(L-R: Andy Muir, Claire Askew, Daniel Smith, CS Duffy, Ian Patrick, Chris Curran, Andrew Reid, Mysti Berry, CS McLean, GB Williams, Allan Watson, Heleen Kist, William Graham)

We’re overjoyed to finally be able to reveal the 2018 Crime in the Spotlight cohort! This selection of up-and-coming crime writers will be reading a snippet from their works to you ahead of some of your favourite writers’ events at Bloody Scotland next month.


Photography by Quentin Jones.

Andy Muir

Andy Muir brings all his experience as a screenwriter and story researcher on some of Australia’s biggest television drama series, including Neighbours, Home and Away, and the hugely successful Underbelly franchise to his crime writing. He lives in Sydney and in 2017, Affirm Press published the first novel in Andy’s new crime series, Something for Nothing. He will be the support act for Irvine Welsh.

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Claire Askew

Claire Askew is a poet, novelist and the current Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh. Her debut novel in progress was the winner of the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, and longlisted for the 2014 Peggy Chapman-Andrews (Bridport) Novel Award. All the Hidden Truths is her debut novel which is published by Hodder. She is the support act for Ann Cleeves and Louise Penny.

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Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith is a non-fiction author and editor living in London who has written across a range of subjects, including politics, economics and social history. He is the author of the ‘How to Think Like …’ series for Michael O’Mara Books, which has been published in 20 languages and sold over 413,000 copies worldwide. In May 2018 he published The Ardlamont Mystery: The Real-Life Story Behind the Creation of Sherlock Holmes, also published by Michael O’Mara, his first foray into true crime writing. He is the support act for Professor Sue Black and Dr Richard Shepherd.

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CS Duffy

CS Duffy writes psychological suspense thrillers with a healthy dose of black humour. She lives in Glasgow and her background is in film and TV. She has several projects in development in Sweden and the UK, and her thriller feature Guilty will be shot in 2018 in Canada. She is the author of Life is Swede, a psychological thriller that was originally written as a blog – Dark of Night is her first novel which is self-published. She will be the support act for The Real CSI featuring Kate Bendelow with Mark Billingham.

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Ian Patrick

Ian Patrick was educated in Nottingham, Ian left school at sixteen. After three years in the Civil Service he moved to London for a career in the Metropolitan Police. He spent twenty-five years as a police officer, the majority as a detective within the Specialist Operations Command. Rubicon is his debut novel published by Fahrenheit Press. The BBC has also optioned Rubicon for TV and is currently in development. He now lives in rural Scotland where he divides his time between family, writing, reading and photography. He is the support act for Val McDermid and Denise Mina.

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Chris Curran

Chris Curran is half Scottish and half English and now lives by the sea in Hastings East Sussex. Her first psychological thriller was published by Harper Collins Killer Reads in 2015. She has just completed her fourth novel, Her Deadly Secret, which will also be published by Harper Collins. She is the support act for Stuart Macbride.

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Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid worked as a research scientist for almost a decade, on projects including DNA synthesis, forensics, and drug development. He now lives in Stockholm. The Hunter is his debut novel and has been longlisted for the 2018 McIlvanney Prize. He is the support act for Frank Gardner.

Tickets and event information:  http://bit.ly/2Lw9FdZ


Mysti Berry

Mysti Berry’s short stories are published in the U.S. in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (2018) and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (2019). She edited and published Low Down Dirty Vote, a charity anthology raising money to help fight voter suppression in the U.S., featuring a short story by Catriona McPherson and 10 other award-winning writers. She’s just finished her first novel about financial fraud and murder in San Francisco and Las Vegas. She lives in San Francisco, California, and loves visiting Scotland. She is the support act for MC Beaton and Ashley Jensen.

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CS McLean

CS McLean is a writer currently living in St Albans.  He was a finalist in the 2016 Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect competition, in which he pitched his idea to a largely bewildered group of panelists. Having completed the novel earlier this year he decided to take the plunge and self-publish, unleashing his brand of Zombie Noir into an unsuspecting world, in a novel titled, They Shoot Corpses, Don’t They? He is the support act for the fabulous podcast, Two Crime Writers and a Microphone featuring Luca Veste and Steve Cavanagh with Val McDermid, Abir Mukherjee and Stuart Neville.

Tickets and event information:  http://bit.ly/2kXVdjL


GB Williams

GB Williams specialises in complex, fast-paced crime novels. Locked Up, was released in 2017, Locked In in Feb 2018, published by Bloodhound Books.  GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. As well as crime, she also writes steampunk and horror, and hates every photo ever taken of her. Born and bred in Kent, she moved to South Wales as a first step on a year around the world and never left. She is the support act for Peter James.

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Allan Watson

Allan Watson is a Glasgow writer whose work leans towards the dark end of the fiction spectrum. He is the author of Heart Swarm which is published by Caffeine Nights.  Allan has also written extensively for BBC Radio Scotland, churning out hundreds of comedy sketches, in addition to being a regular contributor for the world famous ‘Herald Diary’. He is the support act for Ambrose Parry aka Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman.

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Heleen Kist

Heleen Kist is a Dutch quintilingual Stanford-educated globetrotting career woman who fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow. In Servitude is her debut which is self-published and will be out this month. She is the support act for Lin Anderson, Craig Robertson and Dr Kathy Charles.

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William Graham

William Graham was born in and has lived most of his life in Dundee. William took early retirement after spending the last 34 years as an editor at DC Thompson. After hearing him continually saying that he was going to write a novel, his family got fed up hearing about it and bought him an iPad and told him to get on with it. His first novel Vermin is published by Black and White on July 19th. He is the support act for Quintin Jardine and Denzil Meyrick.

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