Crime writers in Glasgow for Aye write Festival


Scotland has many fantastic book festivals and this April readers will be flocking to Glasgow for Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival

Aye Write! was founded in 2005, and since 2007 has been an annual fixture on Glasgow’s culture calendar. The festival takes place in the beautiful Mitchell Library, one of Europe’s largest public libraries, which has been one of Glasgow’s iconic landmarks since it opened in 1911.

Crime Writing at Aye Write! – Full Listings

Ian Rankin: Rebus in Gaelic

Ann Cleeves and Chris Dolan: Is Crime Fiction better on the Page or the Small Screen?

Stuart MacBride, Neil Broadfoot and Malcolm MacKay: Crime and the City

Lindsey Davis, Rory Clements, Antonia Hodgson and Michael Arnold: My Era is Better Than Yours!

Lin Anderson & Alex Gray: Crime writers and their experts

Len Wanner, Caro Ramsay, Quintin Jardine & Helen FitzGerald: Tartan Noir

Mark Billingham & My Darling Clementine: The Other Half

Denzil Meyrick, Mari Hannah & RJ MItchell: Inside Job – Police and Probation Officers turn to Crime

John Gordon Sinclair, Tony Black and Michael J Malone: Crime on the West Coast

Julia Crouch, Sarah Hilary & Sabine Durrant: Domestic Noir

James Runcie & Ian Sansom: Crime in the Counties

To book tickets and find out more information about this festival, you can go to the website link below

Book signing – Rj Mitchell 


Waterstones Kirkcaldy

11am – 2pm

Author of the gripping Glasgow based-crime series, R.J. Mitchell draws from his own experience as a Police Officer to paint a dark picture of the city’s underworld. Not one to miss for any tartan-noir fans.

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Free book

If you are looking for a good read for your kindle that won’t break, the bank and you like Scottish crime fiction then this is the novel for you


Scott Stevenson was a despicable character and nobody mourns when his bloody corpse is found with an ivory tusk driven through his torso. DCI Alex Warren and his team are given the challenging task of discovering his killer. They investigate the numerous people Stevenson has harmed and their enquiries reveal a host of related crimes, motivated by sex and greed. As the body count starts to rise, they struggle to close the case before more lives are lost.

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    March 2015 Tea toast and thriller interview with Christopher Fowler


      1. How did you get started writing?

    When you’re ten years old you can fall in love with any story, so long as it’s a good one. But what do you do if you’re growing up in a home without books? Actually I wrote a childhood memoir, ‘Paperboy’, about life in suburban London and spending my days between the library and the cinema devouring novels, comics, cereal boxes – anything that might reveal a story. I kept volumes of stories I’d written and still have them all. I finally got published at 28.


     2. What drew you to write a crime novel 

    I’d always loved the Golden Age crime novels, and a few modern ones. I knew that Margery Allingham regarded the mystery novel as a box with four sides; ‘a killing, a mystery, an enquiry and a conclusion with an element of satisfaction in it’ – I put all crime novels through the Allingham test.

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

    .Conan Doyle, of course. Then Allingham; the first time I read ‘The Tiger In The Smoke’, I kept losing my place. The chase to track Jack Havoc, jail-breaker and knife artist, in the London fog was as densely confusing as the choking gloom through which he carves his way. There’s that central image of a hopping, running band of ragtag musicians silhouetted in the murk that stays beyond the conclusion. It’s a dark, strange read and I realized, possibly not the best place to begin. Then the wonderful Edmund Crispin, hilarious, charming and clever. Oh, and the sadly forgotten Pamela Branch.

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

    Oddly not at all. I began with no confidence so started out with some silly humour books, then moved to short stories. The first novel, ‘Roofworld’, had a good hook, and the publisher loved it – but didn’t know which shelf it sat on. One of the reasons why I like crime is that I know where to find my books now!

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

    Arthur Bryant has to be my favourite to write. He’s a Luddite, antisocial, rude, miserable, erudite, bookish, while his partner John May is likeable, friendly, modern, techno-literate, and a bit of a ladies’ man. Their inevitable clash of working methods often causes cases to go off the rails.

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

     Take today, for example; in an hour’s time I’m meeting the river police at Tower Beach to investigate the Thames’s tidal effects on washed-up corpses…I talk to a lot of people, and back up their stories with library research. 

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

    Nearly all of them come directly from people I know, including one police officer. Arthur Bryant is based on my best friend. There’s even a photograph of him in one of the books. Nearly all of the main characters are real, especially Maggie Armitage. Weirdly, I’m not the only person to use her as a fictional character. The author Tom Wakefield did too.

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

     I don’t try to copy the market – I just write about the things that interest me, and I get a lot of feedback from readers online, because I blog every day. I think you have to talk to your readers regularly or you lose touch with their tastes. I don’t network or play by the rules very much. I tend to go my own way.

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

    Hah! Very good question, that! Oh yes. Someone pointed out that all of my books, non-crime ones included, contain two opposing characters. I think I’m horribly full of opposites. I can be incredibly impatient and easily bored, but will spend huge amounts of time getting the details of a story right.

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

    Next out is ‘The Sand Men’ in October, a thriller set in Dubai. A British family live in a gated community reserved for foreign workers. In the oppressive heat, the wives appear happy to follow behind their husbands, cooking and arranging tea parties, but the heroine finds herself a virtual prisoner in a land where Western women are regarded with suspicion on the streets. Then her most outspoken friend is killed in a suspicious hit-and-run accident….The book is about what happens in a world where only the rich are considered important.

    After that comes a collection of missing cases, ‘Bryant & May: London’s Glory’ in November…

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

    I’m very proud of ‘Calabash’ – It’s a coming-of-age novel set in a rundown English seaside town and a mythical version of Persia. I also loved writing ‘Paperboy’, a memoir about my childhood, and was very pleased to know that my family read it, and that it won some nice awards.

    12. As a well known crime writer do you have words of advice you can share

    Fiction means you can make things up.

    Don’t just write about what you know; write about what you hope, dream, fear, wish.

    Write every day, until it’s as natural as breathing. Don’t talk about it to others while you’re doing it.




    Roofworld (1988)
    Rune (1990)
    Red Bride (1992)
    Darkest Day (1993)
    Spanky (1994)
    Psychoville (1995)
    Disturbia (1997)
    Menz Insana (1997)
    Soho Black (1998)
    Calabash (2000)
    Plastic (2003)
    Breathe (2004)
    Hell Train (2011)
    #ChooseThePlot (2014) (with Jane Casey and James Oswald)
    Nyctophobia (2014)

    The Sand Men (2015)


    The Bureau of Lost Souls (1984)
    City Jitters (1986)
    More City Jitters (1988)
    Flesh Wounds (1989)
    Sharper Knives (1992)
    Personal Demons (1998)
    Uncut (1999)
    The Devil in Me (2001)
    Demonized (2004)
    Old Devil Moon (2007)
    Crimewave 11: Ghosts (2010) (with Nina AllanIlsa J Bick, Richard Butner, Cody Goodfellow, Dave Hoing, Alison J Littlewood, O’Neil De Noux and Luke Sholer)
    Red Gloves: Devilry (2011)
    Oh I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside (2012)
    Non fiction
    Paperboy (2009)
    Invisible Ink (2012)
    Film Freak (2013)

    Amazon Author Page

    Books to check out 

    If you are looking for two good e books to buy and you don’t want to spend to much money and you love crime fiction, then these are the books for you and they are only 99p, Against a Dark Sky goes up to £1.99 tommorow on Amazon Kindle


    The tortured corpses of young alcoholics and drug addicts are turning up in Glasgow and only Eddie Henderson seems to know why. When he tries to tell the police, his information is ridiculed and he’s told to stop wasting their time. 

    One officer, junior detective Catherine Douglas, believes him, and together they set out to discover why the dregs of Glasgow’s underbelly are being found, dead and mutilated. 


     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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    Blue Wicked

    Against a Dark Sky

    Book to check out 

    If you are looking for a good e book to buy and you don’t want to spend to much and you love crime fiction, then this is the book for you and it is only £1.09 on Amazon Kindle in today’s Daily Deal



    Cal McGill watches the young woman through the dirty windscreen of his Toyota. There’s something compelling about her stillness, about the length of time she has been standing square-shouldered, erect, staring out to sea, like an Antony Gormley statue waiting for another of its cast-iron tribe to emerge from the deep. What has brought her to this remote beach, he asks himself. Is she a kindred spirit who finds refuge by the shore? Idle curiosity soon turns into another investigation for oceanographer and loner McGill as he embarks on a quest to discover why, 26 years earlier, another young woman stood on the same beach before walking into the waves. According to the police, she killed herself and her unborn baby. McGill, the Sea Detective, questions this version of events and confronts the jealousies, tensions and threats of a coastal community determined to hold on to its secrets.

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    Book to look out for 


    • Hardcover: 416 pages
    • Publisher: Doubleday (26 Mar. 2015)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0857522043
    • ISBN-13: 978-0857522047

    London is under siege.  A banking scandal has filled the city with violent protests, and as the anger in the streets detonates, a young homeless man burns to death after being caught in the crossfire between rioters and the police.  But all is not as it seems; an opportunistic killer is using the chaos to exact revenge, but his intended victims are so mysteriously chosen that the Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to find a way of stopping him.

    Using their network of eccentric contacts, elderly detectives Arthur Bryant and John May hunt down a murderer who adopts incendiary methods of execution. But they soon find their investigation taking an apocalyptic turn as the case comes to involve the history of mob rule, corruption, rebellion, punishment and the legend of Guy Fawkes. At the same time, several members of the PCU team reach dramatic turning points in their lives – but the most personal tragedy is yet to come, for as the race to bring down a cunning killer reaches its climax, Arthur Bryant faces his own devastating day of reckoning.


    Christopher Fowler was born in Greenwich, London. He is the multi award-winning author of many novels and short story collections, and the author of the Bryant & May mysteries. His first bestseller was ‘Roofworld’. Subsequent novels include ‘Spanky’, ‘Disturbia’, ‘Psychoville’ and ‘Calabash’. He spent 25 years working in the film industry. His collection ‘Red Gloves’, 25 new stories of unease, marked his first 25 years of writing. His memoir ‘Paperboy’ won the Green Carnation Award, and was followed by a 2nd volume, ‘Film Freak’. Other new novels include the dark comedy-thriller ‘Plastic’ and the haunted house chiller ‘Nyctophobia’. He has written comedy and drama for BBC radio, including Radio One’s first broadcast drama in 2005. He has a weekly column called ‘Invisible Ink’ in the Independent on Sunday. 

    His graphic novel for DC Comics was the critically acclaimed ‘Menz Insana’. His short story ‘The Master Builder’ became a feature film entitled ‘Through The Eyes Of A Killer’, starring Tippi Hedren and Marg Helgenberger. Among his awards are the Edge Hill prize 2008 for ‘Old Devil Moon’, and the Last Laugh prize 2009 for ‘The Victoria Vanishes’. Christopher has achieved several pathetic schoolboy fantasies, releasing a terrible Christmas pop single, becoming a male model, writing a stage show, posing as the villain in a Batman graphic novel, running a night club, appearing in the Pan Books of Horror, and standing in for James Bond.  His short stories have appeared in Best British Mysteries, The Time Out Book Of London Short Stories, The Best Of Dark Terrors, London Noir, Neon Lit, Cinema Macabre, the Mammoth Book of Horror and many others. After living in the USA and France he is now married and lives in London’s King’s Cross and Barcelona.

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    Q and A with Denzil Meyrick


    Denzil Meyrick was born in Glasgow and brought up in Campbeltown. After studying politics, he pursued a varied career including time spent as a police officer, freelance journalist, and director of several companies in the engineering, leisure and marketing sectors. 
    His first novel, Whisky from Small Glasses, was published in 2012, his second The Last Witness, published by Polygon in 2014, followed and became a top twenty Best Seller on Amazon.

    1. What have you been up to with your writing since we last spoke?

    Where do I begin?! The second DCI Daley novel, THE LAST WITNESS, was published last July by my new publisher Polygon. I was thrilled when it reached THE BOOKSELLER’S official top twenty bestselling eBooks last year. Since then, everything has really taken off. I’ve been signed up by Pegasus Books in New York, who will publish the Daley novels in the USA and Canada, which is a great leap forward. The third novel, DARK SUITS AND SAD SONGS will be published, this side of the Atlanticin May by Polygon. I’m busy writing book four, THE RAT STONE SERENADE, so it’s all go!


    2. How does it feel when you see your books in the top 100 on the kindle e book chart?

    I suppose it’s a bit surreal. It’s great to have sold so many copies of THE LAST WITNESS, in both book and eBook form. Ultimately, it’s what dreams are made of, but it takes a while to sink in. I hope that everyone buys and enjoys DARK SUITS AND SAD SONGS in the same numbers. A huge thank you to one and all!. We got to number 15 on Kindle, which wasn’t too shabby.


    3. How does it feel to be now published by Polygon?

    It’s fantastic to have the team at Polygon behind me now. Everyone is so positive and professional. The experience of being with a mainstream, bona fide publishing house is a new and most welcome one for me. From editing, to marketing, promotion and design, they have everything spot on. As you are probably aware, I was never happy with the presentation of the original edition of WHISKY FROM SMALL GLASSES. I’m delighted that a brand new, revised edition was published by Polygon, last month, in paperback and eBook.  Vive la difference !


    4. If you can, what do you see for the future of DCI Daley?

    We see Daley confronting many dangers in DARK SUITS AND SAD SONGS. Without giving anything away, tragedy strikes, meaning that the lives of the main characters in my books will never be the same. Certainly, Daley is facing his greatest and most deadly challenge to date.


    5. So far what was your favourite book to write in terms of characters and plot?

    Good question. Because of the new edition of WHISKY FROM SMALL GLASSES, I’ve found myself working – in one way or another – on all four novels at once. I worked on WHISKY before it was re-published last month, and am currently involved with the promotion of it and THE LAST WITNESS. I’ve been editing DARK SUITS AND SAD SONGS with the excellent Julie Fergusson and Alison Rae, whilst writing book 4, THE RAT STONE SERENADE. So, basically, it’s hard to pick my favourite. It’s great to see WHISKY the way it should be, and LW has taken me so far. I do think that DARK SUITS AND SAD SONGS will move things along, and I loved writing it. I’ll leave it up to readers to decide which book they like best, but I think you’ll like DARK SUITS.


    6. What has been your stand out moment so far as a Scottish crime fiction writer?

    Oh, there have been so many. I’ve appeared on television, radio and in the newspapers in the last few months, so it’s been great to have had so much interest in my work. I’ve been invited to speak at the AYE WRITE festival in April, and will be appearing at other events throughout the year. But, for me, one of nicest things was speaking to my old teacher Morag Allan who taught me in primary two, more years ago than I care to mention. She told me how much she liked the books and how proud she was of me. I must admit to having a lump in my throat when I heard that.


    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.

    The new DCI Jim Daley thriller Dark Suits is widely available to pre order and will be published on 14 July by Polygon

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