Amazing and Extraordinary Scotland The Dominic Queste books Davie McCall


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

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Crime at the Castle

I’m honoured to be part of a truly incredible roster of Scottish crime writers at the very first Crime at the Castle. And what a setting! Glamis Castle is reputed...


An author’s life for me

I’m heading to Alloa in February for a Meet the Author session. Towards the end of last year they enjoyed a jam-packed session from none other than Chris Brookmyre, so...

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Carry on Sleuthing returns to the Harbour Arts Centre

Carry on Sleuthing: A Death on the Ocean Wave sails back into Irvine’s Harbour Arts Centre in February. The gang will be back together for a special show in aid...

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Murder Most Fun in the Queen of the South

They called it a triumph in Grantown-on-Spey (or some kind of clapped out old banger, anyway). And in January, Carry on Sleuthing 2: Murder at the Knickerage is heading for...

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A Day Long Remembered

It's been 40 years since we were introduced to the world of the Empire, the Jedi and The Force.


Caro Ramsay launches new book

Bloody hell! That Caro Ramsay’s got a new book heading into the hands of eager fans. Yes – another one! Does she eat? It’s called THE SUFFERING OF STRANGERS and...


Skelton’s skeletons- Helensburgh Library

I complete my mini tour of Argyll and Bute for Book Week Scotland in Helensburgh. I’ll be chatting about how it was the writer’s life for me, after everything else...

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Skelton’s skeletons – Campbeltown Library

The midway point of my three day mini tour of Argyll and Bute takes me to Campbeltown, just down the road from the land of my forefathers (which was Gigha,...

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Crime and Cupcakes

My first official Book Week Scotland event takes me back to the lovely isle of Bute. I’ll be teaming up pals Caro Ramsay and Michael J. Malone once again –...


North Ayrshire Readers’ Day

Although not officially part of it, my Book Week Scotland gets to a start with this exciting event in Irvine. I’m one of four authors taking part this year, the...