Friday, 11 May 2018

THE CURSE OF THE BODY SNATCHERS

My YA gothic novel is published by Sundown Press on May 15.



Victorian London is a dangerous city to be alone in at night for 12-year-old orphan, Jack Moon—and his business in those forbidding streets would make a grown man cringe. But his best friend, Danny, has just died, and Jack has promised him a burial in a haunted cemetery beside the woman who cared for them. 
Living in a rat-infested warehouse, Jack ventures out into the London fog, where he is waylaid by Professor Stackpool, a phrenologist. Can he really read a person's character by examining their head? He claims Jack is a prime example! But at a public demonstration, he announces Jack is a typical London urchin, destined for a life of crime, and Jack revolts.
Benevolent Sir Lionel Petrie and his granddaughter, Olivia, are outraged. To prove Stackpool wrong, the kind judge gives Jack a job at his home. Olivia and Jack become great friends, but something sinister is going on—and Olivia is becoming gravely ill over and over again. 


Someone is out to kill Jack, but who? And why? When tragedy suddenly strikes, Jack vows to save Olivia, and he is forced to enter the world of séances, ghosts, and ghouls. Will Jack live to bring Olivia back to her grandfather? Can they all survive the CURSE OF THE BODY SNATCHERS?


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Thursday, 26 April 2018

WHAT IS THE MYSTERY ABOUT OUR ISLAND?

We are pleased to say that people seem to be enjoying Torquil's adventures.

The first novel, THE GATHERING MURDERS  has been Amazon Kindle  No 1 Bestseller in Hard-boiled crime today, April 26.



And on this same day, DEATHLY WIND and MURDER SOLSTICE (published today) are 2 and 3 in Scottish Crime bestsellers. 







And as you can see, we are in pretty exalted company!

The fourth adventure, FLOTSAM & JETSAM comes out on May 1.

The fifth comes out in June, so we'd better get on with the next!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

THE GATHERING MURDERS

It is with great delight that we can announce that the Inspector Torquil McKinnon novels are all going to be re-published digitally and in paperback by new publisher Sapere Books.

The Gathering Murders, the first in the series will be released on March 1, 2018.




The good news is that it can be pre-ordered now at a mere £0.99.


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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

BEST OF THE WEST

This post is not about West Uist, but about the Old West.

I am pleased to say that my alter ego Clay More has a story called LARIAT LAW  in this anthology  BEST OF THE WEST, published by Sundown Press today. There are 14 stories written by some of the finest western writers working today - mine slipped in there somehow!

It is a tale about Doc Marcus Quigley, my itinerant dentist, gambler and occasional bounty hunter.




Why not pop over to Sundown Press and have a look. 


Friday, 30 June 2017

DRY GULCH REVENGE

My novel Dry Gulch revenge is out on July 1, 2017 in Large Print from Linford Western Library.




Hank Hawkins has the opportunity to achieve his ambition of buying a ranch. All he has to do is help a gang rob the stage in the Devil's Bones canyons. But it turns out the bandits never intended to leave anyone alive - including him... Upon regaining consciousness, Hawkins vows to track down the murderers who betrayed him. But when he sets off, he has a companion accompanying him: Helen Curtis, the fiancee of the messenger whose death lies heavy on Hawkins' conscience.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

THE PEST HOUSE -




My short story, The Pest House is out today from Sundown Press.

Twisted Knee, Ohio, 1866

Nothing could ever damp down the smell of the pest house.

Especially not in the sweltering heat of summer.

It was a strange, stomach-twisting smell that wafted from the two chimneys that belched smoke most days when the place was full of patients. And even when the smoke was dispelled by the wind the odor hung like a miasma around the old two-storied timber building a couple of hundred yards from the edge of the town of Twisted Knee.

But the smell was only a prelude to the evil that took place in the old building that housed the wounded, the diseased, and the hopeless. Though Doctor Cutler had his own faults, murder was not one of them—and that was going to be the death of him…


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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

WANTED: DEAD OR REVIVED

My latest novel, written under my Western pen-name is a departure from my normal style. This is a steampunk-weird western.



As the Civil War rages, Confederate Army surgeon Oscar Chamberlain uses his years of research to invent his Regen formula—a medicine so powerful it can promote healing at unheard-of speed. With this incredible discovery, he will revolutionize medicine, and hopes for the ultimate victory by the Confederacy.

But when a crude and tainted sample of his formula falls into the wrong hands, a devastating plague, more virulent than any other contagion known to mankind, is released. It spreads like wildfire, afflicting both armies, leading to cessation of hostilities between the North and the South in what becomes known as The Great Stalemate. 


With Chamberlain being blamed for the Revenant Plague, both President Andrew Johnson and President Jefferson Davis agree that he must be found and brought to justice.  Somehow, a cure must be discovered—or the entire country will become infested with the walking dead. In desperation, they turn to a medium and a ghost catcher to lead them to the man who is WANTED: DEAD OR REVIVED…

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

THE FULHAM STRANGLER

The US edition of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF THE ADVENTURES OF PROFESSOR MORIARTY is out now. 



Featuring 37 stories about Sherlock Holmes' old nemesis. My story, THE FULHAM STRANGLER is written by my alter ego Keith Moray. 

Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars are in it. 

Also available in paperback or audio.




Get it from Amazon.uk


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

LATEST INTERVIEW

David Binder interviews writers and he kindly interviewed me on his website.

David Binder interview


Thursday, 15 October 2015

THE FULHAM STRANGLER

The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty is published today, October 15. It is another splendid anthology of short stories edited by Maxim Jakubowski.



There are 37 stories about Sherlock Holmes's arch enemy, Professor James Moriarty. The Fulham Strangler by my alter ego Keith Moray is a tale featuring both the professor and the detective.


Fulham is, of course, an area of London. It was renowned in days gone by for dice tricksters, who manufactured various types of crooked dice. Some were known as Fulhams. And that is the lead into the story.

As for who is The Fulham Strangler, well, you might like to read and find out.

It is available today in paperback, ebook or audiobook.


A bit about crooked dice
The Museum of London has in its possession a most curious little item that shows that dice-tricksters were thriving and presumably plying a lively trade in the sixteenth century. It consists of a small pewter pot that was found buried in centuries old silt on the north bank of the River Thames, near to London Bridge. When cleaned up they found an engraved double-headed eagle within a shield. Inside it were twenty-four small dice, and not one of them was an honest one.


            Eighteen of the dice were loaded. X-rays revealed small bored holes containing mercury which made them fall a certain way. These would have been known as ‘Fulhams,’ since the Thames side village of that name was notorious for dice-tricksters. Eleven of these eighteen would land as a five or a six, while seven would land as a one or two.
            Three others were ‘high men’ which means that they only had the numbers six, five and four on them. And the remaining three were ‘low men’ with only one two and threes. These work on the principle that only three faces will show at a time. A practiced dice-trickster could easily palm and replace honest dice for his chosen crooked ones.
            Yet it was a risky business, for flogging in the public pillory with the crooked dice strung round one’s neck was one of the penalties for being caught with such dice. Habitual offenders could expect a one-way trip to the gallows.