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The body of a young man has been found floating in a pool on a remote island in the Scottish Highlands. It just happens to be the island that TV reporter Jemima Shore has rented for a holiday - a holiday that is rapidly falling apart....

Title : Tartan Tragedy
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ISBN : 9780752881010
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 203 Pages
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Tartan Tragedy Reviews

  • Ape
    2019-04-10 18:24

    Tartan Tragedy. A tragedy indeed. I've read the first four chapters, got to page 36 and I hate it! Really not my thing and life is too short so I am quitting this book. It's actually an old murder series written in the 1970s... I thought it all sounded wierdly dated when I started reading it. The whole thing is a bit twee and not amazing. I couldn't care less why that guy's been killed. The Scots speak in a wierdly written Scottish dialect and it's all one step away from offering you a tin of shortbread. And the style and the main character has a taste of upper class snobbery and snooty-ness. Did I mention I haven't been enjoying this?!

  • Dianne Landry
    2019-03-28 22:23

    Jemima has dumped the loser from book one and is taking a holiday in the Highlands of Scotland. Upon arrival in Inverness she discovers that her landlord has died and she has arrived in time for his funeral. Suddenly she is mixed up with the Red Rose Society, a group bent on proving the Beauregards (Jemima's landlords) are the true heirs to the English throne through Bonnie Prince Charlie.More bodies pile up but in the end things fall into place.I really enjoy this series and will most certainly read more.

  • Abbey
    2019-03-29 18:14

    Antonia Fraser trying to write a wild romance. It's not that successful, to be honest. Jemima, with her much-vaunted intelligence, once again displays a solid lack of logical thinking and generally a fairly dull intellect. None of the characters were especially engaging and the plot was rather dull.

  • Kate
    2019-03-27 18:14

    "When Jemima Shore takes a welcome break from the stresses of television reporting, all she wants from her remote Scottish island is peace and isolation. So when she learns that Charles Beauregard won't be able to collect her after all, her plans for a relaxing holiday are shattered -- Charles is dead. And when she decides to continue her stay in the Highlands, she finds herself increasingly involved in a bitter and bloody family feud between Colonel Henry Beauregard and Beauregard Castle's new owner, Clementine, who claims to be a descendant of Bonnie Prince Charlie ..."~~ back coverThe only thing Scottish about this book was those faint whiffs of Bonnie Prince Charlie and a local band of daft numpties who thought they could reverse the outcome of Culloden and bring the Stuarts back to the Scottish throne (which doesn't exist any more.) Other than that, this book could have been set anywhere -- Appalachia, say, or Italy under the Medicis. Jemima somehow gets sucked into the middle of all this, which seems an awkward plot device -- Clementine (what a Scottish name that is, and of course just screams "descendent of the Stuarts" ...) is slated to become Queen Clementine, the rightful heir to the Stuart succession. At least if the band of local numpties get their way she will.The opposition seems in it for the money -- imagine that. Predictably, various folks start getting murdered, for no apparent reason, and Jemima finally sorts it all out, when she's not too busy indulging in wild, gratuitous sex.Definitely not my cup of tea!

  • Spotsalots
    2019-04-20 01:21

    Yet another mystery (or thriller, or whatever exactly it is) that has clearly lost appeal over the decades. It's a bit silly in many ways--Fraser plays with the cozy, the gothic, and various other genres yet not all that convincingly. At the same time, aspects of her skill as a writer do show through, and it also becomes a bit of a period piece (1975) so may be more fun again twenty years from now. While it did hold my interest in a perverse way (it is over-the-top in its way, which becomes amusing), I found myself pondering the fact that it came out not long after Fraser's big biography of Mary, Queen of Scots, which was actually the first of the author's books I read, back in 1977. And also pondering the fact that Fraser was married to Harold Pinter. In other words, the author was simultaneously writing massively detailed historical biographies, relatively trivial mysteries, and householding with a major playwright. I'm not entirely sure how this all fits together, so perhaps I need to reread another of her Jemima Shore novels to get a better grip on Fraser's contribution to light entertainment. After all, if I were living with a major playwright (and indeed in any case), I'd want any commercial fiction I wrote to be better than this is--it has its moments but neither manages to be satire nor serious. And egad, how can Jemima's favorite color possibly be beige--surely this is a joke?

  • Cassandra
    2019-04-23 22:25

    This is not a mystery, really. Yes, there is a death, and it is mysterious, but it is really more of a take on a 1960s gothic -- a woman who is an outsider goes to the strange, empty house and is surrounded by family tensions she does not understand and menaced by forces which she is only vaguely aware of, and in the end all is revealed, but not by her agency. Fraser plays with the form, certainly; Jemima Shore is no virginal ingenue but a woman in her mid or late 30s, and the brooding male figure who would normally be menacing is instead the most sympathetic of the cast of characters, but she does not do anything really interesting with it, and Jemima still faints dead away conveniently, fails to actually investigate anything, and only discovers what is happening because she walks into a trap. Rather annoying, all in all.

  • Night
    2019-04-18 01:22

    I'm being biased in giving 4* for this book.Jemina, a TV star, planned for a quiet transquil holiday in a lovely Scotiish cottage. Turned out it was nothing but transquil and lovely. She found herself in a creepy-doomy house and a family feud which involved Scottish nationalism. People died and suddenly all looked suspicious.I liked the setting and the characters as well as their backgrounds. However, the protagonist was not very likable. She was just an observer, not sleuth detective. (Maybe I expected too much.) And one of her behaviour was just downright shocking. Shame on you, Jemina.Anyway, after reading many modern cozy mysteries, this book leaves a feeling found only from old-style writers. And it's why I rated one more star for this book.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-04-10 22:22

    As Jemima Shore arrived at Inverness Station, it was early morning but already the sun was shining.Having acquired the first three in this series and now have two under my belt, I can safely say that as much as I adore Fraser's non-fiction, her crime mysteries leave a lot to be desired in the reading. The TV series must have 'bigged-up' the stories, or was it that we were distracted with the scenery, theme music and the lovely Patricia Hodge. (haha - I nearly tapped in Routledge there by mistake)Will read the third at some point.

  • Margaret Pinard
    2019-04-16 17:05

    So...I loved the descriptions of the Wild Island, and the few cultural insights about Scots of the North. But this book definitely suffers from being written in 1978, when a woman could be assumed to fall for a man, any man, even a scoundrel she suspects, because he's the only likely character...SPOILER ALERT: I wasn't convinced the main character should have been so taken with her love interest that she would regret his loss, and I wasn't convinced that he was so taken with her that his wife would take action. Meh. Not sure if I'll try another Antonia Fraser. Maybe just to see if they're all in a similar vein. PS bad typos (pre-spell check reprint). Didn't bother keeping track.

  • Katie Hilton
    2019-04-13 01:08

    Jemima Shore, TV investigator, sets out for a quiet month's holiday on an island in Scotland. She lands in the middle of an ancient family feud centered on Bonnie Prince Charlie. Her holiday is anything but quiet. An entertaining read.

  • Sam
    2019-03-24 17:03

    Read over a couple of days. Didn't find the main character that strong a character. She just seemed to drift through the story.

  • Roseberry
    2019-04-01 19:02


  • Linda Amos
    2019-04-07 01:14

    A nice easy read and a bit predictable in places. Won't stop me reading another one of Ms Fraser's books.

  • Joann
    2019-04-12 23:20

    I enjoyed Quiet as a nun more.

  • James Grubb
    2019-04-01 18:27

    It maybe okay as a TV series but I found the writing mediocre and implausible.

  • Nicole Marble
    2019-04-16 00:03

    A simple desire for a vacation bumps into Scotish nationalism.