbroken love letter to Edinburgh, and an unpredictable, gorgeously plotted mystery to savor.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Philip Miller lives in Edinburgh and grew up in County Durham. He was a journalist for twenty years, including being Arts Correspondent for the Scotsman
, the Sunday Times
in Scotland, and the Herald
; he was twice named Arts Writer of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards. His previous novels include The Blue Horse
and All the Galaxies
, and his poetry has been published in One Hand Clapping, The North, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal
, and Gutter Magazine