It is 1875. Old Tom Morris and his son, Young Tom Morris, dominate golf. St Andrews is the best course and the Royal and Ancient is the top club. A Morris may win the Open Championship - again! But, one by one, members of the Morris family die. Enter Captain David McArdle, recently of the Black Watch. Champion or villain? War hero or phoney? Friend of Tom Morris - or his nemesis? And what of the local doctor back just from India? The Superintendent of the lunatic asylum? The irascible Edinburgh professor with an interest in potatoes? Other professional golfers with reputations at stake? The recently-discovered memoirs of Fife's Chief Constable, James Fleming Bremner, shed new light on the deaths. Or were they murders? "Whether your interest is golf, St Andrews, social and military history or just a well-crafted mystery, the first volume in the McArdle series is a cracking good yarn!" by Bruce Durie
Prof. Bruce Durie is a highly-respected genealogical author, educator, broadcster and researcher, based in Scotland but operating worldwide.
He instigated (and ran until 2011) the renowned Professional Postgraduate Genealogical Studies programme at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and still teaches at the University of Edinburgh (courses on Genealogy and Documents) and within the online masters in Family and Local History for the University of Dundee. In addition he is Chair of Genealogy and Palaeography at the American School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences
Best known for his books (see below) and BBC Radio Scotland series 'Digging Up Your Roots', he is also Shenachie (Historian and Archivist) to the Chief of Durie (www.duriefamily.co.uk), Editor of 'The Irish Genealogist' (www.igrsoc.org) and Chairman of Scotland's Ancestral Tourism Steering Group, where he is up to his neck in preparations for the next HomecomingScotland year in 2014.
Two new strands of Victorian crine fiction are in preparation - one featuring Inspector McArdle of St Andrews (murder, mystery and golf!) and Dick Donovan, the Glasgow detective.
Asked what he likes doing best, Bruce Durie said: "getting into a real family mystery - preferably in the 1600s - interpreting the old documents, solving the puzzle. And occasionally someone asks me to help in getting a real Coat of Arms".
Full postnomials are: BSc(Hons), PhD, FSAScot, FCollT, FIGRS, FHEA, OJL - "as my father used to say, 'More degrees than a thermometer!'"
Check out the details at www.brucedurie.co.uk.books