The remote Isle of Lewis has only had three murders in over forty years. When Helen Riley is asked to investigate a suspicious death in Port of Ness, no-one intends to help her uncover a fourth murder. As she gets closer to the truth, Riley faces threats to herself, her client and her family. Riley is confronted by assassination drones plus a powerful international network of collusion and conspiracy that threatens her job, her family and her life. Cut adrift, she embarks on a fight for justice and revenge. The Machair Crow is a novel that features one woman’s battle against the illicit use of assassination drones and how she overcomes the conspiracy to silence her. A fine detective story and also a novel about drones, covert surveillance and the development of secret kill-lists. Riley is a kick-ass combination of Jack Reacher and Lisbeth Salander. She’s a private investigator based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She’s been army trained as an undercover surveillance officer with the army’s special forces. After she left the forces, she worked as a police detective in Newcastle before turning private. She doesn’t do demure and compliant. If you like your heroines demure and compliant, this is not the book for you.
Targeted Age Group:: 15 -80
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
It’s the kick-ass woman. Until very recently no woman was allowed in the special forces and not allowed to take part in the macho raids. This heroine is based on the experiences of women who participated in special forces surveillance ops.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Snowflake. Build it up as described in the Snowflake method. Also known as Writing by Numbers. Then get lots of other people to review and edit your final work (it’s never final).
Jaycee (it stands for John Charles) is no stranger to writing. As a manager in children’s services he had already written a text on leadership. He’d also been the golf correspondent for an ex-pat magazine in Spain. Born in Glasgow, he studied English Literature at Stirling University. “It should have been a great preparation for becoming an author, but the studies only served to put me off reading literature. For years I only read management and leadership texts. Nowadays, I’ve become a big fan of action detectives and novelists such as Lee Child, Ian Rankine, Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo, Vince Flynn and Jeffery Deaver.
Jaycee’s readers have been impressed by how he has accurately described the island. Riley and her client describe their fascination with the scenic journey they make from the ferry port of Tarbert through North Harris and Lewis and on to the harbour at Port of Ness. “I tried to describe the beauty of the island from the perspective of two English tourists, two women who have never been to the island before and who are stunned by its raw beauty.” The novel’s action is fast-paced and the twist in the ending comes as a surprise.
Jaycee was born in Glasgow and studied English Literature at Stirling University before taking his Masters Degree in Education at Newcastle University. He worked as a manager in Children’s Services in England where he wrote a book on leadership before writing this, his first novel. The sequel is called Dixon’s Revenge and part of it is also based out on the Dhiobadail moor. He lives in Newcastle with Angela and their two sons.
You can download The Machair Crow by Jaycee Brown on Amazon.co.ukWhat Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Standing up against oppression is too much of a male trope. I wanted a female heroine to make that journey. The biggest oppression today is arguably the use of UAV drones alongside a President’s kill-list. The most beautiful pace to live in the United Kingom is the western isles and specifically, the Isle of Lewis. So, overwhelming oppression in the island of tranquility and a stand up heroine willing to tackle it.