(Writing as Laura Black)
Leonora Albanys great-grandmother harboured an astonishing secret. It seems that Leonora is the sole legitimate descendant of Bonnie Prince Charlie and by rights, the Queen of Scotland. The seventeen-year olds pursuit of truth leads her to a path strewn with danger, violence and an unspeakable murder. Laura Black brings to life the struggles of an extraordinary adolescent in her fight to remain unconsumed by title and privilege. Mystery and suspense surround every character in this spellbinding tale of intrigue.
A sizzler of a story this Blacks (Longrigg's) historical novels boast a wealth of authentic detail, and this one possesses ingredients beloved of those who thirst for adventure and for heroines bonny, bold and blue of blood.
Author biography:Roger Longrigg was a British author of unusual versatility who wrote both novels and non-fiction, along with plays and screenplays for television, under both his own name and eight other pseudonyms.
Born in Edinburgh into a military family, he was at first schooled in the Middle East, but returned to England as a youth and later read history at Magdalen College, Oxford. His early career took him into advertising, but after the publication of two comic novels took up writing full time in 1959.
He completed fifty five books, many under his own name, but also Scottish historical fiction as Laura Black; thrillers as Ivor Drummond (for which his chief character, Lady Jennifer Norrington was named by HRF Keating in 'The Times' as the 'True heir of James Bond'); black comedies as Domini Taylor; Frank Parish (which titles feature the adventures of Dan Mallett, a poacher who lives on the edges of legality) - and famously Rosalind Erskine - a name with which he hoaxed all for several years, and who appeared to write a disguised biography of what life was like in a girls boarding school where the classmates ran a brothel for boys from a nearby school. Erskine's 'The Passion Flower Hotel' became a bestseller and was later filmed.
Roger Longrigg's work in television included 'Mother Love', a BBC mini-series starring Diana Rigg and David McCallum, and episodes of 'Crown Court' and 'Dial M for Murder'.
He died in 2000, aged 70 and was survived by his wife, the novelist Jane Chichester, and three daughters.