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Posted by on Dec 2, 2018 in Blog |

THE DEATH OF A FALCON, the fourth Muirteach MacPhee mystery,has won Best Mystery 2018 in the recent NM/AZ Book Awards.  The awards banquet was held in Albuquerque on November 16.  I was delighted–and surprised!  But what a pleasant surprise it was! In other news this fall, I attended the Magna Cum Murder Conference in Indianapolis in October.  It’s such a warm, friendly conference, held in the beautiful Columbia Club right in downtown Indianapolis, right across...

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THE DEATH OF A FALCON: A New Muirteach MacPhee Medieval Mystery

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in Blog |

Hopefully some things are worth waiting for! I am thrilled to announce that THE DEATH OF A FALCON, the fourth Muirteach MacPhee mystery, is now available in both print and ebook. Jenny Quinlan designed an incredible cover for this book, and E.M.Tippetts Book Designs formatted the interior. THE DEATH OF A FALCON takes Muirteach and Mariota to Edinburgh Castle in September of 1375, where Muirteach is to assist the Lord of the Isles in negotiations with King Robert II. A...

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Exciting Medieval Mystery News

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Blog |

Some very exciting news! I have found a publisher for Muirteach #4, THE DEATH OF A FALCON. Muirteach’s fourth adventure will be published in July, 2017, by Bagwyn Books. Bagwyn is the fiction imprint of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and I’m thrilled to be working with them on this. THE DEATH OF A FALCON will be available in paperback and electronic format–stay tuned for more details. On another front, I have re-issued A MASS FOR THE DEAD and...

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“The Watergate”, Muirteach 2.5

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Blog |

Last week, I published “The Watergate”, a Muirteach MacPhee novelette. At about 9.000 words it just about made the cut-off (7,000 words) for that designation. E. M. Tippetts Book Designs made the publishing process incredibly easy and did a lovely formatting job. Muirteach accompanies the Lord of the Isles to Urquhart Castle in this novelette. The horrifying death of a beautiful woman plunges Muirteach into an even deeper mystery, as the party awaits the arrival of King...

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The Scottish Medieval Lordship of the Isles: an Introduction

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Blog |

The Kingdom and Lordship of the Isles lasted roughly four hundred years, yet this intriguing period of medieval Scottish Highland history is frequently glossed over in general histories of Scotland, given at most a page or two. Emerging out of the Gaelic kingdom of Dalriada and the later Norse occupation of many areas in Western Scotland, the Lordship of the Isles stands in stark contrast to the more feudal, Norman influenced court of the Scottish monarchs in Edinburgh....

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