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Jacobite to Redcoat trilogy
Dear Malcolm, We are connected by a remarkable co-incidence. I live in Dundee and have written three books about a man who survives the Jacobite rebellion and becomes a redcoat himself in Fraser's Highlanders (78th regiment).His initial motivation is to find the redcoat who killed his family but his loyalties become more conflicted as he serves in the French and Indian war. "No Great Mischief If They fall" is the first book, "Liberty or Death", "The World Turned upside Down" the further books. Great minds think alike. I will read yours, if you read mine. Martin
Posted by Martin Dey on 23 August 2021
Hi Martin,

That is an amazing coincidence! I have looked at your books on Amazon and they look fascinating. I would love to follow your suggestion.
Unfortunately, you did not leave your email address, so I am unable to reply directly.
Posted by malcolm archibald on 25 August 2021
The WIndbush series
I discovered the Windbush series and have to say I have read them all. I sad when I reach book 9 and there were no others to follow. Thank you for taking me from Burma, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the hills of England, Crimea, introducing me to the Fenians, the West Coast of Africa, the business of the slave trade and so much more. Enjoyed them all and will try Our Land of Palestine next.
Posted by Tim Landrum on 27 July 2021
Hi Tim,

Many thanks for posting your kind comments on my website!

I am very glad you enjoyed the Windrush series. When I wrote the first, I had only intended a series of three books, but Jack took over and demanded I continue expanding his adventures.

I do have a tenth book in mind, to finish his Afghanistan campaign, for there was much more drama to come, with one of the worst defeats the British Army suffered in Queen Victoria's reign, and one of the most celebrated marches that brought General Roberts to public attention. You may remember Roberts from Beyond the Frontier, a diminutive Ulsterman who Kipling later immortalised as 'Bobs.'

After that - I am not sure. I may put Jack into honourable retirement, or continue his career. It all depends on the readers' reaction to the tenth book.

Thank you again for your readership and comments, and please don't hesitate to get in touch for any queries!
Posted by malcolm archibald on 28 July 2021
Someone has just mentioned to me there's a Detective Mendick in some of your novels. That's v exciting for us Mendicks. Wondering what gave you the inspiration and can you point me in the direction of your novels with the name in it?
Best wishes
Rob Mendick
Posted by Robert Mendick on 08 January 2021
Hi Rob,
Very good to hear from you.
Yes, I have three Mendick novels published:
The Darkest Walk
A Burden Shared
The Golden Voyage
Contact me directly and I will happily give more details. I got the Mendick name from a hill in the Pentland range, south of Edinburgh in Scotland. It's the only Mendick I know, and quite possibly (although not definitely) was where the surname originated.
Posted by malcolm archibald on 11 January 2021
I know the hill. We used to stop there always in the way up to Edinburgh. I’ve included my email address so please send details this way. Many thanks
Posted by Rob on 11 January 2021
I’ve been an American fan of your Windrush novels for some time. Now I’ve discovered you have Victorian mysteries as well and plan to order them as soon as I’m off holiday in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Have recently discovered my strong English/Scottish roots, so I’m depending on your fiction to help me visualize the environment of my ancestors!! :)
Posted by Kent on 28 January 2020
Hi Kent

Many thanks for your interest in my work, and for reading Windrush. I have a new Windrush out in the spring, as well as the second in my Detective Watters mystery novels.
Very best

Posted by malcolm archibald on 28 January 2020
Thank You
Hi Malcolm. I came across your profile on the Next Chapter site this morning, while looking up a friend's work. It was no coincidence that yours was the only profile I clicked on besides hers, because I love historic fiction and several of your books will help me with both atmosphere and facts in relation to the places/times some of my great-grandparents lived... Edinburgh 1820s (convicts transported to Australia) and Dundee up to 1841 (whalers and coopers by trade, migrated to Australia). I have some information already, but feel sure your books will bring this into focus. I will read your books with great interest... I believe our generations are the keepers of history and I thank you for the depth of the work you've undertaken (obvious from reading about your work) and your contribution to the preservation of history. Cheers. Kathryn.
Posted by Kathryn Coughran on 17 August 2019
Hi Kathryn,

Many thanks for your kind comments. I do hope that my books are of some interest to you as well as of use. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly if I can be of any help!
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