Hide and Seek

Cover of Hide and Seek

'Hide and Seek' is a fast-paced thriller set in Stirling Castle and more widely across Scotland during World War Two.

It’s April 1943. Medical student Helen Erickson is followed from London to her aunt’s farm in Perthshire. What do her pursuers want?

Meanwhile Monique Dubois is attending a secret meeting at Stirling Castle when an old adversary is murdered in a chilling echo of a dark episode in the castle’s history. Bob Sutherland and the MI11 team are called in and discover that almost everyone who knew the victim had a motive.

Helen disappears and it becomes clear that national security is at stake. Monique sets out to find the missing woman before anyone else does, even if it means killing to protect her. Can Monique find Helen? Can Bob track down the killer at Stirling Castle? And just how dangerous have things become for both of them?

'Hide and Seek' by Ken Lussey was published on 26 May 2023. You can find out more about the book, read background information, reviews and excerpts from it and see photographs of the locations used on Ken Lussey's own website.

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Bob Long on Amazon, 11 January 2024: "Five Stars. Enjoyed this thriller very much. Plenty of intriguing twists and turns, and a very nice combination of second world war history and Scottish scenery with a bit of aviation thrown in. The rather exotic heroine, Monique Dubois, whose back story means you wouldn't want her to meet your mum, ruthlessly gets the job done in great style with the support of the rest of the team."

Windy Tree on Facebook, 26 September 2023: "A really good story...I liked the historical facts, the travels across our landscape, a murder plot and more hints that so-called 'allies' would soon become the foe...the way the storyline kept me engaged through each chapter was a joy to read....and I am definitely looking forward to more from Bob & Monique..."

Windy Tree on Amazon, 26 September 2023: "Five Stars. This has been a very enjoyable book to read..... this series of books gets stronger with each release and is definitely worthy of your reading time..."

Kindle Customer, 3 September 2023: "Five Stars. Great read, looking forward to the next. Really enjoyable series as well as working as stand alone stories, hope there are more to come. Great characters and theme."

K&K Henderson, 16 July 2023: "Five Stars. Well done to the author for another great book. I hope he keeps writing more adventures about them and I can only hope and wish that Amazon, Netflix, Apple or some other broadcasters turn these books into TV or film adaptations for the screen."

John Cookson on Facebook, 9 July 2023:
Ken, it's a cracking good read. Gripping right from the start. Clearly a lot of research gone into your locations with two intertwined story lines and a bit of history too.

dds_book_reviews, 20 June 2023:

  • "Four Stars."
  • "...does not disappoint."
  • "Taut writing and a great pace. Well researched, which makes this an informative as well as an exciting read."

NextToTheAisle, 26 May 2023:

  • "Drawing from a wealth of influences... Lussey has again written an entertaining page-turning novel that delivers in spades of enjoyment and tension."
  • "What is so good about this book... is that there is a genuine sense of not knowing what is coming next."
  • "The scene where Monique and Anthony discover the carnage at the aunt's farm was to this reader reminiscent of the opening to No Country for Old Men told with such assuredness that comes from a writer confident in the characters he has created."
  • "While that is daring and driven, Bob's castle death is closer to an Agatha Christie novel and those famous drawing room murders where everybody is a suspect."
  • "Lussey has in the past six years created this quite wonderful world of World War Two espionage and mystery..."

The Stockholm Run

Cover of The Stockholm Run

We published 'The Stockholm Run' by Ken Lussey on 26 May 2022. This is a fast-paced thriller set largely in Edinburgh and Stockholm during World War Two.

It’s March 1943. The death of an intruder reveals a hidden military bunker at Dundas Castle near Edinburgh, a living relic of an anti-invasion scheme from earlier in the war. Bob Sutherland and the Military Intelligence 11 team follow a trail that leads to a much larger secret, buried beneath Edinburgh Castle.

As the mystery in Edinburgh unravels, Bob Sutherland and Monique Dubois are sent to Stockholm, a city supposedly at peace in a world at war. There they are to take delivery of a message of critical national importance.

Or is it all a carefully crafted trap? Both encounter ghosts from the past in Sweden. Can their relationship survive what they uncover? Will they live long enough for that to matter?

Bloody Orkney

Cover of Bloody Orkney

We published 'Bloody Orkney' by Ken Lussey on 29 June 2021. This is a fast-paced thriller set in Scotland, mainly in Orkney, during World War Two. It's November 1942. Bob Sutherland, Monique Dubois and the Military Intelligence 11 team visit Orkney and its hugely important naval base. But an unidentified body has been found. It's clear that powerful men have things they want to keep hidden and MI11’s arrival threatens the status quo.

The First Two Novels

Cover of Eyes Turned Skywards Cover of The Danger of Life

We also sell - again signed and dedicated at no extra cost by Ken Lussey if you wish - paperback editions of his first two thrillers set in Scotland during World War Two, 'Eyes Turned Skywards' and 'The Danger of Life'. These were published by Fledgling Press in 2018 and 2019 respectively.