Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the brilliant blog tour for; the Slaughter of Leith Hall by Lexi Conyngham. I can’t wait to share my review with you all, I hope you love the sound of it as much as I loved reading it. Firstly, thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours for the invite to join this blog tour.
The Slaughter of Leith Hall by Lexie Conyngham
‘See, Charlie, it might be near twenty years since Culloden, but there’s plenty of hard feelings still amongst the Jacobites, and no so far under the skin, ken?’
Charlie Rob has never thought of politics, nor strayed far from his Aberdeenshire birthplace. But when John Leith of Leith Hall takes him under his wing, his life changes completely. Soon he is far from home, dealing with conspiracy and murder, and lost in a desperate hunt for justice.
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I loved this book, it’s a brilliant jaunt through a darker and turbulent time in Scottish history. I loved that it was based on real events, I had never heard of the murder of John Leigh before, but reading this has made me want to learn more, it was a fascinating story whether or not what really happened in history is accurately written in the story is anyone’s guess, what we do know is that that it was a murky business and Lexi has written a wonderful story which is full of lies, history, mystery, historical intrigue, conspiracies, secrets and brilliantly portrayed character’.
This is the first book by Lexi Conyngham I’ve read, I’m not sure how this author has passed me by for so long as I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into the dark and richly textured world for a short period and I will definitely be reading more from Lexi’s work in the future.
I loved the writing, it’s written in old Scottish language which if you’re not used to reading may at first be a little taxing to get your mind around, but do persevere as this is well worth it, I have been reading historical Scottish set novels for years so I’ve become accustomed to the dialect but I do have to admit that there were some phrases and words that threw me, I loved that the author had included an index of known and lesser-known old Scottish words which is very insightful and very helpful at times.
I did think that this start was a little too slow for my liking, and some readers may actually give up, I cannot stress enough not to, as this is a brilliant and engrossing ‘whodunnit’. The story takes place twenty years after Culloden, there is still tension in the air and the feelings are still as strong as ever in certain circles and that pent-up crackling atmosphere really comes through the whole story. The main character Charlie Rob is a very likeable and unassuming sort of chap, he has never been away from his home of Aberdeenshire, that is until he is taken in by John Leigh, Charlie is a good, hardworking and faithful servant but when his master is brutally murdered Charlie finds himself shoulder-deep into a pit of vipers but he isn’t one to leave things alone he soon starts asking question’s himself and wanting the answer of what really happened.
I am an odd reader where I do like a whole host of different characters, I think that strong well-developed characters no matter how many can bring life and authenticity to a story and I was not disappointed here as there are a lot of different personalities all of which give the overall book a real varied and compelling feel. I really liked that at the beginning of the book there is a list of all characters of note, which helps as you read especially if suddenly a character pops up when your least expect it and have forgotten who they are.
It’s easy to see that the author really knows this era and the history like the back of her hand, her writing is authentic and engaging, the attention to detail in every scene is wonderfully vivid, the characters come alive and the story is compelling. This is a must-read if you love historical fiction which is laced with true-life events.
About the Author
Lexie Conyngham is a historian living in the shadow of the Highlands. Her historical crime novels are born of life amidst Scotland’s old cities, ancient universities and hidden-away aristocratic estates, but she has written since the day she found out that people were allowed to do such a thing. Beyond teaching and research, her days are spent with wool, wild allotments and a wee bit of whisky.