The Figurehead

By Bill Kirton

Historical fiction | Paperback, eBook


Steam challenges sail for mastery of the seas, new continents open and the world brims with opportunities for people to be as good — or as evil — as they choose. This is Aberdeen, Scotland in 1840, and when the body of a local shipwright is found on the beach, neither the customers and suppliers he cheated, nor the women he abused, are surprised. But the mystery intrigues wood-carver John Grant, who decides to seek out the murderer. His work and his investigations bring him into contact with William Anderson, a rich merchant — and his daughter Helen. Commissioned to create a figurehead that must combine the features of two women, one of whom is constantly haunting his thoughts, his curiosity begins to uncover a tale of intrigue, blackmail and death...



Bill has been a university lecturer, actor, director, TV presenter and RLF Writing Fellow. His radio and stage plays have been produced in the UK, Australia, and the USA and he wrote a prize-winning verse translation of Molière’s Sganarelle. He’s published five Jack Carston novels, a historical crime/romance, The Figurehead, a spoof crime/spy novel, The Sparrow Conundrum, a satire about real and virtual worlds in an online role-playing game, Alternative Dimension, and a children’s novel The Loch Ewe Mystery. Two of the novels have won 3 awards between them. He’s published five books on writing, study and work skills.


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Bill has been a university lecturer, actor, director, TV presenter and RLF Writing Fellow. His radio and stage plays have been produced in the UK, Australia, and the USA and he wrote a prize-winning verse translation of Molière’s Sganarelle. He’s published five Jack Carston novels, a historical crime/romance, The Figurehead, a spoof crime/spy novel, The Sparrow Conundrum, a satire about real and v...


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