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Publication Order of Mysterious Scotland Books

The Strange Destiny of Horses (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bone Trap (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ness Deception (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stone Cypher (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Jagged Way (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ice Covenant (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Emerald Veil (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Sayings (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Tormod Cockburn is a thriller fiction novelist who is best known for the “Mysterious Scotland” series of novels.

The author has been a resident of East Neuk of Fife for years and together with his wife, he usually travels all across Scotland looking for legends and inspiring places.

He has always loved mystery and myths but he often tries to find the scientific angle behind any happening. As a huge fan of Rankin, he aspires to be just as good as him, though with much less murder.
Before he became a novelist, he wrote short stories that have been published in the likes of the “Grindstone Open Prose” competition, “Retreat West,” and “New Writing Scotland.”

His work has been praised for its authenticity and one reviewer said reading his novels you can smell and taste Scotland. At some point, he moved to Glasgow to study economics and since then, he has been employed in marketing media and magazines.
Given his time in Glasgow, he sometimes revisits the old city from time to time in his novels, even if most of his novels are often rooted in glens and isles.

Cockburn published “The Bone Trap,” his debut novel in 2022, and now has at least half a dozen novels to his name.

When he is not writing, he can usually be found wandering all over Anstruther Harbour, where he baits grumpy fishermen hoping to get them to tell some interesting stories and mending lobster creels.
Tormod Cockburn typically keeps up with his readers and fans through his Facebook profile and on his Amazon page, where he often provides alerts on upcoming books.
He also provides free exclusive content to readers who sign up for his “Mysterious Scotland Reader’s Syndicate.”

“The Bone Trap” by Tormod Cockburn is a story about sightings of a tusked horse, an unidentified animal skull, and a single murder that provides fodder for the revival of an old Scottish myth.

At the beginning of the novel, a struggling scientist from Scotland is holding what could be the skull of a unicorn in his hands. If he can prove it is an authentic artifact, he will achieve immortality and hence he is willing to do anything to achieve his ends.
Gillan McArdle’s academic career is coming to an end due to a simple mistake. He happens to be one of Scotland’s most talented young archeologists who works for a media outfit from Dundee.

He has been offered a job over several months and he is to go to Harris a Hebridean island to investigate some obscure animal bones.

He quickly dismisses the unicorn skull as a fake that has been thinly disguised but still thinks there is something very different about the bones.

Hearing of a majestic tusked horse in the upland swamps, he thinks that he is being manipulated by someone and comes to a disturbing conclusion.

Tormod Cockburn’s novel “The Ness Deception” is a thrilling novel about the “Loch Ness” mystery.

The lead is Gill McArdle who is well aware of the beauty and danger of Loch Ness but he would do anything to be there than anywhere else. He recently launched Mysterious Scotland an investigative journal that had a stellar first issue.
Now he and everyone associated with the magazine find themselves under pressure. Gill who is the editor has been traveling all over Scotland looking for stories to slow down the horrendous slide in sales.
When they learn that a strange animal carcass has been found in Caithness, he immediately heads to the banks of Loch Ness.

He is skeptical about the sightings of the Loch which have increased in recent times but in his quest for answers, he reopens an ancient archeological site.
Little by little he acknowledges the danger lurking in the deepest waters of the Great Glen.

Combining myth, action, science, and suspense it is an imaginative novel that seems to offer an incredible solution to the Loch Ness monster mystery.

“The Stone Cypher” by Tormod Cockburn continues to follow Gill McArdle, a part-time archeologist and magazine editor. He is trying to get it together or think she is when his life is thrown into turmoil following the death of a close friend.
He is in Orkney doing some research into the origins of an etched stone engraved with a religious motif from ancient times and is perplexed by the entire thing.

The carving seems older than any recorded incidence of the first use of the symbol. He believes either he is facing an unsolvable puzzle or maybe someone is tampering with Orcadian artifacts.

While conducting his research, he is given a notebook by some secretive teen which he discovers is full of numerals. Impenetrable and unexplainable, the analysis indicates a mystery that could point to the stars.
Battling to unlock the truth to the mystery, he comes to realize that he may be on the brink of making one of the most startling discoveries.

It is an enthralling novel that wil challenge how you regard the world while suggesting that despite the many scientific achievements we have made there are many things that still remain a mystery.

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