Is there a killer in the Kingdom?

Author Malcolm Adamson with a copy of his book," A Death in the Neuk", which is set in Kirkcaldy and the East Neuk. 'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

Author Malcolm Adamson with a copy of his book," A Death in the Neuk", which is set in Kirkcaldy and the East Neuk. 'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

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Fife’s coastal towns and villages, including Kirkcaldy, are the setting for a new mystery novel.

‘A Death in the Neuk’ is the first novel published by author, Malcolm Adamson.

And having originally started writing the book a few years ago, Dr Adamson (60), is pleased it is finally on sale.

He told the Press: “I started the story and then put it aside and it’s been several years since I first started it.

“It’s been hard when I’ve had full time work to come home and write, but I’ve had some time to work on it now.

“It’s taken a long time and it’s a relief to get it out.

“It’s a mystery based round the death of one of the characters.”

Following a body being washed up on a beach in the East Neuk, Detective Sergeant Bill Hamming questions whether it could be more than a tragic accident.

Alan Green recognises it as the head of a local electronics company where he once worked, and along with software engineer Jenny Thomson, he finds himself drawn into the espionage schemes of a ruthless politician and the ambitions of a serial widow.

The high-tech industry forms the backdrop to their search for a killer - if there is one.

Dr Adamson, a doctor in biomedical engineering, has used his own experiences in the industry and his wide knowledge of Fife, an area where he has lived for more than 25 years, as inspiration for the story.

He said: “Some of the background comes from my own work in the electronics industry.

“It’s not true stories, it’s more taking situations and thinking of how particular characters would react in them.

“Fife’s an area I know and there are detective stories set

in Edinburgh focusing on the gritty city scenes.

“Although there’s some Edinburgh action in my book, it’s not in the same line as the likes of Rebus.

“I’ve focused on Fife and smaller town settings rather than city life.”

In the past, Dr Adamson has had a short story published in a magazine for computer professionals, and a technical book on computers published some years ago.

But following the publication of ‘Death in the Neuk’, which is available from online retailers and local book shops, he plans on continuing to write fiction.

He added; “I will be writing another one, but it’s in the early stages at the moment.”