Gerald Arthur Douglas Hammond is the creator of 'John Cunningham', dog breeder in Scotland and of 'Keith Calder', gunsmith. He also writes under the pseudonyms 'Arthur Douglas' and 'Dalby Holden'.
Not all the care a surveyor who's determined to develop an old Scottish house into a block of flats puts into choosing his fellow tenants prevents one of them from topping another.
Underwood House is eminently a property worth developing, and Douglas Young, eager to throw off the shackles of a firm that charges a high price for his services but doesn't pass on the riches to him, is eager to refurbish it. Read full book review >
Flamescape ($25.00; Dec.; 224 pp.; 0-7278-5501-8): In another break from his long-running series of Highlands tales of hunting, fishing, and murder (Bloodlines, 1998, etc.), Hammond unfolds the more urgent story of Jenny Ambleton, a budding photographer whose pictures of the house fire that killed David Oliver's inconvenient wife have attracted the interest of the constabulary—and of the firebug determined to get Jenny's negatives.Read full book review >
When Polly James, sick of the attentions of her mother's constant stream of admirers, does a bunk and hightails it to London, she's not the only one making a departure, since her author is leaving behind the Highlands landscapes so familiar to his fans (Bloodlines, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
Bloodlines ($20.95; Feb. 17; 224 pp.; 0-312-18052-7): Would kennel-keeper and occasional sleuth (Mad Dogs and Scotsmen, 1996, etc.) Read full book review >
In the middle of loading biochemist Noel Cochrane's black Lab dog, Jove, into his car so that Noel can remove him from quarantine for a posting to the States, John Cunninghman (Sting in the Tail, 1995, etc.) looks up to see that his car is gone, along with his shotgun, a briefcase of Noel's, and Jove. Read full book review >
Ronnie Calder and his niece Deborah Fellowes, hunting foxes one evening, startle a stranger who leaves behind a set of fingerprints—and later a stolen shotgun—that lead the pair, and Deborah's CID husband Ian, back to the two-year-old deaths of sharp-dealing car salesman Nathaniel Connerty and Daniel Graham, one of the biggest investors in Nat's schemes. Read full book review >
Hardly a dull moment at Three Oaks Kennels (scene of Doghouse, 1992, etc.), the Scottish dog breeding/training farm owned and run by ex-army captain John Cunningham, his wife, Beth, and their older friends Isobel and Henry Fitts, with an assist from the aptly named young Daffy. Read full book review >
Hammond's onetime Scottish hero, gunsmith-sleuth Keith Calder (In Camera, p. 355), has recently taken a backseat to his spunky daughter Deborah, newly married to Inspector Ian Fellowes of the local police and very involved in her new business—preparing and marketing game birds. Read full book review >