Norman’s recipe for success – in print as well as the kitchen

The author of a series of thrillers spanning the world but with local interest will be back on the Rosneath Peninsula next week.

Norman Reeley has had a successful second career as a novelist.
Norman Reeley has had a successful second career as a novelist.

Norman MacRitchie Reeley’s Malevolent Karma trilogy follows the fortunes of three lads who grow up in different countries in the 1970s, their lives cross before they finally converge in a terrorist attack on a nuclear submarine – it has earned average reviews of 4.5 stars on Amazon.

The author moved to Spain in 1990, but will be in the Café at Kilcreggan on Tuesday night (July 22) for a complementary evening.

Norman is still remembered locally as the former owner of the Green Kettle at Whistlefield – after launching Panache Catering while still a senior lecturer at Clydebank College, he shook hands on deal to buy the café in 1982.

Wood from the Friendly Bear bar at the former Loch Lomond Hotel was used to create the Le Coquemar Vert restaurant, while Suzie’s Brasserie bar was kitted out with antiques and decorations sourced from Silvers Marine and a schooner at Garelochhead.

Soon Norman and his wife Liz had established a strong reputation for the Green Kettle both locally and further afield, and the business prospered until they decided to emigrate after eight years.

Liz died suddenly in 2003 and after meeting his second wife Gina – and a stint as a councillor in a Spanish and foreign residents’ political party – Norman began work on his first novel, Malevolent Karma, joking: “It was easy to write fiction – after all I was the English language press and public relations officer for the party!”

The first book was published in 2012, followed by The Karma of Vengeance.

Norman will be in the Café at Kilcreggan from 7.30 this Tuesday.