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Cold Roses cover

My second novel, Cold Roses, was published last week.

There’s something of a sense of achievement in publishing a first novel, and I’d wondered what it might be like second time around. Well, it was a little easier to get through the publishing process knowing exactly what to expect. And now I feel like a real writer! Not just one book out there but two.

Not that I’m going to stop at two. The third is already written, with negotiations over publication to come, and I’m now well into writing number four.

But for now, let’s stick with Cold Roses. It again features Detective Inspector Adam Ralston of Strathclyde Police’s elite Murder Squad. He returns to face a new and baffling case:

“DI Adam Ralston is no stranger to the dark side of human nature, but when a young art gallery worker is discovered in her South Side flat, brutally raped, her throat slit, and a single red rose laid upon her corpse, he is thrown into a bloody maelstrom of violence and suspicion unlike anything he has known before.

“Haunted by the death of a prison officer on a previous case, (see Calling Cards) Ralston must also battle his own personal demons and hold his family together as tries to track down the killer – a killer who leaves no clues, who grows bolder with each killing, and who seems to be able to strike at will.

“Time is running out. And the body count is rising.”

So if psychological thrillers are your thing, why not check it out? It’s not for the faint hearted! I’m glad to be contributing to the growth of Glasgow Noir with another novel set in the city. The locations are all true to life, even if the plot and the characters are products of my lurid imagination.

The e-book version for all of you technophiles is now in the Kindle store. It can be downloaded from the following link:


And those of you who prefer good old fashioned books can order directly from Ringwood Publishing here:


It will also be available very soon in all Scottish branches of Waterstones and other good bookshops.

So if you’re heading off somewhere hot over the summer, what better than a book to ready by the pool or on the beach?

I was delighted by the reviews that my first novel Calling Cards received. I look forward to hearing what you think of the second in the series.

And thanks to all of my friends for their support!

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