I like to travel in time occasionally, and I hope to encourage my readers to do the same. The Quest novels (Adventurous Quests) are set in the 1950s. I find this an interesting era to write about. Although I admit to being old enough to remember certain aspects of that time, I am not really nostalgic for it, because from the perspective of the 21st century I can see the advantages of the greater freedom that arrived during the 1960s, particularly for women.
I write about this era partly for the challenge of going against 21st century stereotypes in characterisation, and partly because the background of World War II can provide all sorts of secrets and motivations that affect subsequent events, while the start of the Cold War and the general unease about the international situation makes it easier to incorporate thriller elements in the stories. I also enjoy writing about important British events such as the Festival of Britain and the Coronation, and because of my own past career, about the early days of computing.
THE LION AND UNICORN QUEST
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.
THE FOUR SEASONS QUEST
Apparently random acts of violence directed against people Oliver and Flora hold dear start to form a pattern of obsession and vengeance that grows more complicated with each season of the year.
THE CORONATION QUEST
Flora and Oliver are planning their wedding, but what with storms, traitors and the search for the perfect house with its own studio, it seems that getting married is the least of their worries.
A QUEST FOR CLEMENCY
This story begins when Oliver’s sister Clemency encounters a mysterious stranger on the train to Cambridge. The repercussions of the meeting eventually affect her work in a computer laboratory, and her relationship with more than one of her colleagues.
A QUEST IN BERLIN
Clemency’s friend Andrew disappears without warning, and she finds herself travelling across Europe in search of him.
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MURDER IN THE MIDI
A stand-alone romantic thriller set in the south of France.
FIVE SHORT STORIES
A small collection of short stories. Three are set in Pitkirtly, one is an introduction to the ‘Quest’ series, and the other is a random Apocalypse story.
TWO EDWARDIAN ADVENTURES
Two novellas set in Edwardian times. The central characters are Betsy, Kirstie and John Martin from Edinburgh, and the action is set in 1908 during the Scottish National Exhibition, and 1909 around the time of the big suffragette march along Princes Street.
TWO ADVENTURES AT THE END OF AN ERA
This volume incorporates ‘Adventure at the Palace of Varieties’ and ‘Adventure at the Zoological Park’. [currently under review]
Cecilia Peartree also writes as Sheila Perry
THE MOUNTAIN AND THE FLOOD
Scotland is independent and its people suppressed by an extreme government. This is bad enough but climate change has already raised sea levels drastically and will soon threaten disaster.
As Scotland begins to recover, there are conflicting ideas about the way forward, and for one family who survived the disaster, things seem to be going from bad to worse.
A third book by Sheila Perry is ‘Song of Vanora’ which is not available at the moment.