The Pitkirtly Mysteries

Where is Pitkirtly?

Pitkirtly is an imaginary small town on the south west coast of Fife, geographically somewhere near Culross but not entirely like it.

Pitkirtly does have a railway line along the river front, an old mine that leads out under the Forth, a good view of Longannet and Grangemouth, and an island that isn’t really an island, but it definitely doesn’t have picturesque historic buildings with crow-step gables.

A street in Culross
A street in Culross

The Pitkirtly Mystery Novels of Cecilia Peartree

All my novels may be found on Amazon UK by following this link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cecilia-Peartree/e/B005826ULI

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ABOUT THE PITKIRTLY MYSTERY NOVELS

CRIME IN THE COMMUNITY

Christopher thinks he has his life under control until the mysterious Amaryllis arrives in the little town, spreading chaos and confusion in her wake

REUNITED IN DEATH

When Jemima Stevenson helps to organise a Pitkirtly Homecoming day she has no idea that she has invited some of her long-lost cousins into danger.

A REFORMED CHARACTER

Can anyone ever really change? Christopher and Amaryllis ask themselves this question when a young man they already know as a troublemaker knocks at the door of their holiday caravan one wet day.

DEATH AT THE HAPPINESS CLUB

While the Happiness Club brings good times to some, to others it offers only desolation and death.

FROZEN IN CRIME

As Christmas approaches, deep snow cloaks the little town of Pitkirtly, an armed robbery takes place and things can only get worse.

THE QUEEN OF SCOTS MYSTERY

The supply of Old Pictish Brew comes under threat as bad things start happening at the local pub in Pitkirtly.

A TASTEFUL CRIME

A baking competition brings out the worst in certain Pitkirtly natives and some of the visitors too.

THE CHRISTMAS PUZZLE

Pitkirtly has its own Christmas market this year – but with Jock McLean as Santa Claus and Amaryllis as an elf, the season isn’t really all that jolly.

DEATH IN A COLD SPRING

It’s a cold spring in Pitkirtly, and strange things are happening, including an art show in the church hall. What could possibly go wrong?

CLOSER TO DEATH IN A GARDEN 

Rather unexpectedly, this novel starts and ends with alpacas. But in between times, things get a lot more serious and even deadly on occasion as people who aren’t what they seem invade the town.

THE PITKIRTLY TRIANGLE

People have been disappearing and Amaryllis is on the case. But what is the connection with the feud between two local bakers? And can you have too many Empire biscuits?

A CREATIVE CRIME

An archive collection arrives at the Cultural Centre and unexpectedly provides a new mystery for Christopher, Amaryllis and friends to work on.

UNPREDICTABLE EVENTS

As Christopher embarks on a planned family holiday in Cornwall, a wedding takes place in the Cultural Centre. As might have been predicted, unpredictable events ensue.

PROMENADE WITH DEATH

An amateur theatre group plan a promenade performance on Pitkirtly Island on Hallowe’en. What could possibly go wrong?

MURDER OR WHAT YOU WILL

It’s all about the dogs – or is it? From Jock McLean and Hamish’s unexpected encounter with a pack of dogs and their walker, to the somehow connected problems at the apartments for older people which Jemima takes an interest in and Amaryllis investigates, it’s all go for the people of Pitkirtly.

THE UNEXPECTED SUSPECT

A stolen wheelbarrow gets Stewie into trouble, through no fault of his own, and before long he is in danger of losing his job and his place at college. It’s a mystery how all the plot threads come together in the end, but rest assured that they do.

SECRETS OF THE ICE PALACE

Penelope Johnstone is alone on her special birthday. But she doesn’t stay alone for long as tendrils of plot weave their way round her and it takes a combined effort by Amaryllis and others to unravel them.

UNRELATED INCIDENTS

There’s trouble afoot at Rosie’s cattery, up a hill just outside Pitkirtly. Could this be linked to rumours of a film studio being built in the area? Before long events overtake Rosie and her customers, and the excitement extends to a midnight car chase with cats, and an ill-fated trip by Christopher and Douglas to a piece of long-forgotten golf course land.

CARELESS DEATH

Mollie is somewhat surprised when the police take her in for questioning, but that’s only the start of her adventures. Abducted by a stranger, persuaded by a secret agent to take part in a boat race, it isn’t until she takes matters into her own hands that she can see a way forward.  NOTE: A FLYING VISIT TO CULROSS (SEE PICTURE) TAKES PLACE IN THIS BOOK)

Two shorter stories entitled ‘MYSTERIOUS PITKIRTLY‘ and ‘PITKIRTLY ON TOUR‘ are also now available. Please don’t read them until you have at least finished ‘Reunited in Death’, ‘A Reformed Character’ and probably also ‘Death in a Cold Spring’.

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8 Replies to “The Pitkirtly Mysteries”

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  2. Thanks for mentioning me in your blog entry (quoted above).
    This refers to the complete cull of self-published books from Kobo on 14th October – I am hoping this is just a temporary blip and that normal service is resumed as soon as possible.

  3. What a great surprise to find your first Pitkirtly book. I spent 2 years at school in Culross in the 1970s, and instantly recognised that Pitkirtly was in the same location, mostly because I recognised the view you describe across the Forth. I really enjoyed the first book and will be coming back for more.

    1. Thanks Alison – great to have this comment from someone who knows the area well. I am only an occasional visitor but one of my ancestors, a sailor, did live in Torryburn for a while. I love Culross and it has some very interesting features which I often ‘borrow’ for my novels!

  4. You’ve missed one out. ‘Murder or what you will’. Keep them coming they are fabulous. I’ve read them all at least twice.

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