Considered to be one of the first feminist novels. Originally published in 1848, it challenged the prevailing morals of the time; a critic went so far as to pronounce it "utterly unfit to be put into the hands of girls". It is concerned with the story of a woman who leaves her abusive, dissolute husband, and who must then support herself and her young son.
In May 1914 Europe is close to war. Richard Hannay has just arrived back in London from Rhodesia and learns of an assassination plot. On returning to his flat later, he discovers his confidant, Scudder, dead. Under surveillance by the plotters, and feeling himself a prime suspect in Scudder's murder, he makes his way to Scotland where he hopes to foil the plot and clear his name. Thrilling, suspenseful action. Buchanan eventually wrote four other novels featuring Richard Hannay.