There’s been a murder interview with Margaret Kirk

1. How did you get started writing? 

I think I’ve always enjoyed writing, even at school. But I never seriously thought about trying to be published until about four or five years ago, when I started writing short stories. I was lucky enough to be place in a couple of competitions, which gave me the confidence to go on.

2. What drew you to write a novel?

Someone commented that my short stories seemed like novels in miniature! And writing at novel length feels like the best way to explore my characters and what they get up to in more detail than a short story would.

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

I’m not sure I’ve been influenced by anyone, but I did find Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ a tremendously helpful book when I started out.

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

Well, my route to publication was a little out of the ordinary. First of all I entered my short stories into various competitions, and did quite well with them. And then my debut novel, ‘Shadow Man’ won the Good Housekeeping First Novel competition 2016! The prize was publication by Orion and representation by LBA Books, so I haven’t gone the traditional route at all.

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

With the exception of the murderer – or is that murderers? 😉 – I’m really quite fond of all of them! But Fergie, DI Lukas Mahler’s scruffy sidekick, always makes me smile.

6. What kind of research have you have to undertake for your Novel? <
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10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you might planned? Oh, there’s a lot more to learn about Lukas and his team. I’m currently working on book two, which opens with a grim discovery on the site of a new housing development near Inverness…

11. If you had the opportunity to write a novel with any crime writer alive or dead, who would it be and why? Goodness, that’s hard. So many amazing current writers – but who wouldn’t want to write with the all-time queen of the whodunnit, Agatha Christie?

12. Do you have words of advice you can share with anyone who is interested in writing a novel? Don’t leave it as late as I did! Seriously, don’t give up – but do be receptive to feedback, both positive and negative. And read. Read a lot, not just in your genre. Read critically, with an eye to studying technique, seeing what works and what doesn’t. And don’t be afraid to tear things up and start again, if you have to.

Two brutal killings rock Inverness, and bring ex-Met Detective Inspector Lukas Mahler the biggest challenge of his career…

The body of the queen of daytime TV, Morven Murray is discovered by her sister, Anna, on the morning of her wedding day. But does Anna know more about the murder than she’s letting on?

Police informant Kevin Ramsay’s murder looks like a gangland-style execution. But what could he have stumbled into that was dangerous enough to get him violently killed?

Mahler has only a couple of weeks to solve both cases while dealing with his mother’s fragile mental health. But caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, is ex-Met DI Lukas Mahler hunting one killer, or two?

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There’s been a murder author interview with Kaite Welsh

1. How did you get started writing?

I’ve always written and I’ve always wanted to be a writer – my dad has a contract he drew up when I was about seven, promising him 50% of my future royalties, so my family definitely believed in me. I’ve been reassured it has no legal standing though – sorry, Dad!

2. What drew you to write a novel

THE WAGES OF SIN is actually the fourth novel I’ve written – the first two will stay buried on my hard drive forever where they belong, but the third might be salvageable. I’ve always wanted to write a crime novel about the first female doctors and the plot was percolating in my brain for a few years before the opening paragraph came to me in one burst and I broke off whatever else I was doing to scribble it down and then didn’t stop.

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

Wilkie Collins, definitely. I read THE WOMAN IN WHITE when I was about 14 and I try and revisit it every year or so. He captures all levels of Victorian society so perfectly, and his plots are so intricate but really worthwhile.

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

I’ve been really lucky – my amazing agent, Laura Macdougall, approached me after reading the first two chapters on my website and worked with me for a year after she signed me to get it shipshape and ready to submit to publishers. Once we did, I got a couple of offers within the first week and Headline won me over with their incredibly enthusiastic response. I still have to pinch myself!

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

Sarah is definitely my favourite – I spend so long in her head that she has to be. I love writing Merchiston, though. That sardonic, dry wit is exactly what I’d like to have in real life, although I think he would be terrifying as a lecturer! Elisabeth, Sarah’s friend and sidekick, is really lovely to write – she’s sweet and caring, but there’s a biting intelligence hiding under all that demure Victorian propriety.

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

The best kind – pouring over books for hours at a time! Research just means reading the kind of stuff I love – I’m a total nerd for history, especially the history of medicine and women’s history.

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

Not specifically, but I’ve found reading about the lives of female students in the 19th century incredibly inspiring – there are so many novels I could write about them!

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

I didn’t realise I was! Funnily enough, although I’ve been on the other side of things as a prize judge I try not to engage too much with prizes or ‘best of’ lists – I think I’d just obsess about them. Individual responses from readers mean the most, and I’m lucky enough to have had some really wonderful ones.

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

Sarah and I definitely have the same stubbornness! And we both have a best friend who’s willing to bail us out of trouble – or get right in it with us. I’ve yet to try and solve a murder, though…

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

I’m just editing THE UNQUIET HEART, the second Sarah Gilchrist novel, at the moment – that should be out in August 2018. I’m also in the first draft of the third book in the series, THE FATE OF EMPIRES, which is due out in 2019. Beyond that, I’m busy with my journalism career and doodling ideas for a non-fiction book I really want to write…

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

Deanna Raybourn! Not only does she also write terrific historical mysteries, she’s an absolute hoot on social media – I have a suspicion that if we sat down together, though, we’d have too much fun talking (and drinking cocktails) to write!

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

Stick at it! But write for you, not for anyone else. Especially with your first book, you get to write 100% what you want – there’ll be time for other people’s input later.

Sarah Gilchrist has fled London and a troubled past to join the University of Edinburgh’s medical school in 1892, the first year it admits women. She is determined to become a doctor despite the misgivings of her family and society, but Sarah quickly finds plenty of barriers at school itself: professors who refuse to teach their new pupils, male students determined to force out their female counterparts, and—perhaps worst of all—her female peers who will do anything to avoid being associated with a fallen woman.

Desperate for a proper education, Sarah turns to one of the city’s ramshackle charitable hospitals for additional training. The St Giles’ Infirmary for Women ministers to the downtrodden and drunk, the thieves and whores with nowhere else to go. In this environment, alongside a group of smart and tough teachers, Sarah gets quite an education. But when Lucy, one of Sarah’s patients, turns up in the university dissecting room as a battered corpse, Sarah finds herself drawn into a murky underworld of bribery, brothels, and body snatchers.

Painfully aware of just how little separates her own life from that of her former patient’s, Sarah is determined to find out what happened to Lucy and bring those responsible for her death to justice. But as she searches for answers in Edinburgh’s dank alleyways, bawdy houses and fight clubs, Sarah comes closer and closer to uncovering one of Edinburgh’s most lucrative trades, and, in doing so, puts her own life at risk…

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There’s been a murder author interview with Allan Watson


1. How did you get started writing? 

 

I suffer from an extreme case of Emulation Syndrome. This means I have to mimic anything which grabs my attention. As an avid reader I was compelled to try my hand at writing. That one worked out quite well. However, not so much when I developed an interest in dairy farming and got arrested for cattle rustling.

 

2. What drew you to write a novel 

 

I was writing a short story called ’Dreaming in the Snakepark’ and was buggered if I could think of a snappy ending, so I just kept going. A year later I was astounded to find I’d unintentionally written my first novel.

 

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

 

I think every book you read influences what you write, although some have more of an impact than others. For me writers like Ray Bradbury, Iain Banks, John Irving, Alasdair Gray, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Phil Rickman and John Connolly are gifted with different styles of writing I use as a broad template to shape my own scribblings.

 

 

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

 

Any new writer, unless they dress up as a giant cucumber with pink spots and a tutu, is always going to struggle to snag the attention of a publisher. A more effective method involves suitcases full of cash, cocaine and Russian prostitutes.

 

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

 

Heart Swarm features a dead tarantula called Steph. In this book she doesn’t do much apart from getting chucked out a window. However, I have big plans for Steph. I may use some pseudo-science to reanimate her, pump her full of spider steroids and then have her rampage through Glasgow biting the heads off innocent passers-by.

 

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

 

I’m pretty lazy when it comes to research. I did have a few pints in Cathedral House hotel to nail down the drinking scenes, then staggered around the Necropolis for a bit before falling asleep and getting sunburn. Further efforts at painstaking research involved seeing how many shop dummies I could fit into my chest freezer (one and a half) and hanging around Barlinnie prison until a burly bloke in a warden’s uniform told me to sod off or he’d call the police.

 

 

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

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. (laughs up sleeve until red in the face and collapses in a heap on the carpet)

 

 

 

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

 

I am? Wow, I feel excited beyond belief. Whooooo! (pumps fist in air three times) Hang on, you meant this question for someone else, didn’t you? Now I feel deflated and acutely embarrassed.

 

 

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

 

 

You’re having a go about the drinking and the womanising aren’t you? No, don’t deny it. Just because Will Harlan enjoys a gin or two and schmoozes with loose women doesn’t mean it’s a reflection of my own lifestyle. As for the Granny porn? Don’t even go there. The only character trait we share is Harlan’s belief the world revolves around him and no one else.

 

 

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

 

Right now, I’m putting the finishing touches to a book called ‘Wasp Latitudes’ which is the sequel to Heart Swarm. I’ve never written a follow on book before so it’s been an interesting experience, especially trying to gauge how much of the previous novel I need to refer back to. It sometimes annoys me in other books when characters undergo a life-changing and traumatic series of events and in the next book they carry on as if nothing happened. Life doesn’t work that way. Even fictional life.

 

 

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

 

I’d plump for JRR Tolkien whose first book was basically about burglary, so that technically makes him a crime writer. I loved Lord of the Rings, but I hated all those boring Elvish poems and sonnets. I’d have talked him into replacing those with contemporary lyrics of his time period – like ‘Hey Senorita’ by the Penguins or Doris Day’s ‘Secret Love’.

 

 

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

 
Just go for it. There’s nothing wrong about having a God complex. But never let your mother read your finished work. It leads to highly awkward conversations about the misuse of loofahs.


Heart Swarm – Prepare to be Scared…

It feels like history is repeating itself when out-of-favour detective Will Harlan gets summoned to a crime scene in the village of Brackenbrae after a young girl is found hanging in the woods. 
Five years ago Harlan headed up the investigation of an identical murder in the same woods; a mishandled investigation that effectively destroyed his credibility as a detective. The new case immediately takes a bizarre twist when the body is identified as the same girl found hanging in the woods five years ago. 
The following day a local man commits suicide and the police find more dead girls hidden in his basement. The case seems open and closed. 
Until the killing spree begins. 
Harlan finds himself drawn into a dark world where murder is a form of self-expression and human life treated as one more commodity to be used and discarded. 
The only clue that links everything is a large oil painting of ‘Sagittarius A’ – a massive black hole at the centre of the galaxy orbited by thirteen stars daube
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Dreaming in the Snakepark

Carapace

The Garden of Remembrance

1234

Monochrome

…And Other Stories

Mezzanine and Other Curiously Dark Tales

Heart Swarm

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The cost of living Blog Tour – Author Interview with Rachel Ward


Rachel Ward is a best-selling writer for young adults. Her first book, Numbers, was published in 2009 and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. An avid reader of detective fiction, The Cost of Living is her first book for adults. Rachel lives in Bath with her husband, and has two grown-up children.

1. How did you get started writing?

 I just started quietly one day, in my mid-thirties. I used to listen to the afternoon play on Radio 4 when I was driving to pick up my kids from school and I just wondered if I could write one, so I did. It was rubbish, alas, but it did get me started.

2. What drew you to write a novel?

 I tried plays and short stories first. A novel seemed a natural progression. I wanted to challenge myself, to see if I could do it. I wrote two novels which were rejected by every agent and publisher I sent them to. It was third time lucky with my YA novel, Numbers. The first publisher I sent it to snapped it up. The Cost of Living is my first novel for adults. I’m not sure why I’ve started something new – I think I’m just lead by the story and the characters that pop into my head. As soon as I started writing this one, I knew it wasn’t YA.

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

 Hmm, that’s a very tricky question. I should think everything I’ve ever read has influenced me in one way or another. I don’t ever really think about my writing style. I know I’m not particularly literary and that my books are easy to read, but it’s not a conscious thing – it’s just how the words come out!

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

 Yes, I didn’t know any other writers, or anyone in publishing. This was pre-Twitter and Facebook, too, so it was more difficult to make contacts. To start with I used the Writers and Artists Yearbook and sent submissions off in the post. It’s quite dispiriting to have a succession of your own self-addressed envelopes plopping back onto your doormat each containing another rejection. In the end, I found my ‘in’ via the Frome Festival which has a strong writing thread. I booked an editorial one-to-one with Imogen Cooper, then the fiction editor at Chicken House, and the rest is history …

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

 I’m so fond of this set of characters. I absolutely love them and I love spending time with them. When I was writing the book, I had a couple of breaks due to domestic circumstances and it was so nice to pick up where I’d left off – it’s like spending time with friends. It too difficult to pick a favourite, although I love my main characters, Ant and Bea, very much and am very excited to see what might happen to them in the future.

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

 I’m the laziest person in the world when it comes to research. The beautiful thing about writing a book based in and around a supermarket is that every boring food shopping trip becomes research. I try to chat to the checkout workers to get useful bits of information and I like observing the other customers and what’s going on.

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

 They are not specifically based on real life people but sometimes they are amalgams of people. I often make notes about people I see in real life or on TV, for future reference.

8. What made you decide to turn to writing crime novels?

 I’ve always read a lot of crime, but for the past two years, that’s pretty much all I’ve read. I don’t know why it took me so long to think of writing a crime novel myself, but once I’d found Bea, my main character, it was an absolute joy to write this sort of crime story, which, although contemporary and with a bit of a dark thread running through it, is on the cosy end of the scale.

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

I think it’s almost impossible to know how much of yourself you are putting into your characters. I’m quite calm, quite self-contained, which wouldn’t make for very good reading, I think. My characters are more sociable and more fun than me!

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

 I’ve started writing a sequel to The Cost of Living. I’m about half way and have a title all ready. I’ve got three or four more Ant and Bea plots in my head, and I would love it if I got the chance to write them. Writing Ant and Bea stories is my current ‘happy place’.

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

 I’m a huge Henning Mankell fan and was terribly upset when he died in 2015. I would have liked to have seen him in real life, although I probably would have been too shy to talk to him, let alone write with him. There are lots of living writers that I admire. I love Ann Cleeves’ characters and the worlds she creates, and so it would be a joy to write with, and learn from, her.

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

Write what you would like to read. Write what makes you happy or fulfils some sort of need in you. Make notes of plot ideas, or observations as you go about your daily business. I used to keep a notebook to hand, but now I jot down notes on my phone. Try reading your work out loud (to an empty room, or an obliging cat or dog – I’ve got a long-suffering collie cross). It really helps to locate problem areas in your text and things that need fixing.


 When a young woman is attacked walking home from her local supermarket, Bea Jordan, a smart but unfulfilled checkout girl, is determined to investigate. Colleagues and customers become suspects, secrets are uncovered. While fear stalks the town, Bea finds an unlikely ally in Ant, the seemingly gormless new trainee, but risks losing the people she loves most as death comes close to home. The Cost of Living is a warm, contemporary story with likeable leads, an engaging cast of supporting characters and a dark thread running throughout.

Rachel Ward Novels

Numbers

The Chaos (Numbers #2)

Infinity (Numbers #3)

The Drowning

Water Born (The Drowning #2)

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The Cost of Living Blog Tour

 

 

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

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Sunday 27th August

 

Michael J Malone & Agnes Ravatn

 Sun 27 Aug 5:00pm – 6:00pm

 Writers’ Retreat

 £8.00, £6.00

MYSTERIOUS STRANGERS

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

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

Jon McGregor

 Sun 27 Aug 8:30pm – 9:30pm

 Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

 £8.00, £6.00

MISSING PERSONS

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

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

 

Monday 28th August

J P Delaney & Caite Dolan-Leach

 Mon 28 Aug 8:30pm – 9:30pm

 Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

 £8.00, £6.00

RED HOT THRILLERS

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Thursday 24th August

Lin Anderson & Antti Tuomainen

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

Lin Anderson & Antti Tuomainen

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

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

Kate London & Yrsa Sigurdardottir

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

Kate London & Yrsa Sigurdardottir

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

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


THE HANDELSBANKEN EVENT

Mark Billingham with Chris Brookmyre

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

Mark Billingham with Chris Brookmyre

Sponsored by

Handelsbanken

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

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

Friday 25th August


Doug Johnstone & Barney Norris

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

Doug Johnstone & Barney Norris

HARSH REALITY CRASHES IN


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

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

Visions of the Future: A Good Death

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

Visions of the Future: A Good Death

Sponsored by

Wellcome Trust

THE LAST BREATH

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

Saturday 26th August 

Michel Bussi & Arne Dahl

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

Michel Bussi & Arne Dahl

MONET, MONET, MONET


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

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

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

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Sunday 20th August

J M Gulvin & Antonio Manzini

 Sun 20 Aug 4:30pm – 5:30pm

 Bosco Theatre (George Street)

 £12.00, £10.00

POLICE OUT OF THEIR COMFORT ZONE

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


Monday 21st August

Eva Dolan & Volker Kutscher

 Mon 21 Aug 10:15am – 11:15am

 The Spiegeltent

 £12.00, £10.00

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS

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

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

Abir Mukherjee & Kaite Welsh

 Mon 21 Aug 2:00pm – 3:00pm

 Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

 £8.00, £6.00

PARTNERS IN CRIME

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

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

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

 

Tuesday 22nd August

Jake Arnott & Steven Price

 Tue 22 Aug 7:00pm – 8:00pm

 The Spiegeltent

 £8.00, £6.00

EXPLORING YE OLDE LONDON CRIME

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

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

Heinz Helle & Louise Welsh

 Tue 22 Aug 8:45pm – 9:45pm

 Studio Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

POST-APOCALYPTIC VISIONS

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

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

 Wednesday 23rd August

Thomas Enger & James Oswald

 Wed 23 Aug 2:15pm – 3:15pm

 Garden Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

PAST CRIMES HAUNT THE PRESENT

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

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

Chris Brookmyre

Wed 23 Aug 8:15pm – 9:15pm

 Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

CAPTIONED EVENT

TRIP INTO THE DARK WEB TRIP INTO THE DARK WEB

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday 16th August

Quintin Jardine

 11:45am – 12:45pm

 Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

GAME NOT OVER

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

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

Ben Aaronovitch

 8:45pm – 9:45pm

 Studio Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

SHEDDING LIGHT ON LONDON’S DARKER CORNERS

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

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

 

Thursday 17th August

Louise Doughty & Ariana Harwicz

 10:15am – 11:15am

 The Spiegeltent

 £12.00, £10.00

RADICAL AND RIGHT

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

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

Gbontwi Anyetei & Ryan Gattis

 7:00pm – 8:00pm

 Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

 £8.00, £6.00

TREADING THE MEAN STREETS

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

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

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

 

Denise Mina

 7:15pm – 8:15pm

 Studio Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

TAKING THE LEAP FROM FICTION TO FACTION

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

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

 

Peter Høeg & Michelle Paver

 8:45pm – 9:45pm

 Studio Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

THRILLING FICTION

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

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

 

Friday 18th August

Lesley Glaister & Clemens Meyer

 5:00pm – 6:00pm

 Writers’ Retreat

 £8.00, £6.00

SEX, MONEY AND THE NEED FOR LOVE

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

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

Kjell Ola Dahl & Alex Gray

 7:00pm – 8:00pm

 Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

 £8.00, £6.00

CRIMES MOST HORRIBLE

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

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

 

Saturday 19th August  

 

Dexter Dias

11:00am – 12:00pm

 Garden Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

THE RENAISSANCE BARRISTER

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

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

 

John Gordon Sinclair

 7:15pm – 8:15pm 

 Studio Theatre 

 £12.00, £10.00

FACING DOWN THE MAFIA

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

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

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

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

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Saturday 12th August

Paula Hawkins

6:45pm – 7:45pm 

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

DIVING FOR DEAR LIFE

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

Angus Peter Campbell & Iain F Macleod

 Sat 12 Aug 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

OF MASKS AND MURDERS

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

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich with Val McDermid

 8:45pm – 9:45pm

Studio Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

A MURDER MEMOIR

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

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

Sunday 13th August

James Runcie

11:45am – 12:45pm

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

GOODBYE TO GRANTCHESTER

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

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

Mario Giordano & Tim Walker

 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Bosco Theatre (George Street)

£12.00, £10.00

CRIME WITH THE SUNNY SIDE UP

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

Jorn Lier Horst

 5:45pm – 6:45pm

Garden Theatre

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

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

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

 

Martin Holmén & Michael J Malone

 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

CRIME ACROSS A COLD-BLOODED CONTINENT

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

Monday 14th August

Russel D McLean & Karolina Ramqvist

 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

WOMEN ON THE EDGE

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

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

Stuart MacBride

 8:45pm – 9:45pm

Studio Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

MURDER, HE WROTE

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

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

 

Tuesday 15th August 

Peter Robinson

 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Studio Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

CRIME FICTION DOES PAY

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

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

 

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