Amazing and Extraordinary Scotland The Dominic Queste books Davie McCall

Welcome

I’m Douglas Skelton – a crime writer who specialises in fiction and non-fiction  from the darker side of our world. My non-fiction charts the true life exploits of murderers, criminals and cause celebres. My fiction focuses on the underbelly of Glasgow – Scotland’s biggest, industrial and working-class city; with a history of tobacco barons, Victorian elegance, manufacturing, gangs, and culture. It’s a hard but sentimental city. It’s a city with a fierce and abiding heart.

The Dead Don't Boogie

A missing teenager should be an easy job for Dominic Queste - after all, finding lost souls is what he does best. But sometimes it's better if those souls stay lost.

Davie McCall Series

Davie McCall has darkness inside him. A darkness that haunts him, but also helps him do despicable things to those trying to cause him and his friends harm.

Non-Fiction

Dark, black, hearts, valentines, Indian Peter and all true from Scotland.

Best Crime Book

Douglas Skelton's final Davie McCall book "Open Wounds" is listed for the McIlvanney Prize 2016 as best Crime Book of the Year at this year's Bloody Scotland

Latest Blog

Carry on Sleuthing returns to Tidelines

Yes, it’s true! Crime Writers Amalgamated Players (CWAP for short) are heading back to the seaside this September. Despite public demand – there may even have been a petition and...

Bloody Scotland – another fabulous weekend ahead.

Bloody Scotland promises to be bloody brilliant again.

Crime Writers Room 101

Caro Ramsay is in the chair (unless we pull it out from under her) for what promises to be an entertaining evening of likes and dislikes and the sending of...

Thoughts on weighty reads – and more

Today, class, let’s talk about length. I have a problem with excessive length… Okay, get the giggling over with. I’ll wait. Fine… I am, of course, talking about books. And...

The Beautiful Cigar Girl and the Troubled Author

The true life case that inspired one of the earliest detective stories - and the questions that still hang over it. Is it possible the man responsible for creating the genre was himself a murderer?

Carry on Sleuthing makes its West End debut!

Forget the National Theatre and the RSC. The biggest theatrical event of the season is hitting the West End in June. Well, the West End of Glasgow. Yes – the...

Facing a blank page

A blank page. That’s what all authors begin with. Pristine white, apart from the blink of the cursor, flashing like some kind of Morse Code challenge. Come on, it says,...

Magnificent seven books

OVER on that Facebook place, I was challenged by pal Richard Bruce to come up with seven books that influenced me. My regular reader – she’s a nice woman –...

Readers’ Afternoon in Troon Library

I’ll be joining pals Pat Young and Michael J. Malone in Troon Library in April for an afternoon dedicated to those all-important readers. We’ll be talking about books, each other’s...

Coming soon to a bookstore near you!

I’ve got a new book heading your way later this year. Something different. Well, for me. For once, it’s not set in Scotland. I’ve spread my writing wings across the...