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Orkney: Romance, Magic and Murder on the Scottish Isles

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Loved it! 😍

A fun and fantastical murder mystery with a cute, yet surprising romantic pair.

Featuring a colorful cast, and an even more colorful storyline, Orkney was a whole lot of fun to read. With a little bit of fantasy, a little bit of romance, and a whole lot of murder, what's not to love?


Lizzie is a great character. She's tough, knows herself, is not afraid to speak her mind, and just seems like a fun person. I think a whole novel from her point of view would have been hilarious. She sees things so differently than any of the other Orkadian citizens.


At a certain point, the story felt a little bogged down as it switched between characters, backing up in the timeline to share their viewpoints during events. I think it wasn't necessary to share each characters feelings and point of view on the events as none of them really shared anything new, but see where the author was trying to go with it.


I also struggled a bit with the Orkadian accent. It was heavy, and not one I was familiar with before reading this novel. Thankfully, the author provided a small translation guide at the beginning. That said, I really liked the use of dialect. I don't feel enough authors use it, which is a shame since it really helps set up the world of the novel and gives a sparkle of realness to the characters.


Overall, this was a wonderful read. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a little bit of everything in one place.

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Frustrated writer who started at the age of 12 and it took a pandemic to get me to finally finish my first book. I have since written several more. More are coming! Married and living in the Republic of Georgia, I am often accused of being an Australian. view profile

Published on December 20, 2020

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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