Regular readers to this blog will know how much I loved Douglas Skelton’s Thunder Bay. Shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Book of the Year, Thunder Bay is the first book to feature journalist Rebecca Connolly.
Tense, atmospheric, beautifully written, Thunder Bay is a cracker of a crime novel I really loved.
Now the second book in the series is scheduled for publication in March next year, and I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to meeting Rebecca Connolly again.
I’m really thrilled and I can’t lie, a little bit buzzed, to be able to bring you a sneak preview of the cover, but before that, let’s take a look at what the book is about.
THE BLOOD IS STILL
When the body of a man in eighteenth-century Highland dress is discovered on the site of the Battle of Culloden, journalist Rebecca Connolly takes up the story for the Chronicle.
Meanwhile, a film being made about the ’45 Rebellion has enraged the right-wing group Spirit of the Gael. They see themselves as modern-day Jacobites and have connections to a shadowy group called Black Dawn which has been linked to death threats and fake anthrax deliveries to Downing Street and Holyrood.
When a second body – this time in the Redcoat uniform of the government army – is found in Inverness, Rebecca finds herself drawn ever deeper into the mystery. Are the murders connected to politics, a local gang war or something else entirely?
Now that sounds amazing and I can’t wait to find out how The Blood is Still will develop.
I’m almost ready to tell you about the cover for The Blood is Still, but first a word or two about our author, Douglas Skelton.
Douglas Skelton has published 12 books on true crime and history. He has been a bank clerk, tax officer, shelf stacker, meat porter, taxi driver (for two days), wine waiter (for two hours), reporter, investigator and editor.
His first thriller BLOOD CITY was published in 2013.
The gritty thriller was the first in a quartet set on the tough streets of Glasgow from 1980 onwards. It was followed by CROW BAIT, DEVIL’S KNOCK and finally OPEN WOUNDS, which was longlisted for the first McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year in 2016.
His two Dominic Queste thrillers, THE DEAD DON’T BOOGIE and TAG – YOU’RE DEAD lightened the tone but didn’t skimp on thrills.
He followed this with his New York-set chase thriller THE JANUS RUN in 2018.
Douglas is often recruited by documentary makers to contribute to true crime shows on TV and radio and is a regular on the crime writing festival circuit.
He also takes part in comedy shows with other crime writers. To date he has written three Carry on Sleuthing plays in which he also appears along with Caro Ramsay, Michael J. Malone, Theresa Talbot, Pat Young and Lucy Cameron, with occasional guests Alex Gray, Lin Anderson and Neil Broadfoot. He was also the author of the very successful You The Jury, which premiered at Bloody Scotland in 2019 – a collaborative drama project with lawyers, scientists and staff from the Faculty of Advocates, the James Hutton Institute and the Scottish court service.
Douglas is also one quarter of Four Blokes in search of a Plot, along with Gordon Brown, Mark Leggatt and Neil Broadfoot.
And so now it’s time for the BIG COVER REVEAL
Gorgeous, isn’t it? I cannot contain my excitement!
The Blood is Still is published on 5th March 2020 and is available to pre-order from all good book sources.