Loch Down Abbey by Beth Cowan-Erskine

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Loch Down Abbey
Beth Cowan-Erskine
General Fiction (Adult) | Historical Fiction | Mystery & Thrillers
Hodder & Stoughton | Hodder Paperbacks
10 Jun 2021


It's the 1930s and a mysterious illness is spreading over Scotland. But the noble and ancient family of Inverkillen, residents of Loch Down Abbey, are much more concerned with dwindling toilet roll supplies and who will look after the children now that Nanny has regretfully (and most inconveniently) departed this life.

Then Lord Inverkillen, Earl and head of the family, is found dead in mysterious circumstances. The inspector declares it an accident but Mrs MacBain, the head housekeeper, isn't so convinced. As no one is allowed in or out because of the illness, the residents of the house - both upstairs and downstairs - are the only suspects. With the Earl's own family too busy doing what can only be described as nothing, she decides to do some digging - in between chores, of course - and in doing so uncovers a whole host of long-hidden secrets, lies, and betrayals that will alter the dynamics of the household forever.

“Loch Down Abbey” by Beth Cowan-Erskine is a delightful blend of mystery and historical fiction set in the 1930s Scotland. The story unfolds within the walls of Loch Down Abbey, where the Inverkillen family is grappling with a mysterious illness sweeping over Scotland and the sudden, inconvenient demise of their nanny. The plot thickens when the Earl of Inverkillen is found dead under mysterious circumstances, prompting the head housekeeper, Mrs. MacBain, to investigate.

The novel is praised for its intricate plot, reminiscent of a Russian nesting doll, with layers of family drama, quirky characters, and a touch of romance and humor. The Inverkillen family is described as eccentric, and their interactions are laced with jealousy, envy, and resentment, all of which are magnified by their close quarters and strict household routines.

Beth Cowan-Erskine’s writing is commended for providing a fascinating insight into the British aristocracy’s peculiar ways, with a cast of characters that are both numerous and vividly portrayed. The book has been well-received for its entertaining narrative and the author’s ability to keep readers engaged despite the complex web of relationships and secrets.

Overall, “Loch Down Abbey” is an engaging read that offers a unique combination of suspense and historical charm, making it a recommended pick for fans of the genre.


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