Innovation takes on many forms but the ability to look back into the past must surely be one of its Holy Grails and it is precisely what two young Scots have achieved.

It is the perfect fit for Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. In his debut novel, Findo’s Mousetrap, author Graham Paskett has created this ability with the aid of a computer programme known as *Mousetrap.

It usescomplex light calculations to recreate scenes from history and Graham has created two central characters, Findo Gask and Andrew McCubbin, to invent Mousetrap. The idea is based on something called The Stone Tape Theory. Believers claim that when dramatic events take place the scenes and sounds are captured in the surrounding brick and stonework. Something, until Mousetrap, unknown such as anniversaries, electrical storms etc. create the right condition for these ancient buildings to yield up their secrets. This is why one never sees ghosts out of context.

Findo falls madly in love with a feisty American media heiress, Dympna Doyle, and Mousetrap, in addition to solving an art theft and an ancient royal mystery, recalls her grandfather landing on America’s Ellis Island as a penniless Irish immigrant.

“It is all very Scottish and full of innovation,” says Graham Paskett. “There is also a strong sense of design and architecture as Findo lives on an imaginary Perthshire Estate called Strath Gask. I shall never be able to own anything like that so I’ve created my very own.

“Findo’s Mousetrap is, therefore, a great example of Innovation, Architecture and Design and although I’m not Scottish my great-grandfather, Andrew McCubbin, most certainly was and my wife and I usually spend three weeks a year exploring Scotland’s beautiful highlands, islands and salmon rivers. I’m also rather partial to a dram or two.”

The book is available as a paper-back or a Kindle download and has been described by reviewers as the perfect summer-holiday beach partner. Perhaps!

It is the first part of a trilogy tracing Findo, Andrew and Dympna’s adventuress. It will not be a surprise to some that, in the second book due out in the autumn, the trio take serious issue with the SNP’s Scottish Land Reform Act. They harness Mousetrap to go back to reveal some interesting features about why some Scottish politicians attack the nation’s historic land owners.

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*Why Mousetrap? William Henry Fox-Talbot was a pioneer of photography and his wife christened his camera Mousetrap.

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