Arts / Latest crime novel to be launched on board the Swan

Swan under sail.

HISTORIC sail training boat the Swan will play host to a book launch with a difference this afternoon (Monday).

Local crime writer Marsali Taylor will launch her latest book Shetland Sea Murders on board the boat – which is moored near the fisheries college in Scalloway – at 2.30pm.

The first third of the book is actually set on board the Swan.


“It’s very special to be able to read the opening chapter in the place it happens, and talk about my inspirations for the book, including of course voyages aboard Swan herself,” Taylor said.

“The reading and talk will last about 20 minutes, completely in the open air, then there will be a chance for questions and chat.”

The book is the ninth instalment of Taylor’s Shetland sailing mystery series.

Part of the novel sees main character Cass Lynch on board the Swan as a crew member.

Author Ann Cleeves said the series is a “must-read for anyone who loves the sea, or islands, or joyous, intricate story-telling”.

Marsali Taylor reading on board the Swan on Monday afternoon.