Carolyn McCrae

Award-Winning Independent Author

Her Parents' Daughter

A Tale of Obsession and Deception

A detective is shot dead: a woman stands over the body with a gun in her hands. But which of the two was the victim?

“Very much a page-turner, an intricate plot that moves across Europe and the UK, with intrigue and romance to boot. Very well crafted novel by an experienced author.”
LM, Kent

What's it about?

When a man is shot dead in full view of a number of eminently respectable witnesses the police appear to have an open and shut case on their hands.

Or have they jumped to an easy conclusion because the victim was one of their own?

Perhaps the victim is not as innocent, nor the accused as guilty, as the prosecution makes them out to be – perhaps the accused was the real victim…

Perhaps, if her father had not been an ambitious young politician in the 1950s and her mother had been able to prove exactly who, and what, she was, Jane Carmichael could have lived her life the way she wanted to.

Perhaps if her mother had not made an enemy of a man she met in the embassy in Moscow, they would not have had to spend the sixty years running away – never sure quite from what, or from whom.

Perhaps if Jane had been able to live a different life she would not be on trial for a murder she was certain she could not have committed.

Her Parents’ Daughter introduces Gordon Hamilton and Jane Carmichael, characters who will appear in later titles. It is the first in a sequence of books which will re-unite Skye and Fergal (who meet in A Set of Lies) though they do not appear here.

The Second Edition of Her Parents’ Daughter is available from Amazon and from High Street bookshops – you may need the ISBN Number 9798- 8-82734687

Where to buy


Available on Amazon Kindle

Readers' Comments

“I loved the book… I read it in less than a week I didn’t want it to end.”

EB, Berkshire

“Despite knowing who didn’t commit the murder from the very beginning this is still a very clever and engaging ’whodunnit’ ’whydunnit’ and ‘howdunnit’” AC, Isle of Wight

“A great book. Gripping story with lots of false leads. Just when you think you have figured it out you find out you were wrong!! Highly recommended. Great for those lovely cosy nights reading under the duvet. Bet you don’t guess the ending.” SD, Somerset

“Very much a page turner, an intricate plot that moves across Europe and the UK, with intrigue and romance to boot. Very well crafted novel by an experienced author.” LM, Kent

“I loved the book my friend bought it for me while we were on holiday on the Isle of Wight. I read it in less than a week I didn’t want it to end.” EB, Berkshire

Interview: Extracts from an interview with NGP

How did you get the idea for this book?

When I began to map out the plot of a book about obsession I imagined a young man, perhaps still a schoolboy, becoming obsessed with a girl he barely knew, then spending half a century stalking her through all the phases of her life. But as the book took shape the characters, David and Jane, decided for themselves that David was only a pawn in a much wider story. The question ‘if Jane didn’t murder the detective who did and how… and why?’ can only be answered when the truth about both her parents is known.

There’s a great deal about politics and the Cold War…

I love history and I try to put all my books in an historical perspective. In Her Parents’ Daughter, with the back stories beginning in the 1940s, 50s and 60s relations with the USSR and the Cold War was THE situation that dominated everything. I can remember a school assembly where we prayed that a nuclear war would not be started that day! It is an era that fascinates me and also it allows for a great deal of use of the imagination as so much is not, and will not be, known – and what is known is subject to a great deal of ambiguity. But this is not a ‘spy’ book. It is a detective story, centred around an obsession where people do what they do because of what they, and other people, did in those Cold War years.

You have said there will be a series of books…

In A Set of Lies, which I was writing at the same a time as this, I introduced Skye and Fergal as what can best be described as ‘investigative historians’. They are going to crop up in my books in the future. I also needed to create something – or someone – who would give them their tasks, someone a little mysterious but powerful, well-connected and clever. That is Gordon Hamilton and he is introduced here.

Have you started writing that series?

I have. Second Strand will be out soon with Skye and Fergal undertaking a task they have no idea Gordon is involved with.

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