A fan of historical fiction since childhood, Susan McDuffie spent such vast amounts of time reading stories set in the past that she wondered if she had mistakenly been born in the wrong century. As an adult her discovery that Clorox was not marketed prior to 1922 reconciled her to life in this era.
Susan’s childhood interest in Scotland was fueled by family stories of the McDuffie clan’s ancestral lands on Colonsay and their traditional role as “Keeper of the Records” for the Lords of the Isles. Although Keeper of the Records may in fact have been a tedious position, it all sounded incredibly mysterious and intriguing to Susan. On her first visit to Scotland she hitchhiked her way through the Hebrides. Her initial visit to Colonsay and the Oronsay Priory ruins planted the seeds for her medieval mysteries.
Those seeds have grown into the Muirteach MacPhee mysteries, set in medieval Scotland during the Celtic Lordship of the Isles. The series includes A MASS FOR THE DEAD, THE FAERIE HILLS (2011 New Mexico Book Awards “Best Historical Novel”) and THE STUDY OF MURDER (New Mexico Book Awards Finalist 2014 in both Historical Fiction and Mystery categories). Susan is currently editing DEATH OF A FALCON, Muirteach’s next adventure, which takes him to the Edinburgh court of Robert II in the company of Prince Henry Sinclair.
Susan belongs to the Historical Novel Society and regularly reviews historical fiction books for their “Historical Novels Review”. She also belongs to Mystery Writers of America , Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America , LERA and CHRWA.