In this historical novel based on a true story, a lady-in-waiting finds herself at the center of a plot to assassinate James I, King of Scotland

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Euan Macpherson announces the release of 'A Dagger for Catherine Douglas'

ARBROATH, Scotland, Jan. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- When Euan Macpherson was 10 years old, he was given a book about Scottish history to read. He had grown up with stories where the good guys always won in the end. When he read the story of Catherine Douglas for the first time, he was expecting her to emerge on the winning side, but the good guys did not win. The story upsets him, stopped reading the history book and never went back to it.

Based on a true story of the Lady-in-Waiting who found herself at the center of a plot to assassinate James I, King of Scotland, Macpherson now releases "A Dagger for Catherine Douglas" (published by AuthorHouse UK). The year is 1437, everything is going well for Catherine. She has been granted a prestigious position in the Scottish court and a prosperous marriage to a wealthy merchant has been arranged for her.

Sean Campbell, a mercenary with reputation as an uncouth cut-throat, attends court. Catherine is immediately attracted to him. In the intrigues of courtly life, no one has any friends – there are only ambitious courtiers seeking advancement. But who has been promised advancement on the death of the king? Is Sean Campbell part of the king's bodyguard or is he one of the assassins? It is not only the king's life that is in danger. Catherine will learn that even the Ladies-in-Waiting may be sacrificed in this brutal attempt by an ambitious earl to seize the Scottish throne.

"Women feel they must emulate men to be successful. This is a story of female courage - of a woman who could not fight like a man and did not try to. She sacrificed herself in the way a mother would to protect a child. This is an example of female courage that deserves admiration," Macpherson says. When asked what he wants readers to take away from the book, he answers, "I want them to enjoy the book so much that they are disappointed when it comes to its end." For more details about the book, please visit

"A Dagger for Catherine Douglas"
By Euan Macpherson
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 346 pages | ISBN 9781665594585
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 346 pages | ISBN 9781665594578
E-Book | 346 pages | ISBN 9781665594561
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Euan Macpherson was born in Arbroath on the east coast of Scotland. He studied for an honours degree in English and Scottish Literature at the University of Stirling. He has made several appearances on television and radio, including BBC Birmingham, BBC Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland and Scottish Television. He has written for newspapers and magazines, in both the UK and USA. His first book, The Trial of Jack the Ripper, was published in 2004.

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