A Penicuik-born author has released the sequel to his debut thriller set in his new home patch.
Roddy Smith’s Black Dog Within is the sequel to 2011’s MacLeod’s Law, a thriller describing criminal activities on a Highland estate.
Roddy, a former school teacher and outdoor pursuits instructor who now lives in the Highlands, revealed that his past work experiences are included in his books.
He said: “I have been very fortunate to meet some very special people, while doing different jobs, and as a consequence of that I have had an interesting life. So I have used that in my writing.
“The first book went well, mostly through word of mouth.
“It’s always difficult when you are writing, you are always a bit worried especially with me being a retired teacher, but so far a lot of people are buying it.
“I left it with the possibility of a sequel and a lot of people asked me if I would do it. I’m very happy with the end product. It’s good to keep the story going with these characters.”
Both books are available from www.amazon.co.uk.