Hide and Seek

'Hide and Seek' is a fast-paced thriller set in Stirling Castle and more widely across Scotland during World War Two.

It’s April 1943. Medical student Helen Erickson is followed from London to her aunt’s farm in Perthshire. What do her pursuers want?

Meanwhile Monique Dubois is attending a secret meeting at Stirling Castle when an old adversary is murdered in a chilling echo of a dark episode in the castle’s history. Bob Sutherland and the MI11 team are called in and discover that almost everyone who knew the victim had a motive.

Helen disappears and it becomes clear that national security is at stake. Monique sets out to find the missing woman before anyone else does, even if it means killing to protect her. Can Monique find Helen? Can Bob track down the killer at Stirling Castle? And just how dangerous have things become for both of them?

'Hide and Seek' was published by Arachnid Press on 26 May 2023 and is available in paperback and Kindle editions. The cover design is the work of Carolyn Henry Photography

Cover of Hide and Seek


Bob Long on Amazon, 11 January 2024: "Five Stars. Enjoyed this thriller very much. Plenty of intriguing twists and turns, and a very nice combination of second world war history and Scottish scenery with a bit of aviation thrown in. The rather exotic heroine, Monique Dubois, whose back story means you wouldn't want her to meet your mum, ruthlessly gets the job done in great style with the support of the rest of the team."

Windy Tree on Facebook, 26 September 2023: "A really good story...I liked the historical facts, the travels across our landscape, a murder plot and more hints that so-called 'allies' would soon become the foe...the way the storyline kept me engaged through each chapter was a joy to read....and I am definitely looking forward to more from Bob & Monique..."

Windy Tree on Amazon, 26 September 2023: "Five Stars. This has been a very enjoyable book to read..... this series of books gets stronger with each release and is definitely worthy of your reading time..."

Kindle Customer, 3 September 2023: "Five Stars. Great read, looking forward to the next. Really enjoyable series as well as working as stand alone stories, hope there are more to come. Great characters and theme."

K&K Henderson, 16 July 2023: "Five Stars. Well done to the author for another great book. I hope he keeps writing more adventures about them and I can only hope and wish that Amazon, Netflix, Apple or some other broadcasters turn these books into TV or film adaptations for the screen."

John Cookson on Facebook, 9 July 2023:
Ken, it's a cracking good read. Gripping right from the start. Clearly a lot of research gone into your locations with two intertwined story lines and a bit of history too.

dds_book_reviews, 20 June 2023:

  • "Four Stars."
  • "...does not disappoint."
  • "Taut writing and a great pace. Well researched, which makes this an informative as well as an exciting read."

NextToTheAisle, 26 May 2023:

  • "Drawing from a wealth of influences... Lussey has again written an entertaining page-turning novel that delivers in spades of enjoyment and tension."
  • "What is so good about this book... is that there is a genuine sense of not knowing what is coming next."
  • "The scene where Monique and Anthony discover the carnage at the aunt's farm was to this reader reminiscent of the opening to No Country for Old Men told with such assuredness that comes from a writer confident in the characters he has created."
  • "While that is daring and driven, Bob's castle death is closer to an Agatha Christie novel and those famous drawing room murders where everybody is a suspect."
  • "Lussey has in the past six years created this quite wonderful world of World War Two espionage and mystery..."