Book Week Scotland is heading our way at a brisk pace.

It’s the week that sees more authors on the road than traffic cones, darting here and there to engage with readers in libraries and other venues across our beautiful country.

I’m thankful that I’ve got a busy week, although I’ll sure be racking up the miles.

This year’s theme is REBEL, so I’ll be tailoring my presentation to that. Is it a noun or a verb? And how does it dovetail into crime fiction? These are the questions I’ll be pondering in my solo events.

On Monday November 19 I’m in Greenock Central Library.

https://bookweekscotlandevents.com/events/rebels-and-rogues-with-crime-writer-douglas-skelton

However, on Tuesday November 20 I’ll be doing my Graham Norton with bestselling – and prizewinning – authors Denise Mina and Liam McIlvanney, discussing their books The Long Drop and The Quaker in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library. Both are superb reads based on real-life events. I’m looking forward to talking true Glasgow crime in a fictional setting with them. Both Denise and Liam know their stuff and they will provide some fascinating insights into real crime and writing.

https://bookweekscotlandevents.com/events/a-conversation-with-denise-mina-and-liam-mcllvanney

Wednesday November 21 sees me back on my own with my Rebel theme, this time heading to Lochgilphead Library

https://bookweekscotlandevents.com/events/the-rebel-in-crime

Then, on Thursday, it’s over the water to lovely Mull and Tobermory Library

https://bookweekscotlandevents.com/events/the-rebel-in-crime-1abe316f-73e2-44c3-bcfd-23b2fee5c80a

On Friday, I’ll be lying down in a darkened room!

I hope to see you at one of these events. Book Week Scotland is a wonderful concept by the Scottish Book Trust and has been going strong for some time now. I’m honoured to be part of it.

Things have suddenly turned busier than ever here at Hole-In-The-Wall.

First, THE JANUS RUN is now out there and ready, willing and (hopefully) able to give readers a thrill ride in words.

I’m also as busy ever on social media – well, as busy as I can be given I really don’t understand it at all!

I’m writing a new Carry on Sleuthing (more later) and awaiting edits on a new book to be published next March. I’ve already seen the cover and it’s so good it would make me want to read the book! And I know what happens.

You’ll hear a LOT more from me on this new one in the coming months.

However, I’m also out and about a great deal over the next few weeks.

DENZIL MEYRICK

Fans of Denzil Meyrick are snapping up his new book THE RELENTLESS TIDE.

I’ve been lucky enough to chair Denzil at two bookstore events for its release – Edinburgh and Glasgow.

I say chair but really you just start him off and watch him entertain the crowd with a string of one liners and stories.

I have two more with him coming up:

Thursday October 11 – Falkirk Library 3pm (in association with Waterstones)

https://www.waterstones.com/events/an-afternoon-with-denzil-meyrick/falkirk

Thursday November 8 – Waterstones, Oban, 6.30pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/464645690694642/

If you’ve never seen Denzil then come along if you can – he gives right good chat. and if you’ve never read his books, then you really are missing something!

CARRY ON SLEUTHING

You can’t keep a good show down. The same can be said for Carry on Sleuthing.

The gang is heading to Giffnock Library on Friday October 12 with MURDER AT THE KNICKERAGE.

https://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/article/9764/Carry-On-Sleuthing

The very first Letitia Luvibod headscratcher, A DEATH ON THE OCEAN WAVE, will descend upon Troon Library on Wednesday November 14.

THE JANUS RUN

On Thursday October 18 I’ll be back in my old haunt of Waterstones Argyle Street for the Glasgow launch of the new book.

https://www.waterstones.com/events/douglas-skelton-launches-the-janus-run/glasgow-argyle-street

FOUR BLOKES IN SEARCH OF A PLOT

The four blokes – Neil Broadfoot, Gordon Brown, Mark Leggatt and myself – are crossing the water to Bute on Friday October 19. It’s already a near sell-out so if you want a ticket, be quick!

MEL SHERRATT

On Thursday November 25 I’ll be in Waterstones Argyle Street once again, this time to natter to bestselling author Mel Sherratt about her new book HUSH HUSH

https://www.waterstones.com/events/mel-sherratt-launches-hush-hush/glasgow-argyle-street

THE WEE CRIME FESTIVAL

The crime festival in Grantown-on-Spey is an absolutely cracking event and I hope I’m invited every year! So far, I’ve been lucky.

The event takes place from Friday November 2 to Sunday November 4 and is jam-packed with great authors.

And we’ll be debuting the brand new CARRY ON SLEUTHING: THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT PYLES.

BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND

Once again, I’m all over the place like a cheap suit during Book Week Scotland.

Monday November 19 – Greenock Library

https://bookweekscotlandevents.com/events/rebels-and-rogues-with-crime-writer-douglas-skelton

Tuesday November 20 – Mitchell Library, Glasgow, in conversation with Denise Mina and Liam McIlvanney

https://bookweekscotlandevents.com/events/a-conversation-with-denise-mina-and-liam-mcllvanney

Wednesday November 21 – Lochgilphead Library

https://bookweekscotlandevents.com/events/the-rebel-in-crime

Thursday November 22 – Tobermory Library, Isle of Mull

https://bookweekscotlandevents.com/events/the-rebel-in-crime-1abe316f-73e2-44c3-bcfd-23b2fee5c80a