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The Murder Tree

The Murder Tree [Kindle Edition]

Alan Veale
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The small, frightened figure of Jessie McLachlan turned right at the top of the street and hurried on eastward, still clutching her precious bundle, starting a chain of events that were to rattle through history long after she was dead…

It can be murder digging up your family tree, especially when your ancestor is trying to kill you...

Chrissie Fersen desperately wants to know how she is connected to the death of a servant woman in Glasgow in 1862. Enlisting the aid of local librarian Billie Vane, she is determined to clear the name of the woman originally convicted of the crime. But her chief suspect appears to be alive and well – and it looks like he still has murder on his mind...

The Murder Tree introduces an unlikely pair of heroes: the American daughter of a wealthy businessman and a Manchester-born librarian working in Glasgow. Each have their share of domestic strife to deal with, while sharing a thirst to find out the truth about a 150 year-old murder. But deaths are still taking place today as far afield as New York, and trying to dig through the roots of this unique family tree becomes more hazardous than either Chrissie or Billie could have foreseen...

The Murder Tree is based on the true story of Jessie McLachlan, convicted of murder in 1862, but who famously accused an old man of the crime after being found guilty at her trial.

About the Author

Born in 1952 in Manchester, Alan Veale developed his creative imagination when given school homework at the age of 13: write a fairy story. His life-long interest in theatre led to an outpouring of scripts before early retirement in 2009 brought an opportunity to tackle the ultimate challenge: write a novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EXRB27Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It was around twenty years ago that I first read a book by Christianna Brand entitled Heaven Knows Who. This was a contemporary account of the trial of Jessie McLachlan, and the events preceding it. I was immediately struck by the dramatic 'twists' in this factual story, and by the intriguing questions it posed about who had really committed the crime. Because it was a true story, it struck me that there would undoubtedly be descendants alive today who may even be ignorant of the involvement of their infamous ancestors - and that prompted the creative instinct within me to look at the potential to write another version of the story, but from a modern day viewpoint.
But my writing experience was limited to the theatre, and I could not think of a practical way to put such a drama on the stage, so I put the project to the back of my mind for a while.
Along came children, other projects and lots of new challenges, but I never lost interest in Jessie's story (as I liked to call it), and at one time I tried to write a screenplay version - even taking my research as far as a visit to the murder scene in the mid 1990's. The project never properly got off the ground though, and it was not until I took early retirement from the civil service in 2009 that I felt the time had come for a serious attempt at turning the story into a novel. It took another year before I hit the keyboard properly, and several more visits to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth and Inverness (plus a holiday in New York) to complete the necessary research.
Promoting The Murder Tree began in earnest on 16 October with a launch in my adopted home town of Lytham. Independent booksellers Plackitt & Booth hosted an evening event complete with alcohol... Talks in libraries have followed, with enthusiastic readers keen to question me about every aspect of writing and publishing. Glasgow is also getting a lot of free publicity!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooks you right in....... 13 Sep 2013
On reading the prologue I thought this book might not be for me (as I'm not in to period stuff) but how wrong I was, and by chapter 3, I was completely hooked.

The story keeps you involved to the conclusion and has you rooting for the main characters. There were a few details that I 'guessed' in advance of it actually being revealed but it didn't detract from how the story evolves and the conclusion of the story is suspenseful and well executed.

Whilst I'd not heard the factual story of the two Jessie's before reading this book, it has certainly inspired me to take the time to find out more.

For a new author this is a spectacular start and I look forward to reading more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Keep on writing Mr. Veale!' 22 Sep 2013
I was fortunate enough to purchase this book before its launch date via a book signing event.
Like the first reviewer I was unsure initially, but was totally hooked once I settled into the second chapter - so much so that I couldn't put it down and actually completed reading it within 48hrs.
I won't elaborate on the contents of the book as there is already information re this on 'the mudertree website' . I would , however, encourage anyone with a penchant for a psychological thriller to purchase this book and hope that there are many more to follow by this author.
Well done Mr. Veale, and keep writing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One to remember 10 April 2014
By Robroy
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This book filled in a lot of factual background detail in an interesting fictional story. thoroughly enjoyed it, would reccommend
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By SusiH
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This was a good read. It tells true facts about a brutal murder that actually happened 150 years ago with modern events, which include an American woman finding out about her family tree. Are the two things entwined?
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