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My Life of Crime by Anne Randall author of the Ross and Wheeler novels set in Glasgow

Anne Randall grew up in the east end of Glasgow and is the author of the gritty, prize-winning Wheeler and Ross series set in her hometown.Her first novel RIVEN (written as A. J. McCreanor) won first prize at the Wells Festival of Literature in 2011. Anne has also had poems and short stories published in various anthologies.

Anne previously worked as a cadet nurse, flower-seller, civil servant and English teacher before retraining as a psychotherapist.She now works in private practice in Glastonbury, Somerset, where she lives with her husband, furniture designer/maker Don Storey, their two pesky rescued cats and an inherited and remarkably handsome collie dog. Outside of writing, Anne enjoys walking and listening to music. And, of course, reading.

You can connect with Anne here:

Twitter: @annerandall01

Two books that influenced Anne:
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I first read this when I was sixteen an…

Sneaky Peek with Pat Young's Revenge Runs Deep. Available for pre-order now!

Your boss is a bully. How far would you go to get revenge?

Thomas Smeaton is a powerful man who makes life a living hell for his employees.  When his bullying drives a woman to suicide, three of her colleagues decide it is time to take action before Smeaton destroys any more good people.  Six months later, a car is found submerged in a reservoir, with a single body inside. Suicide? Or murder?  Two people were there the night that car rolled into the depths of Loch Etrin. And one is still missing.

Author Bio Pat Young grew up in the south west of Scotland where she still lives, sometimes. She often goes to the other extreme, the south west of France, in search of sunlight.

Pat never expected to be a writer. Then she found a discarded book with a wad of cash tucked in the flyleaf. ‘What if something awful happened to the person who lost this book?’ she thought, and she was off. Pat knew nothing of writing, but she knew a thing or two about books, having studied English, French and German a…

Book Review: Cruel Acts by Jane Casey, the new Maeve Kerrigan book!

I'm a complete fan of Jane Casey's writing. I love her Young Adult books and I adore her Maeve Kerrigan series. Jane is one of those writers that manages too keep her series fresh and relevant and in Cruel Acts she does that with aplomb. 

n Cruel Acts,  Maeve runs a gamut of emotions and her position with in the investigation team goes from being the respected, lead detective to plummeting to a peripheral role, which leaves her angry and frustrated. 

A convicted serial killer is about to be released pending investigation following inconsitencies and breaches at his first trial. While almost certian he is guilty, the team have to re-investigate the case from scratch.. However, one of the victim's is being overlooked and Maeve, despite instructions from her bosses, is loathe to let this vicitm's death go unpunished.

It is this dogged determination for justice, that makes Maeve so appealing as a character,
but what really enhances her, is the dynamics between her and her DI …

Battle Sight Zero by Gerald Seymour, Book Review

I can’t think of a thriller or crime author whose books involve more up-to-date research than Gerald Seymour’s. You’d think someone as prolific as Seymour would run out of fresh ideas eventually, but he never fails to surprise. In Battle Sight Zero he interweaves the eventful history of one particular Kalashnikov assault rifle made in a bleak Soviet factory in 1957 with a terror plot to smuggle weapons into Britain in 2018. His intricately layered material with its well-drawn characters requires a lot of pages and if you like meaty books, then this one at 442 pages doesn’t disappoint, in both depth and action.
What really impresses is the plausibility of such a terror attack in Britain. From the Yorkshire Muslim girl ready to get involved with the terrorists, to the undercover agent and his handlers from the counter terrorism unit, it’s all so real, so frighteningly real. I enjoyed the fact that we not only see the overall planning of a terror plot, but get to know the ordinary peopl…

The Streets of ... Bradford with Liz Mistry's DI Gus McGuire

One of the amazing things about living in such a diverse city as Bradford is that it enriches my writing. I didn't have to think twice about setting my exising series of DI Gus McGuire books in the city and when the inspiration for my new series with DS Nikki Parekh struck, I was thrilled to be able to explore other aspects of the city. My motto for Bradford, which is often seen as the Northern underdog is that it is Warm and Rich and Fearless.

So, let's take a wee stroll through the streets of Bradford with Gus McGuire.

1. The Fort (actually Lilycroft police station) is in reality an admin only building. I've taken a bit of creative licence and used as Gus' place of work. It is situated in the heart of Manningham in Bradford's inner city, opposite the wonderfully charismatic Lister's Mill apartment complex and is a stone's throw away from Lister park and Mo's famous SaMOsa cafe. I often wonder if anyone will ever create a cafe with that name on Oak Lane.…

Book Review: Dead Memories by Angela Marsons

Can you believe we're on to the tenth Kim Stone thriller? I can't. It's been a rollercoaster, with Kim facing many challenges over the years, but perhaps in Dead Memories she is about to face her most challenging one yet ... Facing up to and sharing her past.

Dead Memories is, both poignant and liberating. For DI Kim Stone a truly horrific killer dredging up her most traumatic memories in the form of crime scenes refecting incidents in Kim's past, is not only extremely personal, but torturous. 

One of the things I loved most about Dead Memories was the fact that it gives the reader such insight into Kim's character. We'd always known she had a traumatic past, but having the details fleshed out like this, allows us even more insight into her character. The fact that, at first, she is reluctant to share these intimate details with her team made my heart ache for her and prompted a truly visceral hatred for the killer. Her fierce independance, her reluctance to show…

My Guilty Pleasures : Brian Freeman's Frost Easton series

I'm a fan of Brian Freeman's novels and when I saw that there were three books in this series, I though I'd give the first one, The Night Bird, a go and I was hooked, reading the next two, The Voice Inside and The Crooked Street back to back.

So ... what made me want to read them all together. As usual with these sort of books it was the cast of characters. Detective Frost Easton, a Justin Timberlake lookalike has a tragic past ... but as crime fiction fans know that's pretty much par for the course for the main detective, so there had to be something more that drew me to him. Perhaps it's the fact that he lives in a very posh house in San Franciso, purely by merit of having rescued a murdered woman's cat - the victim, in her will,  left the house to whoever looked after her cat as long as they live there. Easton, although he lives in the luxurious accomodation sleeps on the battered old sofa he brought from his old flat. He also takes the cat out and about in h…


A novel longlisted for the Man Booker is up against debut authors in the most hotly contended crime writing prize in the country.
2019 marks the 15th year of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award. The prize was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction and is open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019. Belinda Bauer, a previous winner of the Crime Novel of the Year Award for her novel Rubbernecker in 2014, enters the longlist with her 2018 Man Booker longlisted, Snap. Bauer however battles an awards-heavy longlist. Multiple-award winner Val McDermid, the No.1 bestseller and ‘queen of crime’, received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction at the Festival in 2016 and won the Crime Novel of the Year in 2006. Her latest, Broken Ground, makes the 2019 longlist. Chris Brookmyre won the Novel of the Year award in 2017 for Black Widow. He returns in the guise of Ambrose Perry, the pseudonym for …