For a small place, the Dark Island of Eilean Dubh has a flurry of activity: Jamie MacDonald sees ghosts; Nick Borth builds timeshares on hallowed ground; the Queen knights the Laird; and many other interesting events fill the pages of another fascinating tale in the Scottish Island Novel series.

When the townspeople sense evil encroaching upon their tiny island, they utilize tactics from another generation and form a sit-in to ward off the menace, which demonstrates unity among the community and offers a good laugh for those who see the possible futility.

This book resonates with descriptions, song scores, maps and more, which bring the story alive without a false step along the way. The characters are multidimensional, many have been carried over from previous books in the series, adding richness to each chapter. This is a book to treasure, filled with the spellbinding people of Eilean Dubh and their mesmerizing ability to tell their stories. (Jan., 400 pp., $17.95)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown