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Friday, 28 February 2014

The Death Game

Form an orderly queue (line if you’re in the US), and no pushing in the back of the room, there’s plenty to go round.

Yes, the long wait is over and The Death Game has arrived. Okay, it’s only the ebook that’s available at the moment. You’ll have to wait until June for the paperback.

I mentioned in my last blog post that this book is different from my others. I’m branching out in a new direction, but I hope my faithful readers will like what I’ve done.

The main character in this book is Kirsty Campbell. Originally from Dundee, she left home ten years before the start of this novel and has been estranged from her family. And a lot has happened since then.

Kirsty was a a suffragette up until the start of the Great War. However, the suffragette movement relinquished their militant stance at the start of the war, and instead became involved in setting up a voluntary women’s police service (I have included a historical end note in The Death Game, to provide information on this). Kirsty Campbell was one of the first recruits.

Kirsty returns to Dundee in 1919, to become the city’s first policewoman, and you can imagine how she is received in the all male Dundee force. The only other policewoman in Scotland is based in Glasgow (historical fact), so there’s no support for her from that quarter.

On her return to Dundee, Kirsty becomes involved in a murder investigation, which her senior officer tries to keep her away from. But Kirsty is made of sterner stuff and is soon up to her eyes in the investigation, which I describe in the book’s blurb as a deadly game of sacrifice and death.

And that’s all I’m going to tell you for the time being. If you want to buy the book, you’ll find it here;

But if you want to borrow it, or sneak a peek at someone else’s copy, I don’t mind. I just want you to enjoy it. Oh, and before I go, if you do like it and want to do me a favour, a wee review on Amazon would be greatly appreciated. It doesn’t have to be much, just a couple of lines to say why you liked it, and I’ll be happy.

Chris Longmuir

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Countdown to Blast Off

I’m counting down the hours, days and minutes to the launch of my latest book. My finger is hovering over the upload button, and as soon as my cover illustrator sends me the cover, that finger will go into immediate action and push the button. Then my new book will be blasting off into the virtual world of ebooks and ereaders.

This book is different. It’s not one of my contemporary Dundee Crime Series books, nor is it a historical saga like A Salt Splashed Cradle. I hope I’ve got you curious.

This new addition is crime all right. But it’s historical crime. It’s set in Dundee in the year after the Great War, 1919. And the main character is Kirsty Campbell, Dundee’s first policewoman. After I press the button I will tell you a bit more about her.

In the meantime you can have a sneaky peak at the book cover concept supplied by my cover illustrator, the very talented Cathy Helms of Avalon Graphics.

Now, join the countdown with me, and hopefully you won’t have to wait too long.

Chris Longmuir