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Publication Order of Alexander Seaton Books

The Redemption of Alexander Seaton (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Game of Sorrows (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crucible of Secrets (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil's Recruit (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Damian Seeker Books

The Seeker (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Friar (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Destroying Angel (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bear Pit (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Shona G MacLean is a reputed writer hailing from Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom. She is well known for writing historical mystery, thriller, suspense, and crime fiction novels. Shona has written the widely acclaimed Alexander Seaton book series. In addition to writing under her original name, Shona uses the pen name of S.G. MacLean for writing her second popular book series called the Damien Seeker series. Popular Scottish writer Alistair MacLean is Shona MacLean’s uncle. Shona was born in Inverness and was raised in the Highlands. Her parents used to work as hoteliers there. Shona completed her high school graduation from Dingwall. She earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Aberdeen University. Currently, she resides in Banff, Moray coast and is busy with her happily married life and her 4 children.

As a writer, Shona has a particular interest in historical crime fiction. She is credited to have created the popular fictional character of 17th-century academic named Alexander Seaton. The first book featuring Alexander Seaton was shortlisted for Ellis Peters and Saltire Awards. Author Shona has a historical research background. Beginning her writing career in 2008, she shifted her focus to developing historical crime fiction novels. As of today, she has successfully written and published 8 books over the course of the two series and is all set to release the ninth one as well. Shona’s first series is set in Scotland in the seventeenth century, while the second series takes place in London during the 1650s. One of her books has been longlisted for the prestigious Desmond Elliot Award, while another is the winner of the CWA Historical Dagger award. On certain occasions, Shona like to give readings from her work with talks on her writing process and research works.

Shona has taught a couple of historical fiction courses at Moniack Mhor. She has also organized writing workshops for festival patrons, senior citizen groups, and school groups. Additionally, Shona has participated in many panel events of numerous literary festivals throughout the country. In her debut series, Shona has described Alexander Seaton as a 27-year-old Scotsman. He works as a schoolmaster and was previously involved in a love affair with the daughter of a local aristocrat. This affair left Alexander Seaton disgraced and prevented him from having his vocation. Following his rejection, Alexander spent 6 months whoring and drinking and then settled down as an undermaster at one of Banff’s grammar schools. In between, Alexander Seaton gets involved in investigating mysterious cases and finding culprits responsible for murders and criminal activities in and around Scotland.

The Damian Seeker series written by author Shona G MacLean began in 2015. It is set in the 1650s in Oliver Cromwell’s London. The essential characters mentioned in this series include Elias Ellingworth, Damian Seeker, John Winter, Robert Lilburne, Matthew Pullan, Thomas Faithly, and a few others. Shona has described Damian Seeker as the Captain of the Guard of Oliver Cromwell. He faces the tasks of eradicating rebellion and spies during the regime of Oliver Cromwell. A popular book of this series is entitled ‘The Black Friar’. It was released by the Quercus publication in 2016. The story takes place in the year 1655. Initially, it is depicted that Cromwell’s rule faces threats from all corners. Damian Seeker, Cromwell’s Captain and the most trusted guard, is aware of all the dangers. Cromwell faces opposition from the parliament over his control of the Army, while the Army resents Cromwell’s absolute power. Meanwhile, a religious fanatics’ group plots rebellion in east London.

When a stonemason discovers a dead body covered in Dominican friar robes and preserved inside of the brickwork of a wall of the Black Friars, the entire city becomes shocked. In the midst of all the ill-informed speculations and rumors, Damian Seeker identifies the victim. Immediately after, he sets out to find out why he ended up in the condition that he was found by the stonemason. When small children begin to disappear from the city mysteriously, Damian suspects that the two cases are interlinked. Damian Seeker faces a lot of challenges in unraveling the two mysteries, but he is determined enough to overcome all the difficulties. He tries as hard as he can to find the culprits and catch them before any more lives are lost. Damian’s investigation is made harder by the dissenters’ activities at home, individuals having hidden motives, and royalist plotters staying abroad. This novel turned out to be a gripping story of mystery and crime. It entertained the readers throughout the world and kept them intrigued from start to finish.

Another wonderful novel of this series is known as ‘Destroying Angel’. It was also published by the Quercus publication in 2018. This novel opens by depicting that Damian Seeker moves to the north to prepare the way for the major generals’ rule. He is asked to follow the commands of Col. Robert Lilburne of York. When the Colonel orders Seeker to visit a small village in North York suspected of carrying out anti-Royalist activities, he discovers that his routine visit is filled with plots for rivaling anything in London. While attending a dinner invitation at the house Matthew Pullan, a local businessman, Seeker learns hat the Faithly village is full of resentment and grudges. A local constable uses his power to avenge old grudges. A local lord is suspected to treachery, while the vicar is on trial for doing ungodly acts. Later, the warm dinner gathering turns into a tragic event when one of the guests gets poisoned to death.

Damian Seeker takes charge of finding out the motive behind killing the man. He suspects that the murder is a part of a larger scheme to overthrow the rule of Cromwell’s government. The following investigation leads Seeker to unravel disturbing secrets and shocking truths about the village that help him to solve the murder mystery. In the end, he succeeds in finding the main culprit and helps the authorities to catch him and set him for trial for the gruesome committed by him. Once again, author Shona entertained the readers with her excellent writing skills and her unique storytelling abilities. This book’s success motivated Shona to work on a few more exciting titles in her career and develop them for her fans to enjoy.

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