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The evil that Andromeda saw in Glasgow Central Station and why she alone could see it was beyond her powers of explanation. But she told the police anyway and in that moment, the secrets of her past come back to try to destroy her. The karmic beasts arrive from all quarters, most of all from inside herself. 
Detective Inspector Donnelly investigates a gory murder in a Glasgow alley and has little more than Annie’s bizarre information to go on. Following it would make him as crazy as her. 
Whatever he thinks, she knows a darker evil is haunting the city that police will have little power against. 
But maybe she could see it coming.

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While investigating the murder of a former detective, DI Frank Miller begins to see the connection between this and the murder of the head of Edinburgh’s Serious Crime Unit. As the investigation unfolds, a 25 year-old murder case is re-opened, and when Miller delves into the past, he finds that somebody had a secret that is costing people their lives. He also discovers the awful truth of who really killed his wife in a hit-and-run two years ago, and how his wife’s killer is coming after him…

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May 2016 crime author of the month interview with Oscar DeMuriel

  
 

1. How did you get started writing?

My very first attempt was at writing a series of adventures of a triceratops and a stegosaurus and their turbulent relationship with a t-rex. However, I knew I wanted to become a writer when I read Jurassic Park (there is a pattern emerging here…). I still go back to Michael Crichton when I think my action scenes are slacking off.

 

2. What drew you to write a crime novel

I am a huge fan of detective and mystery fiction (Agatha Christie, Conan Doyle, Ian Rankin, and in fact Isaac Asimov wrote some of my favourite mystery stories), but just as important as the cases themselves I wanted to create a detective duo and follow their lives across a long story arc.

 

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

Of course Arthur Conan Doyle. I read my first Holmes story as a young boy, and I’ve been a fan ever since. The Hound of the Baskervilles is a personal favourite, and you can tell it had a deep influence on the Frey & McGray stories.

More recently I drew a lot of inspiration from C.J. Sansom’s very atmospheric descriptions of Tudor London. Even though we work with different periods and places, I wanted to produce a similar effect: make people feel like they were really there in the action, with the temperatures, the noises and the smells.

I also read a lot of 19th century Gothic novels to develop the right voice. Dracula is a favourite, still frightening despite being more than 100 years old (watch out for book 3: Bram Stoker might have an important role)

 

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

Extremely. Sorry to say so! It took a lot of perseverance (borderline sheer stubbornness) to get first an agent and then a publisher, but when it happened it was just right.

 

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

I of course love Frey and McGray, but there are also some secondary characters I particularly enjoy writing. Lady Glass and Madame Katerina always steal the scene.

 

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

Loads, loads, and then some. I have a pile of books next to my desk devoted only to research: history, chemistry, medicine, dialect, music, folklore, fashion, horse breeding… But I enjoy the process, especially when you find some cool detail you never knew existed and it fits your story perfectly. That happened more than once for the third book (coming out next year! See below).

 

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

Very rarely do I base a character entirely on a real person, but I do borrow bits from here and there. I also look at people on the street/office/bus and pick physical traits or voices or attitudes I can use. For historical fiction I also like to look at old photos and portraits and think what that person would have been like.

 

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

I hope it is the very eclectic nature of the books. They’re a bit of crime, a bit of gothic,, a bit of horror and a bit of slapstick comedy. I also want each book in the series to be very different from the rest, so expect some surprises.

 

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

People who know me say that Frey sounds exactly like me, which is a wee bit scary! Having said that, his sweet tooth and foodie/winey tastes are definitely me.

McGray, I must admit, usually says the things I wish I could if I had the guts to (and the muscle, of course!)

 

 

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

The current plan is for 9 books, but things might change!

I have just finished the first draft of book 3, which I’m really, really excited about. Think Macbeth, Bram Stoker, and the most famous actors of the time coming all together. It’s the most complex plot I’ve written so far and it’s full of historical facts that just intermingle incredibly well (I hope it’s not just me!).

 

 

11. Out of all the Novels you have written do you have a favourite one that stands out to you? 

Mmmm, difficult one! I’m actually very proud of certain aspects of each book. The Strings of Murder has two scenes I still re-read with a grin on my face, and I really like how A Fever of The Blood flows kind of breathlessly. However, I this third book is coming out really well, and I think will be very hard to beat (again, I hope it’s not just me!).

 

 

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

Writing-wise: create something you enjoy yourself. Love your characters, laugh with them and cry with them, and entertain yourself. Not only to engage your readers, but you’ll thank yourself when you’re on the 20th round of edits/proof-reads (when you want the darn thing to go away) and suddenly you find a joke you didn’t remember, or an exciting scene, and you remember why you’re putting yourself through all this.

 

Getting published-wise, some tough love: If you want a writing career, really think of it as a career. Not only will it include all the mundane aspects of a day job (things taking longer than you expect, having to make yourself a name, dealing with admin/tax, etc.) but it will also demand just as much (or more!) hard work. However, if you love your craft, it is definitely worth it.

FREY AND McGRAY NOVELS

1. The Strings of Murder

2. Fever of the Blood

The Hunt (Short Story)
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May 2016 crime author of the month interview with G M Cameron 


1. How did you get started writing? I’ve written all my life, really. Remember writing ‘novels’ on jotter pages tied with blue wool to get the attention of my adored, much older, brother. Most were set in America. This being one generic place to me at the time.

One line read, ‘Oh, Jim when will you realise I don’t see the colour of your skin, just the man inside?’ So right-on, baby.

2. What drew you to write a crime novel 

Love them. Read them.

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

I think some might duck if I mentioned them by name – don’t want to associate them with producing me. But in Glasgow writers, I think we have a rich seam of great crime novelists. Denise Mina’s first trilogy (starting with Garnethill) made me tingle.

I love Phil Rickman’s style – I’m a bit obsessed and stalk him on Twitter. He writes spooky things that are full of real people and his policeman is Liverpudlian – so he cracks jokes like a Glaswegian. But I never read him before I wrote DM, but maybe he has influenced the edits! I love stuff that has humour – it’s a Glasgow must especially when things are dark. Some of the funniest people I ever knew were Pathology lab workers from a Glasgow hospital.

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

I got quite a few publishers to request the whole book (s) – very exciting – but it didn’t come to anything. I finally decided to S-P after reading Konrath’s legendary blog. I put up a Regency Romance that I’d written strictly for the family many years ago just to learn how KDP worked. And unexpectedly, it did well. In the top ten in its category for a wee while. It encouraged me to go forward.

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

I love my central character Andromeda. She’s not particularly courageous, but she feels a sort of moral responsibility to get involved. And her much tougher friend Doll is someone who I feel we’d all like to be secretly. Bound only by her own opinion and fully active in any situation with no need whatsoever to be nice. My shadow self, maybe.

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

My life thus far, I suppose. Then my policemen began to takeover and I had to consult frequently with friends I knew. The religious background is fairly accurate – it’s what I’ve studied. A lot of the Wiccan stuff is made up (it’s a novel) because a) it’s not really serious Wicca or paganism – it’s dysfunctional, and b) Wicca is differently practised and though tracing back to older roots has broken paths –it’s hard to know where the traditions come from, hard to be accurate. I was helped though by some online neo-pagans who were very helpful.

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

Churned up bits of loads of people I know – but I would never consciously model a character on someone real, only a characteristic, perhaps.

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

I think that’s for my readers to decide. I hope there is some discussion on the ‘great beyond’.

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

Wee bits, but I’m not telling you. Well, Andromeda’s vintage clothes thing came from a time in my life, I suppose.

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

There is the second in the series. It deals with events in my life. And it’s kind of a Freudian ‘wish-fulfilment’ version. In crime fiction many things are resolved.

11. Do you have a favourite scene if your novel and why?

I like the scene where Andromeda challenges DI Donnelly’s scepticism – and gives him a headache.

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

I wouldn’t dream … Except to say, writing has to be a fuel for you before it is any use to anyone else

The evil that Andromeda saw in Glasgow Central Station and why she alone could see it was beyond her powers of explanation. But she told the police anyway and in that moment, the secrets of her past come back to try to destroy her. The karmic beasts arrive from all quarters, most of all from inside herself. 

Donnelly investigates a gory murder in a Glasgow alley and has little more than Annie’s bizarre information to go on. Following it would make him crazy as her

Yet whatever he thinks, she knows a darker evil is haunting the city that police will have little power against. 

But maybe she could see it coming. 

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May 2016 Crime author of the month interview with Alan Alexander

1. How did you get started writing?

 ​I was an academic for most of my professional career, having started in the ‘publish or ​​perish’ atmosphere of North American universities. So I had to write academic stuff, ​​though I had also tried my hand at student journalism at Glasgow University. I really ​​wanted to be a journalist, but academic life seemed less precarious for a married man with ​a young family. Somewhere, unformed in the back of my mind, there was an ambition to ​write fiction. Or rather, a curiosity about whether I could do it. I found time to scratch that ​itch only after I retired: my first crime novel appeared in my seventieth year.

 

2. What drew you to write a crime novel?

 

​I had an idea for a murder mystery that would draw on my academic background as

​an expert in government, politics and public sector management, and on my experience as ​a public servant of working in large, complex organizations. I couldn’t make the idea work ​in its original form, but the notion of a body discovered after fifty years in the ground ​​survived and was the basis for Bloody Royals. I thought I would be better at plot-driven ​​rather than character-driven fiction, though I recognized that the invention of strong ​​characters would be crucial to the development of plot. All of that pointed towards crime ​​fiction.

 

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

 

​Given my background, I’ve had to read a lot of turgid academic prose, in which the clarity of ​the ideas gets concealed by the obscurity of the style. So a negative influence came from ​deciding that one should try to write simple, clear prose, with a minimum of complexity and ​a maximum of impact. Quite early on, I read almost everything George Orwell ever wrote. ​I knew that I would never write that kind of clear, limpid, lucid prose – ‘subject, object, ​​predicate’, as my secondary school English teacher emphasized – but it was a style to ​​aspire to. Among contemporary writers, few are better than William Boyd and John le ​​Carre. A wonderful recent discovery was Stoner, by John Williams, originally published in ​1965, and largely forgotten until it was reissued in 2013. A campus novel rather than a ​​crime novel, but beautifully written.

 

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

 

​Still do! It’s a fiercely competitive and very crowded field. Most of the agents I contacted ​before I self-published my first novel as an e-book simply didn’t reply; a few said on their ​​websites that their lists were closed; one prominent agent asked for sample chapters and ​then failed to contact me further. I continue to try to find an agent to take me on, for ​​conventional publication, promoted by a publisher, is still the best way to get a book ​​noticed, and read. Good reviews (mainly!) on Amazon help, but it’s not enough to get a ​​writer widely noticed. It’s important, as all aspiring authors will tell you, not to take ​​rejection personally and to keep at it.

 

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

 

​It would be a surprise if I didn’t say DI/DCI Vanessa Fiske. She’s the core of the books, a ​consummate professional, but prone to the self-doubt that affects many women in male-​​dominated professions. I also have a soft spot for Harry Conival, the hardbitten, cynical ​​press officer who presents as an idle sod, but can’t quite conceal his professionalism.

 

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

 

​The internet is a wonderful thing! I once heard a very distinguished writer at a literary ​​festival confess that he had never visited the city that was so much a part of his latest ​​novel, which I had recently read. Somehow, that stuck in my mind. On technical matters ​that are central to the plot, I talk to the appropriate expert. My academic past, and my ​​current position as General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland’s ​​National Academy), are useful in securing access to the best people.

 

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

 

​Not consciously! When I re-read my books (to ensure consistency among them), however, ​I sometimes see characteristics that I remember from people I’ve met, or worked with. But ​they’re composites rather than clones.

 

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

 

​That’s for others to judge! I can say only that I’ve tried to make them plot-driven, with a ​​preponderance of dialogue over exposition and narrative description. I’ve also avoided ​​gratuitous violence and not been afraid to allow characters to be opinionated and ​​intelligent. Does that make the books ‘stand out’? Again, not my call!

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

 

​Some of my readers say they can hear my voice in the words of some of my ​​​characters…And sometimes I indulge my prejudices, I fear.

 

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

 

​I’ll say only that there’s a clue at the end of By All Means to the plot of the next Fiske ​​and MacNee Mystery, which I hope to publish later this year.

11. Out of all the Novels you have written do you have a favourite one that stands out to you?

 

​Of the three so far, By All Means, because it situates a strong story in a very real world of ​Scottish politics, but watch out for the next one!

 

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

 

​Early in my academic career, I had colleague whose advice to younger staff members was ​always, ‘Don’t get dis-en-couraged!’ I can’t do better than that.

LINKS TO MY E-BOOKS

 

BY ALL MEANS

 

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BLOODY ROYALS

 

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TWIN TRACK TO DEATH

 

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It’s December, and the Shannon family are returning home to their clifftop mansion near Kinloch for their annual AGM. Shannon International is one of the world’s biggest private companies, with tendrils reaching around the globe in computing, banking and mineral resourcing, and it has brought untold wealth and privilege to the family. However, a century ago Archibald Shannon stole the land upon which he built their home – and his descendants have been cursed ever since.

When heavy snow cuts off Kintyre, DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors. As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards, and its creation, the Rat Stone, reveals grisly secrets, ghosts of the past come to haunt the Shannons. As the curse decrees, death is coming – but for whom and from what?

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May 2016 new books to check out

3/5/16

DIVINING MURDER – G M CAMERON


The evil that Andromeda saw in Glasgow Central Station and why she alone could see it was beyond her powers of explanation. But she told the police anyway and in that moment, the secrets of her past come back to try to destroy her. The karmic beasts arrive from all quarters, most of all from inside herself.

Donnelly investigates a gory murder in a Glasgow alley and has little more than Annie’s bizarre information to go on. Following it would make him crazy as her

Yet whatever he thinks, she knows a darker evil is haunting the city that police will have little power against.
But maybe she could see it coming.


5/5/16
PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS – QUINTIN JARDINE


Quintin Jardine’s twenty-sixth Bob Skinner mystery sees the Edinburgh sleuth plunged into a gruelling new case in which no score will go unsettled. Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner has uncovered his fair share of crime scenes over his thirty-year career. But few have affected him quite as much as the horrifying sight he finds stowed in the back of a stolen car that collides with his on the outskirts of Edinburgh. As his former colleagues investigate, Skinner takes on an unusual commission of his own. The body count rises, motives appear, the hunt goes global, and potential conflicts surface. In his new guise, is Skinner is on the side of the angels…or working against them?

5/5/16

BLOOD TORMENT – T F MUIR


When a three-year old girl is reported missing, DCI Andy Gilchrist is assigned the case. But Gilchrist soon suspects that the child’s mother – Andrea Davis – may be responsible for her daughter’s disappearance, or worse, her murder. The case becomes politically sensitive when Gilchrist learns that Andrea is the daughter of Dougal Davis, a former MSP who was forced to resign from Scottish Parliament after being accused of physically abusing his third wife. Now a powerful businessman, Davis demands Gilchrist’s removal from the case when his investigation seems to be stalling. But then the case turns on its head when Gilchrist learns that a paedophile, recently released from prison, now lives in the same area as the missing child. The paedophile is interrogated but hours later his body is found on the beach with evidence of blunt force trauma to the head, and Gilchrist launches a murder investigation. As pressure relentlessly mounts on Gilchrist, he begins to unravel a dark family secret, a secret he believes will solve the fate of the missing child.

5/5/16

WILLOW WALK – S J I HOLLIDAY 


When a woman is brutally attacked on a lonely country road by an escaped inmate from a nearby psychiatric hospital, Sergeant Davie Gray must track him down before he strikes again.
But Gray is already facing a series of deaths connected to legal highs and a local fairground, as well as dealing with his girlfriend Marie’s bizarre behaviour. As Gray investigates the crimes, he suspects a horrifying link between Marie and the man on the run – but how can he confront her when she’s pushing him away?

Can Gray piece together the puzzle in time to stop the sleepy town of Banktoun being rocked by tragedy once more?

7/5/16

TOOLS OF THE TRADE – ALLAN L MANN

Tom Guthrie has recently retired from Tayside Police. He found life after the force difficult to deal with, so he started a private investigation company and found himself consulting to the newly formed Police Scotland.

The amalgamation of the old regional forces has left Police Scotland short of resources in Serious Crimes. When the body of Bobby Gant, head of research and development for a local outdoor clothing manufacturer, is found tied to the rocks below the high tide line at the foot of the cliffs of Arbroath, Police Scotland find themselves with no-one to spare.

Guthrie’s former Chief Inspector calls him to lead the investigation.

His assignment is not well received by his former partner who now runs the local station. Guthrie’s liaison – Alisdair McEwan, a fresh-faced and sometimes over-enthusiastic officer, desperately wants to impress, but the pair run into a web of lies, and less than helpful colleagues of the murdered man. In the midst of his frustration with the lack of progress in the murder investigation, a fire in an empty warehouse kills a homeless man. This is dumped in Guthrie’s lap – and he’s not too pleased. The second investigation threatens to derail the murder case.

Guthrie now has to juggle two deaths, a young partner, an antagonistic boss, and an unexpected relationship.

19/5/16
THE MALICE OF WAVES – MARK DOUGLAS – HOME


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 to commission a new inquiry into the mystery. So far a retired chief constable, a private detective, a forensic archaeologist and a former intelligence officer have failed to uncover what happened to fourteen-year-old Max. 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. As Cal goes about his investigation he discovers an island that provokes dangerous passions in everyone that sets foot on it. And he has a nagging worry: if Max was murdered why shouldn’t it happen again?

28/5/16

EXILLE IN ELGIN – HUNTER J WALKER

In this, the fifth in the Death On The Clyde series of novels, Douglas Ashburner is seconded to Elgin in the north of Scotland for six months as a sergeant in uniform, far from his home in Glasgow. He lives in a freezing house on the side of a hill with a view across the Moray Fifth to the snow-covered mountains of Sutherland and is waiting for the weekend visit of his fiancée and her mother. However, the slow life is interrupted when a constable on traffic duty witnesses a car accident that isn’t accidental. Things go badly wrong and suddenly events come thick and fast. Some of the old team are brought together again, and new ones are added, to bring events to a conclusion.

30/5/16

RECKONING – LINDA TWEEDIE AND KATE McGREGOR

From the glamourous, decadent resort of Marbella to the mean, dark and dangerous East End of Glasgow, The Reckoning follows the new generation of bitter enemies, the Coyles and the McClellands. The feud between the families which has spanned decades should be over, following the deaths of mother and son, Diane and Bobby Mack, but someone is hell bent on exacting revenge for their deaths. The unknown enemy leaves a trail of despair and pushes the head of the Coyle family to the brink of destruction. A tale of murder, extortion and drug smuggling, there can only be one winner; but who? The Reckoning is the third and final book in The Coyle Trilogy continuing the drama brought to you in The Silence and The Betrayal.

May 2016 crime author of the month interview with Mary Paulson Ellis 

 

1. How did you get started writing

I started by going to an evening class – 15 years ago now. I didn’t last very long because after about week 4 we had to hand in homework and I never seemed to be able to complete it. But the year after that I tried again and this time I went to every class for a year, completed all the assignments and discovered that it was possible to start a story and get to the end of it. After that there was no stopping me.

2. What drew you to write a crime novel
I didn’t see myself as writing a crime novel when I first started, The Other Mrs Walker. But at the same time I knew it had the hallmarks of a lot of crime fiction i.e. it starts with a dead body, it has a mystery to solve, it weaves in and out of crematoriums and mortuaries etc. I wanted to explore what happens when someone dies alone with no apparent next-of-kin. Then I got interested in the dead person and who they might have been. In the end I decided it was a sort of detective novel which is also a family mystery. I’m certainly drawn to what I call the ‘murderous’ side of family life – the dark places in the past where terrible things have happened. I really like that this too can fall under the all encompassing genre of ‘crime’.

3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?
In terms of what I am writing at the moment I am very influenced by the brilliant Kate Atkinson. I’ve followed her career ever since, Behind the Scenes at the Museum and I delight in her Jackson Brodie novels which began with, Case Histories. She has this amazing lightness of touch, very accessible and stuffed full of wit, character and story. And yet at the same time she is super clever as a writer, on both a technical and a thematic level. I’m always amazed by the emotional weight that her stories carry.

4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?
Yes! Don’t all writers (well 99.9%). Over ten years or so I was lucky enough to get a few small things published online and in various magazines (short stories etc) and every one mattered because it was a little beacon in amongst the mass of rejections. Then I wrote a novel which took me six years to complete. This did get some attention from agents and publishers and I really thought it was going to be picked up, but it wasn’t. So I did have a moment about four years ago when I had to decide if I was going to keep going or prioritise other things in my life. I decided to give up my job and write another book which became, The Other Mrs Walker. The rest is history. There is no real rhyme or reason to these things, just each writer’s individual journey.

5. There are many interesting characters in your Novel,do you have a particular favourite one?
When I was writing the book, Clementine was my favourite character. She first appears in 1929 as a four year old and progresses from there into some very dark places where she does some very bad things. As a result, I really loved her! Then once I got to edit stage I became much more interested in Margaret Penny, my contemporary protagonist who is trying to work out the story of the dead woman with whom the book opens. But now I think I like Margaret’s mother, Barbara, best. She is an old curmudgeon who is either drinking rum or refusing to answer any questions. She is my tragic heroine.

6. What kind of research have you have to undertake for your Novel
I did quite a lot of research into what I call the ‘territory of the dead’ i.e. the people and places in Edinburgh that deal with cases of individuals who die with no next-of-kin. I thought I would begin with the person who forces the door after the call from the concerned neighbour, but in fact I began at the other end with a Humanist Celebrant who has conducted funerals for such individuals. I then moved on to the local authority crematorium where they arrange and pay for ‘indigent’ funerals and after that the Edinburgh City Mortuary, which was fascinating. I chatted to a forensic pathologist about the various stages of decomposition and met a Procurator Fiscal (Crown Official) who worked for the Fatalities Investigation Unit. Finally I interviewed a couple of police officers who were part of the Edinburgh Enquiry Team at that time – the unit that dealt with all non-suspicious deaths in the city. It’s been a fascinating journey. I have massive respect for all those for whom death is very much an everyday part of what they do. The rest of us don’t want to contemplate this too often, but it is going on all the time, all around us, day and night. I think it is wonderful that however we die, in whatever circumstances, somebody somewhere will take care of us with integrity and professionalism, even compassion.

7. Are the characters in your books based on any real life?
No, with one exception. There is a real life minister in Edinburgh who invites members of his congregation to attend funerals at which he isn’t certain any relatives or friends of the deceased will appear. I heard him speak on the radio about this when I was first writing the book and so I popped a minister into the book who runs an indigent funeral rota in Edinburgh. I met the person behind the fictional creation a few weeks ago when we appeared together on another radio show – a fascinating and insightful man. Other than that, I did try to realise the city of Edinburgh as a sort of ‘character’ in itself, based on my 25 years of living here. Also the house in London in which the Walker family grow up is based on one my mother lived in as a child in the 1940s and 50s and which I remember her talking about when I was young too.

8. What do you think makes your novels stand out from all the other Crime Fiction Novels out there
It starts with a dead body but no suspicious circumstances. It has a detective who isn’t really a detective at all. The scene of the ‘crime’ is an empty flat and the only evidence an emerald dress, an orange and a Brazil nut with the Ten Commandments etched in its shell. The real crimes lie in the past, but nobody is punished for them, at least not in the conventional way. What matters is how the deeds (and objects) of the past ripple through into the present whether you understand their significance or not.

9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa?
Not particularly, but then perhaps you’re asking the wrong person. Sometimes it is easier for others to identify where the autobiographical elements creep in! There is a degree of wish fulfillment in some of my characters, however, in that I sometimes wish I could behave as badly in real life as I have them behave in the fictional world.

10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned.
The Other Mrs Walker is all about women and girls. The book I’m working on at the moment is all about men and boys. It too has a narrative set in Edinburgh that also dips into the past. I see it as a companion piece to the current book.

11. In the Other Mrs Walker do you have a favourite scene that you wrote and why?
I loved writing the scenes set in the past which revolve around the house in London. I had a great time conjuring all its different incarnations, from the shelter dug into the lawn in 1944 to the Home for Troublesome Girls in the 1960s. I also liked writing the scene of Margaret at the city mortuary because I found it such an evocative place when I went to visit. But I think my favourite scene to write was the one set in London in 1933 when 8 year old Clementine lays out a little picnic for her twin brother and sister beneath the laburnum tree. It has a sort of Grimm’s fairy tale quality for me and if you read it you’ll understand why.

12. As a up and coming crime writer do you have words of advice you can share
Return over and over to those writers who inspire you to see how they do it. But also be confident in your own distinct vision and ideas. Also, never give up and don’t take rejection personally; none of us know what might happen in the future. It only takes one person in the right place at the right time to believe in your book for all sorts of things to happen. And, good luck!

Somehow she’d always known that she would end like this. In a small square room, in a small square flat. In a small square box, perhaps. Cardboard, with a sticker on the outside. And a name . . .

In a freezing, desolate Edinburgh flat an old woman takes her last breath surrounded by the few objects she has accrued over a lifetime: an emerald dress, a brazil nut engraved with the ten commandments – and six orange pips sucked dry.
Meanwhile, guided by the flip of a coin, Margaret Penny arrives back at her old family home, escaping a life in London recently turned to ash. Faced with relying on a resentful mother she has never really known, Margaret soon finds herself employed by the Office for Lost People, tasked with finding the families of the dead: the neglected, the abandoned, the lost. Her instructions are to uncover paperwork, yet the only thing Mrs Walker, the old woman in her current case, left behind is a series of peculiar objects.

But in the end it is these objects that will unravel Mrs Walker’s real story: a story rooted in the London grime and moving from the 1930s to the present day, a story of children abandoned and lost, of beguiling sisters and misplaced mothers, of deception and thievery, family secrets and the very deepest of betrayals; in which the extraordinary circular nature of life will glitter from the page. For in uncovering the astonishing tale of an old woman who died alone, Margaret will finally discover her own story too . . .

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