Crime Scene March Newsletter

Welcome to the round-up of criminal goodies for the month of March. With the tantalising prospect of lockdown restrictions coming to an end soon, it can be a frustrating wait. However, with plenty to keep us occupied on the crime fiction front, maybe we won’t be in too much of a hurry to go out…

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This month, we have the thrilling Anthrax Island by DL Marshall, and top reads from favourites Rob Parker, Mel Sherratt and Alex Gray.… Read the rest

Jackie’s Quick Writing Tips: Scrivener (2)

Here’s the second video in my mini series on how to use Scrivener. In the previous video I showed you how it’s set up for my current work in progress, so you can see what it can do. In this second video, I’ll show you how to get started with Scrivener – how to set up the files you’ll probably need when you’re writing a book.… Read the rest

Jackie’s quick writing tips: Scrivener (1)

Welcome to my new series

I’ve put together a series of short videos with writing tips, based on the questions I get asked a lot at book events. I hope you find them useful, and I’m kicking off with a set of three videos on how to use Scrivener.

Scrivener

Lots of writers use Scrivener, the software specifically for writing.… Read the rest

Police procedural at its finest

I’m a big fan of Marion Todd’s DI Clare Mackay series, which continues to go from strength to strength. In her fourth book, published today, the St Andrews based team are faced with a series of puzzling murders. As step by step they establish the links between the victims, we’re taken in and out of homes, offices and bars, through the town and along the coastline.… Read the rest

Crime Scene February Newsletter

Welcome to the February round-up of crime fiction goodies. Download it here:

We might be in the middle of winter, not to mention in the midst of a pandemic, but there’s plenty to keep crime fiction fans busy and entertained.

There are some cracking new releases coming out. We’ve been lucky enough to have a sneak preview of Marion Todd’s new book, What They Knew, and it’s a cracker!… Read the rest

BANKING ON MURDER – The Parker Sisters Mysteries – Book 1 by J.D. WHITELAW

Thank you to Red Dog Press for including Ally’s Book Reviews in the blog tour. It’s been a delight to read this book – and I would go as far as to say it’s absolutely my favourite book of the year – read on to see why. Ally

The official blurb…

Martha Parker runs a small private detective agency in Glasgow with her two sisters, Helen and Geri.… Read the rest

SINS OF THE FATHER by SHARON BAIRDEN

The Official Blurb…….

Lucas Findlay thinks he has struck gold when he marries Rebecca, but she married him for one reason only – to destroy him.


Trauma runs deep
When her past comes back to haunt her, Rebecca begins to disconnect from herself and the world around her. As secrets are unearthed, she begins to fear for her sanity … and her life.Read the rest

Crime Feast December

Welcome to the December round-up of crime fiction goodies. Download it here:

This month you’re in for a real treat, with the release of Banking on Murder, the first in JD Whitelaw’s new Parker Sisters Mysteries series. Our review of Banking on Murder will appear in the Red Dog book blog tour on 12th December, but take our word for it – you are going to love this book!… Read the rest

A tortoise with attitude, and animals talking about crime fiction? What??

I was delighted when Angus Libraries invited me to put together a video for Book Week Scotland, and decided to do something a little bit different and (I hope) entertaining.

So, here is Crime Tails: losing the plot in lockdown, where our household pets, including celebrated tortoise Michelle, take part to give a more light-hearted look at crime fiction.… Read the rest