There’s been a murder author interview with Pat Young

1. How did you get started writing?

I’m not one of those folk who has always wanted to write a book. I never expected to be a writer. Then I found a discarded book with a wad of cash and a letter tucked in the flyleaf. ‘What if something awful happened to the owner of this book?’ I thought, and I was off. I used to think my constant ‘what iffing’ was a curse as I fretted about my children. Now I regard it as a blessing. ‘What if’ is the start of a story.

I knew nothing about writing when I started. In fact, I tried to find someone to write that first story for me. A friend told me to write it myself and when I tried I realized that I knew a thing or two about books, if not about writing them. Having studied English, French and German at university, I’d read a fair few and had learned much along the way, it seems. And so, I gave it a go. After that, there was simply no turning back, I was hooked. I had other plans, none of which included sitting at a desk from daybreak till dusk. But some days I just have to. Because there’s a story to be told.


2. What drew you to write a novel?

Finding that book. Trying to work out what might have happened to the young man who owned it. I’m a runner and every morning during my run, I thought about it, couldn’t get it out of my head, in fact. Pretty soon I had a story. I tried to find someone to write it and a friend said, ‘Write it yourself.’ So I did.  Although it has been changed a lot from its first draft, that story became my third to be published, last week. I originally wrote it about France because that’s where I got the inspiration but it’s now set in Scotland and it’s called One Perfect Witness. 


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

I’ve always had a hyperactive imagination. As a child, I devoured books. Depending on what I was reading, usually under the bedcovers, I’d believe I was Heidi. Or that I owned magical ballet shoes, or led secret clubs at boarding school. A far cry from my life in a small village on the Ayrshire coalfields.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield is my favourite, I think. And I loved The Borrowers.

As a teenager I was really into Catherine Cookson. Much to the chagrin of my English teacher, I even answered the literature question in my O Grade (O Level) English exam on a Catherine Cookson novel. I also adored The Catcher in the Rye.

By sixth form my tastes had matured and I loved DH Lawrence. Sons and Lovers probably was, and still is, my favourite. 

Since I write crime, my style isn’t like any of the above, but being an avid reader all my life I guess I’ve picked up lots of influences along the way. I write as if I’m watching a movie in my head and I’m describing it. When I’m ‘in the zone’ I feel like I’m just the typist, if that doesn’t sound too trite to be true.


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

My first book won a Literary Agent in a competition. He was sure Till the Dust Settles would sell to one of the big international publishing houses. They all read the full manuscript (a compliment in itself, apparently) and no one hated it, but no one was prepared to take a chance on it, or me. The backdrop of 9/11 made it a hard sell to some. I made some changes and it was snapped up by Bloodhound Books.


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

I like all my characters, even the horrible ones like Gus! And I’m particularly fond of Seb as he was the first character I ever created. I like writing children. Wee Ethan, the little boy who is abducted in I know where you live has touched many a reader’s heart and I confess to loving him as if he was my own. Wait a minute – what am I talking about – he is my own. I made him up! 


6. What kind of research do you have to undertake

If researching a novel meant spending hours poring over tomes in libraries, I couldn’t do it. My research tool is Google and it is wonderful. It’s immediate – I can check something and get straight back into the story. Sometimes it throws up ideas I’d never thought of. When I tried to find out what was in the dust that settled on Manhattan, I uncovered conspiracy theories that shook me but also inspired me as I wrote Till the Dust Settles. And I’ll let you into a secret. Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve never been to New York! I did it all with the aid of Google maps and the internet. I’m delighted when readers gasp at that fact, or tell me they know New York and I’ve captured it perfectly. 


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

That’s best answered by what I wrote at the end of One Perfect Witness in Author’s note and Acknowledgements

One character in this book is based on a real person, although I never met him. In the summer of 2010, a young man left a book on a French campsite, which I found. There was a letter inside and an envelope of money. I was intrigued! Had I not found that book, I would not have written this story or any other. Whoever you are and wherever you are, ‘Sebastien’, I hope you’re safe and happy.


8. How do u feel about your latest book being on the top 10 Scottish crime books list on Amazon?

I’m over the moon. Rubbing shoulders with the great and the good – wow, what can I say? Just thanks, readers.


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

I really don’t know the answer to that question. You’d have to ask someone else, I think. Or I’ll cheat and say, ‘Only in the nice ones!’


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

All I can say is that the two I’m working on have vastly different plots and settings from each other and from the three you already know but they do have the same theme. I’m fascinated by the idea of the missing person, someone who just disappears, for whatever reason. That’s back to my ‘What if?’ obsession, isn’t it?


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

This one is easy to answer. While I loved meeting Willie Mc Ilvanney (such a gentleman) and I like acting in Douglas Skelton’s crazy murder mystery plays with Caro Ramsay, Michael J Malone, Theresa Talbot, Lucy Cameron and the great author himself, and while it’s great to be amongst other crime writers at festivals like Bloody Scotland, I have to be honest here. I’m a lone wolf. Or maybe just too much of a control freak. I’ve been asked to co-write a couple of times and my answer has been, ‘Thank you but I’m more flattered than tempted.’ For me writing is a solitary pastime. I like it that way. 


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

Yes, to quote the mighty Nike, Just Do It! Get sat at the computer and get started. Doesn’t matter how awful it is to begin with, at least you’ll have something to work with. Work is the right word, by the way. It’s hard work and it needs dedication and commitment, but the feeling of satisfaction when you produce a story that will take someone out of their world for a few hours is unbelievable. 

A great way to get started, and what got me going, is coming up very soon. Every November is National Novel Writing Month. You can write a novel in a month. Track your progress. Get pep talks and support. Meet fellow writers online and in person.

I had a go in 2018 and now I’ve got three books published. 

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Two women will never meet, but their lives are about to collide.

Lucie married young. Her husband has become abusive, controlling and violent. Having lost everything as a result of the marriage, Lucie decides it is time to walk away.

As she leaves the house on the morning of September 11th, heading to a job interview at the World Trade Centre and the promise of a new life, the unthinkable happens.

On a street in New York, choking on the dust, Lucie stumbles upon an opportunity to start again.

She thought the grass would be greener but starting again is never that simple. And sometimes, what lies ahead is even more deadly.

 Penny believes she’s being watched. Yet no one should know where she lives.

Penny seizes the chance of a new life for her family when her husband is offered a job in Europe.

At the airport, they meet charming Sophie, fluent in French and looking for work as an au pair. Penny, struggling to cope in France, offers Sophie a job and she soon becomes an important part of the family’s life. But Sophie is hiding something.

Then Penny’s toddler son, Ethan, is abducted and an international hunt for the child

begins. The police beg Penny and her husband to take part in a television appeal but the couple refuse. Unknown to the police, Penny and Seth have new identities and are determined to lay low and protect them. But it may be too late for that.

Who has taken Ethan and why?

Are the couple’s true identities linked to the abduction?

And who has been watching them?

To save her son Penny may have to put her own life on the line.


Three young men
One day in Scotland
Lives changed forever
Young Frenchman wanting a summer away from home so heads out with backpack and walking stick to see some of the world before taking a job at a camping spot.
Wannabe soccer/football star in Scotland to take on a new job but has anger issues that seem to land him in trouble.
Younger than the above young men and silent for five years after a traumatic event – an event that he has told nobody about since he went silent.
This is a story of bullying, abuse, death, family, priorities, lies and overcoming issues that hold a person back. It is also a story of choices made that can impact a person for years. It is about love and what one might be willing to do for a person loved…or a person feared. It is a slow building story with an ending that was unexpected and yet a finale that made me think Karma is indeed something to be reckoned with.

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Hugh Fraser Stealth Book Tour

Hugh Fraser is best known for playing Captain Hastings in Agatha Christie’s ‘Poirot’ and the Duke of Wellington in ‘Sharpe’. His films include Patriot Games, 101 Dalmatians, The Draughtsman’s Contract and Clint Eastwood’s Firefox. In the theatre he has appeared in Teeth’n’Smiles at the Royal Court and Wyndhams and in several roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He also composed the theme to Rainbow!

1. How did you get started writing?

I took a short story writing course with Guardian UEA under the tuition of the novelist Bernardine Evaristo which fired my enthusiasm.

2. What drew you to write a novel

It’s a form I’ve always enjoyed and when I showed the beginnings of my first effort to Bernardine, she encouraged me to persevere.

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

I’ve always enjoyed the gritty American school of crime writing – particularly Elmore Leonard and James Ellroy.

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

I was lucky when a friend of mine, the actor and writer Robert Daws showed my first book to Matthew Smith of Urbane Publications and Matthew decided to publish it.

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

I think it has to be my heroine Rina Walker, although I have great respect for her daughter Georgie.

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

Quit a lot of background reading and online research, particulary for the Mexican section of Harm. Also a great many biographies and memoirs of criminals, active in the Sixties.

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

A couple, yes, but I’d rather not say which…

8. How do you feel about being on the list for the not so booker prize

Honoured, of course.

9. Do you see any of your character’s personality traits in yourself and vice versa? Thankfully no. And I hope I succeed in keeping my murderous urges under control in the future.

10. If you can, would you give us a sneak peek into any future novels you might have planned?

Nothing planned at the moment but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rina gets up to some more skulduggery at some point.

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

Elmore Leonard because I know he would make me adhere to his ten rules of writing (available online), which I regard as the holy grail of style.

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

Write in a genre that you are going to enjoy and remember Kinglsey Amis’s response when he was asked to give advice about writing: “The art of writing is to apply the seat of one’s trousers to the seat of the chair”.

When a step out of line means a fight to the death…London 1967. A working girl is brutally murdered in a Soho club. Rina Walker takes out the killer and attracts the attention of a sinister line-up of gangland enforcers with a great deal to prove.

When a member of British Military Intelligence becomes aware of her failure to fulfill a contract issued by an inmate of Broadmoor, he forces her into the deadly arena of the Cold War, with orders to kill an enemy agent.

Rina needs to call upon all her dark skills, not simply to survive, but to protect the ones she loves.

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Guest Post with Heleen Kist

Author bio:

Heleen Kist is a Dutch quintilingual Stanford-educated globetrotting career woman who fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow. She is a recognised expert in international business and small business finance and has put this knowledge to good use for her debut novel, In Servitude.

[For the author’s professional credentials in business see LinkedIn]

Setting out on a mission

No matter how content you are in life, you occasionally need something new and exciting: a light to pierce through the clouds of the mundane. A life-affirming frisson, if you will. To shake things up, I’ve challenged myself to undertake some daunting tasks in the past, like stand-up comedy, but writing a psychological suspense novel has been the hardest thing I’ve done so far.

When I decided in January 2017 that I would write a novel, I did not have an inkling of what the story would be. Living in Glasgow, with the reputation it has, it was obvious there should be an element of crime. But what did I know about crime, beyond what I’d read in novels or seen on TV? Thankfully, very little.  And in a way, I wanted to keep it that way. But I did wonder: how easy would it be for an ordinary person to not just become a victim of crime, but to become the perpetrator?

Over the course of the next 2 months, while I took part in the James Patterson Masterclass online, I made a point of being extra observant, asking myself ‘Could this be a story?’ whenever something unusual caught my eye. Then a friend told me about wanting to open a vegan patisserie. ‘Wouldn’t that make a lovely setting?’ I thought. I also quipped that if it didn’t’ work out, it could always become a front for money-laundering.

And so was sewn the seed for In Servitude.

What ‘Write what you know’ meant for me

You see, in my day job I am somewhat of an expert in small business finance. I’ve set up venture capital and loan funds for local and national government, I was on the Board of what is now the British Business bank and I’ve sat on the Access to Finance expert group for the UK government. I’ve consulted to Scottish and European financial institutions.

So once the idea of financial crime took hold, I had the spark I needed.

I grabbed an old roll of wall paper from the garage, spread it out on the dining table, stopping the sides from curling with the first things that came to hand – potatoes – and drew the whole plot out: the twists, the red herrings, the sub-plots and all.

Then to write it all out. I won’t lie: it was hard.

But because I had a full outline, I just went about it chapter by chapter. Mentally picturing the whole scene unwinding like a movie before I started to type. The dialogue came easy: I could hear the different characters speaking inside my head. The plot had already been laid out, so it was down to capturing the action and the settings in a compelling way.

Never truly free

I was careful to keep the ‘accounting skulduggery’ simple and accessible–financial matters aren’t everyone’s bag. And ultimately, In Servitude is not really a story of financial crime. It was the vehicle to write about how we’re all beholden to another in some way. A family drama with plenty of betrayal that shows that we’re never truly free.

I’ve been delighted with the fantastic reviews and reader feedback I’ve had. As a debut author it all seems quite wondrous. And yet it reiterates my theme: I’m now expected to write another…!


Do you owe your family your life?
When her beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, Grace McBride’s carefully considered life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory had been sucked into illegal activities at odds with her seemingly charmed existence. What’s worse: Grace finds herself an unwitting accomplice and forced to take over the shady dealings.

Determined to keep her fingers clean and redeem her sister’s reputation, Grace plots to extricate herself—and those Glory held dear—from the clutches of Glasgow’s criminal underworld. But her moral certitude is challenged when familial pressure mounts and Glory’s past intentions remain unclear. Grace grows convinced Glory’s death was no accident, even if no-one will listen.

Seeking justice, she finds betrayal.

Excerpt 1:

Blue pulled at the lead. I let him off once I’d scanned the area and noted no loose dogs. Only a lone figure loitering. His eye line crossed mine as he also examined the park, and paused on me long enough to raise a creepy sensation.

I moved to a bench by the play park and pretended to tie my laces. When I straightened up, the man was striding straight towards me. I searched for Blue, hoping for a semblance of protection, but he was nowhere to be seen. Nor was anyone else.

Before I could stop him, the man sat down next to me. He whistled and shouted, ‘Here boy!’ then faced me with a disturbing grin. As if he knew the dog wouldn’t come. I jumped to my feet and looked around. What had he done?

On the second blow of silent air through my dry mouth, Blue appeared from behind a tree thirty yard away. Safe. He showed no interest in me or the man, instead sniffing out the ground’s many treasures.

I turned back to the intruder. Standing over him gave me an edge—at least I thought it did—and I raised my chin and my voice when I asked, ‘Do I know you?’

He chuckled. ‘Nah, hen. I’m only the messenger.’


His smile faded. ‘We’re not very happy about you closing the café for so long. You need to open up again. There’s a delivery coming on Thursday.’

‘What do you mean? How do you—’

His eyes turned to ice as he grabbed my wrist in a flash. ‘We’ll be very disappointed if you’re not there to receive the goods. Ken what I’m saying?’

He rushed off, his dark coat billowing behind him like a cape, almost engulfing Blue who circled his legs, tail wagging, until he turned towards the road.

Excerpt 2:

A tailor’s dummy stood beside me, draped with colourful scarves that reflected the sunset in shimmering patterns, as if calling for my attention. I ran both hands through the soft fibres, creating dancing shadows on the wall and releasing a smell that punched me in the lungs, calling up a memory so vivid that I became light-headed.

Glory’s young voice.

‘Look at me! I’m Scheherazade!’

Loose strands of long red hair enveloped her face as she twirled around, her hands waving multi-coloured strips of fabric in fluid, hypnotising motions along her eleven-year-old body. She bounced towards me, covering her nose and mouth, batting her eyelashes in cartoon-style seduction. ‘Oh Aladdin, my hero! Shall I dance the dance of the seven veils for you?’

‘Stop it, Glory.’ I grabbed the so-called veils she’d been dangling in front of my face, too close. ‘Plus, that wasn’t Scheherazade. I’m fairly sure the dance of the seven veils was Salome.’

Glory shrugged and kept the choreography going. ‘I don’t care. It’s exotic! And foreign! And marvellous!’ Each phrase was punctuated by a defiant jiggle of the hips.

‘And a little blasphemous,’ I said, failing to suppress a large grin.

‘Okay, miss party-pooper. Your turn to do something with this.’

She heaped the mix of polyester, silk and cotton we’d rescued from our parents’ store onto my head and sat on the ground. Bright blues beaming in anticipation.

‘Fine, Salome. You think you’re so sexy. Well, you’ve got another think coming.’ I wrapped layer upon layer over my shoulders and across my waist, waiting for the inspiration that came so easily to her.

Once I could move no more for the bulk, I plonked my elbows on my side and stood legs apart like a superhero, bellowing, ‘For I am…Heidi!’ My heart leapt as her unrestrained laughter filled the room. ‘And I am on my way to meet my own man…’ I paused, basking in my sister’s approval, while I searched for that goatherd boy’s name—or any goatherd name. She roared as I broke into song instead. ‘High on the hill lived a lonely goatherd, yodelay-hee yodelay-hee yodelay-hee hoo!’

‘Oh Grace, you’re so funny,’ she said, then launched into yodels that merged into mine. And I wished it would last forever.

Publication date: 23 August 2018

RRP: £1.99 eBook; £9.99 Paperback

Pages: 338

ISBN: 978-1-9164486-1-2

Genre: psychological suspense / domestic noir

Amazon: Also available at Blackwell’s & Waterstones.




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There’s been a Murder Author interview with Dr Steven Veerapen

Steven Veerapen was born in Glasgow and raised in Paisley. Pursuing an interest in the sixteenth century, he was awarded a first-class Honours degree in English, focussing his dissertation on representations of Henry VIII’s six wives. He then received a Masters in Renaissance studies, and a Ph.D. investigating Elizabethan slander. Steven is fascinated by the glamour and ghastliness of life in the 1500s, and has a penchant for myths, mysteries and murders in an age in which the law was as slippery as those who defied it.

1. How did you get started writing?

I applied for a funding opportunity to write a nonfiction biography of Lord Darnley. I wasn’t successful, but I didn’t want to let the idea go, so I thought I might see if I had it in me to novelise the story. I was used to writing from studying English, so I knew I could do it at length – but it had always been academic stuff.

2. What drew you to write a novel?

I guess it was a lifetime of reading novels and a career teaching. I mainly reach Renaissance literature, and I think everyone who studies history would like to go back and see what it was really like to live then. Without time portals, novels are the only way of doing that.

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

Daphne du Maurier is my favourite writer. I learned a lot from her work about zooming in and out of perspectives until I found a style that worked for me. Robert Harris is also very good in illustrating how to do this well.

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

Yes – my agent approached two publishers and received polite rejections. The trick is to persevere, even in the face of rejection. When I found a publisher, they were keen to accept the whole backlog I’d written.

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

I think Simon Danforth, the detective character, is my favourite. He’s pompous and has some ugly sixteenth-century views, but he still tries to be a decent person.

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

A lot of reading up on sixteenth-century Scottish history: politics, culture, and law. I’m lucky in that my PhD thesis was on Elizabethan law, speech, and writing – but Scotland was a different country. They did things differently there.

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

No. However, some quirks and behaviours I’ve seen in other people make their way in. Of course, those quirks only come from my perceptions of those people.

8. If you could set a series of novels in any decade, which would you choose and why?

I would consider looking at crime in the American gilded age or the British Edwardian period. The sixteenth century is where I’m comfortable, though!

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

Simon Danforth is very superstitious – I have a phobia of looking at a clock directly at 12:00 as I was once told it brings bad luck!

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

At the moment I’m writing a nonfiction study of the relationship between Mary Queen of Scots and her brother. After that I’d like to try a spy thriller set in England and Scotland when Mary was a captive.

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

Agatha Christie. I’d like to ask her directly about her eleven-day disappearance and get guidance on how to write a crime-solving couple, like Tommy and Tuppence. I prefer historical crime novels to current stuff – probably because when I was wee my mum kept books on Jack the Ripper all over the house!

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

Edit. I’m terrible at editing my own work, as I make lots of changes when I’m trying to sweep through for typos. I write so quickly I often miss out words, so if you’re not great at editing, try and get someone else to do it. In terms of writing, be clear on your narrative perspective. I struggled with this at first but have learned that I cope best following one character’s thoughts rather than being omniscient. If you want to leap into someone else’s head and let the reader know what they’re thinking, start a new chapter!

A new historical crime series, featuring Simon Danforth.

The Abbey Close

Paisley, 1542.

As the armies of Henry VIII and James V prepare for battle, Catholic exile Simon Danforth must decide his loyalties.

Cast out of England, he is drawn by private grief to a secretive Scottish Abbey, and the mystery of a missing girl who worked there.

Though Paisley and its Abbey refuse to give up their secrets, they do give up their dead.

In the tense and suspicious atmosphere of a nation at war, Danforth, in an uneasy alliance with his dogged colleague, Arnaud Martin, uncovers murder, madness, and sexual desire infecting the sacred house and its neighbouring town.

With the fate of his adoptive country hanging in the balance, does he dare to uncover the unimaginable truth?

Some secrets may be better left buried.

The Royal Burgh


King James V is dead, and Scotland is thrown into turmoil.

As the country is torn asunder the nation’s criminals flourish.

Out of favour with their master, Simon Danforth and Arnaud Martin escape the discontent in Edinburgh and travel to Stirling, hoping to find peace.

Instead they find murder, and must pit themselves against a shadowy killer.

Investigating the brutal death of a mysterious, beautiful woman, Danforth finds himself locking horns with a master criminal whose identity is shrouded in secrecy, but who has his own private army of enforcers.

With Martin bent on revenge against the doctor who let his sister die, can Danforth unmask the killer and stop his friend turning his own hand to murder, or will the flames of vengeance consume them both?

The Cradle Queen

Linlithgow Palace, 1543.

As Henry VIII turns greedy eyes northwards towards the baby Queen of Scots, the ghosts of Scotland’s bloody past rise from the grave. With the queen a child, her mother a captive, and the governor a puppet, the future of the realm hangs in the balance.

Commanded by their master, Simon Danforth and his friend, Arnaud Martin, join the household of Queen Marie of Guise.

But the glories of royal service are quickly tarnished for the loyal Danforth and lovelorn Martin.

Marie’s glittering household hides a deadly secret. When a series of murders takes place, recreating grisly deaths caused by Scotland’s kings, Danforth is compelled to take to the political stage. What he finds makes it clear that the crown itself is under threat.

Faced with a seemingly invisible murderer and drawn to a strange young woman, Danforth must decide where his own future lies: in loyal service or in marriage – duty or love.

Caught in a web of deception, Danforth must unmask the assassin before the crown is stolen – or will chasing ghosts lead him to the grave?

The Abbey Close – Simon Danforth #1 (2018, Sharpe Books)

The Royal Burgh – Simon Danforth #2 (2018, Sharpe Books)

The Cradle Queen – Simon Danforth #3 (2018, Sharpe Books)

Fire and Faith – Simon Danforth Omnibus (2018, Sharpe Books)

The Queen’s Consort: The Story of Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley (Sharpe Books, 2018)

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Bloody Scotland 2018 Blog Tour with Charles Cumming

Charles Cumming is a British writer of spy fiction. He was educated at Eton College (1985-1989) and the University of Edinburgh (1990-1994), where he graduated with 1st Class Honours in English Literature. The Observer has described him as “the best of the new generation of British spy writers who are taking over where John le Carré and Len Deighton left off”.

1. How did you get started writing?

I wrote a short story at my secondary school which won a prize. That gave me the confidence to continue writing fiction. I published a couple more stories while studying at Edinburgh University.

2. What drew you to write a novel?

When I was 25, I was interviewed for a job by MI6. The whole experience was so fascinating that I felt it was crying out to be dramatised. So I wrote A Spy by Nature.

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

Apart from John le Carré, the writers I most enjoy and admire are John Updike, Martin Amis, Richard Ford and Graham Greene.

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

I was lucky in that I found an agent quite quickly who was able to sell A Spy by Nature to Penguin. But the book was turned down by several other publishers.

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

I enjoyed writing about Kit Carradine, the hero of The Man Between. Miles Coolidge, the grotesque CIA officer in Typhoon, is another favourite.

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

I like to visit the places I am writing about, to smell the air in Shanghai, so to speak, to taste the food in Istanbul and walk the ground in Odessa. For The Man Between I made two separate trips to Casablanca and Marrakech in order to try to recreate the atmosphere in Morocco.

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

There’s a little bit of me in Kit Carradine and Thomas Kell, but otherwise I tend not to draw on real people when creating characters. The only time I’ve ever done that was in The Hidden Man. Ben Keen’s journalist wife was based on somebody I knew very well at the time.

8. Do you have a particular favourite place you like to set your novels?

I’m increasingly drawn to setting my books here at home in the UK. London is a great city to write about. My next novel will feature a character born and raised in Edinburgh.

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

Maybe that’s for other people to judge! It would be impossible for any novelist not to reveal something of their own personality in the stories they tell and the characters they create.

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

I’m working on a new idea, but it’s too early to go into any detail. I don’t want to jinx it!

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

It would have been fascinating to meet Raymond Chandler, but I’m not sure how he would have felt about collaborating on a book. He wouldn’t have needed any help when it came to writing.

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

Don’t give up your day job. You’ll need the money.

He risked it all to become a spy. Now he must pay the price.

A gripping new standalone spy thriller from the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year and ‘the master of the modern spy thriller’ (Mail on Sunday).

One simple task for British Intelligence takes him into a world of danger.

Successful novelist Kit Carradine has grown restless. So when British Intelligence invites him to enter the secret world of espionage, he willingly takes a leap into the unknown.

But the glamour of being a spy is soon tainted by fear and betrayal, as Carradine finds himself in Morocco on the trail of Lara Bartok – a mysterious fugitive with links to international terrorism.

Bartok is a leading figure in Resurrection, a violent revolutionary movement whose brutal attacks on prominent right-wing politicians have spread hatred and violence throughout the West.

As the coils of a ruthless plot tighten around him, Carradine finds himself drawn to Lara. Caught between competing intelligence services who want her dead, he soon faces an awful choice: to abandon Lara to her fate or to risk everything trying to save her.


A Spy by Nature (2001), ISBN 0-14-029476-7, the first Alec Milius novel

The Hidden Man (2003), ISBN 0-14-029477-5

The Spanish Game (2006), ISBN 0-14-101783-X, the second Alec Milius novel

Typhoon (2008), ISBN 0-14-101802-X

The Trinity Six (2011), ISBN 0-312-67529-1

A Foreign Country (2012), ISBN 0-00-733783-3, the first Thomas Kell novel

A Colder War (2014), ISBN 0-00-746747-8, the second Thomas Kell novel

A Divided Spy (2016), ISBN 0-00-746751-6, the third Thomas Kell novel

The Man Between (2018), ISBN 0-00-820031-9, published in the US as The Moroccan Girl (2019)


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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


Sunday 26th August

David Mark & Gunnar Staalesen

Sun 26 Aug 15:15 – 16:15

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

David Mark & Gunnar Staalesen


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.

Chris Brookmyre & Marisa Haetzman

Sun 26 Aug 17:00 – 18:00

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Chris Brookmyre & Marisa Haetzman


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.

Guy Gunaratne & Imran Mahmood

Sun 26 Aug 18:30 – 19:30

Writers’ Retreat

£8.00, £6.00

Guy Gunaratne & Imran Mahmood


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.


Sun 26 Aug 21:00 – 23:00

The Spiegeltent

Free & Drop-in



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?

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


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.

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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


‘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.

Michael J Malone & Stephanie Merritt

Wed 22 Aug 13:45 – 14:45

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Michael J Malone & Stephanie Merritt


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.

Quintin Jardine

Wed 22 Aug 19:15 – 20:15

Spark Theatre on George Street

£12.00, £10.00

Quintin Jardine


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.

The Hickory Event

Chris Brookmyre

Wed 22 Aug 20:30 – 21:30

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Chris Brookmyre

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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.

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


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.

J P Delaney & Ruth Ware

Thu 23 Aug 17:45 – 18:45

Garden Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

J P Delaney & Ruth Ware


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.

Friday 24th August

Charles Cumming & Nadia Dalbuono

Fri 24 Aug 16:30 – 17:30

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Charles Cumming & Nadia Dalbuono


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.

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 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.

John Boyne

Sat 25 Aug 14:00 – 15:00

Spark Theatre on George Street

£12.00, £10.00

John Boyne


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.

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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.

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


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

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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.

Doug Johnstone & Malcolm Mackay

Sat 18 Aug 19:00 – 20:00

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Doug Johnstone & Malcolm Mackay


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.

Sunday 19th August

Russell Findlay & Thomas Harding

Sun 19 Aug 16:00 – 17:00

Garden Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Russell Findlay & Thomas Harding


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.

Claire Askew & Alan Parks

Sun 19 Aug 20:30 – 21:30

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Claire Askew & Alan Parks


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


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.

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


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


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.

Philip Howard & Val McDermid

Tue 21 Aug 19:00 – 20:00

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Philip Howard & Val McDermid


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.

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