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Crime in the Community Christopher's illusion of having his life under control is shattered when the mysterious Amaryllis appears in his small town in Fife, bringing new ideas, confusion and ultimately chaos in her wake.
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Cecilia Peartree Christopher's illusion of having his life under control is shattered when the mysterious Amaryllis appears in his small town in Fife, bringing new ideas, confusion and ultimately chaos in her wake.
Cecilia Peartree What was Amaryllis doing at the rubbish tip in the middle of the night? And would she get away with it once her friend Christopher was on the case? This short tale of revenge, retribution and garden gnomes takes place in a small town in Scotland and is an introduction to a series of cosy mysteries by the same author.
George Donnelly, Carmilla Cross, Alexa Kang, John D. Ottini, A.T. Brennan, Janice Croom, J. Naomi Ay, Laura Greenwood, Bill Hiatt, Jane Cooper, Jessie Thomas, Vaughn Treude, Sam Kates, Leah Ross, Jaleta Clegg & Cecilia Peartree From an unexpected twist on a classic Christmas tale and a soldier returning home from war to a pair of girls waiting for an unlikely Christmas wish to come true and a creepy evening in a museum, fill your briefest moments with this collection of 18 flash fiction stories. Commuting to work? Grabbing a quick coffee? Each story tells a complete tale in but a few short minutes with the added promise of a lifelong introduction to new indie writers.
You never know, you might just find your next favorite author. Christmas in Love, the third anthology in the Flash Flood series, is a hand-picked selection of master works in romance, science fiction and fantasy themed for Christmas and guaranteed to keep you engaged.
Cecilia Peartree Can people learn to leave the past behind them, and move on? Flora has tried hard to do this but her wartime past as a secret agent just won't let go of her. The spymaster she knew then seems to be pulling the strings again as an old adversary reappears in her life. Meanwhile her friendship with Oliver Quest goes through a difficult patch after a silly argument. He takes on the task of looking after a very special painting belonging to an important industrialist and she looks for a job as a typist. Soon they are both working on different aspects of the 1951 Festival of Britain, and they unexpectedly find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery. Even after a last-minute crisis in the Lion and Unicorn Pavilion is apparently resolved, they find their investigations have to continue. For a while it's as if the pieces from two jigsaw puzzles have got mixed up and will never be sorted out again.
Cecilia Peartree This is the eighth novel in the Pitkirtly Mystery series. Through a random combination of circumstances, Jock McLean and Amaryllis find themselves playing Santa Claus and his elf respectively at the Pitkirtly Christmas Market, a blatant attempt to lure tourists away from Edinburgh. Proceedings are interrupted by a murder on Pitkirtly Island (not really an island) and by the activities of a new organisation called FOOP. A sequence of events occurs which results not only in Christopher and Amaryllis having a picnic in the Cultural Centre but in Jock McLean buying new socks for the first time in living memory.
Cecilia Peartree Reunited in Death is a sequel to the quirky Crime in the Community, which is already available from Smashwords. Reunited in Death was a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for 2011 and received the following comments in a review by Publisher's Weekly: 'An unlikely cast of endearingly eccentric characters distinguish this offbeat mystery set in Pitkirtly, an appropriately quirky town on the Scottish coast....Memorable characters, delightful word pictures -- an assistant librarian "looked like a piece of chewed string" -- and understated humor highlight a novel with real promise.'
Cecilia Peartree This is the ninth novel in the Pitkirtly Mystery series. It’s a cold spring in Pitkirtly. Amaryllis’s campaign to be elected to the local Council is approaching a conclusion, and the local minister has set up the Face of Pitkirtly art exhibition to show off the creativity of the young people of the area. At least one of these activities is doomed to failure. Things begin to go wrong soon after two young artists arrive unexpectedly at the Cultural Centre to set up their artwork. Before long gruesome discoveries are made, people go missing and are sometimes found again, and Keith Burnet of the local police force suffers from a sudden work overload.
Cecilia Peartree 'The Coronation Quest' is the third in the 'Adventurous Quest' series of historical mystery novels. It is set in 1953 in Britain, mostly in London at the time when everyone was preparing for the Coronation. On a stormy night, Clemency Quest picks up a hitch-hiker on the Norfolk coast road. She doesn't realise at the time that this simple act of good-will is just the start of a sequence of events that will drag her brother, Oliver, and his fiancée, Flora, back into the complicated world of espionage and conspiracy that they have fought so hard to leave behind. As the Coronation and Oliver and Flora's wedding approach, they are never quite sure which side of the law they are on.
Cecilia Peartree This book consists of 2 light-hearted novellas of about 16,000 words each, set in Edwardian times, mostly in Edinburgh, and linked by some of the characters involved. ‘Adventure at the National Exhibition’ is a tale of old and new illusions, some of which are shattered by the end of the story. Betsy Martin is captivated by the acts at Edinburgh’s Empire Palace of Varieties, but she isn’t so keen on her older sister Kirstie’s friend Mr Hamilton, who is with them. Later, at the National Exhibition of 1908, the girls encounter one of the performers from the variety show again, along with two policemen and a lady from Corstorphine, but they have no idea how adventurous the day will be or how much it will change at least one of their lives. ‘Adventure on the Scotch Express’ is a tale of several people with something to hide who share a compartment on the Special Scotch Express between York and Edinburgh in 1909. Suffragette Kirstie Martin has persuaded her brother to put on a disguise to travel with her, but they have no idea that the young artist in the corner isn’t what he seems either. Even the respectable ladies from Morningside and the ticket collector are acting strangely, and the two policemen are at their wits’ end. It isn’t until the suffragette march in Edinburgh the following day that everything is finally sorted out.
Cecilia Peartree Is Aunt Caroline’s murder just an isolated incident or could it be part of a much larger web of crime and intrigue? The case spawns secrets of its own which threaten to separate Flora and Oliver almost as soon as they get engaged. Flora’s wartime past still hasn’t quite let go of her, but in this novel it becomes clear that there are dark secrets in Oliver Quest’s family too. The action in this mystery/thriller ranges over the length and breadth of Britain and all the seasons of the year. ‘The Four Seasons Quest’ is a sequel to ‘The Lion and Unicorn Quest’ and is set in 1952.
Cecilia Peartree The Pitkirtly Triangle is the 11th novel in the Pitkirtly Mystery series, set in a small town on the coast of Fife, in Scotland. Amaryllis is puzzled when the people she has been hired to track keep vanishing without trace. Is there a connection with the new café at the top of the hill and the increase in Empire biscuit consumption in the locality? Meanwhile Christopher manages to lose a very important donation to the Cultural Centre, Jock McLean gets on the wrong side of a garage owner and Jan from the wool shop panics about whether certain herbs are culinary or not. Everything becomes more complicated just as Amaryllis is put out of action for the first time in her life by the onset of a nasty cold virus.
Cecilia Peartree This is the twelfth novel in the Pitkirtly Mystery series, set in a small town in West Fife - quite close to Culross but definitely not as picturesque. Christopher is aghast when Mr Miller from the Council tells him he has to host an event called 'Pitkirtly Creates', but he consoles himself with the fact that a local family's lawyer has just cluttered up his office with more boxes of archive material. Jock McLean has family trouble, and Amaryllis takes up a new job as a bar-maid, but neither of these things prevent them from getting involved in the latest police investigation in town.
Cecilia Peartree This is the 13th book in the Pitkirtly Mystery series, set in a fictitious small town on the Fife coast in Scotland. Not a million miles from Culross, and yet rather different from it. Christopher finds that going away on holiday is a lot more trouble than it's worth, while a wedding in the Cultural Centre isn't without its problems. Amaryllis tries to keep a low profile as she teases out secrets from the tangled threads of everyday life, and Christopher's sister Caroline allows obsession to lead her into danger.
Cecilia Peartree This is the 14th novel in the Pitkirtly Mystery series, set in a fictitious small town on the coast of Fife. When an amateur theatre group plans a promenade performance on Pitkirtly Island in the dark - on Hallowe'en - this seems to Amaryllis like a recipe for disaster, so naturally she pays close attention to the project. By the time it is over, several people's lives have been changed forever, and at least one case a life has come to an abrupt end. Warning: this book may not be suitable for readers of a nervous disposition and those who love Shakespeare!
Cecilia Peartree This is the 5th novel in the 'Quest' series of mystery / thrillers set in the world of the 1950s. 'A Quest in Berlin' plunges Andrew and Clemency into peril as they arrive in a city that still bears the scars of war and is now at the centre of the Cold War. It's a place and a situation in which they don't know who to trust. An old friend and colleague appears in Andrew's life and persuades him to travel to Berlin with her to help with a personal crisis. Clemency certainly isn't supposed to follow them into danger, but of course she can't resist it, despite dire warnings of the dangers involved from others in the family.
Cecilia Peartree This is the fifteenth book in the Pitkirtly Mystery series, set in a small town in Scotland that isn't really Culross on the coast of Fife, although it does share some of the same features. Little does Jock McLean realise that an encounter with a pack of dogs and their dog-walker on the beach is only the start of a sequence of events that will lead him to the dark side of Pitkirtly Island and beyond. His friends Christopher, Amaryllis, Dave and Jemima will also become involved before long in a case of murder, fraud, a dog home and an irresponsible vet.
Cecilia Peartree This is the 6th book in the 'Adventurous Quests' series of thriller novels set in the world of the 1950s, when people hadn't quite recovered from the war and were on the brink of being plunged into a cold war stand-off with Russia. 'Quest for a Father' takes Clemency and Andrew to Spain, at a time when recovery from a different kind of war was even slower, and there were secrets and dangers round every corner. One of those secrets has a close connection with Andrew's family.
Cecilia Peartree This is another shorter story linked to the Pitkirtly Mystery series. It’s similar in length to ‘Mysterious Pitkirtly’. If this had a series number, I think it would probably be 12.5 or thereabouts. It’s best to have read at least ‘A Reformed Character’ and probably ‘Death at the Happiness Club’ before reading it. Mr Miller from the Council has arranged for Christopher and Kyle to represent Pitkirtly at an archives event in Livingston. Jemima will also be giving a family history talk, so Dave is going along with her. It sounds simple enough, but things are soon complicated by stowaways, freezing fog, lions and unexpected visitors. It’s anybody’s guess which of these factors will prove to be the most difficult to deal with.
Cecilia Peartree Frozen in Crime is the fifth novel in the Pitkirtly mystery series.
As Christmas approaches, deep snow cloaks the little town of Pitkirtly, an armed robbery takes place and Jemima’s husband Dave disappears.
Amaryllis, searching for adventure, wants to go on an epic quest but Christopher, needless to say, isn’t at all happy about the prospect. They both find themselves trekking through the snow anyway. Meanwhile at the police station Charlie Smith and his men, trapped at work by the weather, celebrate Christmas in style with microwaved sprouts and virtual crackers.
Things can only get worse as, under cover of snow and ice, two desperate men make their evil plans.
Cecilia Peartree Can anyone ever really change? Christopher and Amaryllis ask themselves this question when a young man comes to the door of their holiday caravan one wet evening. The attempt to answer it takes them and their friends on a dangerous journey from a Pitkirtly ice-cream shop to a knitting club and then to a cattery before they reach a dangerous conclusion in an old railway yard. A Pitkirtly mystery
Cecilia Peartree Isabelle doesn't expect a summer job in the south of France to turn into a nightmare. But even before she encounters the mysterious Nathan Freelander at the wheel of a boat on the Canal du Midi, she is already fighting for survival, and after that things go from bad to worse. Is Nathan's friend Josh friend or foe? Who can she trust? This romantic suspense novel developed from an opening paragraph in the style of Mary Stewart, the well-known novelist. This paragraph was inspired by a competition run on Jan O'Hara's 'Tartitude' blog. It is a departure from Cecilia Peartree's quirky mystery writing, so don't expect to visit the east coast of Scotland or meet the usual cast of grumpy Scots, visiting Americans and Tibetan refugees. Just think of this as a holiday in the sun!
Cecilia Peartree When the Happiness Club comes to town, Maisie Sue sees it as an opportunity to rediscover romance, Jock McLean regards it with suspicion, and Jemima and Dave look forward to taking part in new activities with their friends. Amaryllis and Chief Inspector Smith go along to keep an eye on developments on their patch. As for Christopher, he misses the start of the excitement because of a prior engagement - walking the Fife Coastal Path with a figure from his past. But before anyone has had very much fun, it becomes clear that while the Happiness Club brings good times to some, to others it offers only desolation and death.
Cecilia Peartree This is the sixth novel in the Pitkirtly mystery series. What would you do if you thought you were about to lose everything you cared about most? Charlie Smith thought his career was more important to him than anything else. Amaryllis valued her freedom. Christopher valued his friends, especially Amaryllis. Neil Macrae, 'the pub landlord with no name', couldn't face the thought of losing his pub. There were others who couldn't bear to lose Neil Macrae. 'The Queen of Scots Mystery' tells all these stories and more.
Cecilia Peartree This is the seventh book in the Pitkirtly series of cosy mysteries, set in a fictitious small town on the coast of Fife. When the television programme Open Kitchen comes to town, there are various reactions from the people of Pitkirtly. Jemima is glad of the opportunity to show off her baking skills, while Amaryllis looks forward to the mayhem that could result from a 'healthy eating' procession, and Christopher is aghast when he finds his ex-wife working on the project. But none of them expect murder to be on the menu.
Cecilia Peartree Closer to Death in a Garden is the tenth novel in the Pitkirtly Mystery series of stories set in a fictitious small town in Fife. Jemima's and Dave's visit to a garden centre is cut unexpectedly short, while Jock and Amaryllis both make the same grim discovery at the same time from different directions. Alpacas get in the way, and Christopher and his friends turn to a local artist and to the internet to fill in the parts the police don't seem to be able to reach. Two mysterious men cause trouble in town and past misdeeds come back to haunt people.
Cecilia Peartree This is a shorter story linked to the Pitkirtly Mystery series. Because it isn’t novel length and is something of a meta-story, I haven’t given it a series number, but if it did have one it might be either 9.5 or 10.5. It’s best to have read at least ‘A Reformed Character’ and preferably also ‘A Tasteful Crime’ before reading this. A coach party arrives unexpectedly in Pitkirtly, and causes consternation among some of the residents. Charlie would like to have had the chance to sell them drinks, Jemima wishes she had scrubbed her doorstep and Christopher resents the intrusion of visitors into forbidden areas of the Cultural Centre. By pooling their resources, they try to find out what’s behind this invasion.
Cecilia Peartree This book is a collection of three novels and a short story by Cecilia Peartree, all previously published and featuring the same central characters. 'A Romantic Quest' is an introductory short story about Oliver Quest and Flora Murray, and was published in the anthology 'Hearts and Arrows' and in 'Five Short Stories' by Cecilia Peartree. 'The Lion and Unicorn Quest' is a novel set in 1951 at the time of the Festival of Britain. The plot revolves around the theft of a painting and Oliver's attempts to recover it, with or without Flora's help. 'The Four Seasons Quest' is a novel set in 1952. It starts with two unrelated deaths, and ends with a train crash that occurred towards the end of the year. Oliver discovers a new career and Flora comes a step closer to resolving issues from her past. 'The Coronation Quest', set in 1953, starts with the great storm of January that year and ends with the Coronation itself. By that time Oliver and Flora have connected a series of apparently random events and caught up with a traitor at the heart of the secret service.
Cecilia Peartree 'A Quest for Clemency' is the fourth in a series of mystery / thriller novels by Cecilia Peartree. It is set in 1950s Britain, mostly in Cambridge. Clemency, Oliver Quest's younger sister, gets her own story after playing a supporting rôle in the previous novels in the series. After Clemency has an unsettling encounter with a stranger on a train on her way back to Cambridge, a series of unexpected events begins. Clemency and her colleague Dr Andrew Neville, a mathematician specialising in the new field of computers, are the targets of apparently random attacks from several directions. Andrew is reluctant to use the skills he acquired in a previous life to help solve the problem. while Clemency will employ anything that comes to hand - her shoes, a coal shovel, her sharp mathematical brain - to fight her way out of trouble.
Cecilia Peartree This is the 16th book in the Pitkirtly Mystery series. A stolen wheelbarrow gets Stewie into trouble through no fault of his own, and before long he is in danger of losing his job and his place at college. Meanwhile, someone takes most of the computers from the Cultural Centre in broad daylight, resulting in an unwelcome encounter for Christopher and the staff with the Office Supplies Investigation Section. Jemima runs another Family History event in the research room and Pitkrtly DNA test results are soon distributed all round Scotland via the magic of the internet. Is there any connection between these apparently random events? If there is, Amaryllis will find it sooner or later.