"A mystery that touches the heart, with characters caught in a world that's harsh but trembles with tender emotions. A beautiful story."
JAMES NAUGHTIE, BBC Radio 4
"Nicoll takes a true story and builds it into a twisting piece of prose with an unexpected shift towards the end."
DAILY EXPRESS (****, Summer s Most Addictive Crime Fiction)
"The sense of setting and era are spot on, and the dusky streets of Scotland are suitably spooky."
"A superb read, the sort of book that keeps you compulsively turning pages."
"Nicoll offers a plausible, if shocking, solution to the crime at the end...in the style of the best Agatha Christie. The writing of a Christie-esque novel in the 21st century, however, requires a fresh and lively narrative, coupled with a wry and critical humour, to make it feel compellingly modern enough. Nicoll achieves that and more by bringing us, sometimes uncomfortably so, closer to our sins of the past."
"An intelligent crime novel with secrets, passion and great characters just a great murder mystery."
PORTOBELLO BOOK BLOG
"A triumph of tone, very moving, completely convincing."
ANDREW MARR on The Good Mayor
"An exuberant, whirlwind read, with a glint of steel beneath the frothy plot."
THE GUARDIAN on The Good Mayor