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The Death Game
Chris is an award winning novelist and has published three novels in her Dundee Crime Series. Night Watcher, the first book in the series, won the Scottish Association of Writers’ Pitlochry Award, and the sequel, Dead Wood, won the Dundee International Book Prize, as well as the Pitlochry Award. Missing Believed Dead is the third book in the series.
Chris has recently published a non-fiction book entitled Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution, as well as the first book in a new series set just after the First World War. This series features Kirsty Campbell, Dundee’s first policewoman,
Her crime novels are set in
and have been described as scary, atmospheric, page turners. Chris also writes
historical sagas, short stories and historical articles which have been
published in Dundee, Scotland America and Britain.
Writing is like an addiction to me, Chris says, I go into withdrawals without
it. She is currently working on a new Kirsty Campbell novel.
Chris lives in the seaside town of Montrose which is 30 miles north of Dundee. She is an Open University graduate and has a qualification in criminology. She retired early from a social work career in order to concentrate on her writing, but she has also worked in a variety of jobs including, shops, offices, factories, and was even a bus conductress for a time.
Chris is a member of the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers Association and the Scottish Association of Writers. She designed her own website and confesses to being a techno-geek who builds computers in her spare time.
Details of The Death Game
Kirsty Campbell, former suffragette and a policewoman in
Britain’s newly formed women’s police service,
returns to her home town of Dundee
to become the city’s first policewoman. Her struggle for acceptance in the all
male police force is not easy, and she fights for recognition. But Kirsty is
not easily intimidated and, despite police attempts to curtail her activities,
she defies her superior officer to pursue an investigation into a murder which
is linked to missing orphan girls.
Kirsty is an unusual character with a fascinating history and background. She has demons of her own to fight, as well as becoming involved in a deadly game of sacrifice and death? But how will she cope when the sins of the past come back to haunt her?
This book was inspired by Mrs Jean Forsyth Thomson,
Dundee’s first policewoman who worked in the city from
1919 to 1921. However, Kirsty Campbell is not modelled on Mrs Thomson and is a
completely fictitious character.
Available for Kindle & paperback
Prologue of The Death Game
Friday, 31 October 1919
She presses herself into the wall when she hears the scrape of the key in the lock. Which one will it be? And which game will she have to play.
So many men. So many games. She does not want to play their games, but she has to. She has to show them whatever they want. Fear. Sorrow. Anger. Gratitude. And above all she has to show them how much pleasure they give her.
The door opens, and light spills into the dark, windowless room. Her ankle chain clinks as she tries to push herself even further into the wall. The silhouetted shape moves towards her, and she clutches her arms around her body in an attempt to protect herself. All the time knowing she will have to do whatever he asks.
The shape reaches her and sits on the edge of her bed. He turns to face her, so his face is faintly illuminated.
‘Oh, it’s you.’ She sighs with relief.
‘Yes, child. I have come to take you away, but we must be quiet.’
‘I can’t go,’ she says.
‘Because if I go they will make Cissy take my place.’
‘I have arranged for Cissy to come as well. No one will be able to hurt her, and you will not have to do this anymore.’
‘Where will we go? We have nowhere but here.’
‘Trust me. I have it all arranged. You will both be safe and no one will be able to hurt you again.’
She feels the chain fall from her leg when he unlocks it. Standing up, she takes the hand held out to her.
She hesitates before walking through the door. ‘You are sure we will be safe?’ A trace of fear sounds in her voice. ‘They won’t be able to come after us and make me play the games again?’
‘Of course you will be safe. There is nothing for you to be afraid of. But we have to be quiet, and you have to be brave.
Think of this as another game. The biggest game of all.’
Web site: http://www.chrislongmuir.co.uk/
Blog site: http://chrislongmuir.blogspot.co.uk/
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