Monday, 23 November 2009

Looking Forward To 2010 - Part 2

Following on from my earlier post here are the next seven Scottish crime fiction books due out in 2010.


Publisher: Sphere
Date: May 2010

Seventh in the Glasgow set police procedural series. From Amazon: 'As DCI Lorimer sees in the New Year, an unpredictable killer is loose on the streets of Glasgow . Hood up, suddenly appearing out of the shadows, this dark figure is experimenting with murder, again and again. Faced with a string of seemingly unconnected victims, and picking up the case of a horrific fire that murdered a wealthy couple, Lorimer turns to psychologist and friend Solly Brightman for his insights. As the killer comes to closer to Lorimer himself and his family, can he unmask the serial murderer before the next victim is found too close to home?'

Allan Guthrie - BYE BYE BABY
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Date: July 2010

According to the lovely Mr Guthrie this is 'a detective novella (loosely based on the short story in SHATTERED) about the disappearance of a young boy, in which the investigating officers find out that nothing is quite what it seems...' Since that story was one of my favourites from SHATTERED, I am most chuffed to hear this.

Gerald Hammond - SILENT INTRUDER
Publisher: Severn House

Date: February 2010

From 'When Michael McGinnis and Hilda Gilmour return from holiday to find two plain clothes police officers waiting for them it marks the start of a terrifying journey. The police have had an anonymous tip-off about child pornography being stored on Michael's computer. It's easy to prove his innocence but who would do such a thing?'

Quintin Jardine - BLOOD RED
Publisher: Headline

Date: January 2010

From Amazon (although I have deleted some bits because I think it spoils previous books from the look of it): 'Primavera is enjoying the quiet life in an idyllic village on the Catalan coast of Spain. ... But her close friendship with the parish priest has eyebrows rising and tongues wagging. Then a dispute explodes with a powerful councillor who refuses to allow the village wine fair to go ahead. When his body is found, head caved in, some ominous questions are asked...'

Alanna Knight - QUEST FOR A KILLER
Publisher: Allison and Busby
Date: January 2010
Sixth in the Rose McQuinn series set in Victorian Edinburgh. From the Books From Scotland website: 'It's 1899 and strange things are happening in Edinburgh. The arrival of a circus, seems to set in train a terrible series of events: the death of a clerk during a bank robbery and the suicides of two girls within mere hours of one another. Could the deaths be related?'

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Date: May 2010
Fourth in the Enzo Files series, which features half-Scottish, half-Italian Enzo Macleod, a former forensic scientist who now lives in France and works as a university professor in Toulouse. From the Fantastic Fiction site: 'A promise made to a dying man leads forensics ace Enzo Macleod, a Scot who's been teaching in France for many years, to the study which the man's heir has preserved for nearly twenty years. The dead man left several clues there designed to reveal the killer's identity to the man's son, but ironically the son died soon after the father. So begins the fourth of seven cold cases written up in a bestselling book by Parisian journalist Roger Raffin that Enzo rashly boasted he could solve (he's been successful with the first three). It takes Enzo to a tiny island off the coast of Brittany in France, where he must confront the hostility of locals who have no desire to see the infamous murder back in the headlines. An attractive widow, a man charged but acquitted of the murder--but still the viable suspect, a crime scene frozen in time, a dangerous hell hole by the cliffs, and a collection of impenetrable messages, make this one of Enzo's most difficult cases.'

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Date: January 2010
From the Fantastic Fiction site: 'Crime-scene photographer Michael Kapinsky is a man whose first life is in a mess. But his second life is about to get a whole lot messier. Staggering under the financial burden left by his recently deceased wife, Michael struggles to come to terms with her death - until his psychologist persuades him to enter a virtual world called Second Life to participate in a new kind of group therapy. Once there, his persona, Chas Chesnokov, discovers that victims whose crime scenes Michael has attended in the wealthy Southern California resort of Newport Beach have had their avatars clinically executed in the virtual world. Co-opted into the Twist of Fate Detective Agency, Chas embarks on an investigation with an exotic dancer and escort girl. They uncover a series of killings and a financial scam that is netting the murderer millions of dollars. And when Michael is tempted by money that mysteriously appears in Chas's Second Life account, both his real and his virtual lives are in danger.'


  1. I see that Frank Muir has a new one out with Luath.

  2. Cheers Michael! I shall put him in part 4. Part 3 is all the Mcs and Macs :o)