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Chris Longmuir won the Dundee International Book Prize in 2009 with her first crime novel. The prizewinning novel, Dead Wood, was published and was so successful that the first print run sold out within four months.
The Night Watcher is Chris’s second crime novel and is now published as an ebook.
Chris also writes short stories and historical articles which are published in the UK and the US. She is currently working on a further two crime novels.
Chris lives in Scotland and spends most of her time writing. However, she is fascinated by electronic gadgets of all types and descriptions and is never happier than when experimenting with new hardware and software. She designed and put up her own website and builds computers in her spare time. She describes herself as being a bit of a techno-geek.
on June 18, 2011 :
Review by: GWEN KIRKWOOD on Jun. 18, 2011 : (Remove)
Apart from the attention gripping storyline the aspects of this novel which drew me in were Chris Longmuir's descriptions and her creation of atmosphere, almost making me believe I was on the whaling ship, sharing the fear and excitment, climbing up, far above the heaving waves.
I could almost feel the stifling heat of the small fishermen's cottage and see the young woman sharing the box bed with her mother-in-law. No privacy at the birth of her child. Early on we feel the tensions of a stranger who does not fit into the close knit community, but whose beauty attracts too much attention from the son of the laird as well as those closer to home. The novel also captures the complex emotions and tensions between a young mother and her child, and Belle and her mother-in-law. A good story and a slice of history.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)