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What secrets from the past was he about to uncover? When a woman’s skeleton is discovered in a shallow grave DCI Andy Gilchrist is tasked with finding her murderer. But a psychic’s warnings and markings on a rusted cigarette lighter found among the rotted remains set Gilchrist off on a trail that take him back 35 years to his past and on course to find his brother’s killer in a fatal hit and run accident.
When dental records from an extracted tooth force Gilchrist to confront the unthinkable – that his brother was a killer – he keeps his fears to himself, only to be suspended on suspicion of destroying evidence. But Gilchrist battles on in his quest for answers. Who was the woman? Why was she murdered? And was the fatal hit and run really an accident?
Fearful of the final outcome, Gilchrist is torn between right and wrong. Should he expose the truth and save his own career at the cost of his brother’s memory?
Or leave it buried among the lies of the past?
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February 2016 crime author of the month interview with SJI Holliday

  

 1. How did you get started writing?  

 

I’d always written stories at school. I used to staple them together into little books and I drew the covers! But then I went on to study science and left it all behind until 2006, when I went on a round-the-world trip. On a train between Beijing and Moscow, I read Stephen King’s excellent writing manual/biography ‘On Writing’ and I started to write a novel – a supernatural thriller. That novel remains unfinished, but I’d been bitten by the bug and I knew I had to carry on. I wrote loads of short stories and abandoned several other novels before I finally completed Black Wood.

 

2. What drew you to write a crime novel?  

 

Mainly it’s because I’ve always read a lot of crime (and horror) over the years and I knew I could only write something that I’d like to read myself. Also, it’s because the story I wanted to tell in Black Wood was based on a real-life ‘almost’ crime – something that happened to me as a child that sparked an idea about what could’ve been…

 

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

 

I always mention Stephen King, because as a teenager I was completely absorbed in the worlds he created. He draws you in and tells great stories. I’ve also been influenced by James Patterson – the way he combines different points of view and uses short, hooky chapters; and most recently, Belinda Bauer, whose Shipcott Trilogy (Blacklands, Dark Side and Finders Keepers) inspired my own Banktoun Trilogy – three different stories linked mainly by location.

 

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

 

I was very lucky to secure an agent before I’d finished writing my first novel – this is quite unusual, although we’d been in touch for a few years before I actually had anything to send him. But he didn’t manage to find a home for Black Wood straight away – it took several rejections and a partial re-write before it was picked up.

 

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

 

I have a soft spot for Sergeant Davie Gray – and so do most of my readers – so it’s safe to say he’ll be making a return in my second novel, Willow Walk. I like him because he’s just someone who lives in the town who happens to be a policeman, rather than it all being focused around his job. He’s an integral part of the community and seems to attract and feel responsible for a wide range of troubled souls. Mainly damaged women.

 

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

 

Not much really, I did very little in the way of technical research, but I did spend a lot of time watching a horrible video on YouTube where a man was skinning a rabbit. People who’ve read the scene have said that I must’ve done it in real life as it was so realistic. Thankfully, I’ve never had that dubious pleasure. Thank God for the internet!

 

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

 

Not specifically, but some share traits of people I’ve met over the years. The main character in Black Wood, Jo, was inspired by someone I knew a long time ago – but the real person only provided the spark, the character took on a life of her own.

 

8. What do you think makes your novels stand out from all the other Scottish crime fiction novels out there?  

 

That’s difficult, because there’s a lot of fantastic crime fiction set in Scotland, written by scores of very talented authors. I think mine are a little different because they’re not set in a major city or on a remote island – they’re set in a fictional small town, and they’re not your standard detective series, mainly because my police are local bobbies, not CID. Also, being a trilogy, there are links – mainly the setting – but each book is very different to the last, something between a standalone and a series. I’m not sure anyone else is doing that right now.

 

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

 

Not particularly, but I think it’s impossible for the writer not to influence their characters thoughts and actions in some way – they come out of our subconscious, after all. Plus, it’s fun to make your character say something that you’d never say out loud yourself!

 

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

 

The second novel in my trilogy, Willow Walk, is out in May/June this year. This is the blurb:

 

When the past catches up, do you run and hide or stand and fight?

 

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?

 

As a terrified Marie is pulled back into a violent past she thought she’d escaped, she makes an irrevocable decision. And when events come to a head at a house party on Willow Walk, can Gray piece together the puzzle in time to stop the sleepy town of Banktoun being rocked by tragedy once more?

 

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

 

Not one particular scene, but the sections called ‘The Woods’ were fun to write. They’re dark, disturbing and intentionally vague, and they frame the entire novel. They tell the story of what happened ‘that day in the woods’ (the part that is based on a true-story… and when I say based, I mean based!)

 

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

Write the book you want to write, and don’t give up. Finishing a book is hard. Finding a publisher is hard. But if it’s what you want, you will get there in the end. Take comfort in the fact that every single author has felt what you’re feeling right now!

  
 
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? 

website: http://www.SJIHOLLIDAY.com

Twitter: @SJIHolliday

Amazon Author Page

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They died thirty years ago, but the case is not closed…

Five walkers set out to climb Ben Lomond on a fine October day. Within hours, the weather has taken a turn for the worst. The group find themselves lost on the mountain. Two of the climbers manage to make it back down and call for help.
The following day a body is found. One of the female climbers has been strangled and another man is missing without trace.
DCI Dani Bevan is called to the Loch Lomond town of Ardyle to lead the case. It quickly becomes clear that Bevan must dig into the events of a similar tragedy which occurred on the hills thirty years earlier in order to find the killer.
This requires the DCI to face up to the ghosts of her own tragic past, and to endeavour to put them behind her, once and for all.

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January 2016 crime author of the month interview with John r burns

  

1. How did you get started writing? 

I have been writing since the age of seven. I can remember using a child’s tin typewriter and my first piece of writing was about a robbery and the loot was stored in a farm.

2. What drew you to write a crime novel

Writing a crime novel was a challenge I set myself to see what it took to write such a book and whether I could do it. To begin with it was like a break from my ‘more serious’ writing but I gradually became more involved in crime writing,especially what was possible with characterisation. Writing crime has certainly sharpened my ability to devise an interesting plot.

3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing? 
My style of writing has been influenced by DH Lawrence, Steinbeck, Hemingway and Dostoyevsky in terms of what was possible.

4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?
When I started writing as an adult I found publishers or agents were not interested.

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

One of my most interesting characters is the grandfather in ‘The Scheme of Angels.’

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

 I research all my books but go into a lot more depth with my non crime novels.

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

My characters are not based on anyone in reality.

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

I hope my novels stand out a little by the pace of the plot, the physical settings and the variety of emotions my characters display. Feelings fuel my books.   

9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa
There are certainly elements of myself in several of my main characters starting with my detective DI George Corbett.

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

 I am excited about my next Corbett novel because he transfers from Edinburgh to work in Teeside, an area I know well as my wife was born there. I decided with so many crime novels set in Edinburgh I needed the book’s action to be set somewhere else.

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

My favourite novel is not one of my crime thrillers but is my historical novel ‘ROAD TO RIBBLEHEAD,’ which certainly has plenty of criminal activity in it.

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

My advice would be to persist whatever happens at your writing, to be yourself through your words, to have a well planned, clear view of plot and character and never be put off by negative responses from agents or publishers. The beauty of being published on Amazon Kindle is that it is the reader who decides what is going to be successful and nobody else.

George Corbett Crime Novels

The Scheme of Angels
Three Ways of Dying

Other Novels

Men of Snow,a World War Two thriller 

Road to Ribblehead, about the building of the last great railway in Britain. 
http://www.johnrburns.weebly.com
Twitter @JohnRBurns47

Amazon Author Page

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It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies buried beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter’s eye is drawn to a vivid splash of colour on the white ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbour Catherine Ross. As Fran opens her mouth to scream, the ravens continue their deadly dance . . .
The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man – loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when police insist on opening out the investigation a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine’s neighbours nervously lock their doors, whilst a killer lives on in their midst.

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February 2016 new books to check out

VIRAL – HELEN FITZGERALD 

2/2/16

  

So far, twenty-three thousand and ninety six people have seen me online. They include my mother, my father, my little sister, my grandmother, my other grandmother, my grandfather, my boss, my sixth year Biology teacher and my boyfriend James.
When Leah Oliphant-Brotheridge and her adopted sister Su go on holiday together to Magaluf to celebrate their A-levels, only Leah returns home. Her successful, swotty sister remains abroad, humiliated and afraid: there is an online video of her, drunkenly performing a sex act in a nightclub. And everyone has seen it.
Ruth Oliphant-Brotheridge, mother of the girls, successful court judge, is furious. How could this have happened? How can she bring justice to these men who took advantage of her dutiful, virginal daughter? What role has Leah played in all this? And can Ruth find Su and bring her back home when Su doesn’t want to be found?

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE ( SHORT STORY ) – ANN CLEEVES

4/4/16

  

Too Good To Be True is a gripping Quick Read from Ann Cleeves, featuring Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez from the bestselling Shetland series.
When young teacher Anna Blackwell is found dead in her home, the police think her death was suicide or a tragic accident. After all, Stonebridge is a quiet country village in the Scottish Borders, where murders just don’t happen.
But Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez soon arrives from far-away Shetland when his ex-wife, Sarah, asks him to look into the case. The local gossips are saying that her new husband, Tom, was having an affair with Anna. Could Tom have been involved with her death? Sarah refuses to believe it – but needs proof.

Anna had been a teacher. She must have loved kids. Would she kill herself knowing there was nobody to look after her daughter? She had seemed happier than ever before she died. And to Perez, this suggests not suicide, but murder . . .

THE DAMAGE DONE – JAMES OSWALD
25/2/16

  

A present-day intrigue reawakens disturbing shadows from the past in this latest Inspector McLean thriller.

When an Edinburgh Police Vice Squad raid goes embarrassingly awry, Inspector Tony McLean finds himself haunted by echoes of his first case. Something he had thought long buried has now resurfaced. The memory won’t fade as McLean struggles to find the elusive connections between a series of gruesomely strange deaths in the city. His investigations begin to concern the powers that be – and once again, McLean’s stubborn refusal to toe the line puts his career, and possibly his life in danger. 
In chasing the monsters of the present, McLean must also confront shadows of the past – but at what cost? Is it too late to undo the damage that has been done . . .

THE TURNING TIDE – BROOKE MAGNANTI 

25/2/16

  
Erykah Macdonald has a nice life – the kind of life you’re meant to want. But on her twentieth wedding anniversary, she’s about to cross a line. 
Several hundred miles away in the shallow waters of a Hebridean island, a body is found. It’s been in the water long enough to make identification tricky but it’s clear this is no accidental death.
Erykah knows she’s about to make a choice you can’t reverse – but she’s lived with secrets most of her life – she thinks she’s ready. The trouble is, there are far worse secrets than her own about to emerge.
From the gurney of a morgue in the Highlands, to the media circus of the national press, and from the seemingly calm suburbs of London to the powerplays in Westminster, a net is tightening. And those that find themselves caught in are willing to kill to get out with reputations intact.
Erykah must work out what she’s capable of if she’s going to keep her head above water – she must leave behind her comfortable life and start breaking rules. She knows she should be scared…but sometimes, stepping over the line is the first step to freedom..

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It doesn’t look like murder in a city full of death. A pandemic called ‘The Sweats’ is sweeping the globe. London is a city in crisis. Hospitals begin to fill with the dead and dying, but Stevie Flint is convinced that the sudden death of her boyfriend Dr Simon Sharkey was not from natural causes. As roads out of London become gridlocked with people fleeing infection, Stevie’s search for Simon’s killers takes her in the opposite direction, into the depths of the dying city and a race with death. A Lovely Way to Burn is the first outbreak in the Plague Times trilogy. Chilling, tense and completely compelling, it’s Louise Welsh writing at the height of her powers. 
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You can run from your past but you can never hide from yourself… 
When John Callum arrives on the wild and desolate Faroe Islands, he vows to sever all ties with his previous life. He desperately wants to make a new start, and is surprised by how quickly he is welcomed into the close-knit community. But still, the terrifying, debilitating nightmares just won’t stop. 
Then the solitude is shattered by an almost unheard of crime on the islands: murder. A specialist team of detectives arrives from Denmark to help the local police, who seem completely ill-equipped for an investigation of this scale. But as tensions rise, and the community closes rank to protect its own, John has to watch his back. 
But far more disquieting than that, John’s nightmares have taken an even more disturbing turn, and he can’t be certain about the one thing he needs to know above all else. Whether he is the killer… 

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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.
Runaway is a crime novel covering fifty years of friendships solidified and severed, dreams shared and shattered and passions lit and extinguished; set against the backdrop of two unique and contrasting cities at two unique and contrasting periods of recent history.

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