Missing Believed Dead by Chris Longmuir

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    What happened to Jade? Is she alive or dead? Or has she returned to wreak a terrible revenge on all male predators?

    She crossed his arms over his chest, and placed the jade beads in his eyes. ‘To remind you of me,’ she said.

    Jade was 13 when she disappeared, five years ago, and DS Bill Murphy suspects someone from her family is responsible for recent Dundee murders. But is it her mother, Diane, who now suffers from OCD? Or Emma, her twin sister, who was catatonic for a year after Jade’s disappearance. Or Jade’s brother, Ryan, who enjoys dressing in women’s clothes and is going through a sexuality crisis, unsure whether or not he is gay.

    What happened to Jade? Is she alive or dead? Or has she returned to wreak a terrible revenge on all male predators?

    About the Author:

    Chris Longmuir
    Chris Longmuir

    Chris Longmuir was born in Wiltshire and now lives in Angus. Her family moved to Scotland when she was two. After leaving school at fifteen, Chris worked in shops, offices, mills and factories, and was a bus conductor for a spell, before working as a social worker for Angus Council (latterly serving as Assistant Principal Officer for Adoption and Fostering).

    Chris is an award-winning novelist and has published three novels in her Dundee Crime Series. Night Watcher, the first book in the series, won the Scottish Association of Writers’ Pitlochry Award, and the sequel, Dead Wood, won the Dundee International Book Prize, as well as the Pitlochry Award. Missing Believed Dead is the third book in the series.

    Her crime novels are set in Dundee, Scotland, and have been described as scary, atmospheric, page turners. Chris also writes historical sagas, short stories and historical articles which have been published in America and Britain. Writing is like an addiction to me, Chris says, I go into withdrawals without it. She is currently working on a further two crime novels.

    Chris is a member of the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers Association and the Scottish Association of Writers. She designed her own website and confesses to being a techno-geek who builds computers in her spare time.

    Review by Reb MacRath:

    This tough Scottish author runs a pair of devilish games here–and is in commanding charge of both. First, for mystery lovers, there’s a wicked shell game that defies figuring out: Jade, a kidnapped 13-year-old girl presumed dead, may have come back five years later to punish sexual predators. Or could “Jade” actually be her mousy twin, Emma…her haunted mother Diane…or her cross-dressing brother Ryan?

    Excellent though this game is, the second game is better still: without sacrificing the fun or the pace, composing a serious novel, with a stirring sense of place, about traumatized family survivors.

    This third entry in Chris Longmuir’s Dundee crime series has left me hungry to read the other two starring the wonderfully imperfect cop Bill Murphy. And I’ll look forward to the fourth book for the return of Kate Rawlings, the tough new supervisor Bill acquires in this book. There are few pleasures in life to compare with finding a new mystery writer to love.