New Beginings #4


Cecilia Peartree lives in Edinburgh with a background in computer programming and database management. She writes, surrounded by cats, the Pitkirttly Mystery series, Max Falconer Mystery series, Misplaced Heiresses series, Adventurous Quest series, Brighton Heirs series, Scottish Futures series and short stories. Will Pamela Prendergast be her newest series?

After moving to Cramond, the historic village on the coast of the Firth of Forth, Pamela gradually uncovers the truth about her husband’s secret life and his unexpected death. But the closer she comes to the truth, the more dangerous it is for her.

Who is your protagonist?
Pamela Prendergast is a woman in her mid to late 40s, a trained artist who works in children’s book illustration and occasionally paints murals for nurseries, libraries etc. At the start of this book she has recently been widowed.

Tell us what time frame your stories are in and what setting or world?
The story is set in the present day in one of the historic former villages that have been absorbed into Edinburgh, on the coast of the Firth of Forth (the estuary of the river) in Scotland.

Is your book part of a series, if so, tell us about the series.
This book is not yet part of a series.

What has happened to propel your character into a “new beginning”?
Pamela and her husband had been about to move house to a different area of town when her husband met with a fatal accident. Pamela has to go ahead with the move for legal reasons but is uncertain about it. On moving day a stranger arrives and presents her with a mysterious box, and the contents add a different element to her new life and ultimately lead her into mystery and danger.

Is your protagonist happy about this new beginning or resistant to it? 
She isn’t sure about it, although in some ways she feels she should leave the past behind.

Give the readers a hint of what’s to come for your character in future books.
It’s possible this will be the first of a series in which Pamela and her friends investigate suspicious deaths. I’ve already written a short story for her, along these lines.


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