Free short story

Poison pen

by Jackie McLean

“Is it true?”

The question took me by surprise.  Not just the noise springing suddenly out of the silence but the tone of it, and coming from Mrs Sillars, too.

Now, let me tell you a thing or two about Mrs Sillars.  She would come into the library most days, and she had pretty much taken up residence there by that time. … Read the rest

Crime Scene August Newsletter

Welcome to the August round up of crime ficition goodies. Download it here:

This month is packed full of criminal reads and online events – so much, that you’ll want to stay in lockdown to get in on the action.

Running from 14th – 16th August, it’s the Reading Between the Crime online book festival, organised by blogger Lynsey Adams.… Read the rest

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This month I’m delighted to recommend to you Lies to Tell by Marion Todd, published by Canelo on 25th June. In fact, I’m recommending the whole series.

Marion Todd’s Detective Clare Mackay series is fast becoming a favourite of mine. It follows DI Clare Mackay, who is determined to make a new start in Fife following a difficult episode in her Glasgow life and career.… Read the rest

My non-fiction project (2) – the plan

Now I’ve taken the first step in preparing my book on the history of literature as depicted on postage stamps from around the world – deciding what’s actually going to be in it.

A book like this takes a lot of planning. It involves researching the topic, and finding and purchasing the stamps that will illustrate the story.… Read the rest

My non-fiction project (1)

This is the page where I’ll be sharing progress with my non-fiction project, a book about, erm, books. But with a difference – this is about the history of literature as depicted on postage stamps from around the world. It combines my two lifelong hobbies, writing and stamp collecting. I’ll be posting monthly updates on how it’s coming along.… Read the rest

Recommended new read for May

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Each month in the Crime Scene Newsletter I preview a new release for the coming month. In May’s newsletter, I looked at Small Mercies by Alex Walters, published by Canelo on 11th May.

This is the first book in Alex Walters’ new Detective Annie Delamere Series.

Book info

A killer is sending a message – but for who?… Read the rest

Crime Scene May Newsletter

Welcome to the May round-up of crime fiction goodies – download it here:

This month, we feature the incredible lockdown sensation that is our public libraries. We also review top pick of this month’s new releases, Small Mercies by Alex Walters.

You’ll find details of Newcastle Noir virtual events, Noir at the Bar in your home (with some sneaky previews), and some great podcasts you can tune into.… Read the rest

Crime Scene April Newsletter

Welcome to the April round up of crime fiction goodies – download it here:

So, life’s a little different now, isn’t it? However, the crime fiction community has adapted with murderous speed, and we have a range of virtual events to keep you connected and chilled (to the bone). This month’s spotlight is on virtual Noir at the Bar and its virtual sister Noir at the Bar Edinburgh, with details of how you can join in with each one.… Read the rest