Troubador Hostage to Fortune

Released: 28/01/2018

ISBN: 9781788037853

eISBN: 9781788033770

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The eighth novel from award-winning author Carolyn McCrae
Hostage to Fortune is an intriguing, well written, tightly-plotted 
and entirely satisfyingly completed story with a twist. 

Husband and wife team, Skye and Fergal Shepherd, specialise in researching family histories but also act as consultant investigators to a section of the Security Services run by Gordon Hamilton. Having met in A Set of Lies they completed their first assignment in Second Strand and are called upon again in Hostage to Fortune.

Gordon asks them to investigate the disappearance of Diane Hammill, a keeper of a safe house. Within a few days they believe they have located her but, against direct instructions, they then involve themselves in two other, seemingly unconnected, events that occur in Diane’s home town within days of her disappearance: the assassination of prominent politician, Warwick Eden, and the apparent suicide of Ryan O’Donnell, a crew-member on Eden’s luxury yacht.

Skye and Fergal focus their attention on Guy Cliffe, another member of Eden’s yacht crew, whose family appears to be linked to Warwick Eden’s dead brother, Barford. What they learn of four generations of the Eden family leads them to Southern Spain, to the horrific events of 1936 and that country’s Civil War and it is there that they find the solution to the mystery Gordon had intended them to investigate all along; not Diane’s disappearance, not the assassination, nor the subsequent murders, but something altogether more interesting. 

Set in Devon, the Caribbean and Spain, Hostage to Fortune will appeal to fans of non-formulaic crime and mystery fiction.

Carolyn enjoys writing - sticking with it through the hard times because she has stories to tell.
Hostage to Fortune is Carolyn's eighth title and the fourth in a series of 'history mysteries' where modern day mysteries (murder, abduction, fraud) are solved through an understanding of families' histories. Investigation into a missing keeper of a safe house leads Skye and Fergal (our historical consultants) to preventing a psychopathic killer adding to his tally.
A Second Strand, her seventh title is Carolyn's second murder mystery (though all other books involve some degree of mystery of one sort or another).
The main suspect disappears two days after he discovers his dying neighbour and before DNA tests indicate the victim was his father.
Is he guilty? If so why? If not who is? And what, if any, are the links to a previous murder, perpetrated in the same small town (Yarmouth, Isle of Wight) two years earlier.

Her Parents' Daughter A woman is arrested, gun in hand, standing over a murder victim. Was she as guilty as she appeared to be or had she been set up? And if set up, why and by whom?

A Set of Lies was published to mark the Napoleonic bi-centenary in 2015 is an alternate historical mystery covering two hundred years of a family's history. It introduces Skye and Fergal who feature in her new soon-to-be-published A Second Strand

The Iniquities Trilogy; The Last Dance, Walking Alone and Runaways
Each book stands alone but as a trilogy the reader learns more about the extended Donaldson family than they ever knew themselves. This is now being reworked as one book to be available in the Spring of 2018. (Well... musicians re-record their earlier works...)

Highly Unsuitable Girl In which a northern girl, who moves south, finally understands who she is and what she wants from life, eventually growing up (at the age of forty something).

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Two fathers have kept their past hidden from their son but the son finds out that something happened and confronts the dad. This seems to set off a series of events that changes the life of the sons. The story takes us through the sons' stories of revenge for what their own life could have been. Then Gordon calls Skye & Fergal to investigate the disappearance of Diane Hammill. Her disappearance brings them to the history behind these two young men and takes us back to the Spanish Civil War and to who should be the heir to the fortune left by Warwick Eden when he is killed. There are many twists and turns with the exposure of the plans of Guy who is the nephew to Warwick.

by Nancy Witt


An excellent book which kept me intrigued until the end. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

by Rachel Cobb


Carolyn McCrae

Carolyn McCrae is a northerner, born on the Wirral (Cheshire) in 1950.

After 35 years of moving around Kent, Berkshire, Cornwall, Worcestershire, Shropshire, the Isle of Wight and Devon she has now returned to Kent where she intends to settle. So much moving around has made it difficult to become a 'local author' anywhere but Kent has found its way into most of her books.

After teaching for 5 years and a further five in various office jobs in London in 1983 she set up her own marketing database management company. Now all but retired, she is developing her new career as an author.

Follow her on Twitter @Carolyn_McCrae She does not 'do' Facebook.

For more information check out her website: www.carolynmccrae.com

She closely follows the fortunes of Liverpool Football Club and the England (& Wales) cricket team - even attending the odd match.

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