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*Crime Fiction Takeover* The Piano @vpeanuts #Exclusive #Interview

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

Today on the blog, is

Victoria Watson ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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

  • Defending Jacob’ by William Landay. I just loved the twisty, turny plot where you just didn’t know where to place your sympathies. I read it on holiday in Italy a couple of years ago and just found it utterly compelling. I still find myself thinking about it every so often. That said, I also think about ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ by Agatha Christie – I think that’s because I appreciate the way it was written. I guess there are crime novels that stay with you for different reasons. I fully expect that in several years from now, I will still regularly think about ‘Six Stories’ by Matt Wesolowski.

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

  • Diverse, outstanding beautiful, fun.

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • Sherlock Holmes. I love him so much that I chose my blog name with him in mind – ElementaryVWatson Blog . I think the fact that I share a name with Holmes’s sidekick also helped! Seriously, though, I find Holmes to be an utter dream.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • What a difficult question. There are so many wonderful parts of Edinburgh. I think my favourite area, though, is around the Grassmarket. I love the independent shops and cafes. Whenever I’m in Edinburgh, I like to visit the Grassmarket and mooch about.

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

  • Holmes and Watson – of course. I think it’d be fun to see how Poirot interacts with Sherlock – I reckon it’d be a real battle of wills. And, finally, I’d throw Harry Virdee in there too. Some classic characters with a brilliant contemporary one.

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

  • Like most writers, I get an idea from something I experience – whether it’s something I’ve lived through myself or have heard about and then take that small kernel and work with it. I like to play with the ‘what ifs’. It’s an oft-repeated phrase but I write about putting characters in difficult positions and seeing how they react.

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

  • Black Skinhead’ by Kanye West. It’s such an angry song with a wicked rhythm, I think it’s perfect for my main character, Colin, who’s a heroin addict. When I’m struggling to ‘talk’ to Colin, I listen to that song to try and get in his mind-set.

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.

As I walked back to my hotel following a particularly heavy session at Wash Bar, I had the most peculiar feeling. It was as if I was being watched, no, followed. Footsteps echoed behind me despite the emptiness of the streets. As my pace increased, so too the other footsteps. I considered how to best protect myself should I be attacked. I thought of my paltry defences, with possibly the most useful object in my bag being an under ripe banana. As I passed the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, I realised that the footsteps had ceased almost as suddenly as they had started. It could have been coincidence but I would swear that I heard the yap of a terrier echoing in the night.

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

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  • I run weekly creative writing workshops in Newcastle so if anyone would like to attend, they can email me at Victoria.watson@elementaryvwatson.com for more info. I’m also responsible for the Newcastle leg of Noir at the Bar, the next one is on Wednesday, 5th July.

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

  • My current novel is still a work in progress. It’s called ‘Fix Me Up’ and I must be very careful how I answer this question because if I reveal what inspired me to write it, I would be revealing a major plot point! Let’s just say that I asked myself ‘what if…’ regarding something one of the main characters does and it went from there! Sorry to be so obtuse!

Thank you so much for hosting me, Kelly. It was a real pleasure to meet you earlier this week. I look forward to seeing you in Newcastle soon!

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The Piano By Victoria Watson 

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Winner of the 2012 Story Tyne Competition, ‘The Piano’ is a short story about a man suffering from the effects of dementia, told through the eyes of his pregnant daughter.

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HUGE thanks to Victoria Watson for being on my blog today, I met Victoria at the Noir@TheBar #3 Edinburgh earlier this year and we had an instant connection.  Victoria is so funny and endearing.  So happy that you are on my blog today, and folks don’t forget to check out Noir At The Bar ~ Newcastle.

Kelly xoxo

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*Crime Fiction Takeover* Cross Purpose By @ClaireMacLeary @SarabandBooks #Exclusive #Interview

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

Today on the blog, is

Claire MacLeary ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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

  • That’s a hard one. There have been a number: from the USA, Scandinavia, UK. Of contemporary crime novels, Louise Welsh’s The Bullet Trick is memorable.

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

  • Georgian, elegant, historic, atmospheric.

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  •  William McIlvanney’s Laidlaw. He set the benchmark for the tortured male detective and was the founding father of Tartan Noir.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • For me, Stockbridge is hard to beat.  It combines a wealth of quirky shops and restaurants with open spaces and the Water of Leith, feels like a village, yet is within walking distance of Princes Street.

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

  • Laidlaw and Rebus for their experience and wealth of stories, Jack Reacher to add machismo, Kay Scarpetta to throw a hard-nosed female into the mix.

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

  •  I find inspiration in all sorts of things: past experience, newspapers, TV, conversations overheard. It’s all about close observation, listening, always keeping a notebook to hand. Even the tiniest snippet can generate an idea.

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

  • My current novel, Cross Purpose, has been described as “Tartan Noir Meets Happy Valley” in that it features two women of a certain age, so the theme tune from the television series would be perfect. It would have to be tweaked, of course, so as not to infringe copyright!

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 was sitting, head bowed, in a corner of The Wash Bar when a shadow loomed over her.
    ‘Wilma?’
    Her head jerked up. ‘Huh?’
    He was tall, six four at least. Jeans, leather jacket, builders’ boots. Wilma had a thing for boots, brought her out in a lather. Jet black hair, square jaw, the merest hint of dark stubble.
    ‘You’re needed,’ he said.
    ‘What? Now?’ Wilma eyed the banana split in its shallow glass boat. The ice cream was already beginning to melt and she’d hardly made a dent.

     ‘Aye. There’s been a…’ For a moment he hesitated. ‘Incident.’ Wilma looked longingly at the slick of chocolate sauce. Looked up. ‘Where?’

     ‘Up the road. Greyfriars Bobby.’

‘What sort of incident?’ If she kept him talking she could mebbe sneak another spoonful.

      He scowled. ‘Not for me to say. You’ll find out soon enough.’

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

  •  Harrogate Book Festival on 20 July. Details on my website. I also have a blog tour in the offing via Gordon McGhie @grabthisbook. Watch out for it on Twitter.

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

  •  I’m currently finishing the first draft of the second in the Harcus & Laird series. It’s called Burnout, again features the unlikely PI combo of Maggie and Big Wilma, and is about domestic abuse.

How can my readers connect with you?

Twitter
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CROSS PURPOSE BY CLAIRE MACLEARY

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When Maggie Laird’s disgraced ex-cop husband suddenly dies, her humdrum suburban life is turned upside down. With the bills mounting, she takes on his struggling detective agency, enlisting the help of neighbour Big Wilma . And so an unlikely partnership is born. . But the discovery of a crudely mutilated body soon raises the stakes… and Maggie and Wilma are drawn into an unknown world of Aberdeen’s sink estates, clandestine childminding and dodgy dealers.. Cross Purpose is surprising, gritty, sometimes darkly humorous a tale combining police corruption, gangs and murder with a paean to friendship, loyalty and how women of a certain age can beat the odds.

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Thank you so much to Claire MacLeary for taking the time to be on my blog today. Claire was one of the first people I went to see at a book festival in Linlithgow, when my blog was just a wee dream. Claire is so approachable and very generous with her time. When I hear that she is going to be at any events I attend I get goosebumps.  A genuine, talented and friendly lady.  I am most definitely in the Claire MacLeary fan club!

Kelly xoxo

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*Crime Fiction Takeover* Toxic @JackieJamxx #Interview #Exclusive

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We have a few days left of wonderful interviews for you and today is no exception. Enjoy.!

Jackie Mclean ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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

  • Ooh, just one? Night Chills by Dean Koontz. I’m fascinated by the power of the subconscious and subliminal messages, and he nails it in a terrifyingly realistic account of what could happen; for all we know, what’s happening right now…

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

  • Edinburgh in four words – nothing says it better than the well-known “Athens of the North.” I live in Glasgow, but I’m going to break the local bye law and say that I really love Edinburgh – it’s a wonderful city

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • I have all of Kathy Reichs’s books – she’s the only author whose entire collection I’ve read, so it must be Tempe Brennan. I met Kathy the year she was at Bloody Scotland, and was too star struck to utter a sound! If you’ve only ever come across Tempe Brennan in the Bones TV series, you need to read the books. They are far, far better.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • My favourite part of Edinburgh is the Grassmarket. It’s buzzing, and it’s steeped in history, with new hidden gems every time you look.

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

  • Four fictional crime characters to dine with would be Lisbeth Salander (needs no introduction); Lieutenant Mario Conde (of the Havana series) – he solves crimes and he knows lots about antique books; Çetin İkmen (of Barbara Nadel’s crime series set in Turkey); and I’d have to say Agatha Christie – how great would it be to have a chat with her (although I might not let her buy me a drink)! With regards to Conde and İkmen, I’d recommend reading crime fiction that’s set in countries whose social and political situations are more complex than our own. It’s a good way of getting a glimpse into why it can be really difficult to resolve problems that you might think should be simple.

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

  • Inspiration comes from lots of different places. For example, quite often a friend will talk about a situation at their work that leads to discussions about “what if…” If somebody annoys me, they become a victim in the next book. Also, it’s fun to watch people’s body language and try to work out what they’re hiding. Not to worry you if you’re friends with a crime writer, but that’s what we do…

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

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  • The theme song would have to be Britney’s Toxic, because the book is called Toxic! I’d love for her to read and review it. I’m secretly a big fan of hers. Well, it’s not a secret now, is it?

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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And can you describe the banana?”
“About six feet tall, slender build, um, yellow. Oh, and he was waving a knife in the air. Quite a big one, but not as big as the claymore.”
“What happened next?”
“Well, he shouted for everyone to lie down on the floor, so we did. Everyone, except for
them.”
“What did they do?”
“It was hard to see them from where I was, on the floor. But I heard them clapping their
hands.”
“Like a round of applause?”
“Yes.”
“Didn’t that strike you as odd?”
“All sorts of odd things happen in the Wash Bar.”
“How would you describe the mood of the group?”
“Oh, they were in high spirits. They were downing the whisky like it was shots.”
“Did they seem aggressive at all?”
“No, although I can understand why the banana got scared. The claymore did look real, and I’d have run off, too, if they’d come rushing at me with it like that.”
“Do you know which direction they ran off in?”
“I can’t be sure, but they were going on about Greyfriars Bobby. You could hear them
shouting a mile away. You, um, said something about a reward?”
“If your information leads to us finding out how the hell five American tourists and a six-foot banana vanished somewhere between the Wash Bar and Greyfriar’s Bobby, it’ll be yours.”

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

  • I run Get Writing Glasgow, which is a kind of “weight watchers” for writers – that is, anyone who has written or who would like to try writing for the first time. I believe everyone can write – if it comes from the heart, it’s going to be good. Nobody should tell you otherwise. We’re a friendly, supportive group, and after we’ve had a catch-up chat, we spend some time writing. We don’t read each other’s work, as that can be off-putting for people who lack confidence. It’s in the Braehead Waterstones fortnightly on Monday evenings (right next to the cakes). Also, watch out for Murder & Mayhem, a tour of libraries and bookstores that I’m organising along with some fellow crime writers (Wendy H Jones, Chris Longmuir, Lesley Kelly, Tana Collins and Amanda Fleet). We’re
    hoping to do something a little different to the usual author Q&A, with a view to  introducing readers to some new crime characters.

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

  • My current novel, Toxic (published by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd), is a race against the clock to find an illegal stash of the deadly toxin that caused the Bhopal disaster (the world’s worst industrial accident). The two senior detectives leading the hunt are as volatile as the substance they need to find. I began to write it because I wanted to write something set in my home town (Arbroath).  Famous for its cliffs, it lends itself to a smuggling story. When I asked my nephew, who’s a forensic toxicologist, about a suitably dangerous substance for my smuggling story, he told me about Bhopal. The more I looked into it, the more I became determined to highlight the terrible injustice that happened there – nobody was ever held to account for the disaster. My second novel, Shadows, is currently in the publication pipeline (also with ThunderPoint), and it’s about a murder hunt which starts out looking like a serial killer at work – but it’s worse, mwahaha!

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In the Scottish university city of Dundee, life and all its complications are proceeding much the same as usual. The recklessly brilliant DI Donna Davenport, struggling to hide a secret from police colleagues and get over the break-up with her partner, is in trouble with her boss for a fiery and inappropriate outburst to the press. DI Evanton, an old-fashioned, hard-living misogynistic copper has been newly demoted for thumping a suspect, and transferred to Dundee with a final warning ringing in his ears and a reputation that precedes him. And in the peaceful, rolling Tayside farmland a deadly store of MIC, the toxin that devastated Bhopal, is being illegally stored by a criminal gang smuggling the valuable substance necessary for making cheap pesticides. An anonymous tip-off starts a desperate search for the MIC that is complicated by the uneasy partnership between Davenport and Evanton and their growing mistrust of each other’s actions. Compelling and authentic, Toxic is a tense and fast paced crime thriller.

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*Crime Fiction Takeover* ~ Truestory ~ @cath_simpson13 @sandstonepress #Exclusive #Interview

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We are continuing our successful Crime Fiction theme takeover of the blog. I have lot’s more to share with you this week. 

Today on the blog I have Catherine Simpson, author of Truestory. 

Catherine Simpson ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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

  • I was 24 and training to be a journalist when my lecturer recommended we read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer, both are recountings of real-life murders. They were examples of ‘The New Journalism’ – real-life stories told using fictional devices – and have stayed with me ever since. I probably didn’t have a view on capital punishment when I read these books nearly 30 years ago but I’ve been vehemently against it ever since.

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

  • Edinburgh is a seductive, alluring, irresistible show-off.

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • I’m a bit in love with Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie – a Yorkshire-born, Edinburgh-dwelling Private Investigator, played rather beautifully by Jason Isaacs in the tv series, Case Histories.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • This is like asking ‘which part of a Yorkshire pudding is your favourite?’ – All of it! Where ever you look in Edinburgh, at whatever time of day, at whatever time of year, there is the city doing its wonderful stuff. (Although see Q 9)

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

  • I would have dinner with Jackson Brodie (for obvious reasons), Sherlock Holmes (for his insight) Stella Moon, of The Confession of Stella Moon, (for atmosphere) and Roddie Macrae, of His Bloody Project, (to ask: What’s the score, Roddy?’)

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

  • Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere: art, observations, personal experiences, overheard conversations, musings, wonderings, wanderings, anything.

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

  • I’ve just checked the playlist I put together when writing Truestory ( a novel about a woman struggling to raise her son who has Autism). Kooks by David Bowie is on there – a song Bowie wrote for his son – so that seems about right.

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 body lay sprawled in The Wash Bar, clutching a banana etched with the words ‘Greyfriar’s Bobby.’

….No…

The body lay sprawled on Greyfriar’s Bobby clutching a wash bar etched with the word ‘banana’.

…No…

The body lay sprawled on a banana clutching Greyfriar’s Bobby etched with the words ‘The Wash Bar’.

…No….

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

  • I’ve just had a short story included in the ‘Echoes of the City’ Project. This is a lovely idea – you can download the app ‘Podwalk’ and listen to trained actors read you a story set in different parts of Edinburgh as you walk around the city. My story is called ‘Giuseppe and Rosa go up in the World’. It is set on Easter Road and inspired by my in-laws who immigrated to Scotland from Italy in the late 1950s. Echoes Of The City

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

  • I am currently working on a memoir called ‘When I had a Little Sister’. I’ve been lucky enough to receive nine-months’ mentoring from Scottish Book Trust to help me work on it. It’s about loss and grief and mental illness and about how weird and funny-haha and funny-peculiar families are.

How can my readers connect with you?

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Truestory By Catherine Simpson 

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On a remote Lancashire farm, eleven year old Sam seeks answers to life’s big questions online. His mother Alice’s life is dictated by Sam’s strange ways and her husband’s fecklessness as their money runs out. When Duncan brings home a stranger to help with his latest scheme, Alice is furious. Sam can’t cope with change. But Larry beguiles Sam with his maps and, as he works his magic, Alice falls for him too.

By turns hilarious and tragic, Truestory examines how we are all trapped in our own lives, yet sometimes have more options than we realise.

Quote from James Robertson: ‘Catherine Simpson does not waste words. She has that rare ability to conjure up people and places, how they look and how they sound, in just a sentence or two. Her writing is vivid perceptive and acute and she deserves a wide readership.’

You can order your copy today ~

Thank you so much for being on my blog today, Catherine, you are so inspiring, genuine and gentle. You have been incredibly supportive of my wee blog and I will always be very grateful.

Kelly xx

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*Crime Fiction Takeover* Tana Collins Care To Die #Interview #Exclusive @Bloodhoundbook

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

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Tana Collins ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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

  • It would have to be Peter Robinson’s ‘In a Dry Season’. I loved it for its atmosphere, characterisation and how it evokes the 1940’s. It was the first ever crime novel that I read and for that reason it really changed my life. Who would have thought fourteen years later I would have become a crime writer myself and that I would have a quote from Peter Robinson for my second book, Care to Die which was published on 1st June.  It’s a dream come true

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

  •  Historic, vibrant, interesting and windy

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • Perhaps unsurprisingly Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks. He makes me feel safe

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • I live in Morningside which I love but I think my favourite part of the city has to be Stockbridge. I love the unique character of that area and the fact it has the feel of a village. It reminds me of London.

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

  •  Moriarty because I want to understand his motivations, Rebus because he’d bring plenty of good whisky with him; Montalbano in the hope he might fly us all to Sicily for some al fresco dining and my own Inspector Jim  Carruthers as he’d really enjoy meeting the other three!

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

  • Inspiration is all around me. A chance encounter with a stranger, overhearing conversations, news items; world events. I also have a very strong imagination. The inspiration is never ending.

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

  • My novels are set in Fife and I’ve always said if they became films I would love local Fifer, King Creosote to do the music for them so anything by King Creosote would work for me!

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.

Having finished her banana daiquiri the woman with the flaming red hair hastened out of the Wash Bar. Walking to the Meadows for her rendez-vous with Felix she saw a couple by Greyfriars Bobby struggling to read a map as the wind tore at their clothes. Suddenly she couldn’t breathe and clutching her throat with her hands she dropped to her knees. Why had she finished that drink? She thought it had tasted strange. She felt hot, her body temperature soaring. She vomited as she collapsed on to the pavement, convulsing as she lay. The map slipped out of the hands of the couple as they looked on in alarm.

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

  • I’m on panels at Newcastle Crime Writer’s Festival and hopefully Crimefest next year. Bit of a time to wait but will be appearing at another Edinburgh Noir at the Bar later this year so I’ll keep you posted!

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

  • I’m in the middle of the edit for the third Inspector Carruthers novel, Mark of the Devil, which is due out 2018. The inspiration for this novel came, in part, from a visit to Tallinn and a stay in the Hotel Viru which included a trip to the secret top floor where the KGB spied on foreigners. It was fascinating so I had to create a storyline that led Carruthers over to Estonia, although I have to say the novel’s not necessarily about spies

How can my readers connect with you?

Tana Collins ~ Facebook Page

Robbing The Dead & Care To Die By Tana Collins 

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In a small Scottish university town, what links a spate of horrible murders, a targeted bomb explosion and a lecturer’s disappearance? Is a terror group involved? If so, who is pulling the strings? And what does something that happened over forty years ago have to do with it?

Having recently returned to Castletown in the hope of winning back his estranged wife, DCI Jim Carruthers finds himself up to his eyes in the investigation.

Struggling with a very different personal problem, DS Andrea Fetcher assists Jim in the hunt for the murderous perpetrators. To prevent further violence they must find the answers quickly. But will Jim’s old adversary, terror expert McGhee, be a help or a hindrance?

The first in a new series featuring DCI Jim Carruthers

Care to Die 

Struggling with his demotion back to DI and his concern for the grieving DS Andrea Fletcher, Jim Carruthers is thrown in at the deep end when the body of an old man is discovered stabbed to death in a nature reserve- a ball of cloth rammed into the back of the victim’s throat. The only suspect is a fifteen-year-old neighbour who is known to the police for antisocial behaviour. But the teenager has an alibi.

When a second elderly man is also found dead at the same locale, with the same MO, Carruthers starts to wonder if they have a serial killer on their hands.

On discovering that the first victim, Ruiridh Fraser, has an estranged son living in Iceland, Carruthers flies out to interview the man, now convinced that the reason behind Fraser’s death lies in his past.

But what does the disappearance of a twelve year old boy forty years before, the brutal murder of a former journalist and a bitter local dispute about a nature reserve have to do with the investigation?

Can Carruthers and Fletcher solve the case while battling their own demons?

And are they hunting for one killer or more?

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/ReneeConoultyAuthor/

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.

Kelly x

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