Writer Helen Forbes, who formerly worked for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in Stornoway, is on the verge of releasing a new novel, 'Madness Lies', following the 'Highland Noir" novel 'In the Shadow of the Hill', published almost three years ago.

Helen is well-known throughout the Western Isles from her work in the Council's legal department; her role running the Uist Council for Voluntary service; and from her family connections with North Uist and Stornoway, where she attended Primary School.  She also  edited Am Paipear, the award-winning Uist community newspaper.

Her new novel will be released on October 19th. Madness Lies follows DS Joe Galbraith on a new murder investigation and moves between Inverness, North Uist and London, reaching a terrifying dénouement at the notorious Black Rock Gorge.

Helen says, "Writing the sequel to In the Shadow of the Hill was always going to be a challenge, especially given the wonderful reception my first book received.  However, in writing this novel I have worked to develop the characters and bring a more personal intimacy to them, so the reader is drawn more fully into all aspects of their lives.”

Seonaid Francis, Director of ThunderPoint Publishing, writes, "Madness Lies builds on Helen's stunning first novel that raised the bar for Highland Noir. This second novel sees DS Joe Galbraith return for another complex case, with all his idiosyncracies and personal baggage that make him such a brilliant character."

The new book centres around incident when an Inverness Councillor is murdered in broad daylight.  Detective Sergeant Joe Galbraith sees a familiar figure running from the scene.  The victim’s high profile means the police want a quick resolution to the case, but no one seems to know anything. Or if they do, they're not prepared to say.

Helen is presently a solicitor based in Inverness, specialising in housing and property law.  She has also lived and worked in Edinburgh and Fife, and prior to studying law at the University of Edinburgh, Helen was a veterinary nurse in Inverness and at the school of veterinary studies in Edinburgh.

A member of the Highland Literary Salon and the Edinburgh Writers’ Club, Helen has previously had work published in Northwords Now and the Global Shorts Anthology.  She has also had success in national and international writing competitions, having been commended by the Highland and Island Short Story Association, the Neil Gunn Writing Competition and the Scottish Association of Writers.

Helen’s first novel,In the Shadow of the Hill, was published in October 2014.  It was described as ‘our first real home-grown sample of modern Highland noir’ by Raasay-based writer Roger Hutchison in the West Highland Free Press.

Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1-910946-31-2 (Kindle)

ISBN: 978-1-910946-30-5 (Paperback)

Publication: October 19th 2017

Extent: 280 pp

Price (Kindle): £3.99/$4.99

Price (Paperback): £9.99/$12.99