Murderous true tales are a riot of a read

Kilmore author of Accused and Persewed, Lindsay Campbell at Saturday's Oban Library book signing.

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Murder, riot and theft sets the scene for a Kilmore author’s third book on true historical crime in Old Argyll.

Lindsay Campbell was at Oban Library signing copies of Accused and Persewed on Saturday.

The new book, only recommended as bedtime reading for the brave, follows her other previous tales of Ane Compact of Villany and Now Prisoner Within.

Only out on bookshelves for a month and Lindsay has already started work on her fourth dark offering, Blood and Battery – the title gives its gory content away.

It can take Lindsay up to two years to work on each book, spending long and gripping days at the National Archives in Edinburgh seeking out stories that would make the blood curdle.

‘It’s all scribbling, scribbling down notes. There’s tons and tons of material. I could research every day til the day I die and there’d still be lots more left,’ said Lindsay who promises yet more tragic stories and spine-chilling reads to come.

‘Some  stories just jump out at me as I start to uncover them and others grab me because there’s a bit of mystery about them. It’s the human nature, the behaviour of criminals that I find so fascinating,’ she added.

It was 19 years ago when she first started work on Ane Compact of Villany and popularity of her books so far show the public hungers for more.

‘With a title like Blood and Battery, there’s no guessing what my next book is going to be about. Readers had better brace themselves,’ said Lindsay.

But people will have to wait for that book. In the meantime the third in her series, Accused and Persewed, is on sale now for £9.99, published by Matador.

Accused and Persewed tells the stories of 12 historic crimes; stories from the second half of the 17th century and largely untold until now.

Spanning Dalavich to Appin and Kintyre, and to give you a taste of what to expect, there is the brutally murdered sea captain, the tragedy of a young girl’s baby, the dempster (an officer whose duty it was to pronounce the doom of the court) hanged on his own gallows, an acquitted murderer exposed as guilty after 350 years, and revelations behind a gang of witch-fairies. Lock your doors before you start reading.


Caption: Kilmore author of Accused and Persewed, Lindsay Campbell at Saturday’s Oban Library book signing.