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Victorian Crime Fiction

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McARDLE and the GLASGOW BOYS – 1883




The Murder of Young Tom Morris


It is Scotland in the 1870s. Old Tom Morris – the Grand Old Man of golf – and his even more gifted son, Young Tom Morris, dominate the game.

Their stronghold at St. Andrews is fast becoming the pre-eminent course and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club is set to govern the rules of play.

But this does not necessarily suit the purposes of the other two important courses – Prestwick and Musselburgh. Jealousies abound and there is much at stake, not least the future of the Open Championship.

One by one, members of the Morris family start to die what look like natural deaths.

Newly returned from the Ashanti Campaign, war hero Captain David McArdle of the Black Watch seems more than casually interested in these affairs.

Police Constable Murdoch of the St. Andrews police has his suspicions.
A local doctor returned from the Indian Service, the Superintendent of a mental institution, various professional golfers with reputations to protect and an expert in potato rot are all added to the mix.

Taken from the recently-discovered writings of Fife’s Chief Constable, James Fleming Bremner, released one hundred years after his death, this remarkable memoir puts the history of St. Andrews, the Fife Police and the game of golf in a whole new light and uncovers a bizarre series of murders – if murders they were!

McArdle – champion or villain? War hero or phoney? Bremner leads us through the tangled skein of society, politics and golf in Victorian Scotland.


“Whether your interest is golf, St. Andrews, social and military history or just a well-crafted mystery, the first volume in the McArdle series is a cracking good yarn!”

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