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


Grantown on Spey – the crime (fiction) capital of the Highlands

Douglas is heading back to Grantown-on-Spey in November for this year’s Wee Crime Festival. It all kicks off on Friday November 3 with the gala premiere of the new Carry...

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Entering Edinburgh’s Dark Heart

A few years ago I wrote a non-fiction book called DARK HEART, which told the story of the Edinburgh Tolbooth- the old town jail. When I began it, I was...


NEW RELEASE: Amazing and Extraordinary Scotland

Dipping into Scottish history and culture for new gift book

Caro Ramsay, Michael J. Malone, Theresa Talbot and some bearded old man in 'Carry on Sleuthing' in Waterstones Argyle Street.

Clarkston Library: Carry on Sleuthing

Fresh from its triumph at Tidelines, the Carry on Sleuthing team will, to paraphrase The Monkees, take the last train to Clarkston to bring quality theatre to the city suburbs....

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Tidelines Book Festival: Carry on Sleuthing

Yes! We’re back on stage with the play that will give you the most fun you’ll ever have out of brutal murder. Carry on Sleuthing will bring this year’s superb...

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Four Crime Writers head out west

Here’s the story so far – Four dashing, debonair, supremely talented young crime writers agree to change the format of their already successful touring panel. It’s daring! It’s brave! It’s...

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

Another record breaking year for 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...

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Bloody Scotland: Four Blokes in Search of a Plot

The Crime Factor old boy band are getting back together, specially for Bloody Scotland. Neil Broadfoot, Gordon Brown, Mark Leggatt and I will be fielding questions from the audience on...

Douglas Skelton, Neil Broadfoot, Mark Leggatt and GJ Brown will be hitting the road this year as Four Crime Writers in Search of a Plot. Picture: Daniel Morrison

New format for Four Blokes in Search of a Plot

Well, this is scary. Inspired by the success (well, we enjoyed it) of the #ScotLitFest Crime Collaboration Creation, in which over four hours on Facebook we created a brand new...

Catriona MacPherson, Gillian Galbraith, Russel D.McLean and Theresa Talbot listen as I make some truncheon remarks.

Leaping lizards! It’s almost Bloody Scotland time!

To be honest, I can’t believe it’s almost here. It seems like only yesterday that I shared a stage with Catriona MacPherson, Gillian Galbraith, Russel D McLean and the always...