Jackie Baldwin guest post: The Long and winding Road to Publication

Ex-priest DI Frank Farrell has returned to his roots in Dumfries, only to be landed with a disturbing murder case. Even worse, Farrell knows the victim: Father Boyd, the man who forced him out of the priesthood fifteen years ago.

With no leads, Farrell must delve into the old priest’s past, one that is inextricably linked with his own. But his attention is diverted when twin boys go missing. One twin is recovered in an abandoned church. But where is his brother?
Are the two cases linked or is the church just a coincidence? It’s clear someone is playing a sinister game and Farrell can’t help but feel it is directed at him. Either way, it’s a game he needs to win before someone else turns up dead


Even I was shocked when I looked back on my computer and realised that I started writing this novel with a two line blurb back in 2005. Jules Horne, our local writer in residence, decided to be my cheerleader for the next 12 months and mentor me through a first draft. One of my early tasks was to crystallise an image of my main character so I went on the hunt for someone who bore Farrell’s face. I remember ‘casually’ following a German tourist around our holiday resort and standing the kids in front of him as an excuse to take his photo. Poor man must have thought he had a stalker.

Eventually, I lurched to the end of that first draft and typed The End. If anyone had dared to say to me at that stage that it was really only the beginning, I would not have believed them. From then on I drafted and redrafted until I was sure it was as was as good as I could get it, (it wasn’t!) Armed with a copy of The Writers and Artists Yearbook, I wrote off to some agents and waited…and waited. Every morning the postman was greeted with the same mixture of fear and excitement with which I remember waiting for my exam results. I soon learned to hate the sound of my SAE thumping on to the floor. A few agents requested the full MS. Cue much ungraceful leaping for joy and excited screams which usually caused the kids to run in thinking I’d seen a spider. One agent thought it might be a good idea if I did X. Another thought it might be a rather good idea if I did Y. I did both X+Y, (this is starting to sound like algebra). This went on for some time. Eventually my book was in bits and scattered across my computer files like confetti. The ones that had expressed interest didn’t take me on.

Life got in the way and for a few years I was flat out at work and constantly dashing around with the kids. But writing was like a growing itch and eventually I had to scratch it again. This is where ‘Crime and Publishment’ came in, an annual weekend of masterclasses in crime writing at Gretna. On the final morning, we had an opportunity to pitch to an agent. He made such an insightful comment that I could almost see the cartoon lightbulb switch on above my head. That comment triggered a massive re-write. I had just finished that when it was nearly time to go back to Crime and Publishment. One of the writers posted in our Facebook page that Killer Reads, Harper Collins were open for submissions. An old hand at this submission malarkey by now, I fired everything off expecting precisely nothing. Two weeks later I received a publishing contract through the post. I didn’t stop shaking until lunchtime the following day!

Twitter: JackieMBaldwin1
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Mans-Prayer-gripping-detective-ebook/dp/B01DT37ZIE/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780008200961/dead-mans-prayer
 

Aberdeen Booked Festival in partnership with the Edinburgh international Book Festival

Aberdeen Booked! Festival brings the buzz of Edinburgh International Book Festival north for a two-day literary feast, with great events for book lovers of all ages.

Aberdeen Booked! Festival – James Oswald and Gunnar Staalesen | Mon 29 August 2016

 

5.30pm to 6.30pm

£5 | £3.50

Venue Detail:
Aberdeen Arts Centre
Aberdeen
AB24 5AA

 

Cold cases and conspiring communities surface in new thrillers from either side of the North Sea. In The Damage Done, James Oswald’s Inspector McLean is drawn deep into Edinburgh’s shadowy high society chasing monsters from past and present. Norwegian Gunnar Staalesen’s PI Varg Veum must untangle a web of lies while investigating a child’s sinister disappearance 25 years ago. Two bestselling crime writers come together to discuss the latest chilling installments of their iconic heroes.

Aberdeen Booked! Festival is part of Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Booked! programme supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and produced in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen City Libraries, and ACT Aberdeen

You can book your tickets for this event at the following website
https://securetickets.boxofficeaberdeen.com/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=07279CDE-57D8-42ED-8FE3-58D9A7E15C32&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=6BED137C-853B-4A94-8A32-F32CD39B87C6

Scottish crime on TV 

A horrific double murder rocks the lives of two families living side-by-side in isolated rural Scotland. But instead of focusing on the investigation, One Of Us explores the fallout for the grieving relatives, and the dark consequences that threaten to shatter their lives.

Starts Tuesday 23rd August. 9pm.

A Trailer can be found at the BBC website here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p040v4mn

The main BBC website can be found here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07r26py/episodes/guide

Crime in Edinburgh during August at the Edinburgh Book Festival 2016 Wednesday 24th to Monday 29th

Tom Gauld

Wed 24 Aug 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Tom Gauld

The Last Policeman on the Moon

‘Living on the moon? What were we thinking?’ The lunar colony is winding down and the last cop’s beat is getting steadily smaller. In the plaintive, pared-back style of his popular Guardian cartoons, Tom Gauld’s new graphic novel Mooncop is a story that beautifully captures the personal realities facing a dying community. A witty, melancholy adventure that confirms Gauld as a star of British graphic novels.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/tom-gauld

 

Kate Summerscale with Val McDermid

Thu 25 Aug 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Kate Summerscale with Val McDermid

The Story of a Victorian Child Killer

While Kate Summerscale remains best known as the author of the number one bestseller The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, she has certainly not rested on her impressive literary laurels. The Wicked Boy is an unforgettable forensic analysis of the dark side of 19th century Britain in which Summerscale explores the story of teenagers Robert and Nattie Coombes, and a shocking murder case that sent Victorians into a frenzy. She discusses her book with bestselling crimewriter Val McDermid.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/kate-summerscale-with-val-mcdermid

 

Marcus Sedgwick & Alice Thompson

Sat 27 Aug 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Marcus Sedgwick & Alice Thompson

Tales of the Darkly Unexpected

Two tales of mystery, murder, memory and madness. In multi-talented writer Marcus Sedgwick’s Mister Memory, a crime of passion leads a psychiatrist and a policeman to startling discoveries in 19th century Paris. With The Book Collector, James Tait Black award-winner Alice Thompson offers up a spine-tingling Gothic tale about an Edwardian woman whose obsession with a book of fairy tales uncovers a trail of shocking murders.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/marcus-sedgwick-alice-thompson

Steve Cavanagh

Sat 27 Aug 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Legally Thrilling

Lawyer-turned-novelist Steve Cavanagh left us breathless with his high-octane debut thriller The Defence. His hard hustling lawyer Eddie Flynn returns for more in his action-packed follow-up, The Plea. Once again he is in the fight for his life, up against the mob and the FBI, trying to save his client and his family – and trying not to break too many bones or laws along the way! Hear about this gripping and ingenious legal thriller from one of the funniest crimewriters around.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/gianrico-carofiglio-steve-cavanagh

 

Mark Billingham with Val McDermid

Sat 27 Aug 8:45pm – 9:45pm

Studio Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Mark Billingham with Val McDermid

Deceptively Brilliant Fiction

With over three million copies of his books sold to date, Mark Billingham’s career as a novelist has been a slam-dunk success. And he’s back for more this summer with Die of Shame, his smartest, most unusual thriller to date. When six people meet each week to discuss addiction, they share their most shameful secrets. So when one of them is murdered, will any of the others testify? He discusses his book with fellow crimewriter Val McDermid.

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

Irvine Welsh

Sat 27 Aug 9:45pm – 10:45pm

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Irvine Welsh

Begbie: Scarier Than Ever?

With The Blade Artist, Irvine Welsh returns to the vicious Trainspotting character who’s emerged as the best reflection of our angry times. Robert Carlyle, who memorably played Begbie in the iconic movie, recently claimed that ‘small psychos are the best’, and his characterisation is a case in point. In Irvine Welsh’s new novel, the hard-man has taken on a new persona as an artist in cosy California. He discusses his work with Brian Taylor.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/irvine-welsh-3

Joanne Harris

Sun 28 Aug 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Joanne Harris

A Very Good Book About a Very Bad Boy

The author of heart-warming dramas such as Chocolat, Joanne Harris is also a psychological thriller writer blessed with a talent for whipcrack tension and masterful plot twists. Her latest work, Different Class, is set in the same eerie fictional Yorkshire village where previous thriller Gentlemen & Players unfolded. It features a teacher still haunted by a troubled schoolboy decades after they last met.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/joanne-harris-3

James Oswald & Gunnar Staalesen

Sun 28 Aug 5:45pm – 6:45pm

Garden Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

James Oswald & Gunnar Staalesen

Uncovering Long-Hidden Secrets

Mysterious cold cases are at the heart of two Eurocrime books. James Oswald unleashes the sixth of his Edinburgh-set Inspector McLean books with The Damage Done, plunging us deep into an elite society that harbours gruesome secrets. Dubbed by Jo Nesbo as the ‘Norwegian Chandler’, Gunnar Staalesen brings us Where Roses Never Die which has PI Varg Veum probing the disappearance of a 3 year old girl in a tranquil suburb.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/james-oswald-gunnar-staalesen

J M Gulvin & Ragnar Jónasson

Sun 28 Aug 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

J M Gulvin & Ragnar Jónasson

Cops and Rangers

In the latest of his Dark Iceland series, Ragnar Jónasson’s Nightblind reintroduces us to young cop Ari Thor, on the case of a murdered policeman in a tightly-knit community. J M Gulvin’s The Long Count marks the dawn of a new crime series which focuses on a different kind of investigator. John Q is a Texas Ranger who has no time for a local police force’s contention that a fellow war veteran killed himself.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/j-m-gulvin-ragnar-jonasson

Peter Arnott & Herman Koch

Mon 29 Aug 10:15am – 11:15am

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Peter Arnott & Herman Koch

Kidnappers and Stalkers

If you wanted to break free of your criminal past, would you get closer to a bag of stolen money by kidnapping your family? This is the intriguing move from Tommy Hunter, the anti-hero of playwright Peter Arnott’s novel Moon Country. He’s joined on stage by Herman Koch (bestselling author of The Dinner) whose Dear Mr M features a once-famous author being monitored by an admirer whose motives may not be especially healthy.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/peter-arnott-herman-koch

 

 

4th There has been a murder crime book of the Year 2016 Nominations 1to7

 

LESLEY KELLY – A FINE HOUSE IN TRINITY

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I enjoyed my first day at primary school. Of course, I didn’t know then that this was the first day of a suffocating friendship with a psychopath, a friendship I’d still be trapped in thirty years later.’

Joseph Staines left town with a stolen tallybook, but two suspicious deaths and a surprise inheritance have lured him back home to Edinburgh. No-one is pleased to see him. The debtors want him gone. The Police have some questions for him. And a mysterious stranger has been asking about him in the pub. To survive, Staines has to sober up, solve the murders, and stay one step ahead of the man who wants him dead.

MICHEAL J MALONE – BAD SAMARITAN

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A helping hand? Or the grip of a murderer?

A Glasgow student is found dead in a city-centre alley, kickstarting a trail of brutality that drives DI Ray McBain to the very edge, staring into the abyss… The victim’s family and friends are all under suspicion, and McBain has to untangle a sordid web of lies, blackmail, infidelity and cyberstalking. And when Stigmata, a deranged serial killer from McBain’s tortured past, starts taking out new victims – with the suspects and McBain himself in his sights – the case gets even more treacherous. The pressure intensifies until McBain calls on Kenny O’Neill, his old underworld crony, to help watch his back. Will that be enough to stop the killing?

DENZIL MEYRICK – THE RAT STONE SERENADE

 

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It’s December, and the Shannon family are returning home to their clifftop mansion near Kinloch for their annual AGM. Shannon International is one of the world’s biggest private companies, with tendrils reaching around the globe in computing, banking and mineral resourcing, and it has brought untold wealth and privilege to the family. However, a century ago Archibald Shannon stole the land upon which he built their home – and his descendants have been cursed ever since.When heavy snow cuts off Kintyre, DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors. As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards, and its creation, the Rat Stone, reveals grisly secrets, ghosts of the past come to haunt the Shannons. As the curse decrees, death is coming – but for whom and from what?

MISSING – ED JAMES

 

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Meet PC Craig Hunter of Edinburgh’s Local Policing Unit. Ex-Army. Ex-CID. Back in uniform.

A straightforward domestic call out twists out of control when 16-year-old schoolgirl Stephanie Ferguson alleges her stepfather, Doug Ferguson, has been abusing her. Hunter is soon working with DS Chantal Jain of Police Scotland’s Sexual Offences Unit to kick off the prosecution. But before a full statement can be taken, Stephanie disappears from hospital.

Now, Hunter must hunt the girl down before anyone else can. Where has Stephanie gone? Did she run? Or did someone take her? Will he get to the truth before it gets beaten into lies? Or before Stephanie is silenced for good… ? And why does this case keep throwing up old enemies from Hunter’s past?

ROUGH CUT – ANNA SMITH

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When a young Pakistani bride falls to her death from a window, Rosie has to navigate the story with care. After talking to the family, however, Rosie becomes convinced that there is more to the story. Meanwhile, Rosie has been talking to Laila, who has voiced her fears of being forced into marrying a much older man in Pakistan. When Laila disappears, Rosie is sure her fears have been realised…

BLOOD TORMENT – T F MUIR

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When a two-year-old girl is reported missing, DCI Andy Gilchrist is assigned the case. But Gilchrist soon suspects that the child’s mother – Andrea Davis – may be responsible for her daughter’s disappearance, or worse, her murder.

The case becomes politically sensitive when Gilchrist learns that Andrea is the daughter of Dougal Davis, a former MSP who was forced to resign from Scottish Parliament after being accused of physically abusing his third wife. Now a powerful businessman, Davis demands Gilchrist’s removal from the case when his investigation seems to be stalling. But then the case turns on its head when Gilchrist learns that a paedophile, recently released from prison, now lives in the same area as the missing child. The paedophile is interrogated but hours later his body is found on the beach with evidence of blunt force trauma to the head, and Gilchrist launches a murder investigation.

As pressure relentlessly mounts on Gilchrist, he begins to unravel a dark family secret, a secret he believes will solve the fate of the missing child.

WICKED LEAKS – MATT BENDORIS

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mysterious patient. A nurse running for her life. Secrets that can destroy a nation.

Kelly Carter is used to staring death in the face. She’s an experienced palliative care nurse working the graveyard shift, in more ways than one. When her latest patient presents with his own state-of-the-art medical kit and a delusional conspiracy story about Princess Diana’s ‘assassination’, she’s sure his illness has reached the brain. Because there’s no way he could be for real. 

Meanwhile, journalists April Lavender and Connor Presley are investigating devastating revelations from beast-shamer.com – the shadowy website that’s exposing some nasty government secrets. But when an explosion blasts apart a suburban garage and another annihilates a doctor, they exit cyberspace and head for the epicentre of the action. Can they stop the killings?

 

Crime in Edinburgh during August at the Edinburgh Book Festival 2016 Thursday 18th to Tuesday 23rd

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Stuart MacBride

Fri 19 Aug 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Studio Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Stuart MacBride

A Drop of the Hard Stuff

With ten Logan McRae novels under his belt, Aberdonian crime writer Stuart MacBride is firmly established as an international bestseller. In the Cold Dark Ground kicks off with the discovery of a maimed body in woodland not far from the Granite City, and quickly lands McRae in an underworld trench war. Top drawer plotting and extreme brutality: this Scottish heavyweight’s on gruesomely good form.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/stuart-macbride-3

Ben Aaronovitch

Fri 19 Aug 8:45pm – 9:45pm

Studio Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Ben Aaronovitch

Local Gods for Local People

Ben Aaronovitch’s Metropolitan PC Peter Grant crime novels have propelled him into top 10 bestseller lists, and his latest, Foxglove Summer, proves why. This time, the man who has penned Doctor Who stories for print and screen takes our favourite London copper out of his comfort zone and into the countryside to investigate the supernatural forces behind the disappearances of local children.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/ben-aaronovitch-1

Neil Broadfoot & Michael J Malone

Sat 20 Aug 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Neil Broadfoot & Michael J Malone

Prose Like a Sniper’s Bullet

The much-missed William McIlvanney didn’t care for the phrase Tartan Noir, but his work paved the way for a vibrant crimewriting scene in Scotland. Two of the most exciting new talents are Neil Broadfoot (described by Magnus Linklater as ‘the one to watch’) and Michael J Malone (who, according to Douglas Skelton ‘delivers a belter of a yarn’). Join them to hear about Broadfoot’s All the Devils and Malone’s Bad Samaritan. Belters, both.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/neil-broadfoot-michael-j-malone

Chris Brookmyre

Sun 21 Aug 8:15pm – 9:15pm

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Chris Brookmyre

Does Feminism Have a Dark Side?

For years he’s been regarded as one of Scotland’s best-loved and funniest crimewriters, but Chris Brookmyre’s critical reputation has also steadily grown over that same period and now he counts among the best-respected writers in his field. With Black Widow, Brookmyre bravely strides into new political territory with a thriller that takes in sexism in the workplace, revenge porn and internet trolling.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/chris-brookmyre-1

Mary Paulson-Ellis & Nicholas Searle

Mon 22 Aug 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Mary Paulson-Ellis & Nicholas Searle

Tales of the Unexpected

Curious mysteries take deft turns in new books by two emerging stars. Edinburgh-based Mary Paulson-Ellis’ fine debut The Other Mrs Walker follows a woman on a seriously odd case for the Office for Lost People. Nicholas Searle makes a strong case to be le Carré’s heir with debut novel The Good Liar. A successful conman is about to pull off one final coup, but this one is not as simple as first imagined… Chaired by Diana Hope.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/mary-paulson-ellis-nicholas-searle

Val McDermid

Mon 22 Aug 8:15pm – 9:15pm

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Val McDermid

Star Writer Returns to the Dark Side

Crime-writing Fifer Val McDermid has had a busy year so far, having found a cameo role for the First Minister in a play she penned for Radio 4 and campaigning hard to save an award-winning Orkney mobile library. Now she’s back on familiar ground as she launches another of the gripping, spine-tingling bestsellers that have turned her into one of Britain’s hottest thriller writers.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/val-mcdermid-5

Eva Dolan & Kati Hiekkapelto

Tue 23 Aug 10:15am – 11:15am

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Eva Dolan & Kati Hiekkapelto

Fictional Deaths Turn Up Anywhere

Finnish author, punk vocalist and performance artist Kati Hiekkapelto is the latest Scandinavian noir star. The Defenceless features investigator Anna Fekete and the curious death of a man run over by an au pair. Essex-based author Eva Dolan presents her third Zigic and Ferreira novel, After You Die, in which Ferreira investigates the case of two bodies found in a picturesque village near Peterborough.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/eva-dolan-kati-hiekkapelto

Quintin Jardine

Tue 23 Aug 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Quintin Jardine

Scottish Sleuth Settles Scores

Bob Skinner is back! This time he’s shocked by what he uncovers in the back of a stolen car when it collides with his own on the outskirts of Edinburgh. In Private Investigations, the 26th story of Quintin Jardine’s series, Scotland’s toughest cop sets out on the trail of an expensive yacht as the body count rises. But working for the newly-unified Police Scotland, it’s unclear whose side Skinner is on. Jardine talks to Brian Taylor.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/quintin-jardine-6

book to check out

If you are looking for a good e book to buy and you don’t want to spend too much money and you love crime fiction, then this is the book for you and it’s only 99p for one day on the Amazon kindle Daily Deal

A young man enters the culverted remains of an ancient Glasgow stream, looking for thrills. Deep below the city, it is decaying and claustrophobic and gets more so with every step. As the ceiling lowers to no more than a couple of feet above the ground, the man finds his path blocked by another person. Someone with his throat cut.

As DS Rachel Narey leads the official investigation, photographer Tony Winter follows a lead of his own, through the shadowy world of urbexers, people who pursue a dangerous and illegal hobby, a world that Winter knows more about than he lets on. And it soon becomes clear that the murderer has killed before, and has no qualms about doing so again.

Delivering brilliant crime fiction for fans of Stuart MacBride and Ian Rankin, Craig Robertson is the author of the acclaimed Random, Snapshot, Cold Grave, Witness the Dead, The Last Refuge and In Place of Death.

To buy the ebook for yourself, you can go to the Amazon link below

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Place-Death-Craig-Robertson/dp/1471127796/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1470997668&sr=8-1

Crime in Edinburgh during August at the Edinburgh Book Festival 2016 Saturday 13th to Wednesday 17th

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DAVID ASHTON

Sun 14 Aug 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Spiegeltent

£8.00, £6.00

David Ashton

MURDER IN THE BAWDY-HOOSE

Fans of David Ashton’s BBC Radio 4 drama (and his Inspector McLevy novels) will already know Jean Brash. She’s the actor-turned-writer’s counterpoint to McLevy and in Mistress of the Just Land she gets a novel that’s entirely her own. As the boss of Edinburgh’s finest brothel, she finally has a case to solve – and it’s a violent murder that’s taken place in her own house of pleasure.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/david-ashton-2

CAROLINE DUNFORD, ALLAN GUTHRIE, JAMES OSWALD & PETE WISHART

Tue 16 Aug 5:45pm – 6:45pm

Garden Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

FUTURE BOOKS, FUTURE AUTHORS

Are the disruptive technologies and transitions facing the book business a liberation for authors and will they create a fairer relationship between corporate and creative? Is this the ‘best of times’ to be a writer, a translator, an illustrator, a poet? How can writers take advantage of the opportunities and protect themselves against the pitfalls? Our panel includes published, self-published and hybrid authors who discuss these and other questions. Chaired by Linda Strachan

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/caroline-dunford-allan-guthrie-james-oswald-pete-wishart

 

LUCY RIBCHESTER & SARA SHERIDAN

Tue 16 Aug 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Spiegeltent

£8.00, £6.00

Lucy Ribchester & Sara Sheridan

WOMEN WHO SHAPE BIG ADVENTURES

Two Edinburgh-based writers discuss fast-moving historical adventures, featuring intriguing women at their heart. Sara Sheridan gives us On Starlit Seas in which a celebrated 1820s writer leaves a civil war-ravaged Brazil for England. Lucy Ribchester’s follow-up to The Hourglass Factory is The Amber Shadows, a pacey wartime tale of a Bletchley Park typist who finds herself embroiled in murder and intrigue.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/lucy-ribchester-sara-sheridan

RICHARD T KELLY & MARK LAWSON WITH VAL MCDERMID

Wed 17 Aug 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Spiegeltent

£8.00, £6.00

Richard T Kelly & Mark Lawson with Val McDermid

WHEN THE KNIVES ARE OUT

Mark Lawson’s The Allegations centres on a reputation-threatening investigation into the past behaviour of a well-known historian, while Richard T Kelly’s The Knives features a fiery Home Secretary struggling to cope with border control, terrorism and modern policing. With such sensitive social contexts involved, what personal risks did the authors take in approaching the material? An event marking the publication of two very contemporary novels, chaired by Val McDermid.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/richard-t-kelly-mark-lawson-with-val-mcdermid

RAJA ALEM & ABIR MUKHERJEE

Wed 17 Aug 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Raja Alem & Abir Mukherjee

DEATH IN MECCA, DEATH IN CALCUTTA

Winner of the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, Raja Alem is an exciting new voice in Arabic literature. In The Dove’s Necklace she describes the customs of Mecca from the intriguing perspective of a female Saudi author. Abir Mukherjee spent most of his childhood in Glasgow, but his award-winning Calcutta-set crime novel A Rising Man is an evocative portrait of India and the dark underbelly of British Raj. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/raja-alem-abir-mukherjee