Aye Write: Douglas Skelton and Alex Gray


The latest novels by these Glasgow based crime writers see them heading north!

In Douglas Skelton’s A Rattle of Bones it’s 1752 and Seamus a’Ghlynne, James of the Glen, was executed for the murder of government man Colin Campbell. He was almost certainly innocent. When banners are placed at his gravesite claiming that his namesake, James Stewart, is innocent of murder, reporter Rebecca Connolly smells a story. The young Stewart has been in prison for ten years for the brutal murder of his lover, lawyer and politician Murdo Maxwell, in his Appin home. Why is a Glasgow crime boss so interested in the case? As Rebecca keeps digging, she finds herself in the sights of Inverness crime matriarch Mo Burke, who wants payback for the damage caused to her family in a previous case.

In Alex Gray’s Echo of the Dead, after a stressful winter, DSI William Lorimer is enjoying some time away from Glasgow. He and his new friend, Daniel Kohi, have retreated to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands to unwind. Despite its troubled history, the mountain village of Glencoe is now a popular resort, so it’s particularly shocking when two bodies are discovered in quick succession on the nearby peaks .With a potential serial killer on the loose, Lorimer’s Major Incidents Team are drafted in from Glasgow. It’s clear that a dark secret lurks beneath the wild beauty of this place. But will Lorimer manage to root it out before the killer strikes again? Alex Gray is celebrating 20 years since the publication of her first novel and Echo of the Dead could well be her best one yet.



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Thursday 12 May 2022
Mitchell Library, Glasgow. United Kingdom