Fifth instalment of gripping Linlithgow writer's historical crime series

Investigative advocate John MacKenzie is back in Linlithgow historian and crime writer Douglas Watt’s new book, A Killing in Van Diemen’s Land.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 1:57 pm
A Killing in Van Diemen’s Land by Douglas Watt

The fifth instalment in the series sees MacKenzie dragged reluctantly out of retirement to solve the murder of wealthy city merchant and church elder Jacob Kerr, stabbed to death in an apparent home robbery.

While a frenzy of doubt and paranoia engulfs Scotland as King William and James Stewart prepare to meet in battle in Ireland, can MacKenzie and his sidekick Scougall find the truth behind the mysterious walls of Van Diemen’s Land?

Douglas said: “Scotland was in upheaval in 1690, Jacobite and Williamite armies jostled in Ireland to determine who would be King of Scotland, England and Ireland.

"In the latest book, we see John MacKenzie investigating the dark reality behind the front door of Van Diemen’s Land, at a time of intense spiritual crisis, fear and uncertainty in every household.”

The full mystery series has been relaunched with new covers, inviting readers to join MacKenzie and Scougall as they investigated the murders of a Highland chief (Death of a Chief), a woman accused of witchcraft (Testament of a Witch), a nobleman during the height of the Catholic and Protestant divide (Pilgrim of Slaughter) and a Jacobite rebellion (The Unnatural Death of a Jacobite).

A Killing in Van Diemen’s Land is out now, RRP £8.99, published by Luath Press Ltd.