Cecilia Peartree

Biography

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, eighth, ninth and now the tenth Pitkirtly Mystery, "Closer to Death in a Garden", published in September 2015.
The Quest series is set in the different Britain of the 1950s. The fourth novel in this series, 'A Quest for Clemency' was published in February 2016.
As befits a cosy mystery writer, Cecilia Peartree lives in the leafy suburbs with her cats.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very small village in Fife, Scotland. I tended to feel like an outsider there for much of the time as my parents, although both Scottish, had met and married in England, where I and my brother were born. One of my friends later pointed out that I hadn't quite lost my English accent even ten years after moving to Scotland.
I think feeling like an outsider is quite possibly an advantage for a writer as it encourages you to see things from a different perspective and to try to understand various points of view.
When did you first start writing?
Almost as soon as I could physically write, I wanted to write stories. The first one I can remember writing was when I was six years old. I sat at our dining-table all afternoon laboriously writing away with a pencil in a notebook which I still have somewhere. By the time it was getting dark, I had a story in four chapters and a lump on my finger where the pencil pressed against it - I still have that too.
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Where to find Cecilia Peartree online


Books

The Pitkirtly Triangle
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,610. Language: British English. Published: May 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
The Pitkirtly Triangle is the 11th novel in the Pitkirtly Mystery series, set in a small town on the coast of Fife, in Scotland. Amaryllis is puzzled when the people she has been hired to track keep vanishing without trace. Is there a connection with the new café at the top of the hill and the increase in Empire biscuit consumption in the locality?
A Collection of Quests
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 211,490. Language: British English. Published: February 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
This book is a collection of three novels and a short story by Cecilia Peartree, all previously published and featuring the same central characters: 'A Romantic Quest', a short story; 'The Lion and Unicorn Quest' set mostly in London in 1951; 'The Four Seasons Quest', starting on the day the King died in 1952; 'The Coronation Quest', which is complete in itself but ties off some loose ends.
A Quest for Clemency
Series: Adventurous Quests. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,680. Language: British English. Published: February 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
'A Quest for Clemency' is the fourth in a series of mystery / thriller novels by Cecilia Peartree. It is set in 1950s Britain, mostly in Cambridge. Clemency, Oliver Quest's younger sister, gets her own story after playing a supporting rôle in the previous novels in the series.
Mysterious Pitkirtly
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,980. Language: British English. Published: December 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
A coach party arrives unexpectedly in Pitkirtly, and causes consternation among some of the residents. Charlie would like to have had the chance to sell them drinks, Jemima wishes she had scrubbed her doorstep and Christopher resents the intrusion of visitors into forbidden areas of the Cultural Centre. By pooling their resources, they try to find out what’s behind this invasion.
Closer to Death in a Garden
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,420. Language: British English. Published: September 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Closer to Death in a Garden is the tenth novel in the Pitkirtly Mystery series of stories set in a fictitious small town in Fife. Ingredients include a small group of alpacas and a very old crime, and settings include, among others, a garden centre, a derelict hotel and the Queen of Scots pub.
Two Adventures at the End of an Era
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,260. Language: British English. Published: September 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » General
This book is a sequel to 'Two Edwardian Adventures' and consists of two stories set in Edinburgh during the years just before the Great War. 'Adventure at the Palace of Varieties' and 'Adventure at the Zoological Park'.
Death in a Cold Spring
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,790. Language: British English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
This is the ninth novel in the Pitkirtly Mystery series. It’s a cold spring in Pitkirtly. Amaryllis’s campaign to be elected to the local Council is approaching a conclusion, and the local minister has set up the Face of Pitkirtly art exhibition to show off the creativity of the young people of the area. At least one of these activities is doomed to failure.
The Christmas Puzzle
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,370. Language: British English. Published: October 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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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
Series: Adventurous Quests, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,220. Language: British English. Published: August 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
'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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,750. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
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
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,810. Language: British English. Published: February 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Price: Free! Words: 9,680. Language: British English. Published: December 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00)
'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
Series: Adventurous Quests, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,480. Language: British English. Published: October 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
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
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,140. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
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
Series: Adventurous Quests, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 64,880. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
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
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 68,810. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,990. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 67,800. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,150. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
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
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,270. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 64,660. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.50)
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.
Recycled
Price: Free! Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.25)
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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