Doug Johnstone, Val McDermid, Ambrose Parry & Mary Paulson-Ellis: Summer Crime Wave
A few months ago there was a minor storm in the Twitterverse when a group of Scottish authors realised their books would all be published on more or less the same day in August. How could we ignore this explosion of Scottish crime writing? Today we’re bringing them together on stage to raise a toast to the new books by Doug Johnstone, Val McDermid, Mary Paulson-Ellis and Ambrose Parry (otherwise known as Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman).
What do The Great Silence, 1979, Emily Noble’s Disgrace and The Art of Dying have in common? They’re all set in Scotland for a start, and they are all examples of a Scottish crime-writing scene that’s more vibrant than ever. Much more varied than the catch-all phrase Tartan Noir might suggest, these books put skin on the bones of Scotland’s history.
From 1850s Enlightenment Edinburgh through to the smoky newsrooms of 1970s Glasgow and then back again to the capital city in the present day, this is a rich new seam of stories mined by five international masters of their craft.
The discovery of a human foot in an Edinburgh park, the inexplicable circumstances of a dying woman, and the missing daughter of Jenny's violent ex-husband present the Skelf women with their most challenging - and deadly - cases yet...
Three generations of women take over the family funeral-home and PI businesses in the first book of a taut, page-turning and darkly funny new series.
Running private investigator and funeral home businesses means trouble is never far away, and the Skelf women take on their most perplexing, chilling cases yet in book two of the darkly funny, devastatingly tense and addictive Skelfs series!
The first breathtaking thriller in a brand-new series from number one bestseller and queen of crime Val McDermid.
A gritty, dark tale of infectious disease gone wrong - the timely graphic novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Val McDermid.
The breathtaking new DCI Karen Pirie thriller from number one bestseller and queen of crime, Val McDermid. When a body is pulled from the sea, Karen must reopen a case from a decade before, drawing her into a sinister world of betrayal and dark secrets.
Family secrets, sinister murders, a divided Edinburgh - the next thrilling medical mystery in the historical crime series featuring duo Will Raven and Sarah Fisher
A vivid and gripping historical crime novel set in 19th century Edinburgh, co-written by bestselling author Chris Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman
The moving and heartfelt third novel from Mary Paulson-Ellis, which follows two sisters and their journey into their traumatic past.
An heir hunter in modern-day Edinburgh searches out the rightful inheritor to a dead man's fortune - an investigation that will lead him to the battlefields of WWI France, and the mystery of a six-man firing squad . . .
A detective story with no detective...