It was one of those days of happy coincidences.  Or of the stars aligning. Maybe even the occasion of one door closing and another opening. Whatever. It all happened on the day when I at last reached the end of detective Matthew Venn’s long the slog through The Raging Storm. Sighs of relief all round. To be quickly replaced by the welcome news that its author, the estimable Ann Cleeves, is returning to England’s rough hewn north-east as the setting for her next book, due out in late August. Which means the lead character will once again be the irrascible… Continue reading

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WHERE does one depart the scene and the other step on to the trail? This is the fascinating additional poser sure to tease readers of The Dark Remains, another welcome addition to the rapidly expanding Scottish noir section of  my bookshelves. As the cover exclaims,  two highly noteworthy names share credit for its authorship. A duo of the crime fiction scene, not only on their native turf  but anywhere devotees of the genre gather.  When the legendary William McIlvanney died in December 2015 he left behind a half-finished handwritten draft of another taut tale featuring the perceptive hard man detective… Continue reading