Tag – You’re Dead out now! Davie McCall McIlvanney Listed

Tag – You’re Dead out now!

Dominic Queste is back – and playing a deadly game with a ruthless killer



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


Investigating why a book just isn’t work

I wasn't being drawn back to the book I was writing. Which is not a good thing. The question was, why?

The Wigtown Covenanters Monument

Wigtown Summer Literary Festival

I’ll be one of four authors taking part in this great event, the others are Margi Tolstoy, Hazel Stevens, Suzi Henderson and the incomparable Caro Ramsay. I’ll be talking about both...

Four guys

#ScotLitFest – Crime writing on the fly (well, on the Facebook)

I’m joining my Crime Factor pals on Sunday July 23 for a thrilling event on Facebook. As part of this year’s #ScotLitFest, we’re going to collaborate to create a crime...


The imagination can take flight – but not in a good way

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...


Night and Day

Sometimes the best ideas come in the middle of a sleepless night.

Valleyfield Street today. When I was born there were tenement properties on both sides. And it wasn't as clean and sand-blasted.

Snapshots in time

The man was talking to someone I couldn’t see. Or maybe he was talking to someone only he could see. All I knew was that when I reached him, there...

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Schooldays and friendship

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...


Looking back can be a bad habit

Sometimes looking back is not a good idea. Just ask Lot’s wife.

Beauty and the Beast - although if anyone else calls Caro the beast I'll rip their lungs out with a spoon. With thanks to Jack Nicholson's Joker.
Picture courtesy of Liz Petrie

Tag – You’re Dead Glasgow Launch

Best-selling author, the elegant Caro Ramsay™, will be giving me a verbal thrashing once again when she hosts the launch of another of my books. I don’t know which of...


Talking crime at Newcastle Noir

I’m heading back across the border to Newcastle again, this time to take part in the hugely popular Newcastle Noir festival. Clearly, I got away with it last time. I’m appearing with...