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The Crooked Finger By Angus McVicar
Endeavour Press Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date: March 24, 2016
The Crooked Finger has everything a fan of gothics can ask for - a beautiful and intelligent lead, a mysterious and handsome challenger, an isolated setting, a cryptogram leading to a hidden treasure, and more than a bit of danger and romance. Angus McVicar's novel is as appealing today, as when it was first published many decades ago.
Eileen's father left her a legacy, a map and a cryptogram purporting to lead to a hidden treasure. The documents are stolen by a mysterious man with a crooked finger - the sign of her grandfather's enemy. Fortunately she made a copy, and it leads her to a small island off Scotland where two mysteries await - the solution to the cryptogram and the identity of the man with the crooked finger.
I liked this novel immensely, and particularly enjoyed McVicar's ideas about the importance of both people working towards making a lasting and loving marriage. Falling in love is easy, creating a strong relationship takes effort, patience, and the willingness to sacrifice personal pride. Speaking from personal experience, much of the advice is good.
The Crooked Finger is a sweet romantic adventure with a touch of mystery and danger. It is the perfect antidote for a jaded palate.
I received a copy of The Crooked Finger from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
“A fast-moving tale…” - The Scotsman
Summer passions, like summer storms, are more dangerous than the dull desires of winter…
On her twenty-first birthday, Eileen receives a mysterious envelope from her long-dead father.
The letter contains plans for an island, along with indecipherable symbols.
Her mother tells her that her father was very secretive, due to a an ancient feud with an unknown enemy…the man with a crooked finger.
That very night, a man with a crooked finger breaks into her room and steals the plans.
Before, he leaves, he tells her that he is the rightful owner of the plans.
Now faced with two mysteries – what the plans and symbols mean and her relationship to the man with the crooked finger – Eileen cannot stop until she finds answers.
The Crooked Finger is a fast-moving Gothic tale, layered with intriguing mystery and romance. Written by one of Scotland’s most enduring authors, fans of cryptogram mysteries like The DaVinci Code are sure to love The Crooked Finger.
Angus MacVicar was a prolific and much loved author whose enchanting stories captured the very essence of Scottish life. He lived from 1908-2001. MacVicar lived most of his life in the village of Southend. After attending the University of Glasgow he went on to work for the Campbeltown Courier. He is the author of The Screaming Gull and The Ten Green Brothers.