The Mortsafe: A Short Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron Mystery
by Lillian Stewart Carl
Review by Gayle Surrette
CreateSpace Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781468134636
Date: 31 December 2011 List Price $9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Jean Fairbairn and Alasdair Cameron are newlyweds working to fit their lives smoothly together. They've turned two apartments into one bigger one so they each have a space of their own. Meanwhile, life goes on.
Vasudev Prasad, owner of a bar near the vaults, is opening an upscale club and they knocked out a wall, figuring forgiveness was easier than getting permission. Everything would have been fine but when they knocked out the wall they found two bodies and a mortsafe, a device used in the olden days to deter graverobbers. One body was just bones but the other was more recent.
Alasdair, as a retired police officer, likes to keep things on the up-and-up with the police. He's now with Protect and Survive, which specializes in protecting historic sites, and the bodies were found at/in a historic site. Given this, DI Wendy Knox seems willing to work with Alasdair.
Since both Jean and Alasdair can sense ghosts, they have a bit of an edge in some cases. Edinburgh is an old city having lots of ghosts and even more history. The recent cold case dovetails nicely with some older history of the city -- religious differences, heresy, body snatching and, in the present, ghost hunting.
This series mixes the historic and the present crime to give readers a clever, realistic, educational, and exciting mystery with characters that are believable as well as relatable. I've enjoyed this series as it has developed and The Mortsafe is another great addition.