About the Book by Jo A. Hiestand
Since his infancy, Michael McLaren has been the target of his paternal grandfather’s anger. So when the patriarch sends an invitation to heal the rift, McLaren travels to Scotland, eager to meet and finally end the feud. But the welcome never happens. If Grandfather hadn’t invited him, who had? And why?
In Edinburgh, a man standing beside McLaren in a bus queue is killed in a hit-and-run accident. After an attack leaves McLaren for dead on a wintry moor, he’s convinced someone from his past is trying to murder him.
As McLaren trails the hit-and-run driver from the medieval ‘underground city’ of Edinburgh to the Boar’s Rock the MacLaren Clan’s ancestral meeting place the assaults intensify, and he’s plunged into a very personal hunt for a World War II treasure. The puzzle is fascinating; he just has to stay alive to solve it.
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Review by Felita Daniels / 217 Pages
This is the fifth book in the McLaren series. You can enjoy it without having read the first four. I liked that when something strange happens early on, Michael recognizes it as something suspicious. The pace of the early action seems slowed by Michael taking time to ponder and ‘think about’ what is going on. In the midst of his dilemma he does some sightseeing. He makes a few phone calls. But I was about to the middle of the book before he seemed to start taking real action.
Don’t get me wrong, I liked learning about the country and the lore of the clans. It just felt much of the action was happening around and ‘to’ McLaren in the beginning. Of course, this is hinted at in the book title, An Unfolding Trap.
McLaren’s character is well drawn. I appreciated that in trying to understand his grandfather’s attitude towards him, he looked into the family history. There he found some background that gave him something to feel compassion and understanding for the older man.
This was an enjoyable read for me and I will probably seek out the earlier books. Michael McLaren’s specialty is evidently in solving cold cases. Anyone that likes British mysteries or police procedurals, I believe, will appreciate this novel and the series. The author does her research on both the country and police methods and it shows in this book.
About the Author
A month-long trip to England during her college years introduced Jo to the joys of Things British. Since then, she has been lured back nearly a dozen times, and lived there during her professional folk singing stint. This intimate knowledge of Britain forms the backbone of both the Taylor & Graham mysteries and the McLaren cold case mystery series.
Jo’s insistence for accuracy, from police methods and location layout to the general feel of the area, has driven her innumerable times to Derbyshire for research. These explorations and conferences with police friends provide the detail filling the books.
In 1999 Jo returned to Webster University to major in English. She graduated in 2001 with a BA degree and departmental honors.
Her cat Tennyson shares her St. Louis home.