Shirley McKay

Author

Shirley McKay was born in Tynemouth but now lives with her family in Fife. At the age of fifteen she won the Young Observer playwriting competition, her play being performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. She went on to study English and Linguistics at the University of St Andrews before attending Durham University for postgraduate study in Romantic and Seventeenth-Century prose. She was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger. Shirley works as a freelance proofreader.

Shirley McKay was born in Tynemouth but now lives with her family in Fife. At the age of fifteen she won the Young Observer playwriting competition, her play being performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. She went on to study English and Linguistics at the University of St Andrews before attending Durham University for postgraduate study in Romantic and Seventeenth-Century prose. She was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger. Shirley works as a freelance proofreader.

Books

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Apr 2023
    £5.99

    1579, St Andrews. When Hew Cullan, a young lawyer, returns home after studying in Paris, he arrives to find a close friend accused of murdering a thirteen-year-old boy. For the first time, Hew finds himself plunged headlong into a Pandora’s box of...

  • E-Book | Pub: 25 Dec 2016
    £0.99

    Yule is the fifth instalment of 1588: A Calendar of Crime, a collection of short stories published in step with the sixteenth century calendar. Despite prohibitions on celebrating Yule, the old traditions still persist among the tenant farmers on...

  • E-Book | Pub: 04 Nov 2016
    £0.99

    Martinmas is the fourth instalment of 1588: A Calendar of Crime, a collection of short stories published in step with the sixteenth century calendar. In St Salvator’s college at the start of the academic year a young student claims that he...

  • E-Book | Pub: 03 Nov 2016
    £7.99

    A grisly murder. A vanishing corpse. A secret romance. A ghostly tale. An innocent accused. 1588. It is a dark and turbulent time. Scotland’s queen has been executed, the Spanish king seeks revenge, and the people of St Andrews cling desperately...

  • E-Book | Pub: 09 Aug 2016
    £0.99

    Lammas is the third instalment of 1588: A Calendar of Crime, a collection of short stories published in step with the sixteenth century calendar. Lammas day, a day of celebration for some. Elspet, a serving girl at the harbour inn has been told for...

  • E-Book | Pub: 19 May 2016
    £0.99

    Whitsunday is the second instalment of 1588: A Calendar of Crime, a collection of short stories published in step with the sixteenth century calendar. When a Lord Justice is found dead within the grounds of St Leonard’s College an unfortunate...

  • E-Book | Pub: 09 Mar 2016
    £0.99

    Candlemas is the first instalment of 1588: A Calendar of Crime, a collection of short stories published in step with the sixteenth century calendar. On Candlemas eve an apprentice candle maker finds his master, John Blair, dead in his workshop, and...

  • E-Book | Pub: 17 Sep 2015
    £3.99

    1587. After three long years, exiled from home and family, and drawn into the depths of the London underworld under the tutelage of Elizabeth I’s spymaster Francis Walsingham, Hew returns to Scotland with his new English wife, Frances. The...

  • E-Book | Pub: 06 May 2014
    £3.99

    St Andrews, 1583, and tensions are running high. Dissension rages between King and councillors, and between separate factions of the Kirk. Hew Cullan is called to investigate a mysterious incident, and finds suspicion falling upon him as he is...

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Jun 2011
    £3.99

    1581, Edinburgh. Running from his new responsibilities as head of the family in St Andrews, young lawyer Hew Cullan arrives in the vibrant capital of medieval Scotland. There he plans to publish his late father’s book and quietly endure the...

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Jun 2011
    £3.99

    1582, St Andrews. A violent storm wrecks a ship nearby, and the only man about dies without revealing how he came to be there alone, or where the ship was headed. But neither he nor the wreck is really of interest to the townsfolk of St Andrews....

  • E-Book | Pub: 01 Jun 2011
    £3.99

    1579, St Andrews. Hew Cullan, a young lawyer, returns home from studying in Paris. But it proves to be a cold homecoming as Hew’s friend, university regent Nicholas Colp, is accused of murdering a thirteen-year-old boy. The boy was a private...