The Jump – coming soon in the US

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The Jump is coming out soon in the US, so expect a wee flurry of reviews and blog posts soon. Here’s the first review I’ve seen, over at The Suspense is Thrilling Me, and it’s a doozy. Thanks Chelsea Humphrey!

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Echoes of Edinburgh


Hey folks, I recently took part in a University of Edinburgh project called Echoes of Edinburgh, where I was interviewed and spraffed on about all sorts of guff. Check it out here. Enjoy!


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Some Random New Reviews

Just spotted a few random new reviews of older books.

First here’s Hit & Run getting a wee rave at The TLE Books blog.

Next is Hit & Run again, this time author and reviewer Chris Beakey absolutely loving it on his blog.

And Tombstoning gets a welcome dust down courtesy of Sarah Hardy over at By The Letter. In fact, Sarah is a one-woman Doug J publicity machine, and here’s her review of The Dead Beat. She’s also done Gone Again and The Jump. Have I missed any, Sarah? Thanks!

Thank you, all! Dx

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My latest Big Issue reviews


illustration by Dom McKenzie

Here’s a round up of my latest Big Issue book reviews, with one-word summaries:

James Sallis, Willnot (No Exit) – sublime

SJI Holliday, Willow Walk (Black & White) – horrific

Melissa Ginsburg, Sunset City (Faber) – classy

Robin Wasserman, Girls on Fire (Little, Brown) – atmospheric

Tim Winton, Island Home (Picador) – thoughtful

Mary M Talbot and Bryan Talbot, The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia (Jonathan Cape) – striking


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Another lovely review for The Jump

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Sarah Hardy over at By the Letter Book Reviews has given The Jump another lovely review. Thanks, Sarah!

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I’m now a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow


Folks, I’m now an accredited Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow. On the off chance that you work in higher education and might be interested, this means I can give academic writing workshops to students and staff. For a fee, likes.

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The Jump is longlisted for The McIlvanney Prize!


Well, I have some good news. The Jump has been longlisted for Scottish Crime Book of the Year, now known as The McIlvanney Prize. Absolutely honoured and thrilled to be in such fine company!


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