Book to check out

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 only 99p on Amazon for one day only as part of the Kindle Daily Deal.

  
One psychopath. One killer. The Stabber.

Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. The cobbled lanes and backstreets of St Andrews provide the setting for these brutal killings. But six unsolved murders and mounting censure from the media force DI Andy Gilchrist off the case. Driven by his fear of failure, and desperate to redeem his career and reputation, Gilchrist vows to catch The Stabber alone…

To buy the ebook for yourself, you can go to the Amazon link below

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April 2016 new books to check out

1/4/16

BLOQ – ALAN JONES

  


A gritty crime thriller. Glasgow man Bill Ingram waits in the city’s Central Station to meet his daughter, returning home from London for Christmas. When the last train pulls in, and she doesn’t get off it, he makes a desperate overnight dash to find out why. His search for her takes over his life, costing him his job and, as he withdraws from home, family and friends, he finds himself alone, despairing of ever seeing her again.

7/4/16

THE AMBER SHADOWS – LUCY RIBCHESTER

  

On a delayed train, deep in the English countryside, two strangers meet. It is 1942 and they are both men of fighting age, though neither is in uniform. As strangers do in these days of war, they pass the time by sharing their stories. But walls have ears and careless talk costs lives…At Bletchley Park, Honey Deschamps spends her days at a type-x machine in Hut 6, transcribing decrypted signals from the German Army. One winter’s night, as she walks home in the blackout, she meets a stranger in the shadows. He tells her his name is Felix, and he has a package for her. The parcel, containing a small piece of amber, postmarked from Russia and branded with two censor’s stamps, is just the first of several. Someone is trying to get a message to her but who? As a dangerous web weaves ever tighter around her, can Honey uncover who is sending these mysterious packages and why before it’s too late…?


14/4/16
THE RAT STONE SERENADE – DENZIL MEYRICK 

  

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?
18/4/16

KILLER’S CUT – WENDY H JONES

    

A severed human leg is found buried deep inside a Scottish wood.

 

An arm is uncovered on Dundee’s Law Hill.

 

Treasure hunters unearth a grizzly trophy at a Dundee beauty spot.

 

An evil killer who has turned murder into a sport.

 

DI Shona McKenzie is catapulted into a deadly game of human jigsaw. Only the jigsaw killer knows how many pieces there are and where they are hidden. The chase is on to catch them before another individual is dragged into this horrific game. Who will win?

26/4/16

CUTTING EDGE – BILL DALY

  

Cutting Edge, the third in the highly acclaimed DCI Charlie Anderson series, sees the veteran Glasgow copper face his most gruelling case yet. A serial killer seems to be roving the city, targeting a range of victims from an elderly gypsy to a young female accountant and a heroin-addicted mercenary. In each case, the left hand is hacked off and sent to Charlie, along with a playing card.

It’s a high-profile case, made tougher by media involvement, pressure from the top brass, tensions on the team.

But when Charlie’s own family is targeted by the killer, career concerns go out of the window. Now it’s life and death.


30/4/16
RAT RUN – CARO RAMSAY
  
A macabre discovery throws disturbing new light on a 20-year-old murder case in the latest tense and twisting Anderson and Costello mystery. 
In August 1992, a young mother and her two small sons were brutally murdered in the woods behind their home. Her neighbour Andrew Gyle was convicted of the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment. Now, twenty-three years later, a macabre discovery throws new light on the case. Could there have been a shocking miscarriage of justice?
Having only just returned to work following an enforced leave of absence, DCI Colin Anderson knows he must make a success of his comeback case. But, as he and his partner, DI Costello, uncover serious discrepancies in the original investigation, it becomes clear that not everyone is telling them the truth. Meanwhile, Costello worries that Anderson is struggling to cope – and his increasingly odd behaviour causes her to begin to think the unthinkable: can she trust her own partner?

March 2016 Crime author of the Month Interview with Owen Mullen

  

1. How did you get started writing?

My wife and I built a villa in Crete. We spend a lot of our time there. The global economic downturn and time on my hands persuaded me that I might kill two birds with one stone.

2. What drew you to write a crime novel 

Crime fiction sets particular challenges to a writer. Many threads must be resolved in a way that is believable to the reader, more difficult than it sounds. I wanted to see if I could cut it in this genre.

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

Nobody and everybody. Raymond Chandler is considered the master, so of course I read his work. I wouldn’t say my writing style has been overly influenced by anyone. It has developed through time.

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

I didn’t find it hard to get publisher interest, but I did find it extremely difficult to get a publisher’s commitment. One publisher, talking about Old Friends…said “This book has everything, unfortunately the author is unknown”.

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

Patrick Logue…he makes me laugh.

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

I worked in the city of Glasgow for many years so I know it well. However I researched several aspects of geography and history. For the police procedural aspects of the books I am fortunate in having a real life CID detective who makes sure I don’t stray from the truth.
7. Are the characters in your books based on any real life?

Based yes, but really they are a combination of the many colourful characters who live in the West of Scotland.

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

Most Scottish crime fiction has a policeman as the central character. In my novels the police play a background role to PI Charlie Cameron. I also explore the central character’s whole life rather than concentrating on the crimes.

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

I don’t but people who know me well say that I am in there.

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

Okay, I’m currently working on the next Charlie. Several readers asked for more Kate, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she turns up…although Charlie might! Really enjoying writing it. Think it’s going to be a good one. No title yet, but you’ll be the first to know when I have one.

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

It’s got to be the current one, because of course that is where the challenge lies…can I deliver?

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

Keep writing, keep improving and don’t stop believing. I waited too long to self publish don’t make that mistake.
  
The body on the mortuary slab wasn’t who Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron was looking for. But it wasn’t a stranger. Ian Selkirk had been stabbed through the heart and dumped in the loch. 

Suddenly, a routine missing persons investigation becomes a fight for survival as Charlie goes up against a notorious Glasgow gangster. Jimmy Rafferty is ruthless. Even his own family are terrified of him. He wants to use Charlie to get something for him. And Jimmy Rafferty always gets what he wants. 

Only one problem. 

Charlie doesn’t know where it is.
  
On a warm summer’s evening thirteen month old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland, taken while her parents are yards away. Three days later, the distraught father turns up at Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron’s office and begs him to help. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why. 

Against his better judgement Charlie gets involved in a case he would be better off without. But when a child’s body is discovered on Fenwick Moor, then another in St Andrews, the awful truth dawns: there is a serial killer out there whose work has gone undetected for decades. Baby Lily may be the latest victim of a madman. 

For Charlie it’s too late, he can’t let go. His demons won’t let him. 

The stunning first novel featuring Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron. Games People Play will have the reader guessing to the very last page.

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Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Owen-Mullen/e/B01BJSFIU8/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Crime Factor Live Tour Dundee Event

   
Four Scottish crime writers Neil Broadfoot, G J Brown, Mark Leggatt and Douglas Skelton will be taking the stage, chaired by Peter Burnett.

They will be appearing at The Steps Theatre, Central Library, Dundee on Thursday 14th April, starting at 6.30pm 

This is a free event organised with Waterstones Dundee and there will be books for sale but please call 01382 431500 or email leisure.reading@leisureandculturedundee.com to book your place as it is sure to be a popular event.

If you want toning out more about the authors appearing and about their books, you can go to the below links 

http://www.neilbroadfoot.com/
http://www.gordonjbrown.com/

http://www.markleggatt.com/

 http://www.douglasskelton.com/

http://www.peterburnett.info/

 

Book to look out for SJI Holliday Willow Walk

Out 10th June 2016

Amazon Kindle Introductory Price 98p

Amazon Paperback Price £7.99

  
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?

For more information and to pre order for yourself, you can go to the Amazon Link below 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01B74442W/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Book to look out for Denzil Meyrick The Rat Stone Serenade

DUE 14 th APRIL 2016 

AMAZON KINDLE – £5.98

AMAZON PAPERBACK – £6.29



  
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?

For more information and to pre order for yourself, you can go to the Amazon Link below 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rat-Stone-Serenade-Thriller-D-C-I-ebook/dp/B017SVU936/ref=zg_bs_3746215031_42

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 Kndle at the moment

  

Do you believe a house can remember things that have happened in the past? 

As D.S Preston and D.C Lang investigate the death of a young girl in an old manor house in Glasgow they ask themselves, who would want to kill an innocent girl in her own home and why? They believe their questions are answered and the case is closed. 

Sam Leonard could not be happier, he has an amazing acting career, a loyal best friend and a fantastic girlfriend and after a previous turbulent relationship, what could go wrong? 

life is going well. His marriage is stable and with a baby on the way, things can only get better. 

But a house that Patrick buys is not all it seems. With a family burial plot in the gardens, visions and messages from the deceased and a fairly recent death in the house, will Patrick and Jodie regret their purchase? 

Henderson Manor will bring together the lives of several unsuspecting ….but can a house let go of its past? 

To buy the ebook for yourself, you can go to the Amazon link below

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Henderson-Manor-Patrick-McLaughlin-Book-ebook/dp/B00ILTV6GY/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1457637245&sr=1-2&keywords=emma+l+clapperton

March 2016 crime author of the month interview with William McIntyre

1. How did you get started writing?
I didn’t start writing until I was nearly fifty, when my four sons decided I was no longer cool enough to hang out with and I found myself with a strange thing called free-time.

2. What drew you to write a crime novel

The say write about what you know, and, as I have been a criminal lawyer for around thirty years, crime novels from the point of view of a criminal lawyer seemed the obvious choice. Not only do I have a wealth of material to base the stories on, I don’t need to do research into the criminal law and procedure (some Sheriffs may disagree with that!).

3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?
Four immediately spring to mind, all, sadly, no longer with us. John Mortimer’s Rumpole of the Bailey stories are a favourite of mine. A few people have likened Robbie Munro, the protagonist in the Best Defence Series, to a Scotish Horace Rumpole and I can’t think of any higher praise than that. Other writers I enjoy are Neil M. Gunn for his gentle yet beautifully descriptive and discerning prose and Raymond Chandler who can set a scene or describe a character so perfectly using so few words. William McIllvanney was a genius and while I don’t pretend to come close, his writing was certainly an inspiration. All four to various degrees injected humour into their writing, which is very important in mine.
4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?
At first, it all seemed so simple. I had a publisher interested almost straight away in my first attempt at a novel entitled ‘The Truth The Whole Truth and Nothing Like the Truth’. It featured an elderly and extremely jaded female criminal defence lawyer, whose idea of justice was blurred to say the least. Things were going well until the commissioning editors realised that the ‘W’ in WHS McIntyre stood for William and not Wilma and decided that, on principle, a man could not write from a female perspective. I had a choice to make, and, while I am prepared to make sacrifices for my art, there is a line in the sand, and so Tina Munro became Robbie Munro. Unfortunately, the change of sex for the main character spoiled the story as many of the scenes no longer worked, and, by the time I’d written a completely new book and re-submitted it, I was told by the publishers that their list for crime fiction was full for the next three years.
That new book ‘Relatively Guilty’ , first in the Best Defence Series, went on to be shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, which was heartening, and I was advised by well known crime-noir author, Al Guthrie, to self-publish it on AMAZON, which I did. Thereafter I submitted the book to a few publishers. Initially, I was looking for a Scottish publisher, but they are not thick on the ground and many either didn’t respond or thought email some kind of new-fangled frippery. I seem to recall Canongate wanted the manuscript written on velum and delivered by sedan chair. When I had finished the second book and started on number three, I wrote to Sandstone Press as being a Scottish publishing house going somewhere. The book was rejected, in the nicest possible way, as at that time they wouldn’t consider self-published books. Fortunately, three years later that policy changed and I was contacted out of the blue to say Sandstone would be interested in publishing the next in the series.

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

There are so many secondary characters who appear in every book, that with no. 7 now finished and ready for publication, a lot of them feel like old friends. If I had to choose one, it would be Alex Munro, Robbie’s father, who is the archetypal unreconstructed male, often unwittingly, mostly uncaringly, but, (hopefully) always refreshingly politically incorrect.

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

Other than visiting the places where many of the scenes in the stories are set, and checking the occasional historical fact that I like to throw in, not a lot.
7. Are the characters in your book based on any real life?
Yes. Though which ones and who they are based on must remain top secret.
8. What do you think makes your novels stand out from all the other Crime Fiction Novels out there.

The books are all written in the first-person and, without sounding too much of a luvvie, I hope the ‘voice’ of Robbie Munro and especially his views on the criminal justice system, make him an interesting character who stands out from the crowd.

More generally, and meaning no disrespect to anyone, I have read a huge amount of crime fiction over the years, and a lot of it nowadays seems to be a variation on the maverick police officer tracking down a serial-killer theme. Nothing wrong with that, but not everyone can be Ian Rankin or Val McDermid. The Best Defence Series, like, I suppose, The Rumpole stories and some Michael Connolly books, amongst others, is intended to give the reader a different outlook on things, a view from the other side of the crime fiction fence, emphasising that justice is not only about convicting the guilty, but also about acquitting the innocent. It’s a perspective that is intended to make the reader ask him or herself some fundamental questions like, is it okay to break the law to achieve justice? If you thought the two were one and the same, think again.
9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa?
My wife would say I can be a dead-ringer for Alex Munro at times!
10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned.
I am always waiting for the inspiration necessary to write a major blockbuster, but until that comes along it’s going to be the Best Defence Series. Number eight is already well underway. It’s not easy to comment without giving away spoilers.
11.What was your favourite Scene to write and why.
I’m sorry, that’s way too difficult a question (mainly because I’ve forgotten half of them), but the scenes I enjoy writing the most are usually ones involving discourses between Robbie and his father and brother.
12. As an up and coming crime writer do you have words of advice you can share.
I’m not really in a position to give writing advice to anyone… But I will.
Write the sort of story you’d like to read.
Being ‘traditionally published’ is not the be all and end all. If the ink is in your blood you’ll write anyway and so enjoy it.

Take advantage of the self-published opportunities available via eBooks that are sweeping away the old gatekeepers to publishing.
Persevere. I had written six books before I was approached by two publishers in the same week.

Experience. Take time. Live and learn. You’ll find it easier to write about something you know, if you actually know something.
Have an extremely understanding spouse.
Stop watching TV/Facebook/Twitter etc. and write

Best Defence Series of Books

Relatively  Guilty

Duty Man

Sharp Practise

Killer Contract

Crime Fiction

Last Will

Present Tense (Coming Soon)

http://www.bestdefence.biz/home/4563232510
Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.co.uk/William-H.S.-McIntyre/e/B004NLZZ8E