Anna’s Secret

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A murder. A good and caring community. And no detectives.

Anna Gillis has been murdered. Angus MacDonald, church elder and de facto leader of the community, brings the small group of Scottish settlers together as they seek to uncover the wrongdoer. Old Annie, the last of the original settlers, knows Anna’s secret. Will it be the key to finding her killer?

Readers of clean young adult fiction as well as women looking for a good read with a strong female lead will enjoy this historical novel set on Prince Edward Island. Discover Canadian novelist Margaret Westlie today.

Engaging and sometimes comic characters together with vivid evocations of the novel’s natural setting will draw you into the mystery. Who killed Anna, and why?

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Margaret Westlie, Novelist

Margaret Westlie writes in two genres, one derives from her Scottish ancestry and the other from her interest in the occult and paranormal. She lives in beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada, where her novels are set. Westlie's novels bring 19th century Prince Edward Island to life, presenting perennial themes of women's lives: marriage, childbirth, and death; troubled relationships and reconciliation; loneliness and community. Yet she does so without bleakness or despair, presenting a realistic but hopeful portrayal of women able to draw on their own strengths to confront and triumph over adversity. She calls these novels Settlers’ Stories to honour her ancestors, the Selkirk Settlers. Margaret also appeals to the imagination of those who are drawn to the supernatural and occult by creating memorable characters, both worldly and other-worldly, who hunt the ghosts of contemporary Prince Edward Island and bring peace to those troubled by them. She has also written a book with an extraterrestrial theme. She calls these books Spooky Fun, to emphasize that the novels are entertaining without being frightening.

1 review for Anna’s Secret

  1. Suzanne Young (verified owner)

    Milking cows by hand, manning bucket brigades to extinguish barn fires, placing candles in farmhouse windows, chopping wood for cooking and heat, and neighbors walking from town to church to outlying farms provides the ambience of Prince Edward Island of the time. Residents in the close-knit Scottish settlement cared for each other and pitched in when neighbors needed help. But not all was idyllic when Anna is found in a field murdered. Now, the townspeople pool their common sense and diligent detective work to determine the guilty party. Questions are asked and relationships explored right up until the surprise ending.

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