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*CRIME Fiction Takeover* Moira Cormack @cormackmoira The Witch Of Land & Sea #Interview #Exclusive

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Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Today on the blog, is

Moira Cormack ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

  • Duplicate keys by Jane Smiley. It ousted In cold blood by Trueman Capitol which was some achievement.

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

  • Eclectic, grand, creative and formal

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • Jackson Brodie who appears in a few novels  by Kate Atkinson. He is a male detective in touch with his Feminine side.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • The Grassmarket at the moment but I am fickle so it might change by the time you write this up.

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

  • Miss Marple, Jackson Brodie, Rebus and Salander. To see what she makes if them and they her.

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

  • My inspiration comes from my day to day life. If something stands out for me I write it now. I have a soft spot for images.

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

  • Five beans by Rozi Plain

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

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Bobby hunched down at the gates to Greyfriars Church yard. He sniffed the air and he smelt of petrol fumes, damp ground and something else. Something elusive. He breathed in again but whatever it was burrowed away in his mind like an earthworm escaping back into the soil. Uncertain for a moment he snapped the end off his banana, monkey style, then took a bite letting the soft flesh squish against the roof of his mouth. When the time was right it would come to him but for now he must wait. 

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

  • Bizarrely I can’t remember where the inspiration for my second novel has come from. I can only think of small snapshots of writing which have formed into a bigger picture in my head.

How can my readers connect with you?

Twitter ~ @cormackmoira

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Ruby is unhappy at home and excluded by the girls at school. She goes to the forbidden bay to be alone little knowing that she is walking into a trap set by the Witch. On land life is vibrant and strange and the Witch’s cottage appears to be welcoming but all is not what it seems.

Join Ruby on her adventure in this thrilling story.

Welcome to ‘The Witch of land and sea’ a book for anyone from age 8 to 108 or over.

Order your copy here ~ Etsy Shop

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*CRIME Fiction Takeover Event* Nobody Gets Hurt @RJBaileyBooks #Interview

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Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Today we have Mr & Mrs Bailey ~ AKA R J Bailey

RJ Bailey ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

  • It is characters rather than plots which tend to impress both of us. We agree that The Talented Mr Ripley stayed with both of us, wondering why we ended up rooting for a psychopath.

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

  • Fun, friendly, foodie and (sadly) far away.

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • Mrs Bailey nominated Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie, because he is a believable, well-drawn, vulnerable character. Mr Bailey goes for Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther, who is like Chandler’s shop-soiled Galahad, albeit in a far more lethal environment.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • Well every time we are in Edinburgh we seem to end up eating in Leith – last time at a great place called Norn (we had the set lunch – it’s not cheap otherwise), so it’s Leith for us (especially as we remember it before the likes of Martin Wishart pitched up).

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

  • John D MacDonald’s Travis McGhee, because we like the way he mixes a martini (must be Plymouth gin). Not quite crime maybe, but “Harry Palmer” (he doesn’t have a name in Len Deighton’s books) could help with the cooking, as could Robert B. Parker’s Spenser. I reckon Victoria Iphigenia Warshawski could hold her own with that lot.

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

  • A lot of them come from newspaper articles, often small, down-page stories. Also picking up on stories people tell us (see answer to Q. 10)

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

  • Everybody Hurts – R.E.M. (the book is Nobody Gets Hurt – which is a lie).

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

Keep a watch, the man said. Don’t move from your spot. Who the hell does he think I am? Bleedin’ Greyfriars Bobby? I’ve got better things to do with my time than stare at a doorway that had been painted a garish banana yellow. It was so bright it hurt my eyes. But the Big Fella was paying me top dollar, so in the end I sat in the shitty Hyundai he had hired for me and watched and watched till my eyeballs ached. How much the man inside owed – the guy whose picture sat on my passenger seat –  the Big Fella I had no idea. Not my worry. Just follow him and let me know where he goes. He didn’t go anywhere all morning, but lunchtime came and I walked down the road and bought an apple, a Kit Kat and a Fanta from a convenience store. I must have been out of sight of that yellow door for two minutes at most. Ninety seconds. But as I walked back I could see a note had been pinned to it. I dumped my lunch in the car, hesitated and thought, what the hell? I crossed over and read it. Man in silver Hyundai. You are being set up. I’ll be in the Washbar at five this afternoon. Take the rest of the day off.       So I did.

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

  • It is about the hero, bodyguard Sam Wylde, taking a job because she needs the money to continue the search for her missing daughter. It should be simple – drive the client from Normandy to Luxembourg for a meeting. But someone doesn’t want the client to arrive. Inspired by a (true, he claimed) story told by a relative who is an actor, about an armourer he met on a film set who had spent decades tracking down the men and women who murdered his wife and killing them, one by one.

How can my readers connect with you?

Website ~  rjbaileybooks.com

Twitter ~ @RJBaileyBooks

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Sam Wylde is a Close Protection Officer to the rich and powerful.

In a world dominated by men, being a woman has been an advantage. And she is the best in the business at what she does.

But has she taken on a case too dangerous to survive?

Pre-order your copy today

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*Crime Fiction Takeover* Baby Dear @LindaHuber19 @Bloodhoundbook #Exclusive

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Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Today on the blog, is

Linda Huber ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

  • Which crime novel, stayed with you long after you had finished?
    A Cry In The Night by Mary Higgins Clark. It’s about Jenny, a single parent who married Erich, not knowing he would put both her and her children through months of terror before abducting her little girls. Jenny’s horror and helplessness is chillingly portrayed.

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

  • Historical. Vibrant. Fun. Multi-culti.

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • I think Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway is fabulous. She struggles with her weight (which makes her sympathetic to millions, me included!), she has to juggle motherhood and a job, she’s independent and feisty and clever – I wish I was more like her!

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • The Royal Mile, tourists and all. You get such a buzz walking up towards the castle. Just think of all the millions of feet that have walked across those stones over the centuries – it’s mind-blowing.

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

  • Ooh, great question. Ruth Galloway (see nr.3), Hercule Poirot, Val McDermid’s Tony Hill, and Inspector Rebus.

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

  • Everyday life. There are plenty of odd, unexpected, emotional things happening all around us. The idea for one of my books (Chosen Child) came at a wedding while I was chatting to someone who worked with problem families, for example. Another is more inspired by setting – it begins on the lovely Isle of Arran, where I spent all my teenage summers.

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

  • The title is Baby Dear, so how about a rather spooky nursery rhyme – Bye, Baby Bunting.

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

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  1. Dusk was falling as he ran up the Mound. He was late, and he was starving. Heart pounding, he pushed the door of The Wash Bar open and stepped in, scanning tables and panting. She wasn’t here, oh God, she must have left without him. No, no – she would never cope alone. Wheeling round, he grabbed a banana from the bowl on the bar and tossed a pound coin at the astonished barman. Quick, quick, up to Greyfriars. Cutting between buildings, he took the fastest route towards the Kirk. Into the kirkyard now, how spooky it was in the dark. And how deserted. He ran, calling her name now, she must be here… But she wasn’t. For a moment he bent double, his breath clouding cold. He had failed. Hot tears on chilled cheeks, he trudged back to the street. And that was where he saw her. Crumpled beneath the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, a pool of blood around her head.

Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?

  • Not at the moment, though I’m hoping to visit the UK this summer. Anyone wanting info about my books, or contact details, can find visit my website lindahuber.net

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

  • Baby Dear is my sixth psychological thriller. It’s about three women – Caro, who’s desperate to have a baby, Sharon, who’s eight months pregnant and unsure if she really wants to be a mother, and Julie, single mother of a small boy and a baby – she doesn’t have two pennies to rub together. Then there’s Jeff, Caro’s husband, who is infertile – but rich… I was inspired to write this one by news stories of a women who lost a baby, and subsequently abducted one from a hospital.

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Baby Dear: a gripping psychological thriller

Caro and Jeff Horne seem to have it all until they learn that Jeff is infertile. Caro married Jeff because her biggest wish was to be a mother, and he had the means to give their children a better life than she’d had. Jeff, who is besotted with Caro, is terrified he will lose her now they can’t have a baby.

Across town, Sharon is eight months pregnant and unsure if she really wants to be a mother. Soon her world will collide with Jeff’s. He wants to keep Caro happy and decides that getting a baby is the only way.

Then Caro is accidently drawn into an underworld of drugs…

Meanwhile, Jeff is increasingly desperate to find a baby – but what lengths is he prepared to go to?

Is Sharon in danger, and will Caro ever have the family she’s always dreamed of?

Purchase your copy today  ~

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*CRIME FICTION* Sewing The Shadows Together ~ @alisonbailliex #Interview @matadorbooks

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Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Today on the blog, is Alison Baillie, author of Sewing The Shadows Together 

Alison Baillie~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

  • Miss Smilla’s feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg was the first Scandinavian crime novel I read (nearly thirty years ago) and I can still remember the intriguing main character and the haunting Greenland setting.

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

  • Where my heart is

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • John Rebus – because he is so complex and human. Reading Ian Rankin’s books I feel that I really know him as a person I’d like to talk to in the Oxford Bar.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • Portobello. My mother came from there and I used to spend all my holidays there when I was a child. I love the beach and I make a ritual stroll along the prom every time I come to Scotland. It is also the setting for my book Sewing the Shadows Together.

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

  • John Rebus, of course, Roberta Steele (Stuart MacBride) Logan McLean (James Oswald) and Rhona MacLeod (Lin Anderson). I think we’d have a great conversation.

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

  • Mostly from places I’ve visited, people I’ve met and imagining ‘what if…’

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

  • If you don’t know me by now (Simply Red)

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

Archie Kilbride walked up the Mound, watching the sun setting behind the dark silhouette of the castle. When he heard the sound of laughter coming from the Wash Bar he wished he could go in – Noir at the Bar was on tonight and listening to the readings might give him inspiration for his new career as a PI. But he was meeting his first client in the Greyfriar’s Bobby Bar in ten minutes and couldn’t be late.

Standing at the bar he sipped a pint, excited about meeting the man who was to give him his first case. A figure sidled up to him, his hand in the pocket of his long dark coat. The cloth bulged, pointing towards him. Archie felt a moment of panic. Was it a gun?

The stranger spoke in a low voice. ‘There’s no room for another PI in north Edinburgh. This is my patch.’

Archie gulped. Perhaps he’d been a little hasty in his decision to change career paths.

The other man withdrew his hand from his pocket. In it was a banana. ‘Remember you’re the monkey, and it’ll no be just a banana if I catch you on my pitch again.’  

Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?

  • I’m thrilled that I’m part of a FREE fringe event at Bloody Scotland. Sharon Bairden is moderating a panel on indie authors with Alan Jones (Bloq) David Videcette (The Detriment) and me. It takes place at 3.30 on Sunday 10th September at the Curly Coo pub. Hope to see you all there!

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

  • My current novel, provisionally called Echoes of Other Lives, is a psychological suspense about a young Scottish mother living in Switzerland. As her perfect family life begins to crumble dark secrets from her past begin to catch up with her.

Often people go abroad to escape something in their past (not me!) and the inspiration came from imagining what would happen if somebody’s past caught up with them.

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From The Back Of The Book 

Can you ever get over the death of your sister? Or of your best friend? More than 30 years after 13-year-old Shona McIver was raped and murdered in Portobello, the seaside suburb of Edinburgh, the crime still casts a shadow over the lives of her brother Tom and her best friend Sarah. When modern DNA evidence shows that the wrong man was convicted of the crime, the case is reopened. So who did kill Shona? Sarah and Tom are caught up in the search for Shona’s murderer, and suspicions fall on family and friends. The foundations of Sarah’s perfect family life begin to crumble as she realises that nothing is as it appears. Dark secrets from the past are uncovered, and there is another death, before the identity of the real killer is finally revealed… Set in Edinburgh, the Outer Hebrides and South Africa, Sewing the Shadows Together is a thoroughly modern murder mystery that keeps the reader guessing to the end. Filled with characters who could easily be friends, family or people we work with, it asks the question: Do we ever really know the people closest to us?

Purchase your own copy at Amazon UK

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*CRIME FICTION TAKEOVER* #QA #Exclusive @ReneeConoulty @KindredInkPress

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Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Today on the blog, is Renee Conoulty author of Don’t Mean A Thing. 

Renee Conoulty ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

Lock In by John Scalzi stayed with me for ages. It’s an FBI murder investigation story but the thing that had me most intrigued was the setting. It was set in the future when a virus has caused many people to suffer from lock in syndrome and the modern technology allows them to continue to interact with the world.

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

That cold Scottish city

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

Detective Ella Marconi from the series by Katherine Howell. I love her because I found her very relatable. I love strong Aussie women in fiction.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

I’ve never been to Edinburgh, so I’d love to see everything. The best part of any city is the people and the best place to catch up with my friends who live in Edinburgh would be at a swing dancing class. https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghSwingDanceSociety/

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

I’d love to hang out with a bunch of women like me, so I’d look in the cozy mystery section for dinner companions. Maybe Corinna Chapman by Kerry Greenwood – she’d bring some fresh baked bread. Scout Davis by Maggie Groff – we could chat crochet and knitting then, maybe, yarn bomb the neighbours house whose dog keeps barking. Hannah Swensen by Joanne Fluke – lemon meringue pie, need I say more? And Ella Marconi, of course.

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

I find inspiration from my own life and the people around me. There are lots of anecdotes in my novel that are based on things that really happened, but there are also lots of things I made up myself when I imagined what might happen next.

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

My debut novel is called Don’t Mean a Thing – it’s named after the song that features a few times – It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing. My publisher even put together a playlist for my book. https://youtu.be/ne2BNjgCt5U?list=PLxXufbj_JB747EpCl6mKkwXljEjUmPYMC

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

“Come on, Ben.” We all laughed as we approached but he didn’t move.

Ben was right where we’d left him. Stripped to his underwear and tied to the Greyfriars Bobby statue. The banana still protruding from the front of his jocks. We’d been kicked out of The Wash Bar before it closed. Drunk and disorderly – whatever, that’s what bucks nights are supposed to be. We were walking back to Ruaridh’s place, to continue the party, when we saw that grey dog. People do it all the time in the movies, it seemed like a great idea at the time. We only left him there for an hour. It was August, it hadn’t been that cold. Not cold enough to kill him.

Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?

I don’t have any events currently scheduled but I always love to chat to readers on my Facebook page.

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Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

I was inspired to write Don’t Mean a Thing because I wanted to read it. I’d been looking for stories set in Darwin, stories involving swing dancing and stories about women in the Australian military but I couldn’t find any. I decided to wrap all those things into one book.

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What if you finally took the lead, but life refused to follow?

Thirty-year-old introvert, Macie Harman, has finally found a career she is passionate about, and after months of training, she’s begun her new job in the Royal Australian Air Force. Leaving behind her family, friends, and the life she knew, Macie has travelled to the other side of the country where the only person she knows is Rachael, the extroverted girl she went through basic training with. Everywhere Macie goes, Rachael is there too.

While looking for a way to widen her circle of friends in her new town, Macie discovers a local swing dancing class. The jazz music captures her heart, and Matt, the sexy swing dancer, sweeps her off her feet. Matt has claimed the tropical Northern Territory as home and has no plans to leave. He loves his teaching career with its predictable routine and has a great bunch of friends. All he wants now is the right girl to make his house a home.

Military life is tougher than Macie expected, and not everyone can deal with the inevitable separations and last minute changes. Is this exciting but unpredictable life something Macie wants to fight for, or could she give it up and put down roots with Matt?

You can purchase your copy here ~ Amazon UK

Many thanks Renee for being part of our special Crime Fiction Takeover. Do come back soon.

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*CRIME Fiction Takeover* Uncoiled Lies @LizCrimeWarp @Bloodhoundbook

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Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Today on the blog, is Liz Mistry author of Uncoiled Lies 

Liz Mistry ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

At the minute, I’m still thinking about Mark Billingham’s Love Like Blood which I finished last week.  The subject matter (Honour Killings) was truly haunting and I think Billingham did it justice.  It certainly got me thinking

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

Friendly spirit of Scotland

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

It’s got to be Stuart MacBride’s Roberta Steel.  She is such a nightmare but you gotta love her.  I literally pee myself with her antics.  She is a truly inspired character and if he ever gets these books televised I’m putting in to play her- bra groping, foul mouthed hilarious woman that she is.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

I have very fond memories of Cockburn Street in the ‘auld toon’ with all its trendy, quirky little shops and cobbles… and of course it’s a stone’s throw from Fleshmarket Close (the title of Ian Rankin’s 15th Rebus novel), St Giles Cathedral, The Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle.

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

Graham Smith’s Jake Boulder would be number one because he’s smoking hot totty.  Val McDermid’s Tony Hill because he’s so likeable and quirky and I could pick his brains about psychological profiling.  Sharon Bolton’s Lacey Flint because I like the way her vulnerability juxtaposes her inner strength and Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway because she’s so down to earth and I think she’d make a brilliant friend.

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

I find inspiration in the most unlikely places.  I love to eavesdrop (I’m a nosy cow) so I spend an inordinate amount of time in pubs and cafes ‘researching’.  When I was writing Unquiet Souls I overheard a conversation between some elderly women.  They were discussing how on a particular day the soaked their smalls and wouldn’t allow anyone into the house on that day – that made it into the book.  

So, basically I’m always on the lookout for inspiration and it hits me at any time and can strike when I’m doing almost anything.  I love it!

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

Blood Brothers by Bruce Springsteen.  It really incorporates my emotions when writing my current work in progress, Untainted Blood, which is due out in August.

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

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“Ah wandered oot o’ The Wash Bar at the arse end o’ the night feeling fair gallus like.  Ah’d had a few, mind ye, but ah wis alright.  Then, a needed a pish so, ah thocht, here Greyfriar, git yersel doon thon dark alley where naebody’ll see ye.

And aff ah went.  Ah wis nae sooner in there though, when mah foot landed oan something squishy like.  A thocht aw crap!  But when a looked doon it wur only a broon banana ah’d nearly skited oan.  Then, wid ye believe it?… ah looked up and there, suspended fae a blue nylon rope, his troosers roond his ankles, wis mah mate Bobby… and he wur deid!”

Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?

I’m doing a series of four creative writing workshops in Keighley Library in June.  Click here

I’m on the Northern Noir: Bradford in Crime Fiction panel at Bradford Literature festival with AA Dhand in July.  Click here

I’m at Ilkley Literature Festival in September (details to follow)

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

My most recent novel Uncoiled Lies was inspired the idea of no-one knowing everything about another person.

In Uncoiled lies I built up layers of lies in order to explore how they can affect relationships and the resulting consequences when those lies are revealed.  Of course, I write crime fiction so there was always going to be a few wee murders in and amongst the lies….

How can my readers connect with you?

Twitter @LizCrimeWarp
FB @LizMistrybooks

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Murder. Love. Corruption. DI Angus McGuire and the team are back and have their work cut out.

Murdered prostitutes and a turf war between local gangsters takes the investigation into Bradford’s Immigrant communities where tensions run high.

To make matters worse McGuire is juggling an illicit relationship with his boss’s daughter and has fraught family relations.

Who is The Old Man?

What is the link between three dead prostitutes and a long forgotten murder?

Will McGuire and his team get the answers they want or is the uncomfortable truth much closer to home?

Purchase your copy here ~ Amazon UK

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*Crime Fiction Takeover* The Girl On The Bus @normthewriter @Bloodhoundbook

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Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Today on the blog, is N.M Brown, author of The Girl On The Train.

N.M Brown ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

Elmore Leonard’s ‘Out of Sight’ -the dialogue was perfect and I loved the central relationship between US Marshall Karen Cisco and bank robber Jack Foley

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If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

Mystical, Beguiling, Vibrant, European  

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

Michael Connelly  – I think that Harry Bosch is a such rich and complex character, with so many titles that you can dip into or binge read.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

A tricky one, but I would probably have to say the National museum on Chamber Street – it always fascinated me as kid, and having been there since 1866 is a reminder of the city’s rich Victorian history.

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

Lisbeth Salander, Harry Bosch, Karen Cisco and Leighton Jones

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

Mostly in my own ridiculously overactive imagination. I often imagine stories and lives behind the places and people I see in everyday life then write about them.

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

Riders on the Storm – The Doors

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

…The detective turned off the demented wipers and clambered out of the car into the dark gothic labyrinth of Edinburgh’s old town. Up ahead a parked police car was casting blue flashes into the misty night air. Leaning against this vehicle was a shivering officer.

‘Hey,’ the detective said as he approached the officer, ‘I got dragged out of a bloody warm bed for this, it had better be good.’

‘Sorry sir,’ the officer stood up and unclipped a slick metal torch from the holster on his belt, ‘I was the one called it in – it’s just horrific. It’s best if you see for yourself.

In one easy move, the officer clicked the torch on and shone a bright cone of light on to something behind the detective, who turned around and had to suppress a retch of revulsion. The bronze statue of Greyfriars Bobby which had sat proudly on the corner of Candlemaker’s Row for more than a century had been repainted banana yellow.

‘Jesus,’ the detective dragged a hand across his stubbled face, ‘what kind of sick mind would do something like this to a harmless replica dog?’

‘It’s anyone’s guess sir,’ the young officer shrugged, ‘But I heard on the radio that other tourist sites have been hit – The Scott Monument has been painted beige, the Castle has been whitewashed and they initially thought The Wash Bar had been targeted too, but apparently it was always been painted in garish colours…

Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?

I will hopefully be attending Bloody Scotland in September. In the online universe I can also be found engaged in daily activity on Twitter.

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

My Current novel is called The Girl on the Bus and is based around a girl called Vicki Reiner whose best friend has vanished during a bus journey through California’s dusty backroads. Vicky enlists the reluctant help of a retired detective Leighton Jones and they both embark on a mission to uncover the shocking truth.

The novel was inspired by a journey I made in my youth.

About twenty years ago, I was completing my university studies and was working mornings and evenings with a local youth charity in Stirling. My manager at the time had arranged to give a presentation to a group of employees in the highland city if Inverness. However, she had double-booked herself and asked if I could go in her place. I happily agreed, thinking that it would only involve a brief train trip. I was wrong. My manager had pre-booked a bust ticket! That meant a journey of over three hours through the picturesque but isolated Cairngorms National Park.

The trip was lovely and the scenery stunning. Stirling merged into Perth then Perth into Pitlochry. As I sank into my bus seat, complete with curtained window and complimentary cup holder, I lost myself in the pages of a cheap paperback book. Occasionally, I would drift off and wake with my face sliding on the cold glass of the window.  But at some point, as the bus weaved its way through the craggy mountains, I realised that the dramatic landscape outside was quite devoid of civilisation. If anything happened to the coach party out there, no-one would ever know. Then, in the typically morbid spirit of any crime fiction fan, I considered how terrible it would be if anyone on that solitary bus was actually a killer. Glancing nervously around at my fellow commuters, I studied their faces for traces of psychopathy, and concluded that they all had potential (it was Scotland after all). I then hit on an even more worrying possibility. What if everyone on the bus, including the driver, were killers? It would be a mobile crime scene. And what if that bus picked up a naive passenger who felt safe because there were plenty of other people on the bus with them?

The following day, I delivered an undoubtedly dreadful presentation to some poor bored souls. Then I packed up my rucksack and clambered back on a bus to Stirling. This time it was an evening journey and the rumbling bus slid through a shadowy landscape of jagged silhouettes. However, throughout this entire journey home, I purposely didn’t nod off and, even as I read the final pages of my novel, I kept one beady eye on the driver…just in case.   

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Vicki Reiner is emotionally isolated and craves the fleeting happiness she experienced in the years prior to her college graduation. In an attempt to recapture this, she invites her  old friend, Laurie,  for a break at her deserted beachside home. However, despite booking an online bus ticket, her friend never shows up.

Unable to accept the bizarre circumstances of the disappearance, Vicki approaches the police who dismiss her concerns before enlisting the reluctant help of Leighton Jones – a newly retired detective who is haunted by the death of his teenage daughter.

Despite trying to remain detached from the case, Leighton is drawn to Vicki and her search for justice.

The unlikely pair face numerous obstacles but using a combination of methods they track down the answers across the dusty freeways of North America.  Soon Vicki and Leighton will find themselves in grave danger.

Will they ever discover what happened to Laurie?

And can they both escape with their lives?

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Crime Fiction Takeover, Interveiw

Beware The Cuckoo @julesmnewman @urbanepub #Interview

Crime Fiction

Today on the blog I have a Q&A with Julie Newman, author of Beware The Cuckoo. Published by Urbane Publications on the 18/05/2017.

Julie Newman ~ ‘Real You’ Interview  

Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.
Writing has always been an important part of my life; I’ve kept a diary since childhood, written poems, short stories for my children and I’ve started many novels. The only badge I ever achieved at Brownies was my writer’s badge. My dream was always to be a published author. Beware the Cuckoo is my first novel and I was over-joyed when Urbane Publications agreed to publish it, especially when one of the rejections I had previously received suggested that I did not offer career longevity – a polite way of saying I was too old – I was 49 at the time!! Matthew Smith of Urbane has been very supportive during the process of turning a manuscript into a book and has not once made me feel that I am past it.

Describe yourself using three words?
Optimistic, Loyal, impatient,

What inspired you to write your first novel?
An overheard snippet of conversation, in which someone said that a renewed friendship was not what it had been previously. I liked the idea of looking at a friendship that was held together by a shared experience despite the fact that the relationship was no longer a healthy one.

What time of day do you like to write?
 I write at all times, but I am more productive in the mornings.

What is your favourite book and why?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. It is an epic tale written on a grand scale with memorable characters that move you.

How did you pick the title of your book?
It came about after a discussion with Matthew, my publisher.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  No.

If you were a colour what would it be?
A sunny orange, I’d like to be bright and bold.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I plan a little, I have a timeline and an idea but very often the characters take me on a journey.

Who is your favourite Author?
I have many, but John Steinbeck probably tops the list. Current writers I like include Joanne Harris and Matt Haig.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?
Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) for her sense of fun and mischief.
 Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby) for his optimism and the fact that he knows how to throw a hell of a party.
Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility) for her spirited conversation.
Vianne Rocher (Chocolat) so she can bring dessert,

What book are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading two, as I like to read fiction and non-fiction. The Life-assistance agency by Thomas Hocknell and The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

Where in the world is your happy place?
Wherever my family are. I also have an affinity with The Lake District.

If you had one superpower what would it be?
To stop time; there are never enough hours in the day.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?
Fagin

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Are you working on a new project?
Yes, my second novel will be out late 2017/early 2018

Contact:

Twitter –   @julesmnewman

Facebook Author Page –  Julie Newman

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Two women. One man. A buried secret. They were reunited at his funeral, school friends with a shared past. The past that is anything but straightforward. A past that harbours secrets and untruths. Karen has a seemingly perfect life. An adoring husband, two wonderful children and a beautiful home. She has all she has ever wanted, living the dream. She also has a secret. Sandra’s once perfect life is rapidly unravelling. The man who meant everything to her had a dark side and her business is failing. To get her life back on track she needs to reclaim what is rightfully hers. She knows the secret. As the past meets the present, truths are revealed – and both women understand the true cost of betrayal.

Purchase your copy today ~ Amazon UK

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Crime Fiction Takeover, Exclusive

#CrimeFictionTakeover #QA #Author #Exclusive @Tazer129 @Bloodhoundbook

Crime Fiction

Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Today on the blog, is Joanne Griffiths ~ Her novel A Deadly Game will be published on 20/06/2017 By Bloodhound Books 

Joanne Griffiths Crime Fiction TakeOver Interview

Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?
Agatha Christie’s Sleeping Murder was the first crime novel that stayed with me long after I had finished reading it. This was the very first crime fiction book I had read, way back when I was a teenager and by the time I had finished, I was hooked.

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

 

Romantic, stunning, vibrant, friendly

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Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?
Tough one. I love Miss Marple. Behind the little old lady façade, there is a shrewd intelligence that she uses to her advantage, solving crimes before the guilty party even has an inkling that she is on to them, but I also like Inspector Morse. He’s another character that uses his immense intelligence to solve crimes and I am in awe of that, the way they are able to piece everything together until they get to the truth.

 

 

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?
One of my favourite places to visit, when I went to Edinburgh, was the dungeons. The whole experience from start to finish was a nerve-wracking thrill and I was entertained throughout. Thankfully, I wasn’t chosen to participate. I’m not sure my nerves could have handled that!

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be? 
I would have dinner with Jessica Fletcher, Miss Marple, Hetty Wainthropp and Precious Ramotswe. All unassuming female detectives with a hidden intelligence that enables them to solve the case. My only concern would be ending up as a victim of crime as it seems to follow these ladies around. Either that or I’m the guilty party!

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?
I read a lot of crime fiction as I think that can help hone your skills. I also enjoy watching murder mysteries and true life crimes. Quite often though, a chance situation can develop into a novel. My second novel is a case in point. Something that was said to me, led to creating a character and exploring how a story would develop around him. Real life situations can often give you lots of material for your writing.

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?
Lurid Delusion by Matthew Pablo

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

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A stranger walked into The Wash Bar, ordered himself a pint of beer then took a seat, over on the old church pew. There was nothing unusual in this, the place saw many a tourist visiting the establishment, but there was something different about this man.
The bar tender had spotted him when he first walked in; wondered what he was doing there. It didn’t take long for his suspicions to be confirmed.
The man was trouble.
It was the postcard that had confirmed it – an image of Greyfriar’s Bobby, tucked away in the back of his wallet. The bar tender saw it when he took out some money to pay for his drink and he knew at that point, that he would need to act quickly.
Thankfully, the stranger didn’t see it coming.
He had just started eating a banana when he felt the sting on his leg. Automatically reaching down to rub at the area that was slowly beginning to burn and spread, he was surprised to find a tiny dart had stuck to his trousers.
It was the last thing he remembered.
By the time the ambulance had arrived, the bar tender had recovered the dart. He knew there was nothing they would be able to do for the stranger. The man was already dead.
Satisfied that his secret was safe, he returned to tending the bar. He still had a couple of hours left before he could finish work and then he had this evening to look forward to.
He was going on another date.
Meeting at the Greyfriar’s Bobby statue.
Like the others, it would be the woman’s last evening and he was planning on making it an enjoyable one, for him at least.

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?
I started writing A Deadly Game around twenty-five years ago. The idea of becoming a crime fiction writer had been in the back of my mind for a few years. The idea appealed to me but I don’t think I was really committed to seeing it through to the end at that stage.

 Over the years, I would dust off the manuscript, add a few more chapters, edit those I had previously written, then shelve it all again as life got in the way.

 Then, in 2014 I became seriously ill and it was only after I began to recover that I re-evaluated what I wanted out of life. Once again, my thoughts turned to writing and I promised myself that I would finish the book I had started all those years ago. I wanted to be an author and the only way to do that, was to write

Finishing A Deadly Game felt like such an achievement and spurred me on to carry on writing, even more so after it was accepted for publication.

 

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Crime Fiction Takeover, Exclusive

#CrimeFictionTakeover #QA #Author #Exclusive @IanSkewis @Unbound_Digital ‏

Crime Fiction

Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Today on the blog, is Ian Skewis ~ Author of ‘A Murder Of Crows’

Ian Skewis ~ Crime Fiction TakeOver Interview

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Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

Probably Kate Atkinson’s Human Croquet, though not strictly speaking a crime novel, it’s the murder in the woods that lingers in the mind because it reminds me of that eerie quality that is often prevalent in the countryside and which is certainly prevalent in my own book.

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If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

Monumental. Panoramic. Romantic. Touristy.

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

Probably Moriarty. The description of him is powerful, almost supernatural at times. ‘He sits motionless, like a spider in the centre of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations and he knows well every quiver of each of them.’

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What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

Most likely Stockbridge. I only discovered it recently when I was part of a writers panel at a local bookshop there. It is beautiful and relatively quiet – a good place to write books!

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

Sherlock Holmes, for his perfectly, pitched wit and wisdom. DCI Jayne Tennison because we all need a woman to keep the men in check, don’t we? My own Jack Russell because I trust and respect him. And Hannibal Lector for the danger element! Perhaps he might even cook dinner…

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

My inspiration comes from various different places, depending on the demands of the story. Inkling, which was published as part of The Speculative Book anthology, came from a strange dream I had about a deceased friend. A Murder Of Crows stemmed from a dark childhood experience (more on that later).

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

La Carne, La Norte, e il Diavolo by Propaganda. This is a very atmospheric and somewhat poignant piece of music by a band who had a couple of hits in the 1980s. Their lead singer, Claudia Brucken, had left to pursue a solo career by this point and the resulting album was less inspired than their previous efforts but this track still stands out I think.

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

‘She watched from the cobblestone alley with a wry smile as the detective inspected the body. The victim was lying beside the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, but there was something not quite right about it. She wondered if the detective could guess. Cocking her head to one side, she observed the detective do the same and it made her giggle. For a brief moment they seemed as one. She tried to think what it must be like to be in his shoes, all suited and self important, but she knew that she could never be like him. He was too squeaky clean, too law abiding. She munched on her banana noisily, enjoying the squelching sound it made against her palate. It provided a hilarious soundtrack to the event taking place before her. When the detective bent down to take a closer look at the body she chewed hard on the soft fruit, sucking it through her teeth and packing it into her cheeks, and the resulting sound made it seem like the detective had farted. She did it again when he stood up and she snorted with amusement. She wondered if he had guessed yet. How staged the body was, the pose an exact replica of her previous undertaking. Just then he turned in her direction and she ducked back into the shadows. Her foot slid against something smooth. A leaflet advertising the Wash Bar. She picked it up, stared at it intently for a moment, and then discarded it. It spiralled down and landed at her feet. The top left hand corner of the leaflet was covered in red, bloody fingerprints…

Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be appearing with Alex Gray, Felicia Yap, Mark Hill and Rob Ewing at Bloody Scotland on Saturday 9th September at the Allan Park South Church at 2 pm. It would be nice to see you all there!

 

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

In 1979 my family and I  were returning from a walk in the countryside when we discovered a dead body of a man hanging from a tree. He had committed suicide it seems. My father phoned the police and my mother kept me away from the scene. Soon, all the local kids began telling ghost stories about the place and that’s how it all began really. Ever since then the countryside has taken on a somewhat dark aspect…

A Murder Of Crows By Ian Skewis
Published By @Unbound_Digital

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The most violent thunderstorm in living memory occurs above a sleepy village on the West Coast of Scotland.

A young couple takes shelter in the woods, never to be seen again…

DCI Jack Russell is brought in to investigate. Nearing retirement, he agrees to undertake one last case, which he believes can be solved as a matter of routine.

But what Jack discovers in the forest leads him to the conclusion that he is following in the footsteps of a psychopath who is just getting started. Jack is flung headlong into a race against time to prevent the evolution of a serial killer…

Buy your copy here ~ Amazon UK

Many thanks to Ian Skewis for taking part in my Crime Fiction Blog Takeover I really appreciate it, such fabulous answers!!

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