Food of Ghosts (The Scottish Lady Detective: Book 1)

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Buy your copy of Food of Ghosts (The Scottish Lady Detective: Book 1) here.

DS Louisa Townsend has moved from Edinburgh to work for the Kiribati Police Service on Tarawa, a remote coral atoll in the middle of the Pacific. Locally she is known as the Scottish Detective Lady.

Louisa has been on Tarawa for six weeks when a man’s mutilated, naked body is found in the middle of the island. No one knows who he is or how he got there. Louisa is put in charge of identifying him and finding  his killer. She thinks it won’t take her long to get to the truth and make an arrest – the island is very small, after all.  But nothing is what it seems on Tarawa. With no forensics and no one telling the truth – and the bodies mounting up – Louisa couldn’t be more mistaken.

Food of Ghosts is the first book in the Scottish Detective Lady mystery series featuring Detective Louisa Townsend.

“Food of Ghosts is a stunning new crime novel by an exciting Scottish writer”

“Set against an exotic backdrop, this thriller has a complex heroine who’s as fragile as she is feisty – and who must tackle culture clashes and family ties as well as crime if she’s to survive…”



22 Responses to Food of Ghosts (The Scottish Lady Detective: Book 1)

  1. Cathy Harris says:

    Really looking forward to this being released. I read for pure entertainment, to escape from the world and that usually means either crime or supernatural fiction, so very much looking forward to getting to know Sergeant Townsend!

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Thanks, Cathy. I think most people are like us ie: they read for pleasure and entertainment. Of course, what we each mean by that could be different but all said and done, you can’t beat a good story, well told. That is why I do read books/novels that are sometimes out of my immediate comfort/entertainment zone – I love that sense of wonder at discovering a whole fictional new world – and a new author to enjoy :0) And If I don’t like the writing or story, I stop reading ( I never finish a book I’m not enjoying!). I also get a lot of my books second hand, so it’s not too costly a mistake to buy a dud ( for me!) – and I am a big friend of our libraries! Thanks again!

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  9. Julie Noble says:

    Well done on the book and the launch, your feisty heroine Louisa is from Edinburgh, naturally! All the best, Julie xx

  10. Hi Marianne. I’ve just added some promotion for your book to the KTA website. There’s a link on the home page at

    Best regards – and good luck with the launch.


    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Hi Jeremy
      a big thanks for this. I really appreciate support. Would love to know how you find Food of Ghosts – very much hope, of course, you enjoy it 🙂

  11. Colin Orr says:


    Just to say we really enjoyed the book launch last night and are looking foward to reading the book.

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Hi Colin,
      A big thank you for coming. I really appreciate both your support and hope you enjoy reading Food of Ghosts!

  12. Murdo Morrison says:

    I finished Food For Ghosts the same day I started reading it. I became a fan with The Blue Suitcase, was waiting for the new book to come out and really liked it. Amazing to be so good in two quite different genres. What will Marianne Wheelaghan attempt next? Can’t waut to find out.

  13. Marianne Wheelaghan says:

    Thanks so much, Murdo. I am so glad you enjoyed both books. I was planning to concentrate on the second thriller in the series bu now tempted to do the sequel to The Blue Suitcase too .. hm? I know I can’t do both. I’ll have to decide soon!
    Thanks again! 🙂

  14. Daryl says:

    Hi Marianne, Thanks you so very much for the book and I am loving it. It is bringing back so many memories for me both good and bad but it was a really important part of my life and you have captured the place beautifully. I had to go and find my I-Kiribati knives and the ceremonial sword, your book has brought all the special times back.
    Well done and once again thank you.

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Hey Daryl, great to hear from you here! So glad you are enjoying Food of Ghosts. It really helped chatting to you when you were here, it helped me focus and gave me the push I needed to get it finished. It means a lot that you like it :O) xx

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  16. Tekiau K Terr says:

    I would love to read this amazing book but couldn’t find here in Fiji … thanks

  17. Hi Tekiau
    thanks for your kind comment. Sorry you can’t find Food of Ghosts in Fiji, I’ll let Pilrig Press , the publisher, know – maybe they can do something about that? Meanwhile, in case it helps, if you have en e-reader or kindle you can download Food of Ghosts from Amazon.
    Thanks again 🙂

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