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Legend in Green Velvet: 01/27/20
Legend in Green Velvet by Elizabeth Peters is a standalone mystery from early in the author's long writing career. As it's forty-five years old, it's rather dated. Some of that might be the result of an author finding her voice and some of that might be my tastes changing in so many years of reading.
Susan has gone to Scotland to work at a dig. She's planning on spending a couple days in Edinburgh playing tourist. She's been a fan of the country for as long as she can remember. If she could be swept back in time like Beth Pudding in A Man in a Kilt by Sandy Blair (2004), she would go willingly.
Not off the bus more than a few minutes, Susan finds herself in the middle of a mystery. An old man has slipped a coded message into her pocket. That night he ends up dead and the handsome stranger who has helped her is fingered for the crime.
The plot comes off like a hackneyed mixture of Macbeth and The 39 Steps by John Buchan (1915). Granted, both are classics but here they didn't work for me.