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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 Atlantic to set a thriller in New York. It’s been described as Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos and it’s a fast-moving conspiracy thriller in the […]

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The cast of Inspector Faro Investigates, clockwise from top left, Marsali Taylor, Douglas Skelton, Alanna Knight, Abir Mukherjee, Harley Jane Kozak and Gordon Brown. Picture: Paul Reich, courtesy of Bloody Scotland

Well. That’s Bloody Scotland 2017 over, never to be seen again. Except in photographs. It was another record-breaker, with ticket sales 30% up on last year. The Festival just grows and grows! I was busy this year. I attended the reception in Stirling Castle (in the Royal Apartments, don’t you know?) before heading into the […]


Okay. So that’s me updated my website. I’ve posted lots of stuff on FB, some on Twitter. I’ve done a wee job for a pal. I’ve been on You Tube researching an accent. I’ve even washed the dishes. Yup, it’s one of those days when I just can’t seem to bring myself to write. Unfortunately, […]

Valleyfield Street today. When I was born there were tenement properties on both sides. And it wasn't as clean and sand-blasted.
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Last night I attended a prizegiving at Lesmahagow High School. My job was to shake hands, congratulate each prizewinner and then pass them their certificate or trophy. I managed it without any serious difficulty. After all, the heavy–lifting had been done by the pupils themselves and the on–the–ball staff members who ensured that the correct […]