Emma Salisbury Absent Blog Tour

Emma writes gritty, crime fiction that focuses on the ‘why’dunnit as well as the ‘who’. She has worked for a housing association supporting ex-offenders into work which provided her with a lot of inspiration. Her novels have regularly been in the top ten Hardboiled chart and this summer she was awarded an Amazon All-Star bonus for being one of their most read authors.

Fans of Happy Valley and Scott and Bailey style police procedurals should try my Manchester detective series.

If you like hard-boiled crime writers Stuart MacBride, Denise Mina AND Ed James then my Scottish crime series is for you. Like living on the edge? Why not try both…

ONE BAD TURN is the third in the Salford detective series. No sooner has Detective Sergeant Kevin Coupland stepped off the plane from a family holiday than he gets the call that a woman’s body has been found on a path beside a recreation park in a smart suburb in Salford. Account Manager Sharon Mathers suffered a brutal blow to the head following a night out with friends from work. As the body count rises Coupland makes a startling discovery – the killings are linked to a murder in ’92. Coupland was a probationer back in the nineties – could he be linked in some way to the killer?

A PLACE OF SAFETY is the second in the Salford crime series and opens with a drive-by shooting that leaves a witness in fear for her life. DS Coupland and Moreton return to investigate what looks like a turf war gone wrong when a local gang does everything it can to cover the killer’s tracks. Why is a young woman who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time such a threat to them? Or as Coupland suspects, is there more to their guilt than meets the eye?

FRAGILE CORD is the first in the Salford Detective series, introducing readers to overworked and under appreciated Detective Sergeant Kevin Coupland as he investigates the murder-suicide of a mother and her son. With over 100,000 copies downloaded it is riding high in the hardboiled bestseller charts, reaching no.2.

Edinburgh crime series featuring Davy Johnson:


When the daughter of Edinburgh’s most powerful crime lord is kidnapped all hell breaks loose in the city. Determined to find her without the hindrance of the police Gus McEwan summons his most reliable men to track her down. Davy Johnson, still reeling from witnessing an horrific suicide is in no position to refuse. As the violence escalates but no ransom note emerges Davy must convince Edinburgh’s most fearsome gangsters that this isn’t about money or power, but something far more primitive.

TRUTH LIES WAITING, the first in the Scottish crime fiction series introduces anti-hero Davy Johnson as his life is thrown into turmoil when a killer strikes in Edinburgh’s underbelly – framing him in the process. TRUTH LIES WAITING will tackle your perception of good v. evil forever.

Fans of Ed James, Stuart Macbride and Ian Rankin will be gripped by the rollercoaster ride through Edinburgh’s colourful underbelly.

Most evenings she can be found walking the family dog on the beach near our home in East Lothian, Scotland. You can find out more on my website http://www.emmasalisbury.com and she can be found on twitter @emmasauthor

What was the inspiration for her new book, how she got started writing it and what influenced her to write it.

ABSENT was usual in that it has been the only novel I’ve written where I had the title at the outset. I wanted to write about someone not there – and wondered what would make them be considered to be missing? I wanted to get my facts right, so my initial research involved finding out the legal definition of missing – and in doing so discovered that there is actually a police description for absent too – so I felt it was fate – that the title had legs, so to speak.

The story starts with a young couple moving into a flat together. They are in the process of carrying in packing boxes when they make a gruesome discovery – a child’s body in a bag. What is disturbing is that no one has reported them missing, so Coupland sets about trying to find how this could happen.  This set me on another path of research – how it was possible for children to be unaccounted for – and I came upon human trafficking. I hadn’t intended the story to become caught up in it in any way, but the more I learned the more I felt it made valid reading, and sometimes weaving the facts around fiction can get information across in a way political statements cannot.

I find my stories grow organically; one scene leads into another, possibly quite different direction but still with a common theme – in this case – who was the child, and who was responsible for leaving them there? Maybe on some subliminal level I had been influenced by the TV news reporting, but I certainly didn’t feel at the outset that was the story I wanted to tell. For me it’s always about the personal stories, the individuals  – and the victims – who often become more present in their death than when they were alive.

Interwoven with the case is the continuing drama of Coupland’s personal life which I know had readers on tenterhooks at the end of book three (no spoilers here!). Suffice to say he is very angry at the start of this novel, and because of that doesn’t always make the best choices.

The over-riding themes in this book are how people can go missing without anyone noticing, loss in its many forms, and hope.

When he stopped a serial killer in his tracks earlier in the year he thought that would be the end of it, but for DS Kevin Coupland his nightmare has just begun.

A child’s body is discovered hidden in a bag, kicking off a major investigation for Salford Precinct’s murder squad. Soon the National Crime Agency roll into town and Coupland is under strict instructions to play nice.

He’s got enough on his plate to worry about politics. A shock discovery in his personal life is starting to take its toll, causing him to make decisions that bring him to the attention of the powers that be for all the wrong reasons.

DS Alex Moreton returns from maternity leave to find her partner deeply troubled, but with a cold case to review she’s in no position to prevent him hitting the self-destruct button.

As he hunts down the child’s killer Coupland is forced to reflect upon his own life and find an answer to the question he’s been avoiding. Is it possible to accept the things you cannot change?

***** 5 STARS

Emma Salisbury’s Absent is the fourth novel in the Salford crime series and it’s a real treat for the reader, even though it’s part of a series of novel it also can be read as a stand-alone and you don’t feel lost, though you will want to go back and read the series from the start if you haven’t done so, Emma Salisbury is a exciting new talent in the crime fiction genre, she knows how to keep a reader glued from page one to right through to the final pages, her plots take you on a roller coaster ride of ups and down of emotions and thrilling storyline and her new novel is no different. She identifies with her characters and they are so believable you would really think that they were real everyday people to you would know, the way she plots a storyline is also what mKe the book so believable as she knows how to draw the audience in and then right when you think know where it is going, a twist is thrown in and you know that you wouldn’t’t be putting the book down until you have finished the last page. The setting is also so believable that you feel that you are following along with the characters you can picture yourself right along side the characters, this is definitely a author watch who is definitely going places, she also has author exciting series of crime novels to lose yourself in, this time set in Scotland. I encourage you to buy this book you won’t be disappointed.




Alison Baillie A Fractured Winter Blog Tour

ALISON BAILLIE was brought up in Ilkley, Yorkshire by Scottish parents. She studied English at the University of St Andrews, before teaching English in Edinburgh secondary schools and EFL in Finland and Switzerland. Now she spends her time reading, writing, travelling, spending time with her grandchildren and attending crime writing festivals.

Story Behind A Fractured Winter

A Fractured Winter originally grew out of my interest in the way our personalities are formed by our past experiences and, in the book, the happiness of the main character, Olivia, a young Scottish mother leading a seemingly idyllic family life in Switzerland, is threatened when the echoes of the past come back to haunt her.

Although it is by no means autobiographical, the book is based on places I know and some of my life experiences. Fortunately, I do not have the emotional childhood scars Olivia has or go through the traumatic events that take place in the book.

Olivia lives in a small village called Wildenwil, which you will not find on the map of Switzerland, although in my imagination it is situated next to the real town of Zug. Wildenwil is a composite of small towns I’ve known, serving a farming community, with the primary school and shop the centre of village life and the most exciting thing that happens a dance organised by the gym group. Zug, on the other hand, has a large expat community because of its tax system, and in the book the traditional village is being changed by incomers.

The books opens when Sandra, Olivia’s daughter’s best friend, disappears on her way home from school and Olivia gets an anonymous note, which suggests that somebody knows her secret – the reason she had to leave Scotland. These two events threaten her family and her sanity as the book describes the search for Sandra and Olivia being confronted with her past life.

There are also sections of the book set in Scarborough, a seaside town in the north of England, where Marie, a lonely schoolgirl lives with her Scottish parents. I also lived in Scarborough when I was very young, with Scottish parents, and the flat where Marie lives, opposite beautiful Peasholm Park, is based on the one we had. We lived above the pharmacy where my father worked, but the shop is now a betting shop, as it is in the book. However, that is where the similarity ends and I’m happy to say my life and parents were nothing like Marie’s.

There is another section involving Lucy, a student at the university of St Andrews who later becomes a teacher in Portobello, the seaside suburb of Edinburgh. Once again, this is a path I followed, although our experiences were very different I’m relieved to say! However, I’ve used actual houses, flats and rooms as the backdrop for imaginary incidents.

Throughout the book, my original idea of showing the way our lives are inextricably formed by our past experiences is woven into settings I know, using the classic idea of ‘what if?’ As I wrote it, the characters became as real to me as the settings and I hope that the result is one that people can identify with and believe in.

A missing girl.

Threatening notes.

Sinister strangers.

Olivia’s idyllic family life in a Swiss mountain village is falling apart. She thought she’d managed to escape the past, but it’s coming back to haunt her.

Has somebody discovered her secret – why she had to leave Scotland more than ten years ago?

What is her connection to Marie, a lonely schoolgirl in a Yorkshire seaside town, and Lucy, a student at a Scottish university?

A story of the shadows of the past, the uncertainties of the present and how you can never really know anybody.

*****5 STAR

A Fractured Winter is one of those great crime novels that you just have to read a book full of mystery and suspense that takes you on a roller coaster of emotions and thrills. It was packed full of interesting characters that you could believe were actually real people that you know instead of fictional characters in a novel, another thing which makes this a brilliant novel is the way in which the author writes an out the places the character visit and the different settings of Edinburgh and Switzerland, you actually feel as though you were there in the action with the characters as you read along. For new reader of Alison Baillies work then you have picked a great novel to introduce yourself to this great author and lives up to the promotion declaring this is anew crime noir author to look out for. If your like me and you have followed Alison since she brought out the brilliant first novel Sewing the Shadows Together a few years ago then you are still in for a treat and even though the setting has changed from based in Scotland to based in Switzerland with a back story in Edinburgh, the quality of writing is still the same and you can definitely tell that Alison was a English Major and Teacher. I highly recommend that you buy this book and the previous if you haven’t already and I look forward to reading more of her work in due course.

Amazon Author Page


A Fractured Winter Amazon Page

Tony Black Her Cold Eyes Blog Tour

Tony Black is the author of 15 novels, most recently Her Cold Eyes and the Bay of Martyrs. He has been nominated for seven CWA Daggers and was runner up in The Guardian’s Not the Booker prize for The Last Tiger.

He has written three crime series, a number of crime novellas and a collection of short stories.

For more information, and the latest news visit his website at: http://www.tonyblack.net or his blog: http://www.pulppusher.blogspot.com


Untangling a crime writer’s motives, and motivation, can be a bit like unravelling an elastic-band ball. You know there has to be something in there but you’ve no idea what. And then there’s the sneaky suspicion that, really, it might just be more elastic bands.

HER COLD EYES was a tricky book to write. I came to it off the back of a busy year where I’d completed two novels. I had a vague notion of where I might like to take my protagonist, DCI Bob Valentine, but nothing concrete and certainly nothing resembling an actual plot.

I normally plan my books in detail. There’ll be an A4 notepad full of rough ideas, then a more cogent plan evolves. Finally, I’ll draft a detailed synopsis and a chapter map. So, I know where I’m going. I’ve strayed from this route a couple of times in the past, but not for crime novels that tend to be more exacting than my non-crime stuff.

HER COLD EYES started with a vague notion. I had an idea of a young girl who’s running away from someone and dies in an horrific dash across a dark road. That was about it. I stumbled into some research about pizzagate – the Washington DC paedophile ring allegations that surfaced in 2017 – and from there I was away to the races.

I delved deeper into the pretty sordid subject of political paedophile rings and found myself reading up on the Westminster scandal. At first glance, I found it all a little fanciful; I’ve never been one for conspiracy theories and it all sounded a little too grassy knoll for my liking. But slowly, the coincidences began to mount to such an extent that they didn’t look like coincidences at all.

One infamous case known as the Dickens dossier set so many alarm bells ringing I thought there could be little doubting the existence of such evil sects. However it still took a hefty suspension of disbelief to convince me household names in Parliament could be involved. That changed when I started looking at victims’ statements.

There’s a lot of first-hand evidence available online, some of it in the form of video testimony. As I type this, I can still see the teary eyes and croaky voice on one young girl who was used as ‘a breeder’ for Satanic rituals in which her offspring were sacrificed. She miscarried one of her children and kept its corpse in her room, where she built a little shrine where she placed flowers until it was discovered.

It would take a harder heart than mine to say that young girl was lying. And she was by no means alone. I wanted to tell a story that showed what those girls had been through. The unadorned facts I’d uncovered composed the foundations of HER COLD EYES, but really, it’s not a story you could make up.

Abbie is missing, and her mother knows exactly who is to blame.

But nobody is listening.

When the case falls to DCI Bob Valentine he has no choice but to listen. Troubled by visions of a young girl’s desperate anguish and her mother’s heartbreak, Valentine soon finds himself immersed in the most harrowing investigation of his police career.

It’s an investigation that leads him and his closest colleagues to uncover ritualistic practices inextricably linked to the highest echelons of society.  As the extent of the abuse, sacrifice and torture becomes clear, how can the police hope to protect the victims from their terrible fate? And how can they trap the guilty when to do so will bring down so many of those in power?

The bloodthirsty reality of Satanic ritual and his battles with those who would silence him take Valentine to a dark place where his world view is shattered, perhaps forever.

***** 5 Stars

Her cold eyes is a dark, very gritty and atmospheric, the latest in a can’t put down book from crime author Tony Black. From start to finish this books takes you on a harrowing journey as you follow the story of the female character, missing teenager 15 year old Abbie McGarvie, the novel has scenes from 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2016 telling her backstory until a youngsters body is found that has died in a car accident, is found naked except for a white tennis show but horrifically shows signs of being abused and was pregnant. It is up to DI Bob Valentine and his team to crack the case that lead them to a paedophile ring in the corridors of power mixed in with a sadistic cult and you have the making of a very intense novel that you can’t put down and will give you goosebumps from start to finish.

Amazon Author Page


Her cold Eyes Amazon Page

Black and White Publishing Page