Crime in Glasgow During March at Aye Write Book Festival 2016




Craig Robertson introduces two vibrant new voices in crime fiction, Matt Johnson & Michell Davies

11 March 2016
Time(s): 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: The Mitchell Library, Glasgow City Centre
Price: £6

Chris Brookmyre Presents Black Widow
When, Where & How Much…
Date(s): 12 March 2016
Time(s): 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: The Mitchell Library, Glasgow City Centre
Price: £9

Crime writers, Mason Cross, Douglas Lindsey & Mark Leggat, discuss their internationally set thrillers!
Date(s): 12 March 2016
Time(s): 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: The Mitchell Library, Glasgow City Centre
Price: £9

Aye Write: Denise Mina, James Oswald, Brooke Magnanti, Leye Adenle & Emma L Clapperton take part

Date(s): 13 March 2016
Time(s): 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: The Mitchell Library, Glasgow City Centre
Price: £10

Craig Robertson, Anna Smith & Anne Randall – Great Glasgow Crime

Date(s): 13 March 2016
Time(s): 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Where: The Mitchell Library, Glasgow City Centre
Price: £9

Peter Arnott & Graeme Macrae Burnet – Murdering the Genre
15 March 2016
Time(s): 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: The Mitchell Library, Glasgow City Centre
Price: £9 plus transaction fee

Alex Gray & Bill Daly – Serious Series Crime!

15 March 2016
Time(s): 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: The Mitchell Library, Glasgow City Centre
Price: £9 plus transaction fee

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When she is seven years old, Dawn Napier is forced to live with strict adoptive parents in the desolate ex-mining community of Shinewater, situated on the outskirts of Lochgelly in Fife. Catherine and Michael Napier are very wealthy and they forbid her to make friends with the local children, so she has a heartbreakingly lonely upbringing. When she is nineteen she decides to bend the rules and has the time of her life getting to know a group of friends from the town. She suddenly becomes one of the in-crowd, has to deal with confusion over her sexuality, and then discovers that she has been lied to all along about her real parents’ history. After being sexually attacked by a gang of men, she faces the agonizing reality that nothing will ever be the same again. She struggles to decide who she should turn to and where this journey will ultimately lead her. After going down the destructive path of sex, alcohol, drugs and murder will she finally be able to gain the freedom from her own life that she craves so badly? 
Nicole Grieve chases dreams of rainbows, fights and teenage delights. But on the inside she’s screaming. She’s crying out for someone to come and take her away from her harsh life. She doesn’t realise that the one person who she really needs to make her forget about all of her pain and mistakes, is the baby she created from her own body. Her daughter, Alexa Harvey, is being raised by her teenage dad. Luke Harvey has done his best and he’s waiting patiently for Nicole to start to care, but how long can this last? 
Dawn and Nicole discover a link between them that threatens to open up an even wider rift between both their families. 

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February 2016 crime author of the month interview with Linda huber 


Linda Huber grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year, aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys and a rescue dog.
Ideas for her books come from Linda’s daily life. The Paradise Trees (2013) was inspired by her father-in-law’s struggle with dementia, and she started writing The Cold Cold Sea (2014) shortly after learning that a child in her extended family drowned in the 1940s, aged eleven. The Attic Room (2015) begins in one of her most-loved places, the Isle of Arran on the west coast of Scotland.

Chosen Child, her fourth psychological thriller, was inspired by a chance conversation in the queue for the bar at a wedding, and will be available on February 15th.


A disappearance. A sudden death. A betrayal of the worst kind.
Ella longs for a child of her own, but a gruesome find during an adoption process deepens the cracks in her marriage. A family visit starts off a horrifying chain of events, and Ella can only hope she won’t lose the person she loves most of all.

Amanda is expecting her second child when her husband vanishes. She is tortured by thoughts of violence and loss, but nothing prepares her for the shocking conclusion to the police investigation.

And in the middle of it all, a little girl is looking for a home of her own with a ‘forever’ mummy and daddy
1. How did you get started writing?

The first story I wrote was for my Writer’s badge in the Brownies. That was when I realised how good it felt to create my own worlds and inhabit them with paper-people. I’ve never really stopped – as a child I wrote stories for children, then I moved on to short stories and articles for adults, and finally psychological suspense novels.


2. What drew you to write a crime novel?

I love reading them. When a crime of any kind is committed, the world changes for the people involved, whether they’re victims or criminals or the friends and families of either. It’s how these people react in their new, strange world that fascinates me.


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

My absolute favourite writer is Mary Higgins Clark. I love her style; I have all her books and still reread them. Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine is another, and Val McDermid and Elizabeth George.


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

I started by trying to find an agent, which everyone assures me is harder than finding a publisher. And I’ve proved that because I have a publisher but still no agent! Once you have your book as perfect as you can make it, it really is down to dumb luck. If your ms lands on the right desk, you’re in. ‘All’ you need to do is find that desk…


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

Phillip in The Cold Cold Sea. He’s such a nice guy, yet he does such a terrible thing. He’s forced into a situation where he has no chance of winning, and it haunts him.

Another favourite is the child Soraya in my new book Chosen Child. She’s in a difficult situation too, through no fault of her own, and as a child she’s at the mercy of the adults around her.
6. What kind of research do you have to undertake for your novels? 

Location, for one thing. I always set my books in a place I’ve been to. But as I live in Switzerland it’s not so easy to go and sniff around to make sure everything’s as I remember it. Fortunately, Google maps is great for this, especially Street View. 

Each book also has its own research area. Chosen Child is about an adoption, and fortunately for me a distant relative works in child welfare so she gave me some tips. Twitter is a great source of experts in every possible field, and I often find good websites or even personal help there.


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

No. First of all I get the plot straight in my head, maybe jot down a timeline and a chapter sequence. Then I spend a lot of time thinking about my characters – who they are, what they do, how they might react. Their reactions within the plot have to be realistic, or the book won’t work. But of course, as soon as you start writing, things change…


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

I don’t know if they do; there are so many great crime novels out there. I try to make the reader care about what happens to my characters, even the bad ones, and identify with at least some of the conflict they’re going through.


 9. Do you see any of your character’s personality in yourself and vice versa?

I guess the characters who’re in roles I have or had myself have bits of me in them – mother, teacher. On the other hand, my paper people also do things I’d never do – drive long distances, run into the sea without a second thought, keep terrible secrets…


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

Chosen Child is out on February 15th. It’s about a couple who are adopting a child – but it doesn’t go quite to plan. (link to video trailer)


The one I’m writing now is set in a hospital, very exciting as I used to be a physiotherapist. I’m enjoying the medical atmosphere!


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

The Cold Cold Sea. It’s set in Cornwall, and I have such happy memories of childhood holidays there. I’ve never forgotten those waves crashing up the beach. And all the time of writing, I was back there in my head. Chosen Child is set in Cornwall too, but the sea doesn’t play such a big part in the story, so it was quite a different feeling.


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

Three – never give up. It took me years to get published, but now I have two traditionally published books and, with Chosen Child, two self-published ones. There are advantages to both ways; today we can decide which is best for us at any particular time. The only other thing I’d say here is – if you’re self-publishing, hire an editor and a proof reader. You’re too close to your work to be able to do either job yourself.




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March 2016 new books to check out




When an elderly woman is found dead at her home, newly fledged DC Kirsty Wilson is called to the scene. It appears that the woman had a mysterious visitor in the early hours of that morning – someone dressed as a carer, but with much darker intentions. It soon becomes obvious that this was not death by natural causes, in fact, it was murder. Before she can catch her breath, DC Wilson is thrown in at the deep end as another body turns up – this time it’s a gruesome crime scene, the victim a well-known drug dealer from Glasgow’s mean streets, and there’s no question that this was a brutal execution.

The two cases appear to have nothing in common, but when a second vulnerable person is murdered in their sleep, the police realise that it’s only a matter of time before the next victim emerges and Detective Superintendent William Lorimer is called in to help DC Wilson investigate. This case is big and it’s about to get more personal than either of them could have imagined…




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 . . .




A Glasgow student is found dead in a city-centre alley, kickstarting a trail of brutality that drives DI Ray McBain to the very edge, staring into the abyss…The victim’s family and friends are all under suspicion, and McBain has to untangle a sordid web of lies, deceit, blackmail, infidelity and cyberstalking. And when Stigmata, a deranged serial killer from McBain’s tortured past, starts taking out new victims – with the suspects and McBain himself in his sights – the case gets even more treacherous. The pressure intensifies until McBain calls on Kenny O’Neill, his underworld crony, to help watch his back. Will that be enough to stop the killing?



Davie McCall is tired. Tired of violence, tired of the Life. He’s always managed to stay detached from the brutal nature of his line of work, but recently he has caught himself enjoying it.
In the final instalment in the Davie McCall series old friends clash and long buried secrets are unearthed as McCall investigates a brutal five-year-old crime.
Davie wants out, but the underbelly of Glasgow is all he has ever known. Will what he learns about his old ally Big Rab McClymont be enough to get him out of the Life? And could the mysterious woman who just moved in upstairs be just what he needs?