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Chris is an award-winning novelist and has published three novels in her Dundee Crime Series. Night Watcher, the first book in the series, won the Scottish Association of Writers’ Pitlochry Award, and the sequel, Dead Wood, won the Dundee International Book Prize, as well as the Pitlochry Award. Missing Believed Dead is the third book in the series.
Chris also publishes a historical crime series, The Kirsty Campbell Mysteries, set during and just after the Great War. This series features Kirsty Campbell, one of Britain’s first policewomen. There are currently two books in this series; The Death Game, and Devil’s Porridge.
As well as the above, she has published two non-fiction books. ‘Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution’ which is an examination of crime fiction as well as an evaluation of independently published books in this genre. And ‘Nuts & Bolts of Self-Publishing’, an in-depth look at self-publishing with step-by-step instructions on how to publish ebooks and paperbacks.
Her crime novels are set in Dundee, Scotland, and have been described as scary, atmospheric, page turners. Chris also writes historical sagas, short stories, and historical articles which have been published in America and Britain. However, A Salt Splashed Cradle is the only historical saga currently published. Writing is like an addiction to me, Chris says, I go into withdrawals without it. She is currently working on a new Kirsty Campbell novel.
Chris is a member of the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers Association and the Scottish Association of Writers. She designed her own website and confesses to being a techno-geek who builds computers in her spare time.
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 22 days after purchase)