Linda Huber The Cold Cold Sea Blog Tour

Linda Huber is an ex-physiotherapist who grew up in Glasgow but has lived over half her life in Switzerland, where she now works as a language teacher and writes novels.

Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Currently she teaches one day a week, and writes psychological suspense novels and feel-good novellas with (most of) the rest of her time.

Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she turned to psychological suspense fiction, and her seventh novel, Death Wish, was published by Bloodhound Books in August 2017.

Linda’s latest project is a series of feel-good novellas, set on the banks of Lake Constance and just minutes from her home in north-east Switzerland. She really appreciates having the views enjoyed by her characters right on her own doorstep!

The inspiration for her books comes from everyday life – a family member’s struggle with dementia, the discovery that a child in her extended family drowned in the 1940s, and more.

Her other project is a series of feel-good novellas, written under her pen name Melinda Huber.

They stared at each other, and Maggie felt the tightness in her middle expand as it shifted, burning its way up… Painful sobs rose in her throat as Colin, his face expressionless now, reached for his mobile and tapped 999.

When three-year-old Olivia disappears from the beach, a happy family holiday comes to an abrupt end. Maggie is plunged into the darkest nightmare imaginable – what happened to her little girl?

Further along the coast, another mother is having problems too. Jennifer’s daughter Hailey is starting school, and it should be such a happy time, but the child has become moody and silent. Family life has never seemed so awkward, and Jennifer struggles to maintain control.

The tide ebbs and flows, and summer dies, but there is no comfort for Maggie, alone now at the cottage, or for Jennifer, still swamped by doubts.

‘A psychologically astute, edge-of-the-seat story.’ Hilary Johnson

‘Unsettling and disturbing… I couldn’t put it down.’ Rebecca Muddiman

‘Breathtaking and utterly compelling.’ Debi Alper

Extract from the cold cold sea, the day after Olivia’s disappearance, and the strain is increasing for Maggie and Colin.

Back at the cottage, the helicopter had gone. Howard had told them it would only be searching at low tide today, and the thought that it would be looking for a dead child felt unreal to Maggie. Yesterday’s agony was gone, along with today’s brief hope, and in their place the new heaviness was making every movement so difficult she didn’t know how she was managing to stay upright. She was moving into uncharted waters now. Whatever happened, her life would never be the same again. And with every second that passed, the already miniscule likelihood of getting Livvy back alive was growing smaller, and the dread of what was almost certainly coming was quite unbearable.

Colin strode into the bedroom and yanked the case out from under the bed. He pulled clothes from the wardrobe, squashing t-shirts, jeans, everything in any old way. There was no expression on his face now but Maggie could tell by the set of his jaw that he was at the limit of his endurance.

‘Col, we can’t leave now,’ she said, standing in the doorway. ‘We have to be here in case… when…’

He stared at her, his lips pressed together. He was furious, she could tell, but when he spoke his voice was quiet. Not a gentle kind of quiet, though, but guarded, as if he was afraid of saying too much.

‘Maggie, I just can’t look at you and think of what happened. I have to get away. I’m going to Looe; I promised Joe I’d be back before bedtime. You stay on here if you want, or go back to Carlton Bridge. You know they won’t find her alive now.’

‘No,’ she said, reaching out to him, but he pushed past her to get his things from the bathroom. ‘Colin. Please. We have to get through this together. Joe needs us to be his–’

‘Livvy needed us too,’ he said, and his use of the past tense hurt her even more than the news that it had been a girl called Meredith she’d spent so long staring at today, not Livvy. She watched as he finished packing and then followed him out to the car. He was going to leave again, and this time he wasn’t going to come back.

‘Please, Colin, please don’t go.’

‘No, Maggie. I just– I can’t.’

He flung himself into the driving seat and stabbed the key into the ignition.

This time she didn’t wave as the car bumped away from the cottage.

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There’s Been a Murder Picks of The Edinburgh International Book Festival Sunday 26th – Monday 27th August 2018

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Sunday 26th August

David Mark & Gunnar Staalesen

Sun 26 Aug 15:15 – 16:15

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

David Mark & Gunnar Staalesen

SUSTAINING A CRIME FRANCHISE

Creating a long-running crime fiction series is not an easy job. David Mark and Gunnar Staalesen offer their reasons behind such longevity with the former having penned Scorched Earth, his seventh DS McAvoy title, and Staalesen continuing the Varg Veum series which began in 1977. Join us for an hour in the company of two firmly established crime fiction talents.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/david-mark-gunnar-staalesen-11988

Chris Brookmyre & Marisa Haetzman

Sun 26 Aug 17:00 – 18:00

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Chris Brookmyre & Marisa Haetzman

AMBROSE PARRY’S KNOCKOUT NOVEL

Meet Scotland’s newest crimewriting partnership. Novelist Chris Brookmyre’s storytelling genius meets consultant anaesthetist Marisa Haetzman’s PhD research into Edinburgh’s history of medical innovation to shine a fictional light on the shadows of the city’s 19th century underworld. The Way of All Flesh, written under the pen name Ambrose Parry, is introduced in this immersive world première event. Chaired by Sara Sheridan.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/chris-brookmyre-marisa-haetzman-11981

Guy Gunaratne & Imran Mahmood

Sun 26 Aug 18:30 – 19:30

Writers’ Retreat

£8.00, £6.00

Guy Gunaratne & Imran Mahmood

EXPLOSIVE FICTION

Meet two new writers whose debuts are turning heads. Guy Gunaratne’s In Our Mad and Furious City follows three young men in a London estate where riots are spreading after the killing of a British soldier. Imran Mahmood has spent his career as a barrister and he puts his experience to electric use in You Don’t Know Me, a courtroom drama which places the reader in the position of the jury.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/guy-gunaratne-imran-mahmood-12001

Unbound

Sun 26 Aug 21:00 – 23:00

The Spiegeltent

Free & Drop-in

Unbound

NIGHT OF THE LITERARY LIVING DEAD!

Darkness descends, and with it come monsters. The creature of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein first awoke 200 years ago, and 80 years later Bram Stoker’s Dracula emerged from the crypt – but which is better? Novelist Marcus Sedgwick and gothic expert Dr Sam George square off in a battle of the beasts. Then travel to the village of Losthope with Gill Arbuthnott and Doug MacDonald for a grizzly live game experience filled with weird experiments, serums and surprises. Could you be the bloodthirsty Count stalking the Spiegeltent?

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/unbound-94

Monday 27th August

Kjell Ola Dahl & Denzil Meyrick

Mon 27 Aug 13:45 – 14:45

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Kjell Ola Dahl & Denzil Meyrick

EXPONENTS OF EUROCRIME

It’s time to welcome back popular Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frølich as Kjell Ola Dahl unveils another slice of Nordic noir with The Ice Swimmer. Denzil Meyrick returns to DCI Daley for The Relentless Tide, in which the discovery of three bodies seems to hark back to ancient times, only for it to be revealed that the crimes took place in the far more recent past.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/kjell-ola-dahl-denzil-meyrick-12012

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/philip-howard-val-mcdermid

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 Picks of The Edinburgh International Book Festival Wednesday 22nd – Saturday 25th August 2018

Wednesday 22nd August

Melissa Harrison & Mick Kitson

Wed 22 Aug 10:15 – 11:15

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Melissa Harrison & Mick Kitson

TRUE TO THEIR NATURE

‘A work of rare magic’ says writer Helen Macdonald about Melissa Harrison’s All Among the Barley. For Joanna Cannon, Mick Kitson’s Sal is ‘told so beautifully and with such clarity and grace, I can hardly believe it’s a debut’. One novel is set on a farm in Suffolk; the other in rural Scotland. Both are luminous, unmissable stories of survival and tensions between humans and the natural world. Chaired by Steven Gale.

Vote for Sal by Mick Kitson in the First Book Award.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/melissa-harrison-mick-kitson-11869

Michael J Malone & Stephanie Merritt

Wed 22 Aug 13:45 – 14:45

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Michael J Malone & Stephanie Merritt

SCOTTISH PSYCHOLOGICAL CHILLERS

Isolated Scottish houses are scary places in the latest novels from Michael J Malone and Stephanie Merritt. Malone brings us House of Spines, in which a troubled writer seeks inspiration in a gothic mansion, but finds much more. Merritt steps aside from her historical crimewriting pseudonym, S J Parris, to create While You Sleep, in which a remote island abode is either cursed or being used for sinister intentions.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/michael-j-malone-stephanie-merritt-11871

Quintin Jardine

Wed 22 Aug 19:15 – 20:15

Spark Theatre on George Street

£12.00, £10.00

Quintin Jardine

A BRUSH WITH DEATH

A career in law might not have come off, but Quintin Jardine wouldn’t have had it any other way. The Motherwell-born writer has made Edinburgh his literary home through the murky misadventures which his now ‘retired’ cop Bob Skinner has endured. In A Brush with Death, the 29th Skinner story, he investigates the mystery behind a millionaire’s unexplained poisoning. He is joined by BBC Scotland’s Brian Taylor for a lively discussion about his ever-popular crime stories.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/quintin-jardine-8-11867

The Hickory Event

Chris Brookmyre

Wed 22 Aug 20:30 – 21:30

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Chris Brookmyre

Sponsored by

FAR FLUNG FICTION

Known around the world for his hugely successful crime novels, Chris Brookmyre now ventures into outer space with Places in the Darkness. His new science fiction thriller is set in a space station that claims to be a model for the future of humankind. Expect a lively conversation as the always entertaining and sometimes irreverent Brookmyre discusses his book.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/chris-brookmyre-3-11863

Thursday 23rd August

Eva Dolan & Emma Viskic

Thu 23 Aug 13:45 – 14:45

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

BSL EventEva Dolan & Emma Viskic

EVOCATIVE THRILLERS

Come and meet two outstanding writers of crime fiction. After four successful Zigic and Ferreira novels, Eva Dolan has crafted This is How it Ends, a standalone urban thriller featuring a blogger, a campaigner and a body in a lift shaft. It’s already been tipped as Crime Book of the Month by the Times and Sunday Times and Dolan’s fans include fellow crime-writers Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham and Val McDermid. Joining her is Australian crime-writer Emma Viskic with her latest adventure for deaf sleuth Caleb Zelic, And Fire Came Down. Viskic’s first novel Resurrection Bay won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction as well as three Davitt Awards for Best Adult Novel, Best Debut and Readers’ Choice. This time round, a murder investigation leads her protagonist back to his hometown where racial tensions and a bushfire are both raging. Join the authors as they discuss novels with fingers firmly on the racing pulse.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/eva-dolan-emma-viskic-11901

J P Delaney & Ruth Ware

Thu 23 Aug 17:45 – 18:45

Garden Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

J P Delaney & Ruth Ware

A DOUBLE LIFE

Pretending to be someone you’re not may sound like fun, but in J P Delaney and Ruth Ware’s latest novels keeping your tracks constantly covered becomes a problem. Delaney’s Believe Me has an actress caught on both sides of a murder investigation, while in Ware’s The Death of Mrs Westaway, Harriet receives notification of a life-changing inheritance. Once she moves in to claim the money, trouble ensues.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/j-p-delaney-ruth-ware-11907

Friday 24th August

Charles Cumming & Nadia Dalbuono

Fri 24 Aug 16:30 – 17:30

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Charles Cumming & Nadia Dalbuono

IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS

Charles Cumming is back with The Man Between, a thriller featuring Kit Carradine, a successful author who’s commissioned to silence an anti right-wing campaigner. In Nadia Dalbuono’s The Extremist, Islamic terrorists carry out attacks in Rome and will only negotiate with Detective Leone Scamarcio. Given just 24 hours to meet their demands, his efforts only throw up further questions as we hurtle to a nail-biting conclusion.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/charles-cumming-nadia-dalbuono-11938

Saturday 25th August

Roxanne Bouchard & Ragnar Jónasson

Sat 25 Aug 13:45 – 14:45

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Roxanne Bouchard & Ragnar Jónasson

NOIR NORDIQUE NORĐUR

Noir can be at its most atmospheric when it unfolds in remote Nordic settings. Breaking the mould, Bouchard’s location in We Were the Salt of the Sea is unusually far-flung: the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. Meanwhile, Ragnar Jónasson’s The Darkness takes place on the cold, seaweed-covered rocks of rural Iceland. Off the beaten track perhaps but these are novels destined for mainstream success.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/roxanne-bouchard-ragnar-jonasson-11971

John Boyne

Sat 25 Aug 14:00 – 15:00

Spark Theatre on George Street

£12.00, £10.00

John Boyne

BEG, BORROW AND STEAL

John Boyne has built on the staggering success of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas with a series of acclaimed novels for adults. Today he launches A Ladder to the Sky, a fascinating portrayal of Maurice Swift, a would-be writer who finds that literary success can come by stealing stories. Beautifully written and psychologically intense, this looks set to be another major hit for the Irish novelist. Chaired by Lee Randall.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/john-boyne-4-11996

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/

Sandra Ireland Bone Deep Blog Tour

Sandra Ireland was born in Yorkshire, lived for many years in Limerick, and is now based in Carnoustie. She began her writing career as a correspondent on a local newspaper but quickly realised that fiction is much more intriguing than fact. In 2013 Sandra was awarded a Carnegie- Cameron scholarship to study for an MLitt in Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee, graduating with a distinction in 2014. Her work has appeared in various publications and women’s magazines.

Write about what scares you.

The best piece of writing advice I ever received was- write about what scares you. If you think about fear, it’s a highly contagious emotion, whether in real life or in the pages of a book. Our fears are easily manipulated, and you need look no further than the writers of Gothic fiction to find perfect inspiration.

The term Gothic comes from the French gothique or late Latin gothicus, from Gothi (of the Goths). It was used in the 17th and 18th centuries to mean ‘not classical’ (i.e. not Greek or Roman), and hence to refer to medieval architecture which did not follow classical models.

Gothic literature and art were a way of harking back to a mythical past, an age of mediaeval chivalry, but somewhere along the way it took a dark turn…

 The Gothic in literature denotes a style of fiction characterized by the use of desolate or remote settings and macabre, mysterious, or violent incidents. These stories use a series of ‘tropes’ (repeated themes) to get their message across: the deserted castle, the underground passageway, the locked room and so on. I love creepy settings, such as the moors in Wuthering Heights, or any kind of house with a creaking presence. The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson is a fantastic portrayal of brooding malevolence, and Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story The Woman in Black is another favourite.

In the latter,Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is called upon to attend to the affairs of the deceased owner of the decidedly creepy Eel Marsh House. Wreathed in mist and mystery, the house and its eerie setting play a big part in ramping up the tension, but it is Kipps’ sheer mounting terror when he realises he is not alone that sends shivers down the spine.

In the following passage, Arthur, having heard the anguished cry of a child trapped in the marsh, finds himself paralysed with fear (As in all good ghost stories, his torch is broken and it’s dark).

     ‘For a moment I was as near to weeping tears of despair and fear, frustration and tension as I had ever been since my childhood. But instead of crying, I drummed my fists upon the floorboards, in a burst of violent rage, until they throbbed. It was Spider [the dog] who brought me to my senses by scratching a little at my arm and by licking the hand I stretched out to her. We sat on the floor together, and I hugged her warm body to me…and again and again I heard that child’s terrible cry borne on the gusts towards me.’

I love this implicit form of storytelling. For me, the content doesn’t have to be graphic in order to send a shiver up your spine. As I was writing Bone Deep, which is set in an abandoned watermill, I was very conscious that the setting was key to the development of the story. One of my main characters, Mac, has a love-hate relationship with the mill. She hates to be there alone, but she cannot stay away. It continually draws her back, but why? It’s the things that you don’t show that generate the most fear. The author’s greatest tool is the reader’s imagination!

What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person? The consequences threaten to be far-reaching and potentially deadly. Bone Deep is a contemporary novel of sibling rivalry, love, betrayal and murder. This is the story of two women: Mac, who is bent on keeping the secrets of the past from her only son, and the enigmatic Lucie, whose past is something of a closed book. Their story is underpinned by the creaking presence of an abandoned water mill, and haunted by the local legend of two long-dead sisters, themselves rivals in love, and ready to point an accusing finger from the pages of history.

Author Website

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Bone Deep YouTube Trailer

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There’s Been a Murder Picks of The Edinburgh International Book Festival Saturday 18th – Tuesday 21st August 2018

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Saturday 18th August

The Valvona & Crolla Event

Alexander McCall Smith

Sat 18 Aug 17:00 – 18:00

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

CAPTIONED EVENTAlexander McCall Smith

Sponsored by

AN OPERA FOR HUMANITY

As well as being a bestselling novelist, Alexander McCall Smith has a passion for music. He set up the No. 1 Ladies’ Opera House in Botswana to give local singers a chance to perform; plus he’s written several operas and song cycles including Silver Darlings and Fergus of Galloway. Today he discusses books, music and opera, the ways they influence one another and his love for each form.

Part of our Music Matters series of events.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/alexander-mccall-smith-26-11737

Doug Johnstone & Malcolm Mackay

Sat 18 Aug 19:00 – 20:00

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Doug Johnstone & Malcolm Mackay

NEW SCOTLAND, NEW TROUBLE

In Doug Johnstone and Malcolm Mackay’s new crime fictions, the drama takes place in a reconfigured and reimagined Scotland. Johnstone’s contemporary whodunit Fault Lines is set in an Edinburgh which has an active volcano located in the Firth of Forth while in Mackay’s In the Cage Where Your Saviours Hide, Scotland is imagined as an independent kingdom which never joined the Union.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/doug-johnstone-malcolm-mackay-11754

Sunday 19th August

Russell Findlay & Thomas Harding

Sun 19 Aug 16:00 – 17:00

Garden Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Russell Findlay & Thomas Harding

CRIMES AGAINST TRUTH?

A tale of isolation, deception, espionage and violence, stretching from north London to Westminster and the People’s Republic of China: Thomas Harding analyses the incredible true story of a Chinese dissident convicted of a brutal murder in Blood on the Page. In Acid Attack, investigative reporter Russell Findlay’s attention is on his own battles with Scotland’s crime lords, which culminated in a terrifying attack on his own doorstep.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/russell-findlay-thomas-harding-11777

Claire Askew & Alan Parks

Sun 19 Aug 20:30 – 21:30

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Claire Askew & Alan Parks

CRIME DEBUTS TO DIE FOR

Award-winning poet and writer Claire Askew’s crime fiction debut All the Hidden Truths explores a school shooting and the unanswered questions left in the wake of the killer’s death. Former creative director of London Records, Alan Parks returned to his Scottish roots and turned his creative juices to crime writing, dreaming of being the James Ellroy of Glasgow. His 1973-set debut, Bloody January, is a shade darker than Tartan Noir.

Vote for Bloody January by Alan Parks in the First Book Award.

Monday 20th August

Lin Anderson & Antti Tuomainen

Mon 20 Aug 17:15 – 18:15

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Lin Anderson & Antti Tuomainen

CRÈME DE LA CRIME

It looks like Rhona MacLeod’s luck may be running out in Lin Anderson’s 13th novel about the forensic scientist, as she becomes victim of a nasty stalker in Sins of the Dead. Fargo meets Baywatch in Antti Tuomainen’s Palm Beach Finland, the blackly comic bestselling Finnish novel of 2017, in which detective Jan Nyman is sent to a sleepy seaside town to dig up clues on a mysterious fatality. A nourishing hour of noir awaits.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/lin-anderson-antti-tuomainen-1-11800

Stuart MacBride with Stephanie Merritt

Mon 20 Aug 20:45 – 21:45

Spark Theatre on George Street

£12.00, £10.00

Stuart MacBride with Stephanie Merritt

CRIME FOR THE MASSES

Just what does it take to write a page-turning bestselling crime novel? Dumbarton-born, Aberdeen-raised Stuart MacBride can offer plenty of advice on that front, given his Logan McRae series keeps on hitting the heights of popularity. Fellow writer Stephanie Merritt joins him to delve into The Blood Road, his 11th Logan mystery, out now. It’s time to get on board and see what the fuss is about.

Tuesday 21st August

John Harvey with Ian Rankin

Tue 21 Aug 13:45 – 14:45

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

John Harvey with Ian Rankin

THE LAST WORD

As a winner of both the Silver and the Diamond Dagger, John Harvey is unquestionably one of Britain’s most outstanding crime writers. In 2014 the publication of the final Charlie Resnick thriller marked Harvey’s retirement. Now, to our delight, Nottingham’s answer to William McIlvanney has returned with positively his last novel of all; the ultimate episode in his darkly compassionate Frank Elder series and he talks about it to fellow crime writing sensation Ian Rankin.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/john-harvey-with-ian-rankin

Philip Howard & Val McDermid

Tue 21 Aug 19:00 – 20:00

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Philip Howard & Val McDermid

ILLUMINATED EDINBURGH

January 2018 saw Edinburgh’s Hogmanay illuminate our streets with a unique piece of visual storytelling. Written by Val McDermid and dramatized by Philip Howard, Message from the Skies led the public through the city on a murder mystery, celebrating the work of Susan Ferrier and the many unsung women writers of Edinburgh. Join McDermid and Howard as they share their stories of how this incredible project was made.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/philip-howard-val-mcdermid

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 Picks of The Edinburgh International Book Festival Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th August 2018

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Tuesday 14th August

Lindsey Davis

Tue 14 Aug 13:45 – 14:45

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Lindsey Davis

ROME, SWEET ROME

To fans of Lindsey Davis’s unique brand of Roman-era fiction, heroine Flavia Albia needs no introduction. To anyone else The Third Nero and Pandora’s Boy, the most recent entries in the Falco: The New Generation series, are perfect places to start – rich in historical detail, gripping with suspense and full of the surreal humour which has made Flavia an irresistible hit.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/lindsey-davis-1-11794

Royal Bank of Scotland Event

Alexander McCall Smith

Tue 14 Aug 18:45 – 19:45

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Alexander McCall Smith

Sponsored by

BE KIND WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME

Philip Larkin’s work doesn’t feature in Scotland’s Best Loved Poems, but the subtitle of this event – a line from a Larkin poem – sums up Alexander McCall Smith’s approach. Kindness is a red thread running through his novels’s lively plots, and it’s no wonder they’ve achieved global sales. Today he talks about his latest novels, and the poetry anthology he has edited, with James Naughtie.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/alexander-mccall-smith-27-11865

Liam McIlvanney & Denise Mina

Tue 14 Aug 20:45 – 21:45

Spark Theatre on George Street

£12.00, £10.00

Liam McIlvanney & Denise Mina

KILLERS AND OUTCASTS

The Quaker is the creepy moniker of a serial killer in award-winning Liam McIlvanney’s new Glasgow-set thriller which has Highlander DI McCormack struggling with a brutal Scottish winter and suspicious colleagues. Winner of the McIlvanney and the Gordon Burn Prizes, The Long Drop sees Denise Mina in visceral form as she novelises the true crimes of notorious Scottish killer Peter Manuel. Chaired by Stuart Kelly.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/liam-mcilvanney-denise-mina-11731

Wedensday 15th August

Joanna Cannon & Jess Kidd

Wed 15 Aug 10:15 – 11:15

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Joanna Cannon & Jess Kidd

UNLEASHING DARK SECRETS

Long-hidden secrets are about to be set free in new novels by Joanna Cannon and Jess Kidd. In Cannon’s Three Things About Elsie, a lady in a home for the elderly is about to have her world rocked when a new resident arrives looking exactly like a man who died 60 years before. Kidd’s The Hoarder has the house of a belligerent senior citizen slowly revealing its locked-up secrets. Can we ever outrun the past? Chaired by Jenny Brown.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/joanna-cannon-jess-kidd-11844

E S Thomson & Olga Wojtas

Wed 15 Aug 12:00 – 13:00

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

E S Thomson & Olga Wojtas

PLUNGING BACK IN TIME FOR CRIME

Dip into the past with two Edinburgh writers. Saltire Prize-nominated E S Thomson’s The Blood is a thriller set in Victorian London where an apothecary disguises herself as a man to investigate savage murders. In Olga Wojtas’s Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar, time-travelling librarian Shona heads to 19th century Russia for a match-making mission, but it proves to be something more sinister. Chaired by Sally Magnusson. This event will be recorded for BBC Radio Scotland.

Vote for Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar by Olga Wojtas in the First Book Award.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/e-s-thomson-olga-wojtas-11843

Gerald Seymour

Wed 15 Aug 17:30 – 18:30

Spark Theatre on George Street

£12.00, £10.00

Gerald Seymour

FROM RUSSIA WITH HACKERS

Gerald Seymour has reported on conflicts in Vietnam, Israel and Borneo on TV but with Harry’s Game in 1975 he became ‘the best thriller writer in the world’, so said the Telegraph. Northern Ireland was ripe for novelists then, just as the Russian troubles are now. In A Damned Serious Business he delves into a world of cyber-hackers, dirty bombs and rogue operatives with dodgy definitions of right and wrong.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/gerald-seymour-12054

Tumbling Lassie with Alexander McCall Smith

Wed 15 Aug 18:30 – 20:00

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Andy Bevan of International Justice Mission will also appear in this event.
Tumbling Lassie with Alexander McCall Smith

A FAREWELL TO SLAVERY?

‘We have no slaves in Scotland…’ This was the conclusion of a 1687 case concerning a travelling showman and a performing gymnast he’d ‘acquired’. It was the first time a Scottish court had rejected slavery. Now, thanks to the work of Alan McLean QC, composer Tom Cunningham and novelist Alexander McCall Smith, the story has been turned into an operetta. Here, the creators discuss their project and explain why the story still matters today.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/tumbling-lassie-with-alexander-mccall-smith-11846

Stuart David & Teresa Solana

Wed 15 Aug 20:30 – 21:30

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Stuart David & Teresa Solana

THE FUNNY SIDE OF CRIME

Co-founder of Belle & Sebastian, Stuart David revisits Peacock Johnson, a character he created who then appeared in an Ian Rankin novel. In Peacock’s Alibi, our hero has an idea that may make him rich even if the enterprise is dodgy. Staying on the comic side of crime writing, he’s joined today by Teresa Solana whose The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories delivers a wittily gruesome set of short tales.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/stuart-david-teresa-solana-11857

Thursday 16th August

Nicola Upson & Andrew Wilson

Thu 16 Aug 13:45 – 14:45

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Nicola Upson & Andrew Wilson

REAL WRITERS AS FICTIONAL TOOLS

Golden Age crime writers Josephine Tey and Agatha Christie take central roles in two new fictions. When ghost writer M R James’s friends are dying off mysteriously, Tey steps in and lends her powers of curiosity to the case in Nicola Upson’s Nine Lessons. Andrew Wilson’s A Different Kind of Evil has Christie enlisted by the Secret Service to investigate the death of an agent. Chaired by Jenny Brown.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/nicola-upson-andrew-wilson-11915

Nick Harkaway & William Sutcliffe

Thu 16 Aug 16:30 – 17:30

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Nick Harkaway & William Sutcliffe

THE VERY MODERN SPYING GAME

British authors Nick Harkaway and William Sutcliffe both tackle the prescient subject of surveillance in their latest novels set in the near future. In Gnomon Harkaway’s Britain has spying built into its DNA with every action and word being recovered by the State. Sutcliffe turns to a drone-filled London for We See Everything, where two strangers’ lives are about to cross and never be the same again. Chaired by Stuart Kelly.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/nick-harkaway-william-sutcliffe-12165

THE DICKSON MINTO EVENT

Alexander McCall Smith

Thu 16 Aug 18:45 – 19:45

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Alexander McCall Smith

Sponsored by

FOR THE LOVE OF SCOTLAND

His books have become bestsellers around the globe, but Alexander McCall Smith remains resolutely proud of, and fascinated by, his Scottish home. Today he talks with Jamie Jauncey about how the country has influenced his writing and infused his international novels, including the world-renowned The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/alexander-mccall-smith-25-11725

The National Library of Scotland Event

Val McDermid

Thu 16 Aug 20:30 – 21:30

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Val McDermid

Sponsored by

GROUNDBREAKING CRIME FICTION

One of the brightest stars in crime fiction today, Val McDermid simply shines brighter with every book. For this event we host the worldwide launch of her novel Broken Ground, another in the chillingly entertaining series of bestsellers featuring DCI Karen Pirie. McDermid shares the thinking behind her writing in today’s event.

Friday 17th August

THE HANDELSBANKEN EVENT

Thomas Enger & Alex Gray

Fri 17 Aug 13:45 – 14:45

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Thomas Enger & Alex Gray

Sponsored by

CASE CLOSED. NOT.

There’s a lot more to the case than initially meets the eye in chilling new books from Oslo’s Thomas Enger and Glasgow’s Alex Gray, as you’ll discover in today’s event. Killed is the finale of Enger’s Henning Juul series, with the journalist’s life at risk as he seeks his son’s killer. Only the Dead Can Tell has Gray’s DSI Lorimer investigating a woman’s brutal death and the husband who’s the prime suspect.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/thomas-enger-alex-gray-12004

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 Picks of The Edinburgh International Book Festival Saturday 11th – Monday 13th August 2018

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Saturday 11th August 

Robin Robertson

 Sat 11 Aug 12:00 – 13:00

 The Spiegeltent

 £12.00, £10.00

Robin Robertson

2018 MAN BOOKER LONGLISTED LA NOIR

A renowned poet whose work often hauntingly evokes the lives of Scottish outsiders, and a mesmerising reader of his own work, Robin Robertson strikes out with a breathtaking new project, The Long Take. In this verse novel, Walker is a war veteran from Nova Scotia who sets out for Los Angeles in 1948. Robertson’s book demonstrates the origins of ‘noir’, presented here with period filmic and musical accompaniment.

Robertson has won multiple prestigious awards for his writing and is regarded as one of Scotland’s finest poets. He has been longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize for The Long Take – about which the judges said: ‘it’s an extraordinary evocation of the debris and the ongoing destruction of war even in times of peace. Robin Robertson shows the flexibility a poet can bring to form and style.’ Come and meet a writer at the height of his powers.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/robin-robertson-5-11660

 Sat 11 Aug 19:15 – 20:15

 Spark Theatre on George Street

 £12.00, £10.00

Graeme Macrae Burnet

STRAVAIGIN IN SAINT-LOUIS

The Scot who came to international attention when His Bloody Project was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Graeme Macrae Burnet has followed up that astonishing success with an elegant and evocative thriller The Accident on the A35. Set in a sleepy town in southern France, it’s a sophisticated mystery that evokes Maigret, Camus and perhaps a whiff of James Hogg. Chaired by Jane Fowler.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/graeme-macrae-burnet-11657

Sunday 12th August

John Harris Dunning, Michael Kennedy & Javi Rey

 Sun 12 Aug 20:30 – 21:30

 Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

 £8.00, £6.00

John Harris Dunning, Michael Kennedy & Javi Rey

GRAPHIC ACCOUNTS

Meet the creators of two uncompromising stories, beautifully realised in graphic novel form. Writer John Harris Dunning and artist Michael Kennedy’s Tumult is a stylish, contemporary psychological thriller in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock and Patricia Highsmith. With Out in the Open, based on Jesús Carrasco’s award-winning novel, illustrator Javi Rey has drawn a cinematic story about a young Spanish boy setting out across the Spanish plains to escape abuse at home.

Part of the Stripped series of events.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/john-harris-dunning-michael-kennedy-javi-rey

Monday 13th August

Stella Duffy

 Mon 13 Aug 13:45 – 14:45

 The Spiegeltent

 £12.00, £10.00

Stella Duffy

PAST CRIMES

The past stalks writer Stella Duffy in two new novels. Laurie is forced to protect her family when the leader of a cult tracks her down in new suspense thriller The Hidden Room – how far will she go to protect them? Stella has also completed Money in the Morgue, an unfinished Alleyn mystery started by Ngaio Marsh in 1945. A devilish double-serving for fans of frightening yarns. Chaired by Jenny Niven.

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/