Cecilia Peartree


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 and now the sixth in the series, 'The Queen of Scots Mystery', published in July 2013.
As befits a cosy mystery writer, Cecilia Peartree lives in the leafy suburbs with three 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


A Tasteful Crime
By Cecilia Peartree
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,810. Language: British English. Published: February 15, 2014. Category: Fiction
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
By Cecilia Peartree
Price: Free! Words: 9,680. Language: British English. Published: December 23, 2013. Category: Fiction
'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
By Cecilia Peartree
Series: Adventurous Quests, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,480. Language: British English. Published: October 7, 2013. Category: Fiction
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
By Cecilia Peartree
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,140. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
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
By Cecilia Peartree
Series: Adventurous Quests, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,880. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013. Category: Fiction
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
By Cecilia Peartree
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,820. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Cecilia Peartree
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,010. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Cecilia Peartree
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 67,800. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2011. Category: Fiction
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
By Cecilia Peartree
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,170. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
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
By Cecilia Peartree
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,280. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011. Category: Fiction
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
By Cecilia Peartree
Series: Pitkirtly Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 64,680. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.
By Cecilia Peartree
Price: Free! Words: 3,420. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.25 from 4 reviews)
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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