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Marsali Taylor wrote her second novel while undergoing cancer treatment.

WRITER Marsali Taylor’s second crime novel is to be launched at Shetland Library next week.

‘The Trowie Mound Murders’ combines crime with folklore and again features local heroine Cass Lynch.

The book centres round an imaginary “trowie mound” (Neolithic tomb) which was based in part on the Vementry tomb in Shetland and on the Tomb of the Eagles in Orkney.

Taylor said she was “really looking forward to people’s reactions” to the second novel, but was “a bit nervous too”.

“Everyone has been really positive about my first detective story, ‘Death on a Longship’, so I hope they’ll enjoy the sequel as much,” she said.

“As this is a folklore book, I’ve asked my wonderfully supportive friends in the Westside Writers’ Group to come and join me to share their best folklore tales at the launch, so it should be a great night.”

Taylor described it has her “cancer” book, dedicated primarily to Dr Loudon of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, who she credits with saving her life after spending the last two years coping with various treatments for bowel cancer.

“The book was actually started in CLAN [House], while I was having chemo and radiotherapy, and finished in the sick leave between radiotherapy and the operations,” she said.

“The corrections and proof-reading were done in the Gilbert Bain, while attached to a drip. Writing the book really helped me, while I was laid up and unable to even get on board my own boat, to be doing exciting things in my imagination.”

Cass Lynch’s next adventure, which deals with modern day witches in Scalloway, has already been written, and Taylor is just starting her fourth novel.

• ‘The Trowie Mound Murders’ will be launched in the Shetland Library on Wednesday 7 May at 7.30pm. There will be readings from Taylor and fellow writers, followed by a book signing.