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There’s Been A Murder Crime Picks from Aye Write Book Festival 2019 Blog post 1

James Oswald, Neil Broadfoot & M.R Mackenzie

14th Mar 2019  •  6:00PM – 7:00PM  •  Mitchell Library


A Central Belt in the Mouth

James Oswald, Neil Broadfoot & M.R Mackenzie

With crime novels set in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh, these three writers are packing a punch with their latest work.

James Oswald’s Cold as the Grave is the ninth book in the Inspector McLean series which opens with a mummified body hidden in a basement room. 

Neil Broadfoot’s No Man’s Land introduces the rough and ready Connor Fraser as he deals with a mutilated body dumped in the heart of historic Stirling. 

Glasgow librarian M.R Mackenzie’s debut, In the Silence, follows Anna, a criminology lecturer who finds herself as the star witness at the centre of a murder investigation.

 Chaired by Caro Ramsay.

16th Mar 2019  •  6:30PM – 7:30PM  •  Mitchell Library 


The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Hallie Rubenhold

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. 

They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. 

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but ‘Jack the Ripper’, the character created by the press to fill that gap, has become far more famous than any of these five women. 

Historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight in her extraordinary new book.

‘A powerful and shaming book, but most shameful of all is that it took 130 years to write.’ (The Guardian)

‘A poignant, absorbing read’ (The Times)

Ursula Buchan

17th Mar 2019  •  1:15PM – 2:15PM  •  Mitchell Library 


A Life of John Buchan

Ursula Buchan

John Buchan’s name is known across the world for The Thirty-Nine Steps

In the past 100 years the classic thriller has never been out of print and has inspired numerous adaptations for film, television, radio and stage, beginning with Alfred Hitchcock’s version. 

Yet there was more to him. He was a scholar, antiquarian, barrister, colonial administrator, journal editor, literary critic, publisher, war correspondent, director of wartime propaganda and a member of parliament. 

Ursula Buchan, his granddaughter, has drawn on recently discovered family documents to write this comprehensive and illuminating biography of a remarkable man and his times.

Anna Mazzola, Douglas Skelton & C.L Taylor

17th Mar 2019  •  8:00PM – 9:00PM  •  Mitchell Library 


These Bloody Islands

Anna Mazzola, Douglas Skelton & C.L Taylor

Three Scottish islands provide the setting for these spell-binding crime novels.
Anna Mazzola’s The Story Keeper is set on the Isle of Skye in 1857 where the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and a community riven by fear. 
In Douglas Skelton’s Thunder Bay, Roddie Drummond’s return to the fictional island of Stoirm causes a sensation as fifteen years before he was charged with the murder of his lover. 
C.L. Taylor’s Sleep sees insomniac Anna takes a job at a hotel on
Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat turns into a deadly nightmare.
Chaired by Theresa Talbot

Alex Gray & Ann Cleeves

22nd Mar 2019  •  6:00PM – 7:00PM  •  Mitchell Theatre 


Catching Up with Lorimer & Perez

Alex Gray & Ann Cleeves

A very warm welcome back to two of our favourite crime writers discussing their latest novels. 
Alex Grey’s The Stalker is a twisty, heart-stopping crime novel. When Detective Superintendent William Lorimer’s wife, Maggie, publishes her first book, he is thrilled for her. But joy soon turns to fear when a mysterious stranger starts following Maggie on her publicity tour. 
Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves has Shetland detective Jimmy Perez called in to investigate the hanging of a young nanny and rumours of her affair with her employer.

22nd Mar 2019  •  7:45PM – 8:45PM  •  Mitchell Library 


Aspects of Gothic

Craig Russell & E.S. Thomson

The Devil Aspect is best-seller Craig Russell’s masterpiece. 
1935. As Europe prepares itself for a calamitous war, six homicidal lunatics – the so-called ‘Devil’s Six’ – are confined in a remote castle asylum in rural Czechoslovakia. Each patient has their own dark story to tell and Dr Viktor Kosárek, a young psychiatrist using revolutionary techniques, is tasked with unlocking their murderous secrets. 
E.S. Thomson’s latest book, Surgeons’ Hall: A Jem Flockhart Mystery, divides its time between Victorian Edinburgh and London in a macabre world of mortuaries, anatomy lessons, harvested organs and a bloody pact of silence.

22nd Mar 2019  •  9:00PM – 11:00PM  •  Mitchell Library 


Back due to popular demand: Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Doug Johnstone, Val McDermid, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste 

The Return of the Fun Lovin' Crime Writers

Back due to popular demand: Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Doug Johnstone, Val McDermid, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste AKA The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers with their unique brand of rock and roll. 
Their set features some new murderous ballads, grisly grooves and bloodthirsty beats to add to their criminal repertoire. 
Like Hendrix at Woodstock, The Sex Pistols at the Lesser Free Trade Hall or Oasis at King Tut’s – you want to be able to say ‘I was there…’



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