This is the story of the young Aeneas MacMaster’s quest for knowledge about the mysterious death of his Jacobite father, Paul.
The novel is first and foremost an eighteenth century whodunnit! The story starts and finishes at the mysterious doocot at Carlunan in the grounds of Inveraray Castle. We are held in suspense as to the identity of the murderer until the very last page when we discover that the doocot is in fact a tomb.
But The New Road is much more than an 18th Century whodunnit. It builds on real historical characters such as General Wade, Lord Lovat and Duncan Forbes of Culloden. It is great historical fiction showing the forces which shape the destiny of the Highlands.
The New Road was Munro’s last novel.