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A lost, wandering and damaged man finds himself drafted back into the world he thought he had escaped, when the local branch of a powerful, international Agency needs a mysterious job done in the remote Highlands of Scotland.
The new companion who leads him out of disaffected early retirement is a seductive, young, novice female agent, but could there really be far more to her than there at first seems?
They find themselves in a world of natural beauty, mountain and beach, which they will only contaminate with extraordinary rendition, abduction, bloodshed and torture.
The modern bureaucratic world of paperwork and subcontracting will mean that no-one actually knows which government or country is behind the operation, but one man will soon remember why he left Agency work like this and why he hates it so much, even though it may really be love that has dragged him back into it all.

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December 2014 up and coming crime author of the month with Bill Daly

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1. How did you get started writing?
I’ve been writing in some form or other most of my life. My first love was humour and I’ve had a lot of light-hearted articles published in various newspapers and magazines over the years, but it’s only comparatively recently that I started writing novels.

2. What drew you to write a crime novel?
In fact, I didn’t start off with crime. The first book I wrote was called The Pheasant Plucker. It’s a humorous (I hope!) spy spoof about an eccentric Scotsman from Kilbirnie called Frank McClure. The action takes place mainly in Kilbirnie and Montpellier in the south of France, where I’ve been living for the past twenty-odd years. The Pheasant Plucker may well be the only novel ever written in which the opening word is ‘Kilbirnie’, but I’m not sure the Kilbirnie tourist board would want to make too much of that when they read the description! Having tried unsuccessfully to interest a publisher in The Pheasant Plucker, I ended up self-publishing it.
However, the genre I enjoy reading most is ‘crime’, especially Scottish crime, so it seemed natural to try my hand at that.

3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?
On the humour side, undoubtedly Tom Sharpe, though I tried to steer away from being quite as outrageous. On the crime side, I’m been impressed by several Scottish writers, though they haven’t necessarily influenced my style of writing. Willie McIlvanney has to be number one. I was blown away when I first read Laidlaw in the 1970s, long before the genre of ‘tartan noir’ had even been thought of. More recently, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Denise Mina, among many others.

4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?
I tried to interest a lot of publishers in The Pheasant Plucker, with no success – it’s a soul-destroying process. However, when I wrote Black Mail, I got an offer from the first publisher I sent it to – Old Street Publishing. There’s an awful lot of luck in this game in sending a novel to a publisher who happens to be interested in publishing a book in that genre, at that time.

5. There are many interesting characters in your Novel, do you have a particular favourite one?
I suppose it has to be the principal character, DCI Charlie Anderson. Black Mail is the first book in what will be a series featuring Charlie, so I’m going to be living with him for some time. However, I also quite like my psychopath, Billy McAteer – I don’t know what that says about me!

6. What kind of research have you had to undertake for your Novels?
I haven’t had to do much by way of research. My novels are all more or less contemporary and the action is based in places where I’ve lived for a long time.

7. Are the characters in your books based on any real life?
They are the kind of people you might meet in and around Glasgow, with elements of typical Glaswegian humour – and also Glasgegian bigotry, but none of them are based on actual people.

8. What do you think makes your novels stand out from all the other Scottish Crime Fiction Novels out there?
I tried to do something different with my central character. Most fictional detectives have some hang-up or other in their personal lives: they’re either divorced, they’re having an affair, their partner’s having an affair, they’re drinking too much, they’re estranged from their children etc. Charlie Anderson has none of these problems. He is a happily married man and he dotes on his daughter and his grandson. However, he is nearing retirement and he is very ‘old school’. He insists on his officers doing everything by the book, but he isn’t ‘politically correct’ himself. He still believes that giving someone a clout around the ear can be the best option in certain circumstances. He can’t keep up with modern computer technology – he can’t even cope with emails and, as he tells us: “they don’t make keyboards to fit my kind of thick, stubby fingers”.

9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa?
I hope not!

10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned.
As I mentioned above, Black Mail, which was published in April 2014, is the first book in what will be a series based on DCI Charlie Anderson. The second book in this series, Double Mortice, will be published, also by Old Street Publishing, in April 2015 and, hopefully, the third book in the series will be out sometime in 2016.

11.What was your favourite scene to write in your Novel and why?
Probably my favourite scene in Black Mail is when DS Tony O’Sullivan is sent to arrest the psychopath, Billy McAteer, in Tennents bar in Byres Road in Glasgow as it gives scope for building tension while using typical Glasgow, understated vernacular in the interaction that takes place between the two men.

12. As an up and coming crime writer do you have words of advice you can share?
For those starting out, there are a lot of excellent writing groups throughout Scotland, under the auspices of the Scottish Association of Writers (website http://www.sawriters.org.uk), where writers of all standards can attend regular meetings and get critiques of their work from their peers. Writers, in general, are a very supportive community and these groups are an invaluable source of information and advice. Also, the SAW annual conference is an excellent forum where both aspiring and experienced writers get together and share ideas.

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Murder and drug-dealing are all in a day’s work for DCI Charlie Anderson, but everything’s on a different scale now that psychopath Billy McAteer is back on the streets of Glasgow. Simon Ramsay, a successful and seemingly respectable businessman, receives an email with a photograph attached. If he doesn’t come up with £50k, the sender will release it to the press, and Ramsay’s career will be over. In a state of panic he contacts his mistress, Laura. He tells her a blackmailer has managed to get his hands on a compromising photo of them in bed together. Terrified of what her violent husband will do if he finds out about her affair, Laura enlists the services of McAteer to deal with the blackmailer. It is a moment of madness, with disastrous consequences. And it falls to DCI Anderson and his sidekick to unravel the trail of death and destruction

DCI Charlie Anderson 2 – Double Mortice Due Out 21st April 2015

Other Novels

The Pheasant Plucker

Amazon Author Page

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December 2014 up and coming crime author of the month with Karen Campbell

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1. How did you get started writing?
I always used to write when I was younger, little stories and teenage novels. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I started to try to seriously finish a novel and my first book “Violet’s Story” was eventually completed after I had hit my thirties. The next years were spent mainly doing short stories here and there, until one story resonated more than others and I wrote a follow-up, and a third follow-on until I realised I had another novel. That was my second novel “The Knowing.”

2. What drew you to write a crime novel?
I never set out to specifically write a crime novel. It just so happened that what happened to my main character in “The Knowing” involved some murders and with her partner being a police officer, it could be written no other way.

3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?
I love Jeanette Winterson and I love Stephen King. I would like to think I am a blend of both their styles, creating my own style.

4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?
Oh yes, I am well accustomed to the rejection letter. I think self-publishing is definitely the way forward.

5. There are many interesting characters in your Novels, do you have a particular favourite one?
The current book I am writing has a wonderful character called Vivian Westwood (no relation to the designer). I have completely fallen in love with her and it’s going to be sad in a way when I finish the book in a few weeks because Viv has now become a huge part of my life every day.

6. What kind of research have you had to undertake for your Novels?
In the book I am writing, my character Viv gets cervical cancer. I had this in real life so I have drawn from this experience to help me write it.

7. Are the characters in your books based on any real life?
Some have essences of people I have known, or fragments of events that have taken place, but I use artistic licence quite a bit.

8. What do you think makes your novels stand out from all the other Scottish Crime Fiction Novels out there?
I would call mine a supernatural crime thriller with a bit of lesbian romance thrown in. It’s different because it’s mine and I am unique.

9. Do you see any of your characters’ personality in yourself and vice versa?
I twist things a lot when I write, I like to keep people guessing.

10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned?
I am working on “The Diary of a Fat Cow”, about the life and loves of over-weight Tesco night-shift worker, Viv. Then I shall be writing the rest of the follow-up to “The Knowing”, which is called “A Love Like Ishinnie.”

11. Out of the Novels you have written do you have a favourite one that stands out to you?
No, they all have a place in my heart. I hope I get better with each book though, as my writing improves.

12. As a up and coming crime writer do you have words of advice you can share?
I wouldn’t categorise myself as a crime writer, but I would say to anyone plan your story, work out a programme you can stick to and just go for it. Writing can be the easy bit, it’s all the work after that’s tough.

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The Knowing is a gritty, supernatural crime novel set in Glasgow. The narrator is a psychology lecturer named Jen Keith, who has dreams and visions about deaths which are yet to happen.
Jen’s goal is to assist the police in cases they are struggling to solve. She forever finds herself embroiled in trouble, putting herself into danger to help innocents. But who will believe her? Will her police officer girlfriend, Kate Coutts, or does she have another agenda?

OTHERS NOVELS

Violet’s Story

SHORT STORIES

Little Whispers

Karen Campbell was awarded the Ultimate Planet (New) Author of the Year 2014

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Amazon Author Page

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December 2014 up and coming crime author of the month with Alison Gray

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How did you get started writing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing stories. As I child I loved writing stories and even made my own magazines for fun. When I was a teenager I started writing a novel set during the French revolution, although I never finished this. So I feel as if writing is something that has always been there with me, although it has lain fallow for periods of my life.

What drew you to write a crime novel?

I enjoy reading crime novels and thrillers for relaxation so it seemed an obvious thing to try and write in the genre that I enjoy. I do have a love of history as well and of biographies and travelogues. Most of all I’m interested in the stories of people’s lives and I think you can find that in any genre.

Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?

In the past, I’ve been influenced by gothic romance writers Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. I also loved Mary Stewart’s thrillers and historical writing and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is probably my favourite novel of all time.

In the past few years, I’ve been influenced by Camilla Läckberg and Elly Griffiths. Both of these authors write series where crime drives the individual stories but the characters drive the series. Patrik Hedstrom (a police detective) and his wife, Erica Falck (a writer) are together in the first novel in the series and their relationship and family life grow and develop throughout the Fjällbacka series. Elly Griffiths’ forensic archaeologist protagonist, Dr Ruth Galloway, is just one of a multitude of interesting characters in her crime series.

When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?

I have to admit I haven’t tried very hard to get publisher interest. I’ve probably tried less than twenty times to get interest from agents or publishers, although I’ve tried pitching at various conferences where the interest was enough to spur me on but not enough to lead anywhere. At the end of 2013 I decided to self-publish in 2014 and so far that’s been very rewarding. There’s been a huge learning curve and I’m still learning but I do feel part of an independent author community now and that’s enjoyable while is has also been very satisfying to see the entire process through from first draft to published book.

There are many interesting characters in your novel. Do you have a favourite one?

I’m interested in my protagonists and how they develop through their relationships and the things that happen to them. I don’t really have a favourite character, although if I was to pick one whom I’d like to see a bit more of in future, it would be Lieutenant Angelo Christofis from my novel, Hibiscus Fruit.

What kind of research have you had to undertake for your novels?

I’ve done real-life research where I’ve travelled to areas I’m writing about to walk in the footsteps of the characters. I’ve also done virtual research where I have used the Internet. In terms of procedure in crime novels, I’ve contacted ex police officers with my questions and that has been extremely helpful.

Are the characters in your books based on any real life characters?

No. All of my characters are completely made up.

What do you think makes your novel stand out from all the other Scottish Crime Fiction novels out there?

Although I’m a Scottish Indie Author and my first standalone novel – Out of the Tower – is set in Scotland, my current crime series is set in the Aegean and the North East of England where I currently reside. So perhaps the fact that this series isn’t based in Scotland makes it different.

Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself or vice versa?

The characters are smorgasbord creations from all of life’s possibilities – a hair colour here, an eye colour there, a personality trait from this person and a hobby from that one. But if I were to pick one characteristic in my characters that I see in myself, it’s the constant questioning of everything that goes on around me I probably relate to most.

If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned?

I’m planning a series of eco thrillers with a young Danish activist. This may be futuristic or young adult. I’m not sure at the moment. I’m also thinking of a historical series, although I don’t yet know which time period it would be set in. And then there are a few ideas buzzing around in my head for standalone psychological thrillers but nothing I can reveal yet.

What was your favourite scene to write in your novel, and why?

The scene that I most enjoyed writing in Hibiscus Fruit didn’t make it into the final draft! Writing that sets the scene is probably my favourite type of writing because with every word you are constructing a new reality and all possibilities lie before you at that point.

As an up and coming crime writer do you have any words of advice you can share?

Read. Write what you love. Finish what you start. Seek feedback. Assess the feedback for what you can use. Stay true to yourself and to your stories. Polish your work. Release it into the world. Be proud of it. And repeat.

Novels

Out of the Tower
Hibiscus Fruit ( DS Abbey Foulkes 1)

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Amazon Author Page

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December 2014 up and coming crime author of the month with Stevie Mach

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1. How did you get started writing?

I’m not sure of the spur that actually started me, it was so long ago, but once I had started it became an essential part of my life when I was younger, around late teens. I started writing songs, so lyrics came first, then some poetry, and from there I moved on to short stories and now I mostly concentrate on novels.

2. What drew you to write a crime novel?

I suppose I came upon crime late, my first novel, which is unpublished and pretty terrible, was a humourous science fiction farce. Then I began some, what I would call, light hearted real life dramas, though there was always a little bit of crime in there somewhere. My last two novels, Silhouettes and Punisher, are pretty steep in the murderous crime department, and they were just so much fun to write. So, in the end, it seems to be what I enjoy writing most that goes down on the page, and to date that is the crime novel.

3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?

I read a wide range of genres and have an even longer list of writers I admire. I can’t be sure who actually influences my style, I would suggest that would be down to others to dictate, but other writers do inspire me to continue to write. Reading something by Bukowski or Vonnegut gets me thinking, after lifting the latest by Rankin or McBride, I want to switch on the computer. An empty page on the screen gets my idea processes going and it isn’t long before I cover it with text.

4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?

Probably around thirty years ago I began sending stuff out to publishers which mainly resulted in a multitude of standard rejection letters, though some did contain constructive criticism and encouragement. After a while though I gave up sending to publishers, and by way of needful employment, and the distractions of everyday life, I stopped writing for around twenty years. When I began writing again the internet was out there, and I decided to create my website and publish for myself. It is so easy now, with a few clicks, and no cost at all, a book can be on sale.

5. There are many interesting characters in your Novel, do you have a particular favourite one?

My favourite characters are always the bad guys, it can be so exhilarating to write what a person can do without the normal constraints of law and order, of everyday moral responsibilities. Nothing need be taboo, everything is possible. The conscienceless mind can open up a wealth of possibilities for a character.

6. What kind of research have you had to undertake for your Novels?

Research is mainly through the internet, or in relevant publications, to add an extra touch of realism through some specialist knowledge of a matter or subject.

7. Are the characters in your books based on any real life?

No, everyone really is the concoction of my own warped mind. I suppose some traits you notice on certain individuals may be bundled in there somewhere, in how certain characters come across. I never though base any fictitious character on any real person. I would find that too limiting, and distracting.

8. What do you think makes your novels stand out from all the other Scottish Crime Fiction Novels out there?

The fact that they’re mine, I suppose. I try to be quite original in ideas and storylines, so perhaps they are not the normal mainstream provender. There is such a wealth of good Scottish Crime Fiction around though, it is hard to compare when the talent is so plentiful. If I’m put in the same bracket as some, it is an honour and a thrill.

9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa?

It is not a conscious effort, but I suppose much of my characters must contain a little of my own personality, after all, I created them. There is no one character that I could say was me, though, or had enough of me in the portrayal of their traits and attributes that anyone could compare to me. The characters all come into being in their own way and develop as they go.

10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned?

All I can say at the moment is that the next book is underway, and it is developing nicely. I may publish a chapter on my website as a taster, early in the new year. You will be welcome to a copy if you desire!

11. What was your favourite scene to write in your Novel and why?

In the novel Punisher, probably the police discovery of the second head. Scottish humour tends to come to the fore to allay traumatic events. This can seem cruel and unfeeling at times, but it is also a coping mechanism for some. And sometimes something funny comes across that is just too good to bypass, no matter how horrific the moment.

12. As an up and coming crime writer do you have words of advice you can share?

Just keep going, don’t worry so much about the publication of anything you write, don’t stress about the future, and critics, and just enjoy what you do.

Novels

Punisher
Silhouettes
Fractured in this Killing Scene
Stories of Joe

Short Stories

Rat Race Nights
New Light for the Soul

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December 14 Crime Question of the Month 15 books to seek out in 2015

The Missing and the Dead
Stuart MacBride
15/01/15

The new Logan McRae novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of CLOSE TO THE BONE and A SONG FOR THE DYING. One mistake can cost you everything…When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right? What Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae gets instead is a ‘development opportunity’ out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire. Welcome to divisional policing – catching drug dealers, shop lifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal. Then a little girl’s body washes up just outside the sleepy town of Banff, kicking off a massive manhunt. The Major Investigation Team is up from Aberdeen, wanting answers, and they don’t care who they trample over to get them. Logan’s got enough on his plate keeping B Division together, but DCI Steel wants him back on her team. As his old colleagues stomp around the countryside, burning bridges, Logan gets dragged deeper and deeper into the investigation. One thing’s clear: there are dangerous predators lurking in the wilds of Aberdeenshire, and not everyone’s going to get out of this alive…

Runaways
Peter May
15/01/15

In 1965, five teenage friends fled Glasgow for London to pursue their dream of musical stardom. Yet before year’s end three returned, and returned damaged.

In 2015, a brutal murder forces those three men, now in their sixties, to journey back to London and finally confront the dark truth they have run from for five decades.

The Exit
Helen Fitzgerald
05/02/15

Some people love goodbyes…

23-year-old Catherine is mainly interested in Facebook and flirting, but she reluctantly takes a job at a local care home after her mother puts her foot down – and soon discovers that her new workplace

contains many secrets.

One of the residents at the home, 82-year-old Rose, is convinced that something sinister is going on in Room 7 and that her own life is under threat. But Rose has dementia – so what does she actually know, and who would believe her anyway?

As Catherine starts investigating Rose’s allegations, terrible revelations surface about everyone involved. Can Catherine find out what’s really going on before it’s too late?

Prayer for the Dead
James Oswald
12/02/15

The body of a missing journalist is found in a sealed chamber of the mysterious catacombs at Gilmerton Cove. He appears to have been the victim of a macabre Masonic ceremony, his throat cut and arcane symbols scrawled on the walls in his blood.

The occult nature of the case lands it squarely on Inspector Tony McLean’s desk. But when another body turns up with a similarly baffling lack of forensics, McLean begins to suspect darker forces at work.

Teamed up with the most unlikely and unwelcome allies, McLean struggles to solve this case before the killer can strike again.

Beyond the Rage
Michael J Malone
12/02/15

Even though he’s a successful criminal, Glasgow villian Kenny O’Neill is angry. Not only has high-class prostitute girlfriend just been attacked but his father is reaching out to him from the past. Kenny is now on a dual mission to hunt down his girlfriend’s attacker and discover the truth about his father … but instead he unravels disturbing family secrets and discovers revenge is not always sweet.

Keep the Midnight Out
Alex Gray
19/03/15

When the body of a red-haired young man is washed up on the shore of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Detective Superintendent Lorimer’s tranquil holiday away from the gritty streets of Glasgow is rudely interrupted. The body has been bound with twine in a ghoulishly unnatural position and strongly reminds Lorimer of another murder: a 20 year old Glasgow case that he failed to solve as a newly fledged detective constable and which has haunted him ever since. As local cop DI Stevie Crozier takes charge of the island murder investigation, Lorimer tries to avoid stepping on her toes. But as the similarities between the young man’s death and his cold case grow more obvious, Lorimer realises that there could be a serial killer on the loose after all these years.

Black Wood
SJI Holliday
19/03/15

Something happened to Claire and Jo in Black Wood: something that left Claire paralysed and Jo with deep mental scars. But with Claire suffering memory loss and no evidence to be found, nobody believes Jo’s story. Twenty-three years later, a familiar face walks into the bookshop where Jo works, dredging up painful memories and rekindling her desire for vengeance. And at the same time, Sergeant Davie Gray is investigating a balaclava-clad man who is attacking women on a disused railway, shocking the sleepy village of Banktoun. But what is the connection between Jo’s visitor and the masked man? To catch the assailant, and to give Jo her long-awaited justice, Gray must unravel a tangled web of past secrets, broken friendship and tainted love. But can he crack the case before Jo finds herself with blood on her hands?

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Anna Smith
26/03/15

Crime reporter Rosie Gilmour returns from hiding in Bosnia to a story of a brutal execution. University lecturer Tom Mahoney was shot at point blank range, the killing has all the signs of a hit. But who would want to kill a retired lecturer?

Rosie throws herself into the investigation, looking for a witness that has gone missing. A witness that might hold the key to the story. But she has her own reasons to stay hidden.

As Rosie digs deeper, she finds the story has connections to the Ministry of Defence and MI6 and Mahoney’s past is darker than anyone could imagine.

Rosie’s running out of time to find out the truth, before Mahoney’s killers silence her for good.

Blood, Salt, Water
Denise Mina
09/04/15

DI Alex Morrow and her team have been shadowing a woman suspected of being involved in a large drug-smuggling and money-laundering operation. Roxanna Fuentecilla recently moved from London to Glasgow in suspicious circumstances and Morrow’s bosses want all the glory when she’s finally arrested. But then Roxanna disappears. She’s left her partner and her two children and something about the situation, and the children’s evasive attitude, leads Morrow to question what’s really going on.

In the nearby picturesque town of Helensburgh, Iain Fraser is struggling to live with his overwhelming guilt. Under orders from the infamous Mark Barratt he’s just killed a woman and now he’s left with blood on his hands. Meanwhile Miss Grierson, a former scout leader who left the sleepy seaside town decades ago, has returned. Allegedly she’s here to sort out her recently deceased mother’s estate, but Iain knows her mother died over two years ago and suspects she has an ulterior motive.

The Malice of Waves
Mark Douglas-Home
16/04/15

For five years Priest’s Island has guarded the secret of Max Wheeler’s disappearance. Each anniversary the boy’s family gathers at the scene to mourn his loss and commission a new inquiry into the mystery but so far nobody has been able to uncover what happened. Now Cal McGill, an oceanographer with expertise in tracking bodies at sea, has taken up the quest and finds himself caught between a father hell-bent on vengeance, a family riven by tragedy and a community resentful at being accused of murder.

Double Mortice
Bill Daly
21/04/15

When Anne Gibson, the wife of a Glasgow lawyer, mysteriously disppears from a block of flats in Glasgow, DCI Charlie Anderson has his work cut out to establish whether he’s dealing with a case of abduction, suicide or murder.

Dark Suits and Sad Songs
Denzil Meyrick
14/05/15

When a senior Edinburgh civil servant spectacularly takes his own life in Kinloch harbour, DCI Jim Daley comes face to face with the murky world of politics. To add to his woes, two local drug dealers lie dead, ritually assassinated. It’s clear that dark forces are at work in the town. With his boss under investigation, his marriage hanging on by a thread, and his sidekick DS Scott wrestling with his own demons, Daley’s world is in meltdown. When strange lights appear in the sky over Kinloch, it becomes clear that the townsfolk are not the only people at risk. The fate of nations is at stake. Jim Daley must face his worst fears as tragedy strikes. This is not just about a successful investigation, it’s about survival.

Last Resort
Quintin Jardine
21/05/15

LAST RESORT is the twenty-fifth novel in Quintin Jardine’s ever-popular Bob Skinner series, and sees the Edinburgh cop back as never before.

After thirty years of service, former Chief Constable Bob Skinner faces the possible end of his police career, at its pinnacle.

A quiet trip to Catalunya to contemplate his future soon takes on a different flavour when Skinner is approached by an old friend, media owner Xavier Aislado, with an unusual request. One of his business’s brightest talents, Hector Sureda Roca, has vanished without a trace. Now it’s up to Skinner to track him down.

But as he conducts his search it soon becomes clear that another manhunt is also in progress, and that he himself is the target.

While his daughter Alex fights that battle on the home front, his search for Sureda takes one sinister turn after another, until he is faced with the toughest question of all. Is natural justice sometimes the only answer?

The Jump
Doug Johnstone
02/07/15

Struggling to come to terms with the suicide of her teenage son, Ellie lives in the shadows of the Forth Road Bridge, lingering on its footpaths and swimming in the waters below. One day she talks down another suicidal teenager, Sam, and sees for herself a shot at redemption, the chance to atone for her son’s death.

But even with the best intentions, she can’t foresee the situation she’s falling headlong into – a troubled family, with some very dark secrets of their own.

A Taste of Ashes
Tony Black
31/07/15

Following a harrowing case that nearly finished him off, DI Bob Valentine returns to normal duties in the heart of Burns country on Scotland’s wind-scarred west coast. But all is not well in the town of Ayr, a place ravaged by austerity and slipping closer to the abyss every day. As the near eviscerated corpse of a man is discovered on his kitchen table, fear grips the area and a murder investigation, probing a series of new lows for the town, gets underway.

Russel D McLean launch of Cry Uncle

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The fifth J McNee novel is the most explosive yet, mixing the grit of the American hardboiled tradition
with a distinctly Scottish voice.

To celebrate the launch of the new novel, Russel will be speaking at the following events:

25 November: Edinburgh, Gilmerton Library, 13 Newtoft Street EH17 8RG: 7.00pm: free, tickets available from library

1 December: Dundee, Waterstones, 35 Commercial Street: 6.30pm: free, tickets available from venue.

2 December: Glasgow, Blackfriars Bar, 36 Bell Street, G1 1LG: 7.00pm: free entry

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November 2014 up and coming crime author of the month with a j mccreanor

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How did you get started writing?
As a child, I was a voracious reader, however it was only when I read J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye that I was inspired to write. I wrote lots of short stories and poetry which all ended up stuffed in a drawer. I went on to study English Literature at university and later became a teacher. I began writing short stories again and eventually wrote Riven.

What drew you to write a crime novel?
I’ve always loved reading crime fiction and the idea of the outsider. Also, the story I wanted to tell in Riven suited the genre.
Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?
I enjoyed reading William McIlvanney, Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, Mo Hayder and many more. I also attended an Arvon course on crime writing (tutored by Louise Welsh and Allan Guthrie) which I found both helpful and inspiring.

When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?
I submitted writing to various competitions. Eventually, as a result of winning one, I was put in touch with my agent who then secured a publishing deal. Riven is the first in a series of novels featuring DIs Wheeler and Ross.

There are many interesting characters in your Novel, do you have a particular favourite one?
I have two! My detectives Kat Wheeler and Steven Ross are my favourites, but I also have a soft spot for Andy Doyle.

What kind of research have you had to undertake for your Novel?
I didn’t do a lot of research. I was brought up in the East End of Glasgow, so the geography was familiar to me but I did research both forensic and police procedures.

Are the characters in your books based on anyone in real life?
No, everyone is a product of my imagination. (Although my husband swears that aspects of DI Ross are based on him.)

What do you think makes your novels stand out from all the other Scottish Crime Fiction Novels out there?
The location is very important in Riven. It’s set in the East End of Glasgow, a place which is incredibly interesting and atmospheric. Also the novel doesn’t rely solely on a ‘good versus evil’ narrative. As human beings we often have to deal with complex moral and ethical decisions which can result in uncomfortable compromise. I hope this is reflected in some way in Riven.

Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa?
I share Kat Wheeler’s love of Thelonious Monk and the Scottish Colourists but sadly not her discipline.

If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned?
The next novel, Silenced, will be published in September 2015. When Wheeler and Ross hunt a killer who is targeting a vulnerable group within society, the killer then makes it personal.

What was your favourite scene to write in your Novel and why?
It was the opening scene of Riven. I write in an organic (messy!) way and wait to see where it may fit into the book, but once I’d written that first scene I knew that it was the beginning of a novel.

As an up and coming crime writer do you have words of advice you can share?
Keep writing. Share your work with friends and fellow writers. Listen to feedback. These are your first readers. And edit, rewrite, edit! And if it interests you as a writer, find a decent course.

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First he kills.

A psychologist is found brutally murdered, an addict jumps to his death and a student is found dead. These are the facts. And they are all that DIs Wheeler and Ross have.

He waits.

As Wheeler and Ross weave through the layers of Glasgow’s underbelly they find a subculture where truth and lies are interchangeable commodities and violence is the favoured currency.

He watches.

The killer stays one step ahead of them as Wheeler uncovers a web of deceit in which her own nephew is entangled.

He leaves his legacy…

And as the case draws to a close, Wheeler has to confront her own integrity and face the dilemma: is justice always served by the truth?

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ONE MAN WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO FIND THE HUMAN SOUL

Detective Inspector Alex Menzies starts her first day in a new job with a call to the scene of a terrible murder. The body of a young man has been left on a funeral pyre with a hole in the middle of his forehead. The investigation into the bizarre murder is lead by Alex’s new boss Detective Superintendent Tom Russell.
A vicious, bigoted racist is the first suspect but within days the city is shocked by the discovery of another mutilated and burned body. The killer’s signature is a small cross placed in the victim’s hand and the terrifying possibility of the city’s first serial killer in over forty years gives the police investigators a challenge that will tax all their skills and combined experience.
New victims are found and with each death the case becomes more puzzling and the police more desperate. As fear grips Glasgow, the investigative team must find the Soulseeker before he kills again in his search for the truth about the human soul.

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Can you really trust The Only Survivor ?

When a helicopter crashes off the western coast of Garansay, there is only one survivor; a nineteen year old boy called Cameron Fleming.
He is quickly befriended by one of his rescuers, Michael Nichols. But when Michael’s sister and her family come to Garansay for the summer, Imogen Croft soon discovers that the boy is not quite as innocent as he seems…
‘The Only Survivor’ is the gripping second novel in the Imogen and Hugh Croft Mysteries series. Imogen and Hugh become dragged into the murky world of international organised crime, finding themselves terrifyingly out of their depth. They travel to the fascinating city of Dubai in order to solve the baffling puzzle behind the Fleming’s deaths. Returning to Garansay just in time to reveal the mystery’s dramatic and unexpected solution.

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Nancy Kerr refuses to be a victim – even when she walks in on her parents’ killers and is raped and left for dead. Fourteen months later, she wakes up in a psychiatric hospital with no knowledge of how she got there. Slowly her memory starts to return. Released from the institution, she has just one thing on her mind – two men brought hell to her family home. Now they’re in for some hell of their own.

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