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Marsali Taylor

Marsali Taylor Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She lives with her husband, four cats and two Shetland ponies on Shetland’s scenic west side. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland’s distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.

She has now published five Shetland-set crime novels starring her live-aboard sailor Cass Lynch and Inverness DI Gavin Macrae. The first two Cass Lynch mysteries, Death on a Longship and The Trowie Mound Murders, have just been published in German by Aufbau Verslag, and the third and fourth have been commissioned.
For more information visit www.marsalitaylor.co.uk or join me on Facebook

Latest book: GHOSTS OF THE VIKINGS

Ghosts of the Vikings Cass Lynch has been persuaded to spend Christmas in the Highlands with her friend DI Gavin Macrae, but their romantic walk by the loch is cut short when they find a skeleton among the bracken. Back home in Shetland, Cass hears about Ivor Hughson, who left his wife and failed business months ago, and hasn’t been heard of since. A near-disaster aboard Cass’s yacht suggests someone wants to stopher asking questions about his disappearance. Meanwhile,there are eerie reports of sightings of a njuggle, a Shetland water-horse which drowns curious passers-by. Soon it's taking Cass all her wits to stay alive ...

THE BODY IN THE BRACKEN (MAY 2015)

Cass Lynch has been persuaded to spend Christmas in the Highlands with her friendDI Gavin Macrae, but their romantic walk by the loch is cut short when they find askeleton among the bracken. Back home in Shetland, Cass hears about Ivor Hughson,who left his wife and failed business months ago, and hasn’t been heard of since. Anear-disaster aboard Cass’s yacht suggests someone wants to stop her askingquestions about his disappearance. Meanwhile, there are eerie reports of sightings of anjuggle, a Shetland water-horse which drowns curious passers-by. Soon it’s taking Cass all her wits to stay alive...

Praise for The Body in the Bracken: '... the real joy of Marsali Taylor’s work is the richness of her portrayal of the Shetland background and inhabitants, and the effortless weaving in of Cass Lynch’s sailing background, which is intrinsic to her personality and the USP of this growing series. ... Cass Lynch is an unusual protagonist, a stand-out in an overcrowded genre.’ Lynne Patrick, Mystery People.

A HANDFUL OF ASH

Liveaboard skipper Cass Lynch is busy with student life at the marine college in Shetland’s ancient capital of Scalloway – until she finds a dead girl, whose hand is smeared with peat ash. Is this part of some strange ritual linking back to the witches once burned in Scalloway? What was the horned figure seen carrying the body? Rumours begin to spread, encouraged by local Hallowe’en traditions. Then there’s a second murder ...

Praise for A Handful of Ash:

I enjoyed this book enormously... the mystery itself held me enthralled. The suspects are numerous, and kept me guessing. When the murderer is revealed it was satisfying to see that the clues were all there for the amateur sleuth, provided you are a student of human nature. ... Highly recommended.' Lizzie Hayes, Mystery People e-zine

DEATH ON A LONGSHIP (in the Cass Lynch series)

When she wangles the job of skippering a Viking longship for a film, Cass Lynch thinks her big break has finally arrived - even though it means returning home to the Shetland Islands, which she ran away from as a teenager. Then the ‘accidents’ begin - and when a dead woman turns up on the boat’s deck, Cass realises that she, her family and her past are under suspicion from the disturbingly shrewd Detective Inspector Macrae. Cass must call on all her local knowledge, the wisdom she didn’t realise she’d gained from sailing and her glamorous, French opera singer mother to clear them all of suspicion - and to catch the killer before Cass becomes the next victim.

Praise for Death on a Longship:

... You cannot go wrong with this delight of mystery! ... I love it when authors keep things current and relevant to today's issues as well as presenting us with a mystery to solve. Mysteries etc

Bibliography

An episode from her transcription of the diaries of Ysabel Birkbeck, an ambulance driver on the Russian Front in 1916, was recently chosen as one of only two UK dramas for a European radio testament to the Great War, broadcast on Radio 4’s The Verb.



A number of plays by Marsali Taylor are published by www.dramaworks.co.uk: ADVENTURE ON ALGENIB, THE CHANGELING PRINCESS, FLAT SPIN, FLAT SPIN 2, A GOOD CAUSE, INSIDE SAM'S HEAD, THE LASSES OF HAAF GRUNEY, THE STORY OF MAGGIE REID, SUSPICION, TONTINE, YEAR OF THE STRANGERS

SHETLAND PLAYS (Fairplay Press) 2010

WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE IN SHETLAND (lulu.com) 2011