There’s Been a Murder Pick of the Edinburgh Book Festival Sunday 27th August 2017 – Monday 28th August 2017

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Sunday 27th August

 

Michael J Malone & Agnes Ravatn

 Sun 27 Aug 5:00pm – 6:00pm

 Writers’ Retreat

 £8.00, £6.00

MYSTERIOUS STRANGERS

Dark secrets and past sins link the latest novels by Scotland’s Michael J Malone and Norway’s Agnes Ravatn. In Malone’s A Suitable Lie, a widowed father finds love again, but his new bride may not be all she seems. Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal sees a woman exiled to an isolated fjord. There she begins an obsessive relationship with a curious stranger. Two compelling psychological dramas.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/michael-j-malone-agnes-ravatn-10253

Jon McGregor

 Sun 27 Aug 8:30pm – 9:30pm

 Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

 £8.00, £6.00

MISSING PERSONS

Jon McGregor, author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, brings us his first novel in 7 years: the story of lives haunted by a family’s loss, unfolding over the course of 13 years in a small village. Join McGregor on a journey through the landscapes, sounds and hidden stories of Reservoir 13. If you have a smartphone or tablet, bring it along with you fully charged and ready to use.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/jon-mcgregor-2-10251

 

Monday 28th August

J P Delaney & Caite Dolan-Leach

 Mon 28 Aug 8:30pm – 9:30pm

 Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

 £8.00, £6.00

RED HOT THRILLERS

We’re bowing out with two of the year’s hottest and most hyped thrillers. J P Delaney has sold the rights to The Girl Before to 35 countries and Hollywood director Ron Howard looks set to make the movie. Caite Dolan-Leach’s smart and shocking debut Dead Letters, about two twins on a macabre hide and seek quest, was also snapped up for a large sum. Meet the novelists tipped to be the next big thing.

Vote for Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach in the First Book Award.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/j-p-delaney-caite-dolan-leach

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/michel-bussi-arne-dahl-10208

For more information about these and other events going on you can check out the Edinburgh International Book Festival at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/, Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/edbookfest/, Twitter page at https://twitter.com/edbookfest/ or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/edbookfest/

 

 

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There’s Been a Murder Pick of the Edinburgh Book Festival Thursday 24th 2017 – Saturday 26th August 2017

Thursday 24th August

Lin Anderson & Antti Tuomainen

 Thu 24 Aug 10:15am – 11:15am The Spiegeltent £12.00, £10.00

Lin Anderson & Antti Tuomainen

MURDER, THEY WROTE
There’s no getting away from Scandi noir – even in Scotland. In Lin Anderson’s Follow the Dead, a fatal helicopter crash in the Cairngorms seems to reveal a Norwegian government minister’s involvement in a vice ring. Meanwhile, Antti Tuomainen, ‘the king of Helsinki noir’ arrives with The Mine, a tale of a deadly environmental disaster cover-up.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/lin-anderson-antti-tuomainen-10067

Kate London & Yrsa Sigurdardottir

 Thu 24 Aug 3:45pm – 4:45pm Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre £8.00, £6.00

Kate London & Yrsa Sigurdardottir

THE DEATH OF INNOCENCE
The vulnerability of young girls is the sad heart that beats through new novels from ex-Met detective turned author Kate London and bestselling Icelandic crime writer Yrsa Sigurdardottir. The former’s Death Message begins in 1987 with a missing 15 year old. In the latter’s The Legacy, a 10 year old is the only witness to her mother’s brutal death.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/kate-london-yrsa-sigurdardottir-10082


THE HANDELSBANKEN EVENT

Mark Billingham with Chris Brookmyre

 Thu 24 Aug 7:15pm – 8:15pm Studio Theatre £12.00, £10.00

Mark Billingham with Chris Brookmyre

Sponsored by

Handelsbanken

GOING DEEP INTO THE UNDERWORLD
A personal tragedy takes DI Nicola Tanner off the case of a series of killings but she works it on the fringes alongside DI Tom Thorne in Mark Billingham’s Love Like Blood. Dubbed as ‘the year’s most shocking crime novel’, Billingham certainly turns the screw as Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career when he is drawn into a disturbing underworld. Chris Brookmyre quizzes the author about his latest bestselling book.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/mark-billingham-with-chris-brookmyre

Friday 25th August


Doug Johnstone & Barney Norris

 Fri 25 Aug 2:00pm – 3:00pm Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre £8.00, £6.00

Doug Johnstone & Barney Norris

HARSH REALITY CRASHES IN


Edinburgh-based crime writer Doug Johnstone and playwright Barney Norris will have your adrenaline pumping with their latest novels. Johnstone’s Crash Land starts in the departure lounge of Kirkwall Airport, where a chance meeting leads two people into peril, while Norris’s literary debut Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain features a car crash which shatters a sleepy cathedral town.

Vote for Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris in the First Book Award.
https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/doug-johnstone-barney-norris-10119
The Wellcome Trust Event

Visions of the Future: A Good Death

 Fri 25 Aug 7:30pm – 9:00pm Garden Theatre £12.00, £10.00

Visions of the Future: A Good Death

Sponsored by

Wellcome Trust

THE LAST BREATH

Over 50% of people say they want to die at home, yet most of us will still die in hospital. What is our relationship with death as it becomes increasingly medicalised? Many people will never see a dead body – what does that mean for our own sense of mortality? Novelist and palliative care nurse Steven Amsterdam joins Bristol University’s Professor of Philosophy and author of Phenomenology of Illness Havi Carel for a discussion chaired by broadcaster and cleric Richard Holloway.
Part of our Visions of the Future series of events.
https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/visions-of-the-future-a-good-death

Saturday 26th August 

Michel Bussi & Arne Dahl

 Sat 26 Aug 7:00pm – 8:00pm Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre £8.00, £6.00

Michel Bussi & Arne Dahl

MONET, MONET, MONET


Black Water Lilies by bestselling French author Michel Bussi is named after a rumoured Monet masterpiece, which seems to be a magnet for murder. Sweden’s Arne Dahl, whose novels have already been translated into over 30 languages, launches a new series with Watching You, where a serial killer seems to be toying with his detective. Join them for a feast of the finest European fiction. Chaired by Jenny Brown.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/michel-bussi-arne-dahl-10208
For more information about these and other events going on you can check out the Edinburgh International Book Festival at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/, Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/edbookfest/, Twitter page at https://twitter.com/edbookfest/ or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/edbookfest/

There’s Been a Murder Pick of the Edinburgh Book Festival Sunday 20th August 2017 – Wednesday 23rd August 2017

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Sunday 20th August

J M Gulvin & Antonio Manzini

 Sun 20 Aug 4:30pm – 5:30pm

 Bosco Theatre (George Street)

 £12.00, £10.00

POLICE OUT OF THEIR COMFORT ZONE

Fish-out-of-water investigators tie together the new crime books from J M Gulvin and Antonio Manzini. Gulvin’s Texas Ranger John Q is out of his depth in a hostile Louisiana as he tries to solve the mystery of a missing blues singer in The Contract, while Manzini’s A Cold Death has Rome deputy police chief Rocco Schiavone finding a small town mentality less than cooperative as he probes an apparent suicide.


Monday 21st August

Eva Dolan & Volker Kutscher

 Mon 21 Aug 10:15am – 11:15am

 The Spiegeltent

 £12.00, £10.00

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS

Two bestselling crime writers at the top of their game discuss character and assassination. In Eva Dolan’s fourth Zigic and Ferreira investigation, a trans woman has been murdered. Was it a hate crime or a case of mistaken identity? Meanwhile, German author Volker Kutscher transports us back to 1930s Berlin. Investigating the violent on-set death of actress Betty Winter, Inspector Gereon Rath encounters the dark side of glamour.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/eva-dolan-volker-kutscher-9922

Abir Mukherjee & Kaite Welsh

 Mon 21 Aug 2:00pm – 3:00pm

 Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

 £8.00, £6.00

PARTNERS IN CRIME

Kaite Welsh, journalist and critic, presents a brilliant new historical crime series set in the underworld of Victorian Edinburgh and featuring the medic-detective, Sarah Gilchrist. Abir Mukherjee offers a second turn for Captain Sam Wyndham and ‘Surrender-Not’ Banerjee of the Calcutta Police Force. The first in the series, A Rising Man, won the Telegraph Harvill Secker crime writing competition.

Vote for The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh in the First Book Award.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/abir-mukherjee-kaite-welsh-9939#

 

Tuesday 22nd August

Jake Arnott & Steven Price

 Tue 22 Aug 7:00pm – 8:00pm

 The Spiegeltent

 £8.00, £6.00

EXPLORING YE OLDE LONDON CRIME

London’s criminal history is the topic at hand for Jake Arnott and Steven Price in their new novels. In By Gaslight, Price lands us in 1885 with the celebrated detective William Pinkerton descending into the Victorian underworld to track down the notorious Edward Shade. Arnott goes even further back to the 1720s in The Fatal Tree, drawing on the true story of criminal couple Elizabeth Lyon and Jack Sheppard. Chaired by Roland Gulliver.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/jake-arnott-steven-price

Heinz Helle & Louise Welsh

 Tue 22 Aug 8:45pm – 9:45pm

 Studio Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

POST-APOCALYPTIC VISIONS

Isolated individuals trying to survive are at the core of these two authors’ new books. Glasgow’s Louise Welsh concludes her Plague Times trilogy with No Dominion as the new community on the Orkney Islands fights fear, anger and suspicion in order to maintain equilibrium. Germany’s Heinz Helle offers up a post-apocalyptic nightmare which envelops a group of men on a weekend away in the Alps.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/heinz-helle-louise-welsh

 Wednesday 23rd August

Thomas Enger & James Oswald

 Wed 23 Aug 2:15pm – 3:15pm

 Garden Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

PAST CRIMES HAUNT THE PRESENT

The latest instalments from two celebrated kings of crime have their protagonists digging up the past and delving into their cities’ dark hearts. In Cursed, Thomas Enger’s veteran crime reporter Henning Juul finds the professional clashing with the private as a missing woman reveals secrets in Oslo. Meanwhile, bestselling Scottish writer James Oswald has Inspector McLean dealing with a high profile death, a man who literally dropped dead in a tree. Chaired by Lee Randall.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/thomas-enger-james-oswald

Chris Brookmyre

Wed 23 Aug 8:15pm – 9:15pm

 Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

CAPTIONED EVENT

TRIP INTO THE DARK WEB TRIP INTO THE DARK WEB

The man behind bestselling books such as Quite Ugly One Morning and Black Widow tackles the sinister side of modern technology with Want You Gone in which a young woman is blackmailed online and drawn into a possibly deadly trap. A veteran at keeping crowds hanging on his every word, Chris Brookmyre tells us what his hero Jack Parlabane gets up to next in his own highly entertaining style. Chaired by Lee Randall.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/chris-brookmyre-2-10021

For more information about these and other events going on you can check out the Edinburgh International Book Festival at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/, Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/edbookfest/, Twitter page at https://twitter.com/edbookfest/ or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/edbookfest/

There’s Been a Murder Pick of the Edinburgh Book Festival Wednesday 16th August 2017 – Saturday 19th August 2017

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Wednesday 16th August

Quintin Jardine

 11:45am – 12:45pm

 Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

GAME NOT OVER

Incredibly, admirably, we have reached mystery number 27 in the Bob Skinner series as the irrepressible Quintin Jardine announces Game Over. When a supermodel is found savagely murdered in her flat, suspicion switches from her footballer husband to others connected to his new club. Matters are complicated further when a prime suspect is finally identified and Skinner’s lawyer daughter leads the defence team.

 https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/quintin-jardine-7-10147

Ben Aaronovitch

 8:45pm – 9:45pm

 Studio Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

SHEDDING LIGHT ON LONDON’S DARKER CORNERS

The bestselling PC Peter Grant series barnstorms on with Ben Aaronovitch penning The Hanging Tree. Once more, Grant is forced to traipse through the secret nooks and crannies of London, this time to investigate a murder in the circle of super rich guests at a terribly exclusive party. Aaronovitch tells us how he pulls together the various strings of magic, privilege and an everyday copper to produce another fictional gem.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/ben-aaronovitch-2-10054

 

Thursday 17th August

Louise Doughty & Ariana Harwicz

 10:15am – 11:15am

 The Spiegeltent

 £12.00, £10.00

RADICAL AND RIGHT

Hear two prize-winning authors whose work has received plaudits here and abroad. Louise Doughty follows her top 10 bestseller Apple Tree Yard with Black Water. Set against the Indonesian military dictatorship of the 1960s, it explores dark events through the story of one troubled man. In Die, My Love, Buenos Aires-born Ariana Harwicz writes about violence and eroticism as she casts her gimlet eye on the conventional view of family life.

Vote for Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz in the First Book Award.

Gbontwi Anyetei & Ryan Gattis

 7:00pm – 8:00pm

 Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

 £8.00, £6.00

TREADING THE MEAN STREETS

Urban crime dramas with maverick central characters connect these two novels. Gbontwi Anyetei’s Mensah drops us into a deprived part of London where an African community is served well by the eponymous problem-solver until one job threatens everything. Gattis’s Safe is anything but as an LA gangster-turned-double agent goes rogue before quitting the game, endangering others in the process.

Vote for Mensah by Gbontwi Anyetei in the First Book Award.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/gbontwi-anyetei-ryan-gattis-10131

 

Denise Mina

 7:15pm – 8:15pm

 Studio Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

TAKING THE LEAP FROM FICTION TO FACTION

Acclaimed crime fiction writer Denise Mina has recently dipped her toe into the often controversial world of the true crime novel. The Long Drop recalls the 1957 pub encounter when Peter Manuel convinced William Watt that he could find the weapon used to kill Watt’s family. And little wonder, given that serial killer Manuel was the man behind the slaughter.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/denise-mina-5-10104

 

Peter Høeg & Michelle Paver

 8:45pm – 9:45pm

 Studio Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

THRILLING FICTION

Twenty-five years after his acclaimed novel Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, Peter Høeg shares his topical Danish techno-thriller The Susan Effect, set at a time of political unrest. Michelle Paver, well-known for her award-winning children’s books, brings us a ghost story for adults, Thin Air, set 23,000ft up in the Himalayas on a 1930s expedition, retracing the steps of a tragic climb. Two international bestselling authors, the same page-turning excitement. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/peter-hoeg-michelle-paver-10105

 

Friday 18th August

Lesley Glaister & Clemens Meyer

 5:00pm – 6:00pm

 Writers’ Retreat

 £8.00, £6.00

SEX, MONEY AND THE NEED FOR LOVE

Bricks and Mortar, by Clemens Meyer, follows a young hooligan who becomes a slum landlord and service provider to prostitutes in a cinematic narrative about the sex trade in a great East German city. Marta, the heroine of Lesley Glaister’s The Squeeze, is a teenager trafficked from Romania and forced to become a prostitute in Edinburgh. Chaired by Stuart Kelly.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/lesley-glaister-clemens-meyer-10236

Kjell Ola Dahl & Alex Gray

 7:00pm – 8:00pm

 Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

 £8.00, £6.00

CRIMES MOST HORRIBLE

A key figure in Nordic Noir teams up with a Tartan Noir stalwart. Kjell Ola Dahl has just published Faithless, another tale for his Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frølich to get their teeth into, as a woman’s body is found wrapped in plastic. Alex Gray’s Still Dark reacquaints us with her DCI sleuth, William Lorimer, as a New Year’s Eve is disturbed by carnage at a Glasgow house party.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/kjell-ola-dahl-alex-gray-10229

 

Saturday 19th August  

 

Dexter Dias

11:00am – 12:00pm

 Garden Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

THE RENAISSANCE BARRISTER

Dexter Dias is a QC who has handled some of the biggest cases in the land and has a formidable reputation among his fellow barristers. He has also written five novels. Yet his new book, The Ten Types of Human, is completely different. A pioneering examination of human nature, it examines the best and the worst that humans are capable of. Chaired by Ruth Wishart.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/dexter-dias-10278

 

John Gordon Sinclair

 7:15pm – 8:15pm 

 Studio Theatre 

 £12.00, £10.00

FACING DOWN THE MAFIA

Putting yet further distance between himself and Gregory’s Girl, John Gordon Sinclair introduces his third crime novel, Walk in Silence. When an organised crime outfit kidnaps a boy and demands one of their own is released, lawyer Keira Lynch is caught in a bind. Should she co-operate with people who once shot her or is she about to play a deadly game of cat and mouse?

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/john-gordon-sinclair-2-10269

For more information about these and other events going on you can check out the Edinburgh International Book Festival at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/, Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/edbookfest/, Twitter page at https://twitter.com/edbookfest/ or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/edbookfest/

There’s Been a Murder Pick of the Edinburgh Book Festival Saturday 12th August – Tuesday 15th August 2017

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Saturday 12th August

Paula Hawkins

6:45pm – 7:45pm 

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

DIVING FOR DEAR LIFE

The Girl on the Train was not only a huge number one bestseller in 2015 (smashing all manner of Dan Brown-shaped chart records), it also became a massive success in cinemas a year later. Zimbabwe-born Paula Hawkins’s second novel, Into the Water, has had fans turning pages at a furious pace as her central character Jules digs around for the truth behind her sister’s mysterious death.

Angus Peter Campbell & Iain F Macleod

 Sat 12 Aug 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

OF MASKS AND MURDERS

An award-winning poet and novelist in both Gaelic and English, Angus Peter Campbell’s Memory and Straw is a novel about artificial intelligence and a quest for authenticity that ranges from New York to Rome via the Highlands. In Gaelic novelist Iain F Macleod’s Dioghaltas, a police inspector returning to Lewis quickly finds he has three murders to cope with.

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich with Val McDermid

 8:45pm – 9:45pm

Studio Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

A MURDER MEMOIR

The Fact of a Body is an enthralling piece of non-fiction storytelling. Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich came face to face with a child murderer on death row during a law internship. A fierce opponent of the death penalty, she was shocked to find herself overcome by the urge to see him dead. Digging deeper into the man’s case, she realized something in his story was unsettlingly familiar. Marzano-Lesnevich reveals how her experience forced her to face her own story and unearth long-buried family secrets. She talks to Val McDermid.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/alexandria-marzano-lesnevich-with-val-mcdermid

Sunday 13th August

James Runcie

11:45am – 12:45pm

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

GOODBYE TO GRANTCHESTER

In Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love, the sixth and final book in James Runcie’s Grantchester Mysteries, we have moved forward to the 1970s and our amateur detective priest finds himself investigating drug-dealing hippies. An engagingly witty talker about his work, Runcie has also had the satisfaction of seeing it become a prime time TV success. Chaired by Allan Little.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/james-runcie-1-9670

Mario Giordano & Tim Walker

 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Bosco Theatre (George Street)

£12.00, £10.00

CRIME WITH THE SUNNY SIDE UP

Not all crime’s streets are dark and mean. Bavaria-born Mario Giordano’s eccentric protagonist heads for the Med in Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions, while Brit Tim Walker opts for a Californian coast setting in Smoke Over Malibu, described as ‘Lovejoy meets Lebowski’, where the theft of a vintage cookie jar sparks an ‘inaction thriller’. Two reminders that soft-boiled mysteries can be fun too. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Jorn Lier Horst

 5:45pm – 6:45pm

Garden Theatre

£12.00, £10.00
PUTTING THE EURO HEAT ON COLD CASE

Christmas 1983 in a small Norwegian town, a young police officer investigates an unsolved mystery which will shape his life for the coming years. Jorn Lier Horst devotees will be delighted to learn of the prequel to the bestselling William Wisting series, When It Grows Dark

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/jorn-lier-horst-denzil-meyrick-9974

 

Martin Holmén & Michael J Malone

 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

CRIME ACROSS A COLD-BLOODED CONTINENT

Our thirst for compelling European crime fiction seems unlikely to ever be quenched, so thank goodness for the likes of Martin Holmén and Michael J Malone. The former’s Down for the Count is a no-holds barred Swedish thriller about a former boxer hell-bent on vengeance having just been released from jail, while the latter’s Dog Fight has been dubbed as Glasgow’s Fight Club. Chaired by Joe Haddow.

Monday 14th August

Russel D McLean & Karolina Ramqvist

 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

WOMEN ON THE EDGE

Two women are left picking up the pieces when their boyfriends disappear leaving behind debt, danger and despair. Russel D McLean’s fantastically entertaining modern noir, Ed’s Dead, has bookshop worker Jen accidentally killing her drug dealer boyfriend. The White City is the celebrated bestseller from Karolina Ramqvist, an intimate portrayal of a woman’s downfall through her complicit relationship with the world of crime.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/russel-d-mclean-karolina-ramqvist

Stuart MacBride

 8:45pm – 9:45pm

Studio Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

MURDER, HE WROTE

Aberdeen’s Stuart MacBride steps away from Logan McRae and Ash Henderson, the characters who have regularly planted him in the bestseller list, for A Dark So Deadly, a stand-alone thriller featuring DC Callum MacGregor. Having been demoted to a squad of misfits, MacGregor stumbles upon a huge case when a mummified body turns out to have been the work of an appalling serial killer. Chaired by Brian Taylor.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/stuart-macbride-4-9990

 

Tuesday 15th August 

Peter Robinson

 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Studio Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

CRIME FICTION DOES PAY

When it comes to long-running detective series in the UK, the pile-up of DCI Banks stories are leaving most of the rest behind. Sleeping in the Ground is the 24th instalment and revolves around mass murder at a church wedding. Peter Robinson tells us how a writer keeps the energy and inspiration going when it comes to a single crime-solving character.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/peter-robinson-2-10010

 

For more information about these and other events going on you can check out the Edinburgh International Book Festival at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/, Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/edbookfest/, Twitter page at https://twitter.com/edbookfest/ or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/edbookfest/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy H Jones Killer’s Crypt

This is the sixth book in the DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries

Where better to dump a dead body than in a crypt? As the body count rises faster than the soaring temperatures, DI Shona McKenzie is hurtled into the midst of another deadly case. But this killer is always one step ahead of the law. Why? The revelation will shock them to the core.

Launch: Monday 14th August 6pm Waterstones Dundee

Website: http://www.wendyhjones.com

https://twitter.com/WendyHJones

Amazon: http://author.to/WendyHJones

There’s been a murder interview with Ian Skewis

1. How did you get started writing? 

 

I started writing in 1989. I had some poems published in a local paper, which then led to an invite to join the team of a local free paper called The West-Ender. I lasted there for about half a year before I needed to leave in order to pursue my studies at art school in Aberdeen.

 

2. What drew you to write a novel? 

 

In 1979 my family and I discovered a dead body of a man hanging from a tree in the countryside. I was nine years old. I felt compelled to write about it some ten years later, perhaps as a way of dealing with it. The idea was to write a graphic novel, but as time went on it developed into a proposal for a stage play, and then, after many years of putting it off, and then dusting it down and looking at it time and again, it finally transformed into the first draft of what would become A Murder Of Crows. It took that long!

 

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

 

Alan Moore's graphic novel Swamp Thing was an early influence and I'm a big fan of Graham Greene, Ian McEwan and Iain Banks. My writing was once compared to Banks' early work, which was flattering, but I try to just be myself really.

 

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

 

It was difficult in that there is so much information and so much mis-information it's tricky to know where to start searching. I was lucky in that my novel was snapped up very quickly (after some 28 years of working on it!) and now it's having a bit of a snowball effect. In the end you have to do what's right for you, which isn't necessarily going to be the correct thing for other writers.

 

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

 

Alice Smith seems to be everyone's favourite and she was my favourite character to write. I enjoyed writing from the perspective of someone who has dementia and it was very troubling living inside her mind for the duration of that story. A challenge, but it was absolutely worth it.

 

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

 

I was regularly in touch with an ex-police officer, who taught me about the procedural aspects of the story. I also did some research on dementia, though it exists in my family, so some of that came from direct experience.

 

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

 

Some of them are, but only loosely, though I did write a short story, Inkling, which featured a deceased acquaintance of mine. I had a really weird dream about him and wrote it down. It was then published in The Speculative Book.

 

8. How do you feel about being on the list for the Not The Booker Prize?

 

I was shocked! Pleasantly so. I had no idea I'd been put forward for it. I never got through to the short list, but to be honest, I didn't expect to. The competition was very fierce. But I'm very happy to have been a contender.

 

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

 

Yes, there are elements of myself in the two protagonists, Jack and Scott. Despite the fact that they are poles apart they both share an introspection and, for Jack certainly, an empathy for others. That's very me.

 

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

 

I'm currently working on the sequel to A Murder Of Crows, which is coming along nicely and has some very surprising twists, some which even I did not see coming! I'm also working on two other book proposals and a short story anthology entitled Borrowed, which is being crowdfunded at the moment.

 

11. If you had the opportunity to write a novel with any crime writer alive or dead, who would it be and why?

 

Whilst I'm carving out an identity for myself as a writer I can't conceive of writing with someone else. Never say never, but I do like the solitary confinement of writing.

 

12.  Do you have words of advice you can share with anyone who is interested in writing a novel?

 

Have courage. Don't procrastinate. Just go out there and do it.

‘There are shades of Iain Banks’ early works in here, and that is a very good thing.’
Russel D McLean, 2014.

A Murder Of Crows is the debut novel by Ian Skewis.

An intriguing dark, crime thriller that is both psychological and unsettling.

The story begins when the most violent thunderstorm in living memory occurs above the fictional town of Hobbs Brae on the west coast of Scotland – a young couple, Alistair and Carol, take shelter in the woods, never to be seen again.

Jack Russell is the detective who tries unsuccessfully to maintain a relationship with his estranged wife and his all too distant son. Approaching retirement, he agrees to undertake one final investigation as a way of escaping his personal problems and ending his career on a high. He is assigned to the case of Alistair and Carol – a case that he believes will be solved easily.

However, the clues in the forest lead him to the unnerving conclusion that he is following in the footsteps of a psychopath who is just getting started. Jack is flung headlong into a race against time to prevent the evolution of a killer. But the arrival of a stranger with an unlikely alias and the machinations of an ambitious adversary, conspire to lead him unwittingly into a trap devised by a serial killer who knows him all too intimately…

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