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It’s two weeks before Christmas, and a young girl’s body is found on the Edinburgh coastline, a knife rammed into her eye. She’s wearing earrings worth thousands of pounds. DI Frank Miller and his team discover the earrings were part of a haul from a jewellery store robbery. The girl has been listed as missing from Birmingham. So how did she end up dead on an Edinburgh beach? An Edinburgh resident is found dead in a cemetery, a knife rammed into her eye. What is her connection to the dead runaway? As Miller investigates, the killer is working to an agenda and this is going to be one Christmas that Frank Miller and his team are never going to forget… 

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July 2016 crime author of the month with Jackie Baldwin

1. How did you get started writing?

Twenty years ago I wrote a short film script to obtain a place on an intensive weekend scriptwriting course and that was me hooked. I was heavily pregnant and easily the least cool person in the room but it didn’t matter. Peter Mullen was one of the speakers and I got to see his short film, ‘The Fridge’ which just blew me away.


2. What drew you to writing a crime novel?

The words flying about at the time were ‘write what you know.’ My life was far from exotic in rural Scotland so I figured that as I was working as a solicitor and had attended the local convent school, I would write a crime novel featuring a former Roman Catholic priest. As a fledgling writer I liked the fact that the police procedural genre would give me a scaffold to hang my words on.


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

Well, I read quite eclectically as a child. Predictably, I was a massive Enid Blyton fan, particularly the Famous Five. However, I also loved Isaac Asimov’s ‘Caves of Steel’ series, and Jane Austen. I liked the way she focused in on Elizabeth so you could see right inside her head. I became attracted to crime because I always found complex, flawed characters more interesting to read about and I read loads of Ian Rankin, Patricia Cornwall, Peter Robinson, and Caro Ramsay. I also love books with big ideas that make me boggle like those of

Greg Isles, Alastair Reynolds and Peter James (Perfect People). 


4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to attract the attention of a publisher?

To be honest, I had never really thought about submitting to a publisher direct before. I thought you had to get an agent first. I sent it off to a few and got loads of rejection letters but also some positive feedback from a few which gave me some hope. I decided to have a massive rewrite and then start another book. I had just finished that when someone put up on my writing group Facebook page that Killer Reads were open to submissions. I fired it off never expecting anything to come of it and two weeks later was accepted. I was so shocked!

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

I would have to say, DI Farrell. At times he is at war with himself but he strives to do the right thing. He is naturally hot-headed and self-control has been hard won.


6. What kind of research have you had to undertake in your novel?

I was lucky enough to be invited into Dumfries Police Station and allowed to ask heaps of questions. I have also lived most of my life in Dumfries, where the novel is set so that made things easier as did the fact that I practised criminal law for a time in the town. If I came up against something I didn’t know I would research it online.

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

No, definitely not.

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

Gosh, scary question! I would say the fact that Farrell is a former practising Catholic priest and ‘technically’ still a priest in the eyes of the Church coupled with the fact that he had a psychotic break when younger give the book a slightly different flavour.

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

I probably overthink things like Farrell and can struggle to feel at ease in social situations sometimes as he does.

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

I am writing a second DI Farrell novel and also planning an American serial killer novel and a science fiction novel. I had no notion of writing a serial killer novel but the character arrived in my head and took up residence. I hope there are no psychiatrists reading this!

11. What was your favourite scene to write in Dead Man’s Prayer and why?

The scene set in the abandoned convent as that is where I went to school so I could see it really vividly in my mind.

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

Well, based on some of my own mistakes along the way, I would say get the first draft bashed out. Don’t get hung up on editing as you go along. No matter how sparkly and shiny you make your prose at some point it will probably be rewritten or cut out entirely so just keep going until you finish. The other thing is to find a likeminded group of writers to celebrate success with and commiserate failures. It will help you to persevere and stay motivated until that acceptance comes through. Above all, do not give up. I nearly did!

Due: 2nd September 2016

Ex-priest DI Frank Farrell has returned to his roots in Dumfries, only to be landed with a disturbing murder case. Even worse, Farrell knows the victim: Father Boyd, the man who forced him out of the priesthood fifteen years ago.

With no leads, Farrell must delve into the old priest’s past, one that is inextricably linked with his own. But his attention is diverted when twin boys go missing. One twin is recovered in an abandoned church. But where is his brother?

Are the two cases linked or is the church just a coincidence? It’s clear someone is playing a sinister game and Farrell can’t help but feel it is directed at him. Either way, it’s a game he needs to win before someone else turns up dead.

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July 2016 author of the month interview with Ian Simpson

1. How did you get started writing? 

I always had a hankering to write a book. When I had to take early retirement on health grounds I had the time to do it.

2. What drew you to write a crime novel

 I had done a lot of criminal defence work at the Scottish bar then, on the bench, I dealt with a huge number of criminal cases. Latterly I was a temporary High Court judge and sat in the High Court in Glasgow handling serious crime. They say you should write about what you know. Also, I have always loved Agatha Christie’s work

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

When I read a well-written book I try to absorb the best aspects of the author’s style. Two authors whose style I particularly like are John Mortimer and Christopher Brookmyre.

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

 Almost everyone does. If you’re not a ‘celeb’ it’s very difficult. There are a heck of a lot of books and wannabe authors out there. This is the main plot-line of my first book, Murder on Page One.

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

In my two Sheriff Hector Drummond novels, Hector is my favourite. He’s quite easy to write as he is similar to me. I put myself into the mind-set of 1930 and react accordingly. Hector is more conservative than I am but braver, driven by a strong sense of right and wrong. In my contemporary novels, I like Baggo best. He is a young, intelligent Indian from Mumbai who has joined the police. He has a great sense of humour and a strong interest in the opposite sex. He’s very enterprising.

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

In all my novels I try to get the details right and the internet is invaluable for that. The Hector Drummond novels required a lot of research, not just to take the reader back to St Andrews in1930 but to get right things like charges for trans-Atlantic telephone calls. To give authentic accounts of the championships Bobby Jones was playing in I consulted a number of books plus newspaper archives. When I mentioned historical figures like Churchill I took particular care, down to House of Commons debates he actually spoke in. My knowledge of St Andrews (I was brought up there) was a big help.

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

I often take an aspect of a real person and embellish it so my fictional character is unrecognisable. In my legal career I encountered some police officers who were quite prepared to bend the truth in order to convict known villains. My Inspector No is based on them, only I have made him a slobbish buffoon, a figure of fun.

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

 I don’t do noir; I had my fill of that in the criminal courts. Most of the nasty stuff happens off the page and a vein of humour lightens my contemporary books. They have been described as cozy but I don’t see them as that. The protagonists in the contemporary books, Flick Fortune and Baggo Chandavarkar, are not Scottish although, apart from Murder on Page One, the books are set in Scotland. In the Hector Drummond books I weave murder mysteries into true accounts of important golf championships and I doubt if anyone else is trying to do that.

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

Yes. A friend recently told me they could hear me and Annie, my wife, in exchanges between Hector and Lavender Drummond. 

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

 A man is murdered during the fourth round of the 1984 Open. The man convicted is dying and is released in 2015, still protesting his innocence. He goes to live with his daughter in St Andrews. A political campaigner is murdered and attention is focused on a group of solicitors who call themselves ‘the Jolly Boys’. It should be out next year.

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

I think The Andrean Project is my favourite; I really like the characters, I enjoy the mix of fact and fiction and I feel that I keep improving as a writer.

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

Read well and write better. Never give up.


Sons of the Father

Murder in Court Three

Murder on the Second Tee

Murder on Page One

The Andrean Project
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July 2016 new books to check out 



He has to clear thoughts of Joanne and thoughts of the past out of his mind. He has to think about himself, his situation. Think about the next hour. The last thirty-two years don’t matter; whatever remains of the rest of his life doesn’t matter. It’s the next hour. In that hour, everything will be decided. Usman Kassar is comfortable in his older brother’s shadow, for now. Staying off the radars of the big players lets him plan big scores with little danger of detection. But dangerous jobs will get you noticed, whether you want them to or not. Martin Sivok is a gunman without a target. An outsider in a new city who doesn’t know how to make a fresh start. But when you desperately need doors to start opening, someone like Usman might just persuade you to pull at the wrong handle – like the one that opens a safe full of dirty money. Dirty money that the Jamieson organization, one of the most dangerous criminal outfits in town, wants back. Any job can have brutal consequences when it threatens the reputation of Nate Colgan. Nate can’t help being frightening; a man with darkness inside him. As the reluctant ‘security consultant’ for a fracturing criminal organization, he knows that unless he recovers the stolen money quickly, much more than his livelihood will be on the line. But if you’ve been forced into a job that you know could be your ending, how hard will you fight to keep it? 



Scotland, 1932. Aristocratic private investigator Dandy Gilver strikes again with her witty sidekick Alec Osbourne to solve sinister goings on at a convent on a bleak Lanarkshire moor. The convent was set alight following a mass breakout at a neighbouring psychiatric hospital on Christmas Eve, resulting in the death of the mother superior. Most patients were returned safely but a few are still at large…As Dandy interviews each nun in turn she senses a stranger is still lurking in the corridors at night – could they be the same person who left blood-red footprints in the sacristy? One of Catriona McPherson’s creepiest – and funniest – mysteries yet.