Great interest being shown on Rousay and Orkney as The Crazy Psychologist is set there. I'll be on Orkney in May for book sales.
Johnston Press about to interview me over The Trials of Sally Dunning.
A Lingering Crime being taken up by Police Scotland and several Sheriffs and solicitors. It will be sold, as well as the Trials of Sally Dunning at the November conference of the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending. The first is about historical abuse and Sally is based on the true story of a neighbour whoiis autiscic and suffered at the hands of two drug dealers.
A LINGERING CRIME by MILLER CALDWELL
Jack Watson, a 65-year-old widower is arrested as he is on his knees in his garden. The police put handcuffs on him as they mumble he's being charged with murder of some man in Florida. Jack looks incredulous as he tries to tell them he has never been to Florida and he's never hear of this man.
It's only when he's extradited to Florida and actually learns who he was supposed to murder, he realizes that he does have a connection with the murder victim.
He is assigned a public defender who seems like he might be able to help . but he disappears before the trial date. The next public defender talks him into entering a guilty plea to avoid a death sentence and is automatically given a sentence of 20 years.
While in prison he meets a prison visitor who also happens to be a retired detective. Once again telling his story, the detective starts to look into Jack's case. It's obvious to him that Jack is not guilty of this crime ... but who is? And how is he ever going to prove it?
I found this an interesting read, just not particularly suspenseful or mysterious. Jack Watson is a retiree with a few medical problems, mostly with his short term memory, that is worked into the story nicely. He seemed to handle his imprisonment well without a lot of drama.
Many thanks to the author / Troubador Publishing / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
by Linda Strong
I served on the committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland. I was the evnts manager. I have published 23 books since starting to be a full time author in 2003.
I was the camp manger (Post earthquake 2005) in the NWFP of Pakistan and was first to alert authorities that Osama bin Laden was in Abbotabad. I was the Regional Reporter to the Children's Hearings (The Scottish legal system for placing children on supervision or care.)
Now with increasing memory problems, my last book may have been written although I have written an unpublished novel. Having great editors to change my work is a super help. So to Alan, David in France and Alex on Jura, thanks team.