It may seem a long way from Mexico City to the Isle of Bute but for Oscar de Muriel it’s simply an extension of how his life has progressed. When you are born in the building that now houses Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum then very little is surprising. Oscar moved to the UK to complete a PhD in Chemical Engineering and now lives and works in Manchester. He is a chemist, a translator and a violinist – not your average route to being a bestselling author.
It was after several visits to Edinburgh that it struck Oscar the city was the perfect setting for a crime mystery. He was taken in particular by its Gothic majesty and vowed to write a period piece for his first novel. So it was that his Victorian era Fray and McGray series was born with The Strings of Murder. There are now five Fray and McGray novels. In his latest, The Darker Arts, a 19th century seance for three of Edinburgh’s wealthiest families ends in their deaths. The spiritualist swears that a tormented spirit killed the families for revenge.
Saturday, 3rd August: 9.00 pm – 11.00 pm
“A Question of Court”: With Craig Robertson as quiz-master. The Return of the Quiz! Followed by musical entertainment from Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Luca Veste, Oscar De Muriel and more.
Sunday, 4th August 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Discovery Theatre Cinema “Gloriously Gothic”
Oscar De Muriel and Ambrose Parry