Chris Longmuir

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Chris Longmuir is an award winning novelist. She is best known for her Dundee Crime Series, featuring DS Bill Murphy. Night Watcher, the first book in the series, won the SAW (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.

Last year Chris explains on her page that she decided on a change of direction and published The Death Game, book one of the Kirsty Campbell Novels, a new historical mystery series with a touch of the gothic, featuring Dundee’s first policewoman. Devil’s Porridge is book two in the series.

But crime fiction is not the only thing she writes. A Salt Splashed Cradle is a historical saga, a gritty romance set in a north-east fishing village. Chris has also published a nonfiction book, Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution, which looks at the rise of ebooks and independent publishers.

My TBR – To Be Read list – is piling up but that isn’t stopping me from purchasing the first, of what appears to, a great series in the Dundee crime series. I will start at the beginning, naturally! So, my first pick is Night Watcher. Here is the blurb. I love a blurb that asks the readers questions before they read!

DS Bill Murphy must find the killer before he kills again.

My 5* review of Night Watcher

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I was hooked from the start of Night Watcher and was pleased to find a well written novel. It is evident Chris Longmuir loves her craft of story telling and moulding her characters. All is not as what it would seem in Dundee, and the author has the reader walking the dark streets and deciding who is what. I haven’t visited the place where the book is set, but then again I don’t need to! Longmuir has the kind of writing style that puts the reader in time, place and action. All what a good mystery should deliver.

What surprised me most was the characterisation, especially with Nicole. Unlikeable to say the least – a breath of fresh air appears with Julie, but this soon turns acrid. The plot has twists aplenty – did it keep me guessing? Yes!

Chris Longmuir writes in a realistic manner, keeps her characters grounded and dialogue believable. I am looking forward to the second book in the series.

My TBR – To Be Read list – is piling up but that isn’t stopping me from purchasing the second book in the Kirsty Campbell Novels. The sequel is Dead Wood. I love it when a blurb asks questions as it draws me in right away!

Dead Wood

51D+0iBm1uLAward winning Scottish suspense thriller set in a dismal and dark Dundee. A mystery and detective story which is a combination of police procedural, and woman in jeopardy. Book 2 of The Dundee Crime Series, with the popular Scottish detective, DS Bill Murphy.

Kara owes money to Dundee gangster Tony and takes to the streets to earn the cash. She narrowly escapes the clutches of a killer on the prowl, but stumbles across the bodies of his other victims. Hunted by the serial killer and the gangsters, Kara goes on the run. However, one of the murder victims is Tony’s daughter, and he vows revenge. He is determined to mete out his own kind of justice to the killer and make him pay the ultimate price.

DS Bill Murphy teams up with newcomer, DC Louise Walker in the murder investigation. But Murphy’s past comes back to haunt him, and he is heading for a breakdown, which means it is up to Louise to catch the killer.

Who will find the killer first? Tony or the police. And what will happen to Kara? And in the end what kind of justice will prevail?

 

Chris Longmuir has recently released Nuts & Bolts of Self-Publishing. I haven’t read this yet but it seems to be an indie authors dream on ‘how to’ and much more!

Nuts & Bolts of Self-Publishing: How to Self-Publish Ebooks and Paperbacks

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If you only buy one book on self-publishing, this is the one for you.

The ultimate ‘how to’ guide on self-publishing ebooks and paperbacks.

Self-publishing is not difficult once you have the roadmap and know what is expected and what you have to do to produce a professionally designed book. This comprehensive guide to self-publishing will provide you with that roadmap. It covers all aspects of self-publishing and will help you avoid some of the pitfalls you might encounter.

Included in this guide you will find step-by-step instructions on what you need to do before you self-publish, how to create accounts, how to format your manuscript for ebook and paperback publication, how to add metadata to your file, how to add a TOC, how to acquire an ISBN and register your book, how to upload and submit your book for publication, and what you need to do after publication.

Alongside the step-by-step instructions you will find information about costing and pricing your book, author services and outsourcing, as well a lot more.

Here is the latest review for Nuts & Bolts of Self-Publishing and it’s a 5*.

I read this book with great pleasure; it is informative in a straightforward way.

Chris Longmuir takes you through a number of self-publishing scenarios with care and attention to detail. There is no baffling language here and plenty of help if you need to refer elsewhere.

It filled me with the confidence to move further into self-publishing and with gladness at having read it. You feel taken care of by the author.

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