Cecilia Peartree is the pen name of a writer from Edinburgh. She has dabbled in various genres so far, including science fiction and humour, but is currently working on a series of 'cosy' mysteries set in a small town in Fife.
The first full length novel in the series, 'Crime in the Community', is what is known as 'perma-free' to encourage you to read the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and now the 8th in the series, 'The Christmas Puzzle', published in October 2014.
As befits a cosy mystery writer, Cecilia Peartree lives in the leafy suburbs with her cats.
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The Christmas Puzzle
This is the eighth novel in the Pitkirtly Mystery series, set in an imaginary small town on the Fife coast in Scotland.
A Christmas market is interrupted by a murder nearby, and the usual suspects are drawn into the investigation whether they like it or not.
The Coronation Quest
'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.
Two Edwardian Adventures
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. ‘Adventure on the Scotch Express’ is a tale of several people with something to hide.
A Tasteful Crime
This is the seventh book in the Pitkirtly series of cosy mysteries, set in a fictitious small town on the coast of Fife.
A baking competition comes to Pitkirtly, followed closely by murder and its aftermath.
'Blackberry Crumble' is a long short story about a haunted phone, a desperate café owner and her son, and a ruthless woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
The Four Seasons Quest
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.
A sequel to 'The Lion and Unicorn Quest'.
The Queen of Scots Mystery
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?
'The Queen of Scots Mystery' tells you what some familiar figures in Pitkirtly did in this situation, and explores the consequences.
The Lion and Unicorn Quest
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.
For a while it's as if the pieces from two jigsaw puzzles have got mixed up and will never be sorted out again.
Frozen in Crime
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. But that's just the start of it!
Death at the Happiness Club
The fourth novel in the Pitkirtly series of quirky mysteries.
The Happiness Club, offering opportunities for friendship and romance, arrives in Pitkirtly, where it is met with healthy suspicion in some quarters and naive enthusiasm in others.
Murder in the Midi
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?
A Reformed Character
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
Reunited in Death
When Jemima Stevenson helps to organise a Pitkirtly Homecoming day she has no idea that she has invited some of her long-lost cousins into danger. Reunited in Death is a cautionary tale for family historians and an entertaining read for others. Don't forget, there are some family occasions you won't want to put in your scrapbook!
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.
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.
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