Islay. A peat-cutter’s spade finds a human hand. A pointer to a crime. Inspector Angus Blue is sent from Oban to investigate. With the help of forensic archaeologist Alison Gray, five corpses are revealed under the peat, unnamed victimes of a ruthless executioner. Blue builds his team: local police chief Moira Nicolson; ex-undercover agent Enver McCader; IT whizz PC Deirdra Craig; and car buff Arvind Bhardwaj.

Evidence points to a wartime RAF base as the locus of the killings. Painstaking research and interviews with elderly residents bring the peat dead back to life.

But revealing their story of the is politically dangerous, and someone is seeking, by any means possible, to to close down the investigation and suppress a long-buried secret.  Tension runs from beginning to end, as click-by-click and death-by-death the truth comes to light about the last days of  the peat dead. Blue’s pursuit of  the killers, past and present, accelerates to a bloody conclusion, as a powerboat cartwheels onto the rocks of Lagavulin Bay, and the truth that’s been hidden for seventy years is revealed.

The Peat Dead.  History doesn’t go away.


The story is a gripping page-turner, but also a reflection on the nature of history and of the political order. It’s set in authentic locations on the island of Islay and in Glasgow.

The Peat Dead will be published in Spring 2019 by ThunderPoint Publishing.

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