I’ve loved Scottish History since first reading John Prebble’s Glencoe as a teenager. This wonderful book brought 17th century Scotland to life for me and I was hooked.

Years later, when doing research myself, I came across a man called John MacKenzie, a successful Edinburgh advocate with clients all over the Highlands. My wife thought he would make a good detective in a crime novel and I agreed. He became the character John MacKenzie, investigative advocate, when I converted my PhD into a murder mystery – Death of a Chief.

The MacKenzie books are first and foremost crime fictions but they are also journeys through the paradox of late 17th century Scotland - a time of religious fanaticism, witch hunting and blasphemy trials when the green shoots of the Scottish Enlightenment first appeared.


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