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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.   

How can my readers connect with you?

Twitter: @normthewriter

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nmbrownfiction

Blog: http://www.nmbrownfiction.blogspot.com

website: www,nmbrownfiction.com

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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?

Purchase your copy here ~Amazon UK

HUGE thanks to NM Brown for taking the time to be on my blog today.

We are running a Twitter giveaway ~ head over to our Twitter Page and see the pinned post.

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Author, Crime Fiction Takeover, Exclusive

#CrimeFictionTakeover #QA #Author #Exclusive @OwenMullen6

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

Today on the blog, we have Author Owen Mullen, check out his crime scene and discover what he thinks of Edinburgh

Owen Mullen~ Crime Fiction TakeOver Interview

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

The Hound Of The Baskervilles…read it when I was 15 and have never forgotten it. So much going on in it: the atmosphere of Dartmoor, Victorian London, Holmes and Watson and a phantom dug! Did I mention a family curse?

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

Historic – atmospheric – cosmopolitan – brammer!

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

The above mentioned Sherlock…unique!

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

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For obvious reasons, many people love the Old Town. I beg to differ. The New Town with it’s neoclassical and Georgian architecture, and beautiful wide streets; a real pleasure to just wander, absorb and admire. UNESCO can’t make up its mind; they are both World Heritage sites. So you’ll have to visit and decide for yourself!

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

Professor James Moriarty, John Luther, Dave Robicheaux and Philip Marlowe.

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

Inspiration comes from everywhere and anywhere. Games People Play began on a beach in Crete. Old Friends And New Enemies came from a trip to Loch Lomond. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead came from two articles in a magazine.

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

Funny you should mention this. My next book which will be published in October and set in New Orleans does have a theme tune. A background as a musician comes in handy sometimes!

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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The door of the Wash Bar burst open and a man stumbled in; wild eyed and breathless. He pushed his way to the front, through a crowd of women on a hen night. One glance at his ashen face was enough to make them draw away. His fist pounded the bar and his voice cracked with emotion.
     ‘Rum. Gimme a banana rum. Quick!’
     Somebody asked, ‘What’s wrong? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.’
     He threw the rum over and wiped his lips with a trembling hand. ‘It’s Bobby.’
     ‘Bobby who?’
     ‘Greyfriars Bobby. He’s gone.’
     ‘But he’s been there for over a hundred and fifty years.’
     ‘Maybe so. But he’s no there now. Some bastard’s took him.’
     ‘Don’t be draft, man. Who’d steal a statue of a wee dog?’
     ‘It’s no Bobby they want. It’s Whit’s inside him!’

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

No events lined up at the moment… working on it! Don’t suppose anyone fancies coming to Crete for a Noir At The Taverna?

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

My current novel and coincidentally one of the very first books I wrote, due out
in October was inspired by two things: my desire to see if I could write a good PI novel and my love of faraway places. New Orleans stays with me so it seemed right to set my guy there.

How can my readers connect with you?

Twitter ~ @OwenMullen6

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Check out Owen Mullens book ~

Old Friends And New Enemies (PI Charlie Cameron Book 2)

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The body on the mortuary slab wasn’t who Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron was looking for.

But it wasn’t a stranger.

Suddenly, a routine missing person investigation becomes a fight for survival. As Charlie is dragged deeper into Glasgow’s underbelly he goes up against notorious gangster Jimmy Rafferty and discovers what fear really is.

Rafferty is so ruthless even his own sons are terrified of him.

Now he wants Charlie to find something. And Jimmy Rafferty always gets what he wants.

There is only one problem… Charlie doesn’t know where it is.

You can read this today ~ buy your copy here ~ Amazon UK

Thank you so much, Owen, for being part of my special event. I am so grateful to have you on board.

Kelly x

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Blogger, Crime Fiction Takeover, Scotland

#CrimeFictionTakeover #QA #FeaturedBlogger ~ @sbairden #Exclusive

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

Today on the blog, is our featured blogger for the event, the fabulous, talented and gorgeous Sharon Bairden!  You can check out Sharon’s blog ~ Chapters In My Life. 

Sharon Bairden  ~ Crime Fiction TakeOver Interview

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

Oh, what a question! I’m a massive crime fiction fan and there are so many out there that have stayed with me for a long time! But you have asked me to narrow it down to just one then I’m going to opt for “Untouchable” by Sibel Hodge. This is not a comfortable read but it is a compulsive read.  Untouchable may be a work of fiction but it is based on a horrific reality and people need to be aware that this is real, this happened and still, happens to this day and if this book encourages more people to speak out, come forward and take action then all the better. I don’t think this is a book that you can say that you “enjoyed” as the subject matter is harrowing and upsetting but this is certainly a book that will evoke intense emotions as you follow the story of Maya and Jamie. Sadly I was not shocked as this book is inspired by events and cover-ups that continue to be reported widely, however, I was moved to tears and driven to anger and a feeling of great shame that this is still happening and that perpetrators still escape justice.

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

Vibrant; energetic; cosmopolitan and historic

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

You do know that this is like asking me to choose my favourite child, don’t you! Again there are so many out there that have a special place in my heart but I’m going to choose Davie McCall from the Douglas Skelton series (Blood City, Crow Bait; Devil’s Knock and Open Wounds). Davie is one of the bad guys but he is the strong silent type and underneath the dark exterior there is a vulnerability and a sense of goodness about him that is just itching to get out! He’s probably (one of) my all-time favourite fictional crushes!

 

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What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

My favourite part of Edinburgh is Princess St  Gardens and Cockburn Street as they conjure up memories of a perfect day I had there many years ago with an old flame – in fact, every time I hear Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” I think of these two places….OH MY, I’m getting Goosebumps now just thinking about it!

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

Oh, lovely question! OK, it would be Damon Brook (from Steven Dunne’s Reaper series). As a fictional detective, he absolutely fascinates me, he is a bit of an enigma but has a passion and quest for justice and isn’t afraid to bend the rules to achieve it – I’d love to spend some time getting to know him better! Secondly would be Kenny O’Neill who features in Michael J Malone’s Ray McBain series – Kenny is a bad boy but there is something about him that just draws you to his character; he comes across as a bit cold hearted and ruthless but I’d love to spend some time over dinner with him and find out just what makes him tick! Thirdly, I’m going to go for DI Harry Evans from Graham Smith – he is blunt, brash and straight to the point – I think he’d ruffle a few feathers and get the temperature rising at the table! And finally, I’m going to ask DI Marnie Rome from Sarah Hilary’s series. She is one of my favourite UK female detectives and a bit of a dark horse – I think she would certainly be a great dinner guest and help me keep my unruly guests under some form of control (while at the same time adding to the tension around the table!)

 

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

I’ve been a passionate reader for as long as I can remember and want to tell the world and his aunty about all the brilliant books out there! When I joined some online book clubs I came across the blogging community and thought – wow what a great way to spread the word! There are so many fabulous bloggers out there and they are all ready and willing to lend a hand and give some great advice to newbies – and in their own way they all gave me the inspiration to start off my own – but of course I have to give a special mention to my #Twinnie Noelle of #Crimebookjunkie – we just clicked as soon as we met online and having met in real time, I know that I have made a friend for life!

If your blog had a theme song what would it be?

Watching the Detectives by Elvis Costello – it just fits me and my blog perfectly! The song was written about a crime fiction lover who would rather sit about all day watching detectives on TV than hanging about with friends – this is me to a T – though it’s sitting around reading about crime all day! Mind you, I have been known to be sociable when it comes to book events!

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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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The wind was howling and the rain was pelting down as DI Cooper stood watch over Greyfriars Bobby waiting for the rest of his team to arrive. The stench of death could not be washed away by the rain. It was a thankless task and one that he had been loath to agree to as the hunt continued for crime lord “Mike “Banana” McGovern. McGovern had been terrorising the streets of Edinburgh for the last 3 months and had earned his nickname from his fondness of the Chimpanzee enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo. DI Cooper was determined that this would be the night that he caught McGovern. A last minute tip off from the barman at The Wash Bar had led him to the small statue of Edinburgh’s most famous dog where the body lay. Was he too late?

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

My top 3 book events to recommend to others would have to be:

Bloody Scotland – held in Stirling every year in September and brings together some of the top names in crime fiction.

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – held in Harrogate every year in July and it is the top place for just hanging around chilling with some amazing authors, bloggers and readers!

Aye Write Book Festival – held in Glasgow, every March; it is not specifically a crime writer’s festival but it is one of my favourite festivals for the venue (The Mitchell Library in Glasgow); the atmosphere and the variety of events taking place!

You can find me at all of the above every year!

Could you tell us about your journey to blogging?

When I first started reviewing books, I refused to share them publicly, other than on that big old anonymous River #Amazon. I mean, who would want to read my reviews, they are not wordy literary critiques and who really cares what little old me thinks anyway. Besides if folk seen them they would just laugh at them wouldn’t they?

So when I set up my blog I didn’t share it or make it public, I just left it sitting there in the ethers of the t’internet world, after all, it was just a load of waffle really, wasn’t it?

Anyway, then I discovered online book clubs and was amazed at the interaction between authors and readers! Wow I thought, other people are keen to hear thoughts and views on books, whether it’s as a means of recommending a book as a reader, constructive feedback and that well needed pat on the back for authors and their publishers (and there is nothing wrong with that – as an employee it is always good to be told you have done a good job or to be given some constructive feedback on how you might develop further). So I started reading other people’s reviews as a means of finding new books to read (like I really ever needed to expand my TBR pile!) Wow, I thought, these are like just ordinary people writing just ordinary words about the books they have read – nobody seems to be laughing at them and they are getting great feedback about their reviews – and they are not academic literary masterpieces full of jargon and references (my uni days are long over and I don’t really want to go back to all that!) Hmmm, wonder if anyone would like any of my reviews I thought?

And then I took the plunge and shared one of my reviews from my blog – guess what – nobody laughed, people even liked it and commented on it, some folk even shared it…and other bloggers said “Well done you, good job” and that was me….I was hooked!

How can my readers connect with you?

Blog: https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharonlovesbooks/

Twitter: @sbairden

I was very lucky to meet Sharon just last week at Noir@TheBar#3 in Edinburgh. Although it was brief it was lovely to connect. Hopefully next time we can have a real blether.

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HUGE thanks and much love to Sharon for taking the time to be on my blog today.

Kelly xx

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Crime Fiction Takeover, Exclusive, Interview

#CrimeFictionTakeover #QA @DavidVidecette Special Feature #Exclusive #Blog

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Kick starting my extra special “Crime Fiction Blog Takeover” fortnight is the fabulous DAVID VIDECETTE.

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

David Videcette  ~ Crime Fiction TakeOver Interview

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

The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell. Having worked as a police detective for twenty years, I’ve seen a lot of dead bodies in my job, many of them decomposed. They are not pretty sights. The thought of deliberately allowing a body to be eaten by animals or maggots, even in the name of science, I find very difficult to deal with – because, after all, it’s still someone’s loved one or relative. 

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

Energetic, evocative, entertaining and ebrious. 

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

That’s a tough one, I have a few, but if I had to choose one favourite fictional character – it would be James Bond. 

Bond often acts like he’s still living in the male-dominated 1950s. He’s sexist, arrogant, difficult to work with, unmanageable, a womaniser. He should have no place in our modern world, yet what I love about Bond is that you can’t dislike him, despite all his flaws. To create a character such as him that people still want to champion, even after all this time – that’s an amazing achievement. 

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What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

Rose Street. It’s full of incredible bars and great places to go, all on top of each other. It’s a fantastic place at night. 

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

It would be interesting to watch Bond trying to seduce Kay Scarpetta over dinner, while I laughed about it with Rebus and Roy Grace.  

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

I base my books on real life cases, focussing on the motives and secrets that sit behind some of the most notorious police investigations of our time. I use my own detective experience to provide the reader with new insights into things they will have seen on the news. “I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…”

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

Secret by The Pierces.

It’s based around a line attributed to Benjamin Franklin: “Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead”.  

The song is from 2007, the year in which my new book, The Detriment is set, as Detective Jake Flannagan investigates the burning Jeep attack on Glasgow airport. The song also serves as the theme tune for the American drama series, Pretty Little Liars. It’s the perfect fit for my book in which my characters all have secrets they say they’ll never tell…

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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OK, I’ve based this on a real criminal case…

He was out of breath from his run up to where he’d seen the flash of light; heard the bang from the gun; seen one of the men fall. A body lay motionless at the foot of the Greyfriars Bobby Fountain, blood seeping from a gaping hole where a face had once been; any attempt at resuscitation pointless. A fake green banana clutched in the man’s left hand looked out of place. The map he held in his right indicated where more such plastic treasures could be found, camouflaged in each pallet of fruit arriving at the warehouse’s ripening room. 200g of cocaine wrapped in cling film and smothered in grease to avoid the sniffer dogs – all encased in a synthetic green shell. Jake wished that he’d stayed in The Wash Bar for that extra pint. The killer couldn’t be far, yet it was going to be a long, cold night.

 

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

Yes! I’m only bloody going to be at Bloody Scotland in September. Get yourself along to the Curly Coo Bar in Stirling on Sunday 10th September at 3.30pm. I’ll be chatting about all things criminal along with two other murderous misfits – Alan Jones, author of Bloq, and Alison Baillie, author of Sewing the Shadows Together. Our panel will be chaired by crime fiction expert Sharon Bairden, from Chapter in my Life.

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

The Theseus Paradox is a thriller set against the backdrop of the London 7/7 bombings – an investigation on which I worked for five years.

One of the reasons I wrote the book was to process everything I had in my head about that case. I never, ever stopped thinking about it.

I didn’t want to take this story to the grave with me. What happened was an important part of our social history and we’ve only discussed one side of it – until now.

How much of what I have written is true and how much is fiction? That’s for you as the reader to decide.

How can we find out more about you?

I love to interact with crime fans. Readers can chat with me on Facebook, or Twitter or Instagram. You can find out more about me here. Take a look at my books on Amazon here. And if you’d like the chance to win a signed paperback copy of my latest release, you can enter your email address here, and you’ll go into the hat each time I have a new thriller out.

The Theseus Paradox blurb:

The stunning breakthrough thriller based on real events.  

From the Scotland Yard detective turned author. 

“I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…” 

How much is real and how much is fiction, only YOU can decide!


7 July 2005: in the midst of Operation Theseus, the largest police investigation the UK has ever known, Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan begins to ask difficult questions that lead to the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend and his sudden suspension from the Metropolitan Police.

  • Who masterminded London’s summer of terror? 
  • Why can’t Flannagan make headway in the sprawling investigation?
  • Is Jake’s absent girlfriend really who she claims to be?


While hunting for the answers to the most complex case in British history, one man will uncover the greatest criminal deception of our time.

 

The Detriment blurb:

“The truth costs nothing, but a lie can cost you everything…”

June 2007: a barbaric nail bomb is planted outside a London nightclub, a spy is found dead in his garden, and a blazing Jeep is driven into Glasgow airport. Three events bound by an earth-shattering connection that should have remained buried forever.

From the author of ‘The Theseus Paradox’, the smash-hit 7/7 thriller based on true events, comes the sequel about a real-life mystery that threatens to destroy a nation. Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan must uncover how a series of astonishing events are inextricably linked, before the past closes in on him.

We all have secrets we say we’ll never tell…

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Brilliant David, a fantastic start to my takeover, HUGE thanks for taking part.

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