Murder on Mull

With a background as both a prosecutor and defence counsel, Helen Fields has a depth of knowledge about crime that lends to her writing NO_T24_HelenFields

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Award-winning crime writer Helen Fields returns to Mull for her twelfth book, The Last Girl To Die, due out in September.

The Last Girl to Die explores every parent’s worst nightmare, as teenage girls go missing from their homes on Mull in the middle of the night, only to be discovered the next day brutally murdered in an ancient pagan ritual.

Helen discovered a number of legends about the Isle of Mull during her research, many to do with the witches of Mull which she uses in the book, including the legendary Mull witch Doideag who was said to be more powerful than the Clan Chief and responsible for the sinking of a Spanish galleon.

Also at the heart of the novel is the ancient Lochbuie Stone Circle: nine granite rocks that sit silently in their own natural amphitheatre, overlooked by the slopes of Ben Buie. Although most visitors find it a place of tranquillity, legend has it the area is haunted.

Helen, a former barrister, sets murder in her novel in Mull’s famous Mackinnon’s Cave – one of the deepest sea caves in the Hebrides, where legend tells of a piper, who was walking his dog in the cave, and came to a sticky end when a female ogre became unimpressed with his performance. The dog survived but emerged crazed and hairless with fright. Deep inside the cave lies a large, flat slab of rock, known as Fingal’s Table, which was used as an altar by hermits and early followers of the Christian church and also features in the novel.


Last Girl To Die is out in paperback in September.

Eleven of Helen’s other books have been set in Scotland; her previous bestselling titles have been against the backdrop of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Braemar and the Cairngorms, Roslin Glen, North Berwick, Tantallon Castle, Old Pentland Cemeter and Eilean Donan Castle.

Twice shortlisted for the McIllvanney Scottish Crime Book of the Year and a published author in 22 countries, Helen will  be appearing at international crime writing festival Bloody Scotland in Stirling this September.

Selling in the USA, Canada and Australasia, Helen’s books have won global recognition. In 2020, Helen’s novel Perfect Kill was longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. In 2020, Perfect Remains was shortlisted for the Bronze Bat, Dutch debut crime novel of the year. Helen also writes as HS Chandler and has released legal thriller Degrees of Guilt. Her audio book Perfect Crime knocked Michelle Obama off the number one spot.

The Last Girl To Die  is out in paperback on September 1, published by Avon, priced £7.99.

In this latest book, 16-year-old Adriana Clark’s American family moves to the ancient, ocean-battered Isle of Mull in search of a new life. Then she goes missing. Faced with hostile locals and indifferent police, her desperate parents turn to private investigator Sadie Levesque.

Sadie is the best at what she does. But when she finds Adriana’s body in a cliffside cave, a seaweed crown carefully arranged on her head, she knows she’s dealing with something she’s never encountered before.

The deeper she digs into the island’s secrets, the closer danger creeps – and the more urgent her quest to find the killer grows. Because what if Adriana is not the last girl to die?


Caption: With a background as both a prosecutor and defence counsel, Helen Fields has a depth of knowledge about crime that lends to her writing.