Hebridean Mystery Research on the Isle of Lewis As always with research for a novel based on real historical events the wonderful people that help you will have ideas of their own. about your subject. So no surprises that the Historian at the Museum had slightly different views from the Archeaologist. whose tour I took. The locals have points of view that the academics disagree with, The joy for me is I get to choose at least where there are question marks. remaining. One of the biggest changes I may make is the timing of my contemporary setting, shifting it to a previous visit of the Chessmen and into on older building - previously used as a school and reportedly haunted. (My contemporary character has other-world experiences that challenge her emotional lethargy - a grief response to her fathers sudden death, And on this note, I have always known the novel lacked emotional grit but it wasn't until I attended a play last night about the grief of moving through forced immigration (see my fb page) that I saw the common theme of my characters who all have missing elements in their lives. This of course fits beautifully with the historical stories about the missing chess pieces that are interwoven into the contemporary story. New working title- Missing. What do you think?