Eyes Turned Skywards

Wing Commander Robert Sutherland has left his days as a pre-war detective far behind him. Or so he thinks. On 25 August 1942 the Duke of Kent, brother of King George VI, is killed in northern Scotland in an unexplained air crash; a second crash soon after suggests a shared, possibly sinister, cause.

Bob Sutherland is tasked with visiting the aircraft's base in Oban and the first crash site in Caithness to gather clues as to who might have had reason to sabotage one, or both, of the aircraft.

Set against the background of a country that is far from united behind Winston Churchill, and the ever-present threat from the enemy, we follow Bob as he unravels layers of deceit and intrigue far beyond anything he expects.

'Eyes Turned Skywards' was published by Fledgling Press on 31 May 2018. The magnificent cover art was the work of Graeme Clarke. The book is available from larger bookshops in Scotland, as well as on order from others, or in paperback or Kindle eBook editions via online retailers such as Waterstones or Amazon.

Cover of Eyes Turned Skywards

Background & Excerpts

Radio Interview

I was interviewed by Scottish crime writer Wendy H. Jones on her Mearns FM radio show, "Wendy's Book Buzz", on 11 July 2018. We talked about 'Eyes Turned Skywards’ and listened to some of my favourite songs. You can hear a recording of the show here.

Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe

I was on the bill at Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe on 9 August 2018. In August each year they do a series of evening performances by five different Scottish writers. It was an enjoyable night, and I will now always be able to say that I once performed at the Edinburgh Fringe!


The Literary Shed, 29 June 2018: "Compelling... extremely enjoyable... The plot is tight and thrilling enough to retain our attention to the end, the detail creating an authentic Britain at war. More to the point, Scotland, and the author’s love for it, shines through... I love books like this – books and stories that feed my absolute love for history... So, please read it. It’s great.

Lisa's Notebook, 29 June 2018: "I asked {my husband} Alan if he’d like to review it instead, as an ex-RAF officer with a keen interest in the history of World War Two." Alan: "This is an intriguing tale woven against the background of the continual and ongoing enigma that surrounds Rudolf Hess’ flight to Scotland on 10 May 1941... Ken Lussey’s historical details regarding RAF aircraft, squadrons and operational deployments in Scotland are all accurate. And they’re presented in an engaging format for those who know their history as well as for those who don’t."

NextToTheAisle, 27 June 2018: "There is a lovely economy to the writing... Lussey weaves a winning formula of transplanting a detective storyline into the wartime narrative... makes you want to know what is going to happen to him during the remainder of the war... gripping in its thriller form and wartime context..."