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Crime scene September newsletter

Welcome to the September round-up of criminal activity – and if you thought August was busy, just wait until you see what’s coming up next!

On the cover this month, we feature Seonaid Francis of ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd, as we continue to share the love for small independent publishers.

We’ve got Bloody Scotland and Noir at the Bar Edinburgh to look forward to, as well as the Tidelines book festival, and I have exciting news of my own to add…

On Noir at the Bar Edinburgh, I’m delighted to be announcing the lineup for the evening, and you’re in for a treat.… Read the rest

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 criminal goings-on, and what a lot there is happening this month!

First of all, I wanted to give a shout out to the book bloggers, who do so much to support crime writers and bring us together with readers. On the front page this month, we say hello to one of crime fiction’s best known bloggers, Kelly Lacey of Love Books Group.… Read the rest

What’s in a name?

Now onto writing the fourth book in my DI Donna Davenport series, there are a lot of characters involved – and that means a lot of names to come up with. Every writer has their own way of finding names for their characters. Here’s something of how I do it…

The core characters in my series are Donna Davenport (of course), Libby Quinn, and Natesh Chaudrakar.… Read the rest

What if…..?

This month I’m going to be talking about TOXIC, the first book in my DI Donna Davenport series.

TOXIC is set in the present day, and is a where-is-it rather than a whodunit. It tells the story of the desperate search for deadly toxin, MIC, which has been smuggled into the country.… Read the rest

Crime Scene July Newsletter

Welcome to the July round up of crime fiction goodies. This month we feature author AA Abbott – you can visit her website and download a free short story here.

I’m also rather excited about publication of Catherine Czerkawska’s book, ‘A Proper Person to Be Detained‘ from Saraband on the 11th.… Read the rest

Let me tell you a story….

For today’s blog post, here’s something a little different. It’s a short story I wrote, and although it’s not crime, it does contain a mystery. It also might not be all fiction … I’ll let you decide where the truth begins and ends. I hope you like it!

Before LOL

I wasn’t to know just then that I was about to embark on the greatest and most enduring of love affairs. … Read the rest

Crime Scene June newsletter

Welcome to my second newsletter, bringing together more criminal goodies for the month of June. In this issue, we take a look at Glasgow crime writer C.S. Duffy, who has two crime fiction series for you to get stuck into. And we have a peek at some of the great events lined up in the Borders Book Festival, which is running a seriously impressive programme that includes plenty for crime fans.… Read the rest

View from the other side

By Allison Brady

The first time Jackie told me that she was a writer was not long after we met. We were out having our first dinner and she very casually told me she’d written a novel and had lots more on the go. She had also written a sitcom and was working with the BBC’s Comedy Unit on developing it.… Read the rest

Crime Scene May newsletter

Well, here’s my first newsletter, bringing together some criminal goodies for the month of May. Each issue will contain brief details of new books, events, and author appearances, and in addition will provide a focus on one or two items.

In this issue, we take a look at Tana Collins‘ latest book, Dark is the Day – and, having had a sneaky peek at it pre-pubication, I can tell you you’re in for a real treat as Tana takes DI Jim Carruthers on another exciting investigation.… Read the rest