I was delighted to discover the Scottish writer, Hugo Charteris, author of The Lifeline (1961), a hilarious novel recently reissued by the publisher Michael Walmer.
The Lifeline is an unmitigated pleasure. I relish Charteris’s witty observations about life in a gossipy Scottish village. The hero, Tulloch Traquhair, a character actor who has been fired from his role as Little John in a Robin Hood TV series, retires to a Scottish village to run the Strathire Arms, a pub he plans to turn into a hotel. When he debarks from his Rolls Royce, he hypnotizes the villagers with his charisma and a peppering of Gaelic phrases. But his rival pub owners, Brian Creevie and his vengeful mother, Mildred Creevie, are determined to take Traquhair down.
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