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Marsali Taylor

Marsali grew up near Edinburgh, Scotland.  Her summer family holidays were spent in a remote cottage in the West Highlands, the region where her detective Gavin Macrae lives.  Like her sailing heroine, Cass, she has always been used to boats, and used her ‘gap year’ earnings to buy her first sailing dinghy, Lady Blue.  She studied English at Dundee University, did a year of teacher training and took up her first post, teaching English and French to secondary children in Aith, Shetland.  Gradually her role expanded to doing drama too, and both primary and secondary pupils have won prizes performing her plays at the local Drama Festival.  Some of these plays were in Shetlandic, the local dialect.


Marsali teaches dinghy sailing at her local club, and is a keen single-handed sailor in her Offshore 8 m yacht, Karima S – the double of Cass’s Khalida.  

A qualified STGA green badge tourist guide for Shetland, she now spends a good deal of her summer sharing her home with visitors from overseas.  She is particularly interested in women’s history, and has published Women’s Suffrage in Shetland, two years’ worth of original research.  She followed this with The Story of Busta House, the romantic tale of the house which is the setting for part of Death on a Longship.

Marsali also writes for the monthly magazine Shetland Life – a mixture of travel writing, interviews, investigative journalism and historical research.  

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The Body in the Bracken

The fourth novel in the popular Shetland Sailing Mysteries by Marsali Taylor.

A Case of Crime

A collection of criminal capers and chilling deeds from some of Accent’s best-loved writers

Death on a Longship

The first book in the Shetland Sailing Mysteries by Shetland Noir author Marsali Taylor. 

A Handful of Ash

An ancient witch cult is revived in modern Shetland, in the third novel in the popular Shetland Sailing Mysteries by Marsali Taylor.

The Trowie Mound Murders

Shetland becomes a centre for an art smuggling operation – with deadly consequences, in the second novel in the popular Shetland Sailing Mysteries by Shetland Noir author Marsali Taylor. 

Wishing on a Star

Christmas comes but once a year … so get into the mood with this fantastic feast of festive tales.

With some brilliant short stories from best-selling authors, there’s something for everyone: Yuletide laughs from Christina Jones and Tricia Maw, an Edwardian Advent from Caroline Dunford, some Christmas criminality from Bill Kitson and Marsali Taylor, and heart-warming episodes from Jane Wenham-Jones, Jane Risdon, and Jane Jackson, ’tis the season for jolly good reading!