It Started with a Pirate by Kirsty Ferry
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It Started with a Pirate

Published Date: February 16, 2021

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Book 4 in Schubert Series!

150 pages


Coffee, cake and cats …

These are a few of Lexie Farrington’s favourite things, and when she walks into the Thistledean Café in Edinburgh, she’s delighted to find all three: coffee, cake, a big black cat on a purple lead being held by a very grumpy-looking pirate. Okay, maybe she wasn’t quite expecting that one …

Of course, Billy McCreadie isn’t really a pirate; he just knows a lot about them and is on his way to give a historical talk to school kids, hence the get-up. He’s also in desperate need of a cat sitter.!

When Lexie steps in, little does she realise that Billy will be the key to a hidden Edinburgh she would have never discovered herself, and he might also be the man to help solve a certain piratical puzzle of her own …

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Other books in series: Every Witch WayA Little Bit of Christmas Magic , It Started with a GiggleIt Stated with a Wedding and Bea’s Magical Summer Garden.

Kirsty Ferry

Kirsty FerryKirsty Ferry is from the North East of England and lives there with her husband and son. She won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition and has had articles and short stories published in various magazines. Her work also appears in several anthologies, incorporating such diverse themes as vampires, crime, angels and more.

Kirsty loves writing ghostly mysteries and interweaving fact and fiction. The research is almost as much fun as writing the book itself, and if she can add a wonderful setting and a dollop of history, that’s even better.

Her day job involves sharing a building with an eclectic collection of ghosts, which can often prove rather interesting.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Vanessa
    Vanessa at

    A lovely magical ghostly witchy love story with an overly confident black cat and a mad witchy family. Pirates, smugglers and Jacobites also feature heavily in this tale of folk bound to each other in the present and the past. Cute, funny, romantic and charming.

  2. Barbara p
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    This is another fun romance from Kirsty. Although part of a series it is a great read as a standalone book. The meeting of Billy and Lexie is not just the chance it appears to be. As you follow their investigations into the past you get to meet more of Billy’s family and some of Lexie’s. Oh, and of course Schubert the cat plays an important part. I love Kirsty’s books and this is no exception. A rollicking story, good characters, romance and a cat. What more can you ask for? OK, chocolate but you can’t have everything!

  3. Gill L.
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    I have to say that I think I prefer this series of Kirsty’s out of all of them – I love the little bit of magic and though I am a dog person, Schubert has something about him – Mow wow! Kirsty spoils us with these dual stories too. Billy is a walking tour guide in Edinburgh, and Lexie, a visiting genealogist, attends a couple of his tours – with some attempted magical ‘assistance’ from his niece and Schubert the cat, their fledgling relationship grows, but also becomes more involved.
    I think it is quite obvious from these comments that I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I read it in one sitting because I couldn’t leave it alone, and can seriously recommend it.

  4. Yvonne Greene
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    Fun story from start to finish! You will be swept away into the eccentric and slightly magical family of the McCreadies and their cat Schubert. Billy McCreadie is a great guy, but with an unusual secret. Lexie has interesting hobbies. Could this be a match made in heaven or hell?! Highly recommend!

  5. Ruth
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    A fast paced book by Kirsty Ferry, full of the unexpected.

    It was a just normal day when Lexie Farrington arrived for a short visit to Edinburgh. Using her professional knowledge as a genealogist she intends to search official records for her ancestors.

    Meeting a pirate walking a cat on a lead she realises that life in Edinburgh could be full of surprises.

    Billy McCreadie is in fact a tour guide and he persuades Lexie to join the tour he’s giving in Greyfriars Kirkyard. She quickly realises that Billy is a most unusual tour guide with unique abilities.

    Ideal for anyone who enjoys romantic ghost stories.

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