ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: March 19, 2020
The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange
By Sue Lawrence
Edinburgh, January 1732: It is Lady Grange’s funeral. Her death is a shock: still young, she’d shown no signs of ill health.
But Rachel is, in fact, alive and (mostly) well. She’s been brutally kidnapped by the man who has falsified her death – her husband of 25 years, a pillar of society with whom she has raised a family. Her punishment, perhaps, for railing against his infidelity – or for uncovering evidence of his treasonable plottings against the government.
Whether to conceal his Jacobite leanings, or simply to ‘replace’ a wife with a long-time mistress, Lord Grange banishes Rachel to the remote Hebridean Monach Isles, from where she’s removed again to distant St Kilda, far into the Atlantic – to an isolated life of primitive conditions, with no shared language – somewhere she can never be found.
This is the incredible and gripping story of a woman who has until now been remembered mostly by her husband’s unflattering account. Sue Lawrence reconstructs a remarkable tale of how the real Lady Grange may have coped with such a dramatic fate, with courage and grace.
As well as writing two very popular and well-reviewed historical thrillers, The Night He Left and Fields of Blue Flax, Sue Lawrence is one of the UK’s leading cookery writers. After winning BBC’s MasterChef in 1991, she became a food writer and journalist, regularly contributing to Scotland on Sunday, the Sunday Times and other leading magazines. Raised in Dundee, she now lives in Edinburgh. She has won two Guild of Food Writers Awards. Down to the Sea is her first historical mystery to be published by Contraband.