January 2016 new books to check out


14th JANUARY 2016


The million-selling author of the Lewis trilogy brings murder back to the Outer Hebrides.

A man is washed up on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris, barely alive and borderline hypothermic. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his identity is a map tracing a track called the Coffin Road. He does not know where it will lead him, but filled with dread, fear and uncertainty he knows he must follow it.
A detective crosses rough Atlantic seas to a remote rock twenty miles west of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. With a sense of foreboding he steps ashore where three lighthouse keepers disappeared more than a century before – a mystery that remains unsolved. But now there is a new mystery – a man found bludgeoned to death on that same rock, and DS George Gunn must find out who did it and why.

A teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father’s death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist’s suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that he would wilfully abandon her. And the more she discovers about the nature of his research, the more she suspects that others were behind his disappearance.

Coffin Road follows three perilous journeys towards one shocking truth – and the realisation that ignorance can kill us.

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14th JANUARY 2016


The new Logan McRae novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of THE MISSING AND THE DEAD and A SONG FOR THE DYING.

Sergeant Logan McRae is in trouble…
His missing person investigation has just turned up a body in the woods – naked, hands tied behind its back, and a bin bag duct-taped over its head. The Major Investigation Team charges up from Aberdeen, under the beady eye of Logan’s ex-boss Detective Chief Inspector Steel. And, as usual, she wants him to do her job for her.

But it’s not going to be easy: a new Superintendent is on her way up from the Serious Organised Crime Task Force, hell-bent on making Logan’s life miserable; Professional Standards are gunning for Steel; and Wee Hamish Mowat, head of Aberdeen’s criminal underbelly, is dying – leaving rival gangs from all over the UK eying his territory.

There’s a war brewing and Logan’s trapped right in the middle, whether he likes it or not.

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14th JANUARY 2016


When a young Pakistani bride falls to her death from a window, Rosie has to navigate the story with care, trying not to upset the girl’s devastated family or the local Pakistani community. After talking to the family, however, Rosie becomes convinced that there is more to the story than a tragic accident, and that something is being kept from her and the police.

Meanwhile, on the other side of Glasgow, Nikki and Julie, two prostitutes, find themselves in trouble when a client dies during an assignment and it looks like one of them is to blame. Their problems become far worse though, when a briefcase they steal from the dead man turns out to contain some very valuable rough diamonds and several fake passports. It’s clear it belonged to some serious criminals, and now they have much more to worry about than a dead body.

Investigating the Pakistani girl’s death, Rosie has been talking to Laila, another young girl from the community, who has voiced her fears of being forced into marrying a much older man in Pakistan. When Laila disappears, Rosie is sure her fears have been realised. Then Nikki contacts her asking for help, and Rosie senses a parallel with her current case.

Sure enough, as Rosie flies to Pakistan to try and rescue Laila, it becomes clear that the ‘accidental’ death, Laila’s disappearance and the briefcase are all linked – and once back in Glasgow, she, Julie and Nikki discover just how much danger they are in…

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28th JANUARY 2016


There is no perfect marriage. There is no perfect murder.

Diana  Jager is clever, strong and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing.
Then she meets Peter. He’s kind, generous, and knows nothing about her past: the second chance she’s been waiting for.
Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident, a nightmare end to their fairytale romance.
But Peter’s sister Lucy doesn’t believe in fairytales, and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow…

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Free book

If you are looking for a good e book to buy and you don’t want to spend to much money and you love crime fiction, then this is the book for you and it’s free on Amazon.


When a suicide bomber targets a memorial service in Glasgow on Remembrance Sunday the nation responds to the bloody 

carnage left in its wake. DI John Arbogast pursues a small group

led by a disaffected military veteran who is hellbent on bringing 

about political change through brute force. 

Set against the backdrop of increasing nationalist support 

the newly formed Police Scotland must work with Government 

to hunt down the suspects and bring the culprits to justice. 

But faced with growing public unease, and intense political 

pressure, can the terrorists be stopped? 

A time for action

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Xmas 2015 crime author of the month interview with Craig Russell

Photo: ©Jonathan Russell

1. How did you get started writing? 

 I’ve been a professional writer, in some form or another, for thirty years and a full-time novelist for twelve of those. I knew I wanted to be a writer—and I have written—for as long as I can remember. It really is what I am and I feel I came hard-wired for it. I could read before I ever went to school (which caused all kinds of problems!). I always knew I wanted to make my living as a writer and I always say that any other job I’ve ever done was just ‘research’.

 2. What drew you to write a crime novel?

 To start with, I didn’t think of it that way. I decided I wanted to write a novel, and I knew the themes and the ideas I wanted to explore. Crime fiction is a great narrative format and a very, very broad church, so it seemed a natural fit. And, dare I say it, when I decided to write a novel, I did the usual thing of buying something by a leading writer in the crime genre—I have to be honest and admit I thought it pretty dull stuff and took a really up-myself-arrogant ‘well if that can get published…’ attitude. The truth is, of course, that literary quality really isn’t a benchmark for success in genre fiction—there are so many other engines that drive a crime novel.

 Many of my publishers today consider what I write as more thrillers than crime novels. And, of course, I write other stuff that is decidedly not crime.

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

 Everyone I have read! I know this list sounds pompous, but these are genuinely the authors who made a huge impression on me: when I was younger I read everything from Chekov, Poe, de Maupassant, Dostoyevsky and Gogol to Lawrence, Braine, Sillitoe, Huxley, Bradbury (Ray, not Malcolm), Camus and Sartre. The biggest influences on me have probably been Heinrich Böll, Franz Kafka, Gunter Grass and George Orwell. Raymond Chandler undoubtedly influenced Lennox, but oddly the genesis of the character was perhaps even more inspired by the short story Pale Anna by Heinrich Böll.

 After I published The Third Testament, under the name Christopher Galt, comparisons were made to Philip K Dick, so I’ve started reading his work. He explored many of the themes I like to play with, principally the nature of reality. There have been a few characters in the Fabel novels who have had a skewed sense of reality. And, of course, the substance of a detective story is the chipping away at accepted realities to discover the real truth beneath.

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

 I was unbelievably lucky. I was working as a full-time freelance writer, which perhaps helped. I hadn’t even finished the first book, Blood Eagle, when I had three agents keen. Before I knew it I was down in London being signed up. Then there was an auction between several publishers.

 Like I say, I was very lucky!

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

 I like Jan Fabel and Lennox for different reasons. I think you have to have an empathy for your protagonists, even the flawed ones. In the Lennox novels, everyone loves Twinkletoes McBride—mainly because of his attempts to learn a new word (to mispronounce!) every week. It kind of worries me that so many people feel affection for someone who got their nickname by playing ‘this little piggy’ with a pair of boltcutters!

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

 The research is constant. There’s no ‘research phase’ or ‘writing phase’—one informs the other organically. Readers have said the research for The Third Testament, which I wrote as Christopher Galt, must have involved a huge amount of research. It certainly did, because of the scope of the book—but it was all part of the development process and I don’t recall the research as being an onerous task. The truth is I really, really enjoy research—almost as much as the writing itself.

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

 Not directly, no. Someone I know recently suggested a character was based on their father, which I found surprising (and very funny!). Obviously, every character is a composite of people I have known, but it’s all on an unconscious level. I have never based a character directly on someone I know—it would be like taking someone from a different universe. The characters in the books grow organically and take their own, unique, personalities.

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

 I think that would be for readers to judge. All I know is that I do my own thing, plow my own furrow. I try to deliver something that is different and has a distinctive voice.

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

There probably is, but other people maybe see it more than me. I would say the closest is Dr John Macbeth in The Third Testament… which, if you read the book, is a bit worrying really!

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

 The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid comes out in summer next year and is the fifth Lennox. I have other Fabels planned but also some very different, non-crime standalones.

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

 Brother Grimm. No… The Ghosts of Altona. No… definitely The Third Testament. Wait a minute… Dead Men and Broken Hearts… I guess I’m the wrong person to ask!

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

 Read and write. If you want to be a writer, then you should do both every day. It doesn’t matter if you throw out what you write, it’s the only way to build writing muscle. And read widely—not just in any one particular genre.

 And most important of all, trust in your voice. I think there are far too many creative writing courses out there telling you ‘how it’s done’. There are no rules. There is no limit to individual creative expression. Don’t try to write like someone else or what you think publishers will want. Everyone will tell you that you should do exactly that, including publishers—except what they really want is a distinctive new voice.


The JAN FABEL series:

Blood Eagle (2005)

Brother Grimm (2006)

Eternal (2007)

The Carnival Master (2008)

The Valkyrie Song (2009)

A Fear of Dark Water (2010)

The Ghosts of Altona (2015)

The LENNOX series:

Lennox (2009)

The Long Glasgow Kiss (2010)

The Deep Dark Sleep (2011)

Dead Men and Broken hearts (2012)

The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid (2016)

Biblical (2014)

Released in UK paperback as The Third Testament (2015)


Translated into twenty-three languages worldwide and dramatized for television and radio.

Craig Russell is the only non-German to be awarded the highly prestigious Polizeistern by the Polizei Hamburg; 

finalist for the 2007 CWA Duncan Lawrie Golden Dagger and the SNCF Prix Polar in France; 

winner of the 2008 CWA Dagger in the Library; 

finalist for the 2012 Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year; 

finalist for the 2013 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger; 

winner of the 2015 Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year.  

The first television adaptation in Germany of a Jan Fabel novel attracted an audience of six million viewers. Two further novels have been made into films.

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Xmas 2015 Crime author of the month interview with Theresa Talbot

1. How did you get started writing? 
I’ve written everyday of my professional life for the past 20 years – either writing radio news scripts, travel bulletins, articles etc…so I suppose I’m just used to bashing away at the keyboard – but I have to say I never dared call my self a writer until I had a book published. My first one was This Is What I Look Like which was a humorous look at growing up in Glasgow and working on radio…but that was non-fiction so I could call myself a writer..but not an author! I didn’t dare do that until Penance was published – and even then I whispered it in-case proper grown-up authors heard me!     

2. What drew you to write a crime novel 
As a journalist crime seemed like a natural progression. Every day I would be immersed in real-life crime stories from court reporters and to be honest fact really is stranger than fiction! Also I loved reading crime and I used to read books my Denise Mina and Val McDermid and think..I wish I’d written that! 

 3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?
When I’m writing I have to stay away from books or I end up imitating a style without even realising it…I’m not sure who has influenced my style..certainly the afore mentioned dames of crime encouraged me – I like plain-style writing. Straight to the point. I also love Christopher Brookmyre and wish I could be as funny and as dark as him! I’m also a huge fan of John Fowles – The Collector is such a terrifying book written in such a benign style..  

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

 5. There are many interesting characters in your Novel, do you have a particular favourite one? 
I love Oonagh O’Neill. Yesterday someone described her as selfish or something and I felt awful for her..until I had to remind myself that she’s not real…she’s a character I made up! 

6.What kind of research have you have to undertake for your Novels? 
I did a tremendous amount of research for Penance – it’s based on the real life events surrounding the closure of Glasgow’s Magdalene Institution. I poured over old records and transcripts from women not just from the Magdalene Laundries, but also from poor houses, asylums, prisons etc. I felt a huge responsibility to make sure I used dramatic licence to tell the stories of the thousands of women who suffered over the years. Also because it’s based in my native Glasgow, I would time myself walking or driving from location to location to ensure my timeline was always true – I probably took that a wee bit too far! 

7. Are the characters in your books based on any real life?
Oh now…you don’t honestly expect me to reveal that!! Ha ha ha…friends keep saying …’is that me!’ convinced I’ve based certain characters on them. It’s strange how people see themselves in characters in books – which I think is great as it shows how they identify with them. 

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

It’s the only one with my name on it…and that just fills my heart with joy! There are so many wonderful crime novels out there I’m not sure I’m best placed to say why mine stands out…but perhaps the fact that it’s based on real life events – and also the main character Oonagh O’Neill is a television journalist is a wee bit different and it has a dual narrative running through it which I was told is a wee bit unusual…And there are no Glasgow hard-men.  

9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa? 
Ha ha ha…ok I fess up to having a wee bit of Oonagh O’Neill in me and vice versa…she’s flawed but means well! And she always supports the underdog – so that’s her redeeming feature!  

10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned. 
I have another Oonagh O’Neill novel in the offing…it should be ready by spring 2016. It’s funny but I really miss her when I don;t write about her – does that sound mental? I also have a black-comedy book in the early stages. 

11. What was your favourite sene to write in your novel, and why? 
That’s a really interesting question. I’m not sure which was my favourite…well actually I do – there’s a scary scene which is very dark and I don;t want to give a spoiler here….there are some scenes which still make me cry when I read them. And there are other scenes where-by some characters get their comeuppance and I liked writing them. I was important that I wrote those scenes without compromising the style of the book.      

 12. As a well known crime writer do you have words of advice you can share
Marry well and floss every day…there are no finer words of wisdom I can share! I managed one of those and I’m delighted to say my teeth are in great nic!  


Oonagh O’Neil has a challenge on her hands – and her head over a toilet bowl.
TV journalist and media darling Oonagh O’Neil faces danger and chaos when an elderly priest dies on the altar of his Glasgow church. His death comes as she is about to expose the shocking truth behind the closure of a Magdalene Institution.
The Church has already tried to suppress the story. Is someone also covering their tracks?
DI Alec Davies is appointed to investigate the priest’s death. He and Oonagh go way back. But their friendship counts for nothing when Davies’ suspicions fall on Oonagh’s married lover.
Oonagh now faces the biggest decision of her life. But will it be hers to make?
What secrets lie behind the derelict Institution’s doors? What sparked the infamous three-day riot that closed it? And what happened to the three ‘Maggies’ who vowed to stay friends forever?


NON CRIME book – This Is What I Look Like.

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