Guest Post: History is a Mystery by Haunted Broch Author @WendyHJones @lovebooksgroup


A Scottish Broch.

An archaeologist scorned.

A ghost disturbed.

The Detective Duo, Fergus and Flora, are spending their summer on an archaeological dig, searching for the Lost Broch. 

But someone—or something—seems set on sabotaging the project. An infestation of spiders—a swarm of mice—the campsite trashed—who knew archaeology could be so dangerous? 

And is the Lost Broch really under a curse?  

Guest Post: History is a Mystery

When it comes to writing mystery books, I am never short of inspiration. Life provides me with a rich source of ideas. The saying, ‘fact is stranger than fiction’ is so true. I am fascinated by modern day society as well as history, and I love travelling to other countries to immerse myself in new cultures. I have managed to combine all of these into my Fergus and Flora series. Another aspect of life which fascinates me is human nature. Everyone is different and observing people and chatting to them gives you a wide tapestry of characters to draw on.

Fergus and Flora are a couple of normal teens. Yet, they have a curiosity about life and the past which makes them want to find out more. Like most teens, they think they know better than the adults and that they are invincible. I wanted to make them as realistic as possible but allow them to get into the sorts of scrapes that is often not possible in modern day society. I drew on some elements of the character traits of my nieces for Flora. Fergus is based on an amalgam of my friends’ sons.

The Haunted Broch came about because of a short article I read in a newspaper about the discovery of Scotland’s Lost Broch. A Broch is an ancient stone dwelling which would have been the detached house of its day. During Victorian times, a well to do spinster lady called Christian Mclagan, found the broch and reported it to The Society of Antiquaries in Scotland. Because she was a woman, they wouldn’t take her seriously, so the Broch remained hidden. It has recently been discovered again.

The premise of the story is that Fergus and Flora are on a dig at the broch, with Fergus’s father who is an archaeologist. However, ghostly goings on and dastardly deeds occur and Fergus and Flora set out to solve the mystery. Who is haunting the dig site and why? Along the way they are joined by a cast of colourful characters and some old friends from the first book. Developing the characters was interesting and enlightening. Trying to bring in certain aspects of teenage behaviour proved challenging and yet strangely fascinating. I wanted children and teens to get a glimpse of themselves in an adventure which would fall outwith their normal lives.

This was great fun to write and while I was researching it I found so much out about Victorian Scotland. I have brought this into the story in a way which educates and entertains. Our intrepid detective duo are knee deep in both mystery and history.

About the Author:

Award Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer's Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series. Killer's Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2107. There are now six books in this series with Killer's Crypt being released in August 2017. The Dagger's Curse, the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults, was a finalist in the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year.
The first book in her new series, Cass Claymore Investigates, was released in August 2018 and her first children’s picture book, Bertie the Buffalo was released at the beginning of November 2018

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