Murder in the Family Award-winning author heather Spears recreates the atmosphere of Victorian Scotland as she cracks the silence surrounding a family scandal. Part historical fiction, part murder mystery, A MUTED VOICE brings the nineteenth century village of Kirkfieldbank by the River Clyde to life. With amazing authenticity, the novel gives voice to Chattie, Miss Charlotte Spears of Annville, a music teacher and composer. In the style of Atwood's Alias Grace, A Muted Voice delves into lore lost in family shame. Through careful research of church and court records, and a little detective work in graveyards and archives, Heather Spears tracks down the truth of the fascinating life and untimely death of an independent woman, torn between duty and desire.