Dark Ness

ABOUT Tabitca Cope

Tabitca Cope
I had to retire early due to ill health and started writing to escape the four walls . I have 4 books on kindle and now one is in hard print.In my younger days I chased bigfoot and , Nessie and still have an interest in unknown animals. I worked as a nurse and then an academic so have lot More...


Are you prepared to face what comes from the Loch? Prepared for the unbelievable? Reviewers say they couldn’t put the book down.

A tale of murder, myth, monsters and a bit of magic set in modern day Loch Ness.Several university researchers meet at the Loch, all pursuing their own research. They end up banded together to help the Laird of the area and his friends fight a real enemy, but who are these men who look so alike, why do they want the laird? and is there a monster in the Loch?. The body count is rising,is the monster responsible ? In the end it all depends on a few people to save the world from an old enemy. 

Dark Ness is the first in trilogy of books set in different locations in the UK. I wrote the book when I had to give up work due to ill health.I don't have many years left so am hoping to get the trilogy finished and out and also a non fiction book on cryptozoology my other interest. Why I wrote the book was due to Erskine Childers. In the foreward to his book Riddle of the Sands, he said he was ill and couldn't find a book he liked so wrote his own. I thought what a good idea and have now unleased that idea on the unsuspecting public . My life story, was a nurse , then an academic, bought up a child with ASD single handed(She is now a scientist) and find myself now house bound but brain still active. I loved writing the book, I just lived it in my head and it seems to have worked as good reviews so far. Interesting stuff about me.....I once hunted bigfoot and got chased by a bear, hunted Nessie ,did voluntary work in India in my teens , love cats, recently taken up crafting and love technology and science even if I don't always understand it. I hope you enjoy reading the book and any future books, as much as I enjoyed writing it.It was hard work ,it wasn't easy but to me it represented a big achievement in my state of health and gave me a great deal of pleasure to know some other people rated it!

This book is the first of a trilogy, and as the title implies, it is set at Loch Ness - probably the most famous cryptozoological location in the world. However, the book is not just about monster hunting. It is what one can only call a ripping yarn, populated by likeable and intriguing characters. One suspects that the doughty heroine Laura Loomis has not a little of the author in her make-up. The author was, after all, one of the original Loch Ness chicks back in the Seventies when it was still politically allowable to refer the young ladies as 'chicks'. Laura and her motley band of academics and students find themselves immersed in an oddly satisfying adventure involving an ancient British secret, Merlin the wizard, a British secret society which one suspects - although one is never told - is a linear descendant of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table, some elegantly nasty neo-Nazi villains, and a plot which would not be out of place in a novel by Jack Higgins. We cannot wait to see what happens in the next two instalments. Jon Downes director CFZ