The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange

Sue Lawrence

As well as writing two very popular and well-reviewed historical thrillers, The Night He Left and Fields of Blue Flax, Sue Lawrence is one of the UK’s leading cookery writers. After winning BBC’s MasterChef in 1991, she became a food writer and journalist, regularly contributing to Scotland on Sunday, the Sunday Times and other leading magazines. Raised in Dundee, she now lives in Edinburgh. She has won two Guild of Food Writers Awards. Down to the Sea, her first historical mystery, was published by Contraband in 2019. The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange was published in 2020. 

The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange

by Sue Lawrence

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  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781912235667
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781912235674

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Edinburgh, January 1732: It is Lady Grange’s funeral. Her death is a shock: still young, she’d shown no signs of ill health.

But Rachel is, in fact, alive and (mostly) well. She’s been brutally kidnapped by the man who has falsified her death – her husband of 25 years, a pillar of society with whom she has raised a family. Her punishment, perhaps, for railing against his infidelity – or for uncovering evidence of his treasonable plottings against the government.

Whether to conceal his Jacobite leanings, or simply to ‘replace’ a wife with a long-time mistress, Lord Grange banishes Rachel to the remote Hebridean Monach Isles, from where she’s removed again to distant St Kilda, far into the Atlantic – to an isolated life of primitive conditions, with no shared language – somewhere she can never be found.

This is the incredible and gripping story of a woman who has until now been remembered mostly by her husband’s unflattering account. Sue Lawrence reconstructs a remarkable tale of how the real Lady Grange may have coped with such a dramatic fate, with courage and grace.

REVIEWS OF The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange

“A superlative page-turner” Rosemary Kaye

“The wronged lady finally has her say … One of the strangest and most disturbing stories to have emerged from Scotland’s Jacobite past.” The Times

'A fascinating historical novel... utterly compelling... a book we'd highly recommend.' Undiscovered Scotland

'Swept me along breathlessly... The cruelty and complexity of eighteenth-century Scottish society is richly represented.' Dr Annie Gray

'From the Jacobite intrigues of eighteenth-century Edinburgh to Scotland's dark and sea-battered islands, Lady Grange's life is one of eye-popping incident. An amazing story.' Sally Magnusson