Gillespie and I by Jane Harris

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Jane Harris’ second novel Gillespie and I certainly lives up to her critically acclaimed debut The Observations.

Set in Glasgow during the Great Exhibition this mystery novel is full of twists and turns that leaves the reader guessing right to the last page and beyond. Harris’ style of diary entries in both the present and past tense adds a further dimension to the story and contributes to the suspense.

This is a novel that I literally couldn’t put down and the rollercoster plot kept me involved and intrigued to the very last page. The author’s historical content is well researched and her intimate knowledge of Glasgow add a further dimension to the story. It is a particularly good read for anyone who knows Glasgow and the descriptions of the streets and areas also make it accessible to those who do not.

Overall, Jane Harris lives up to the expectations that The Observations gave her readership and Gillespie and I secures her place as a one of the most exciting Scottish talents on the literally scene.

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