The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

That’s the Four Monkey Killer or ‘4MK’. A murderer with a twisted vision and absolutely no mercy. Detective Sam Porter has hunted him for five long years, the recipient of box after box of grisly trinkets carved from the bodies of 4MK’s victims. But now Porter has learnt the killer’s twisted history and is racingContinue reading “The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker”

LONGLIST FOR THE McILVANNEY PRIZE SCOTTISH CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017

Bloody Scotland have announced the longlist for this year’s McIlvanney Prize – and what a fantastic shortlist it is! The winner will be announced at the opening reception at Stirling Castle  and followed by a torchlight procession – open to the public – led by Ian Rankin on his way down to his event celebratingContinue reading “LONGLIST FOR THE McILVANNEY PRIZE SCOTTISH CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017”

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

When notorious child abductor – known as the Marsh King – escapes from a maximum security prison, Helena immediately suspects that she and her two young daughters are in danger. No one, not even her husband, knows the truth about Helena’s past: they don’t know that she was born into captivity, that she had noContinue reading “The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne”

The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards

  It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last. When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open,Continue reading “The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards”

Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen, translated by Don Bartlett

  Reeling from the death of his great love, Karin, Varg Veum’s life has descended into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, lust, grief and blackouts. When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he’s accused of being part of a paedophile ring and thrown into a prison cell. There, he struggles to siftContinue reading “Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen, translated by Don Bartlett”

Bloody Scotland programme launch Thursday 1st June 2017

It’s all excitement at the Golden Lion Hotel in Stirling where we are gathering for the programme launch of this years premier Scottish Crime Festival, to be held in Stirling from 8-10 September. This will be the 6th Bloody Scotland Festval and its shaping up to be the best yet. I’m here at the launchContinue reading “Bloody Scotland programme launch Thursday 1st June 2017”

Blind Sight by Carol O’Connell

A very egalitarian killer. The nun is dead, her body lies on the mayor’s lawn. And it isn’t alone. There are four of them altogether. They’ve been killed at different times, in different places, and dumped there. There should be five – but the boy is missing. One second he was there… Jonah Quill, blindContinue reading “Blind Sight by Carol O’Connell”

A Murder of Crows by Ian Skewis

The most violent thunderstorm in living memory occurs above a sleepy village on the West Coast of Scotland.   A young couple take shelter in the woods, never to be seen again… DCI Jack Russell is brought in to investigate. Nearing retirement, he agrees to undertake one last case, which he believes can be solvedContinue reading “A Murder of Crows by Ian Skewis”

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