S.G. MacLean has a PhD in history from Aberdeen University, specializing in sixteenth and seventeenth century Scottish history. She lives in Conon Bridge, Scotland with her husband and four children. She has written four highly acclaimed historical thrillers set in Scotland, The Redemption of Alexander Seaton, A Game of Sorrows, Crucible and The Devil's Recruit. The Seeker is the start of a new series set in Oliver Cromwell's London.
MacLean has the first-rate historical novelist's gift for making bygone political and religious squabbles seem rivetingly relevant, and communicates her passion for the period without downplaying its brutishness - Daily Telegraph (on A Game of Sorrows)MacLean is a terrific storyteller - Big IssueCombines the ironclad plotting of Sansom with the artful recreation of Mantel - Independent (on A Game of Sorrows)The contradictions and compromises of Cromwell's Proctectorate are rather brilliantly woven into the thrilling plot . . . If her next outing is as riveting as this one, she could challenge CJ Sansoms' Shardlake for dominion of the crowded historical crime niche. - The Times