The day the Mafia came to Blackwaterfoot

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Book review

Author Miller Caldwell is back causing trouble in Blackwaterfoot again and it seems that, even on Arran, you cannot escape the reach of the mob.

The latest instalment of his Tartan Noire trilogy sees fictional Arran police sergeant Rory Murdoch with another interesting case on his hands in the 140-page novella Ruffled Feathers at Blackwaterfoot.


When New York city lawyer Tony Lupino visits Arran he claims to be a descendant of Alban Caskie who lived in Blackwaterfoot in 1702. He then plants Mafia gold in the north of the island, starting a gold rush.

Tony then finds a Second World War Nazi plane and leads the police to find a missing teenager.  Naturally the locals are enthralled as he regales them about his Sioux heritage, and they also become especially impressed with his Sioux instincts. He is becoming popular with the local people of Blackwaterfoot but is he who he claims to be?

After a report in the New York Times of Tony’s adventures on Arran, two New York residents are more than curious about this particular newspaper article, but have they murder on their minds? What you can be sure about is that there will be some ruffled feathers.

A review by Cyril Barnett describes the book as: ‘A captivating and intriguing novella. Miller takes the reader back to Blackwaterfoot on the island of Arran for another riveting read.’


Miller is part of the five per cent of the population who can recall dreams and to end the book there are 12 of his dreams, each a short story in itself to be enjoyed.

The book is the third in his Arran trilogy and follows Murders and Blackwaterfoot and the twin-titled Seaweed in My Hair and Dementia Adventure.

Miller, who lives in Dumfries, will be back on Arran next with copies of his new book which he will be signing at the Harbour Shop in Blackwaterfoot from 2pm to 5pm on Tuesday June 21.

Ruffled Feathers at Blackwaterfoot is published by Beul Aithris Publishing and is available on Amazon as a paperback on Amazon priced £8.

Hugh Boag

The front cover of Ruffled Feathers in Blackwaterfoot.