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.
The Pitkirtly Mystery Novels of Cecilia Peartree
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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.
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.
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.
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)
THE SPY WHO CAME OUT OF THE BUSHES
Maisie Sue’s wedding day is disrupted by a visitor from the past, and the town rapidly fills up with spies and their conflicting agendas.
NIght-time alarms in the Cultural Centre bring some familiar Pitkirtly characters out of lockdown, whereas others are determined to stay in their homes through thick and thin.
THE IDENTITY ILLUSION
(Published June 2021)
Kyle is sent to Old Pitkirtlyhill House, once the home of the Murray family and now in the possession of the local council, to review a collection of documents stored in the attics. This task is complicated by a grim discovery and by multiple questions of identity. A mysterious newcomer to Pitkirtly works with Jemima to reveal the truth.
THE CHRISTMAS CATASTROPHE
(Published November 2021)
Christmas approaches again as it does at this time every year, somewhat to Christopher’s surprise. He has lost track of Mollie’s ambitious festive plans for the Cultural Centre, but meanwhile other Pitkirtly residents have more serious matters on their minds. Mrs Petrelli’s hospital stay brings past family problems back to the surface, and Amaryllis finds herself having to spend time searching for an uninvited guest instead of helping the police to investigate a suspicious death.
(published May 2022)
Clementine Fairfax, previously encountered in ‘The Identity Illusion’, returns to Pitkirtly under cover to investigate a computer crime which has been traced to Pitkirtly College computing department, where Zak Johnstone is currently studying. Two suspicious deaths later, she is not very much the wiser about what is going on. Meanwhile Clementine’s half-sister Amaryllis gets into a tunnel again, Christopher and others try to find something positive in changes at the Cultural Centre, and Zak is doubtful about his future.
IT’S A LONG WAY FROM PITKIRTLY
(published October 2022)
Dave and Jemima travel to Highland Perthshire to meet a cousin of Jemima’s who is over from Canada on holiday there. A series of incidents results in several more Pitkirtly residents following them there, and before long they all find themselves involved in trying to work out what’s happening and whether it has anything to do with Jemima’s cousin.
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’.
14 Replies to “The Pitkirtly Mysteries”
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.
I just discovered your books thru a friends review and I am so excited to get reading them! I am sponsoring a Read Scotland 2014 book challenge at my blog and on Goodreads and I just posted this post about you and your books! http://peggyannspost.blogspot.com/2014/02/sheila-perry-aka-cecilia-peartree.html.
Thanks so much Peggy, and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy reading them.
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.
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!
You’ve missed one out. ‘Murder or what you will’. Keep them coming they are fabulous. I’ve read them all at least twice.
Thanks so much, Margaret – I hadn’t noticed one was missing! Must get my eyes tested. I’m glad you’re still enjoying them.
One of my 19 things to do in 2019 was to write to you to tell you how much I love your books. They always make me laugh and keep me entertained from beginning to end. Your characters have such depth and I love to revisit them in each book. Thank you so much. Wendy Johnson, Streetsville, Ontario.
After reading all the Pitkirtly mysteries I started eating toast and jam several times a day……..want more ….miss all my Pitkirtly friends.
Thanks Gerry, I’m glad to know about the toast and jam – just try not to progress to the doughnuts!
Having just finished ‘The spy who came out of the bushes’ I am getting withdrawal symptoms… please write faster….
Would dearly love you to publish a drawing of Amaryllis! I can’t quite picture her in my mind…..lousy imagination. She is such an iconic character…
I’m useless at drawing but I always picture her in my mind as tall and of very slim build with sort of spiky dark red hair, and of course she almost always wears a black leather jacket and black jeans. She may be a bit older than she looks. Sort of ageless! Hope that helps a little!