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Crime at the Castle

February 24

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 to be one of the most haunted sites in Scotland and has, according to my trusty Gazetteer of Scottish and Irish Ghosts by Peter Underwood, a haunted chamber, the ghost of Earl Beardie who played cards with the devil (and lost), a bloodstain that never washes out, a white lady, a tall figure in a long coat and various other ghosts, bogles and even a vampire.

And then there’s the monstrous child, kept away from all eyes in a hidden room. They say that guests staying at the castle once hung towels from the windows of every room but when they went outside there were still windows with no towels – and yet they had opened every door in the castle.

All grist to the mill as far as crime writers are concerned.

I’ll be there, soaking up the atmosphere during the event on Saturday February 24.

Other writers appearing are:

Alex Gray

Caro Ramsay

Caroline Dunford

Chris Brookmyre

Chris Longmuir

Craig Robertson

Denise Mina

Frank Muir

Jackie Mclean

Lin Anderson

Michael J Malone

Sandra Ireland

Shona MacLean

Val McDermid

Wendy H. Jones


It’s quite a line-up!

The day-long event will see a mixture of interviews, talks and workshops. My workshop is on how to create a series and it’s already fully booked, which naturally pleases me no end.

Later, I’ll be chating to Sandra Ireland about hard-boiled crime.

crime at the castle programme

There are still a very few places left on this exciting new addition to Scotland’s roster of crime festival so if you fancy seeing some great writers (and me) in a fabulous setting, book no!

Details here:



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Glamis Castle
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