Davie McCall McIlvanney Listed Dead Don’t Boogie


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.


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


Crime Factor crosses the border!

Well, William Wallace tried it, Bonnie Prince Charlie tried it, now it’s our turn – for the Crime Factor Four are heading across the border. Neil Broadfoot, Gordon Brown, Mark...

The Fairy Knowe near Aberfoyle. A minister who revealed the secrets of the fairy folk is imprisoned in the large tree, legend tells us.

MY SCOTLAND: 1. Away with the Fairies

My Scotland is one of dark deeds and dark tales. Stories of ghosts and demons, of battles and massacres, of murder and mayhem. In the first of an occasional series telling some of these yarns and sharing my pictures, I talk of the Reverend Robert Kirk, who legend tells us found himself away with the fairies.

Picture: Gary McLaughlin

Character building

How much of himself/herself does an author put in his/her characters?


Tidelines Festival with Michael J. Malone

I'm delighted to have been invited to appear for the first time at the Tidelines Festival in North Ayrshire.

Bres Road

Murder with a Smile on Glasgow’s Byres Road

Light-hearted look at crime writing in inaugural book festival


Stirling work from all involved at Bloody Scotland

Another tremendous weekend of crime writing

bloody scotland

Scotland the Grave at Bloody Scotland

What a panel I’m on at Bloody Scotland this year. I’d better bring my A game. Catriona McPherson, Gillian Galbraith, Russel D McLean – hell, I’ll need to get in...

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Glasgow launch for The Dead Don’t Boogie

Bestselling author Caro Ramsay, below, will be putting Douglas Skelton to the question during the Glasgow launch for THE DEAD DON’T BOOGIE. The bestselling author of the Anderson and Costello...


The Dead Don’t Boogie – Ayr Launch

Come along to the launch in Ayr of the first Dominic Queste thriller THE DEAD DON’T BOOGIE. Bestselling Author Michael J. Malone, below, will be chatting to Douglas Skelton about the...

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As one series ends, another begins

After four Davie McCall books, I decided a change of pace was called for.