Lisa Gray |Noelle Holten | Allan Martin

In addition to our main line up, we have invited three debut authors who we believe can go on to great things.

Journalist Lisa Gray has become a Number One bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic with her electric debut Thin Air.

Probation officer Noelle Holten uses the knowledge of her job to great effect in the thrilling Dead Inside.

Allan Martin, a regular visitor to Bute, uses another island, Islay, as the setting for his novel The Peat Dead. Our three newcomers will be joined by established authors Myra Duffy and Douglas Skelton in a panel we’ve called Do As I Say (not as I do) in which they will discuss that difficult second novel and where to go from there.

Sunday 4 August 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Bute Museum
“Do As I Say (not as I do)”
Myra Duffy and Douglas Skelton offer advice to Lisa Gray, Noelle Holten and Allan Martin

 

 

 

 

 

Noelle Holten

Denise Mina

Denise Mina has been described by none other than Ian Rankin as the most exciting crime writer to have emerged in Britain for years. And we think he’s probably right. She grew up in Glasgow, Paris, London, Invergordon, Bergen and Perth, working in a number of dead-end jobs before studying at night school to get into Glasgow University Law School. She is the author of fourteen hugely successful and critically acclaimed crime novels. Her Garnethill trilogy and her Paddy Meehan series won her a legion of fans. She has twice won the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year.

In 2017, Denise won the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year for her book The Long Drop. The dramatised tale of a meeting between the mass murderer Peter Manuel and the father of the family he has slaughtered won huge acclaim. Denise’s latest novel, Conviction, tells of one woman’s obsession with a true crime podcast and the case it centres on. It’s all harmless fun until she realises she knows one of the killer’s victims from a former life.

Sunday 4 August 2pm – 3pm
Rothesay Library
Denise Mina and Liz Nugent

Lilja Sigurdardottir

Until recently, Iceland’s biggest exports were aluminium and fillets of fish – but things are changing. Suddenly, it is the country’s crime writers that are in demand. Led by the Queen of Icelandic Noir – and former Bute Noir guest – Yrsa Sigurdardottir, a wave of stunning crime fiction voices has emerged. Arnaldur Indridason is firmly established and Ragnar Jonasson has hit the top of international bestseller charts. Others are  fast on their heels, none
more so than Lilja Sigurdardottir. And for everyone wondering…no, Lilja and Yrsa are not sisters. The Iceland naming system is a patronymic one, meaning that Lilja is the daughter of Sigurdar, and Yrsa is the daughter of a different Sigurdar. Got it? Good.

Lilja was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland, she has now written four novels, three of which have been translated into English. Her debut Snare, the first in the Reykjavik Noir series, hit bestseller lists worldwide. Trap was published in 2018, and was the Guardian’s book of the year.

Saturday, 3 august 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Bute Museum
“The Lady Killers”
Alexandra Sokoloff, Liz Nugent and Lilja Sigurdardottir

Saturday, 3 august 5pm – 6pm
Bute Museum
“Nordic Noir”
Thomas Enger and Lilja Sigurdardottir

Alex Gray

Alex was born and educated in Glasgow and has written 16 novels to date, the latest being the Sunday Times top ten bestseller The Stalker.

When the body of a young woman is discovered in Bellahouston Park, the second in a matter of months, Lorimer knows he has a repeat killer on his hands. His wife, Maggie is far from Glasgow and safe. Or is she?

Alex began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles and commissions for the BBC radio programmes.

She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writer’s Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing. A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, her previous novels include: Five Ways to Kill a Man, Glasgow Kiss, Pitch Black, The Riverman, Never Somewhere Else, The Swedish Girl and Only The Dead Can Tell.

She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.

Saturday 3 August, 11am – 12 pm
Discovery Theatre Cinema “Classically Criminal” Alex Gray and Ruth Ware

Saturday 3 August: 2pm  – 3pm
Rothesay Library
Ann Cleeves (interviewed by Alex Gray)

 

Luca Veste

A Bute Noir favourite, Luca is a writer of Italian and Scouse heritage and is the author of the Murphy and Rossi novels Dead Gone, The Dying Place, Bloodstream and Then She Was Gone, part psychological thriller, part procedural, they take place in the city of Liverpool. Taking on both sides of a contrasting city, they explore the changing landscape of Liverpool and the terrible things which can happen within it. Luca changed direction slightly in 2018, with his chilling standalone The Bonekeeper, in which the lines between myth and reality became dangerously blurred. He is set to unleash another standalone upon us in October 2019 when The Six is published. It is a terrifying tale of a pact that goes horribly wrong when six friends decide to cover up a tragic accident.

Luca is also one of the Fun-Lovin’ Crime Writers alongside Chris Brookmyre, Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Stuart Neville and Doug Johnstone, murdering songs for fun on stage throughout the UK including an appearance at Glastonbury in the summer of 2019.

 

Saturday, 3rd August:  9.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Bute Museum
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 4 August 5pm – 6pm
Bute Museum
“Room 101”
Mick Herron, Ed James, Caro Ramsay and Luca Veste

Lin Anderson

Lin Anderson is best known as the creator of the forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod series of crime novels, and for her part in founding the annual Bloody Scotland crime writing festival. Lin’s novel Paths of the Dead, was shortlisted for the 2015 Scottish Crime Book of the Year. She was shortlisted again for the McIlvanney in 2018 for her novel Follow The Dead. Her Rhona MacLeod novels have been published in translation in a number of countries including France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and Russia. She has a second mystery series featuring private investigator Patrick de Courvoisier, set in glamorous Cannes (think ‘The Rockford Files’ meets ‘James Bond’). Lin’s next novel Time For The Dead will be available exclusively at Bute Noir 2019 ahead of its publication date.


When Rhona MacLeod returns to her roots on the Isle of Skye, it’ s not long before a body is found at the base of the famous cliff known as Kilt Rock, its face and identity obliterated by the fall.

Friday 2nd August 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Rothesay Library
Stuart MacBride and Lin Anderson

Friday 2nd August 9pm – 10pm
Rothesay Library
Ian Rankin (interviewed by Lin Anderson)

Thomas Enger

Thomas Enger was born in Oslo in 1973. With a degree in sports, Thomas worked as a sports chief editor but always wanted to write fiction.

After having tried for 15 years, his first novel Burned was released by Norwegian publisher Gyldendal in February 2010 and was quickly sold to a number of countries including the UK and the US.

Burned was shortlisted for the eDunnit award for the best novel that was both published as a hard back and in e-book format in 2011. His second novel Pierced was published a year later and was shortlisted for the prestigious Riverton Award in Norway. Scarred was then released in 2013 followed by Cursed then Killed.

Thomas’ latest novel Inborn was released this year. Movie rights for all books in the Henning Juul series have been sold to the Norwegian production company Cinenord.

Thomas lives in Oslo with his wife and two children

Friday, 2nd August:  6pm – 7pm
Bute Museum
“50 Shades of Black” (with some lighter moments) Thomas Enger, Mick Herron and Luca Veste

Saturday, 3rd August 5pm – 6pm
Bute Museum
“Nordic Noir”
Thomas Enger and Lilja Sigurdardottir

Saturday, 3rd August:  9.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Bute Museum
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.

Liz Nugent

Liz worked in Irish film, theatre and television before becoming a writer. From the moment she did so, things changed.

Her debut novel, Unravelling Oliver, was huge. And rightly so. Her terrifying, compulsive portrayal of the making of a psychopath is one of those books you just can’t put down.

It was a Number One bestseller In Ireland. It won the Crime Fiction Prize in the 2014 Irish Book Awards. It was a Sunday Times bestseller. It was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick.

Liz’s second novel, Lying in Wait, went straight to Number One in the Irish bestseller charts, remained there for nearly two months and won her a second IBA and was chosen as part of the Spring 2017 list for Richard & Judy.

Her much-anticipated third novel Skin Deep is out now. Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for twenty-five years, passing herself off as an English socialite. But her luck, and the kindness of strangers, have run out. A visitor from her distant past arrives on the scene, bringing death in her wake.

Liz lives in Dublin with her husband.

Saturday, 3rd August:  12.30 pm – 1.30pm

Bute Museum
“The Lady Killers”
Alexandra Sokoloff, Liz Nugent and Lilja Sigurdardottir


Sunday 4th August 2pm – 3pm Rothesay Library
Denise Mina and Liz Nugent

Douglas Skelton

Douglas is a crime writer who specialises in the darker side of things. A former journalist, he has published eleven books on true crime and criminal history. But it was when Douglas made the leap into crime fiction in 2011 that he really made his mark. A hugely successful series of thrillers featuring Davie McCall, a Glasgow hard man with a heart, made people sit up and take notice. One of the McCall books, Open Wounds, was shortlisted for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2016. Douglas showed his lighter side with two novels – The Dead Don’t Boogie and Tag, You’re Dead featuring maverick investigator Dominic Queste. He followed that with a US-based thriller The Janus Run. His latest novel, Thunder Bay, has been released to rave reviews. Roddie Drummond returns to the island of Stoirm for his mother’s funeral, fifteen years after he was charged with the murder of his lover. Severe weather is on its way and old secrets are about to be revealed to the world. Local reporter Rebecca Connolly is determined to find the meaning of the murdered woman’ s last words – Thunder Bay

Sunday 4 August 11am – 12pm

Print Point
“Highland Reeling”
Douglas Lindsay and Douglas Skelton

Sunday, 4 August 3.30pm –

Bute Museum
“Do As I Say (not as I do)”
Myra Duffy and Douglas Skelton offer advice to Lisa Gray, Noelle Holten and Allan Martin

Chris Brookmyre

Chris is the author of 22 published novels to date, the latest being Fallen Angel. Chris has won several awards including the 7th Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction for All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses An Eye. Quite Ugly One Morning was the winner of the Critic’s First Blood Award for Best First Crime Novel of the Year in 1996.

Boiling a Frog won the Sherlock Award for Best Crime Detective Novel in 2000 and Chris became the only writer to win two Sherlocks when Be My Enemy picked up the 2004 prize. In 2007, Chris was given the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Writing and has also been shortlisted four times for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award, winning it in 2017 for Black Widow which also won the McIlvanney Prize. Chris is also a member of the Fun-Lovin’ Crime Writers and one half of Ambrose Parry alongside his wife Marisa Haetzman. Their second novel, The Art of Dying is due out in August 2019 following on from the huge success of The Way of All Flesh.

Saturday 3rd August  7.30pm – 8.30pm
Rothesay Library

“Uncensored”
Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre

Saturday, 3rd August:  9.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Bute Museum
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.

Stuart MacBride

Stuart MacBride

Stuart MacBride is the Number One bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson series that have seen him firmly established as one of the UK’s most popular crime writers.

He has made Aberdeen his own on the crime map of Scotland, endearing the city and its people to a legion of fans since the publication of his aptly- titled debut Cold Granite. There have been a further twelve novels featuring his long- suffering protagonist, Detective Inspector Logan McRae and a familiar supporting cast including the likes of Roberta Steel, wee Hamish Mowat, Biohazard Bob and Andy ‘Ding Dong’ Bell.

The latest McRae thriller is the brilliant All That’s Dead. A war is brewing between the factions for and against Scottish nationalism, and there’s blood on the streets.

Stuart has been shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award twice. He won the 2007 CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded for his fine body of work. However, despite his extensive literary success, Stuart lists his greatest achievements as winning Celebrity Mastermind and being crowned World Stovie Making Champion.

Friday, 2nd August:  7.30pm – 8.30pm
Rothesay Library
Stuart MacBride and Lin Anderson

Saturday, 3rd August:  3.30 pm – 4.30
Rothesay Library
“The All-Star Game”
Mark Billingham, Ann Cleeves, Stuart MacBride and Ian Rankin

Oscar de Muriel

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
Bute Museum
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

Myra Duffy

Myra is best known for her series of crime novels set on the Isle of Bute.

Of her choice of Bute as the location of her novels, Myra says “The Isle of Bute provides inspiration because it offers a ‘contained’ setting for the action”.

Myra divides her time between Glasgow and the Isle of Bute and has family connections to the island stretching back several generations.

The House at Ettrick Bay, Last Ferry to Bute, Last Dance at Rothesay Pavilion, Endgame at Port Bannatyne, Grave Matters at St. Blane’s, Death at the Kyles of Bute, Bad Blood at Rothesay Castle, Deadly Secrets at the Standing Stones, Susie’s Story and Decision Day at Kilmachal are all set on Bute while Dark Deeds at Bute Noir is based on our very own festival.

Recently The House at Ettrick Bay was developed as a play for radio, produced by the Bute Theatre Company and broadcast on Bute Island radio.

SUNDAY 4th AUGUST 10.15am – 12.15pm
The Bute Noir Bus Tour
Join Myra Duffy on this round-Bute bus tour, taking in some of the island’s beautiful locations used in her Isle of Bute Mystery Series of books.

Ed James

Ed shot to fame through his Scott Cullen series which won him a legion of fans that propelled him to the top of bestseller lists.

The Edinburgh-set Cullen novels are classic Scottish noir in true Rankin and Rebus style. The first Cullen book, Ghost in the Machine, established Ed as one to watch – not least because of his soaring sales figures. He rapidly followed that with three more Cullen novels, Devil in the Detail, Fire in the Blood, and Dyed in the Wool. Four more Cullen novels followed before Ed embarked on a series featuring DI Fenchurch, and a new series starring DS Vicky Dodds.

Police procedurals are Ed’s bag and the long arm of the law his speciality. He has also written the Supernature series, featuring vampires and other folkloric creatures, but we don’t talk about those.

Ed lives in the East Lothian countryside with his girlfriend, six rescue cats, two retired greyhounds, a flock of ex -battery chickens and rescue ducks across two breeds and two genders. This collection may have grown since this biography was written.

Friday, 2nd August:  4.30pm – 5.30pm
Bute Museum
“Watching The Detectives”
Douglas Lindsay, Ed James, Caro Ramsay and Craig Robertson

Sunday, 4th August 5pm -6pm
Bute Museum
“Room 101”
Mick Herron, Ed James, Caro Ramsay and Luca Veste

Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware has rocketed to international stardom in the last few years, hitting the top of bestseller charts around the world.

Her rise began with the phenomenal success of her debut, In a Dark, Dark Wood which was a Sunday Times bestseller and a Richard and Judy Book Club choice. She proved that was no fluke with the bestselling follow- up The Woman in Cabin 10, and has since had huge hits with The Lying Game and The Death of Mrs Westaway.

Her books are stuffed full of murder, family secrets, toxic friendships and things that go bump in the night. She says her lead characters tend to be complicated, conflicted, lonely, spiky and sometimes downright selfish. Of course, they’re also brave, defiant, dogged and occasionally very selfless. Ruth has been most often likened to Agatha Christie – a comparison guaranteed to make her blush – but there’s no doubt she follows in that classic tradition of British murder mysteries, and does so very well indeed.

Her books have been optioned for both film and TV, and she is now published in more than 40 languages.

Saturday, 3 August  11am – 12pm 

Discovery Theatre Cinema “Classically Criminal”
Alex Gray and Ruth Ware

 

Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham is one of the most prolific and consistently brilliant crime writers at work today. His Tom Thorne books and standalone thrillers regularly top the bestseller  charts and he is now the author of 19 outstanding crime novels.

Mark started out as an actor, with appearances in the likes of The Bill and Juliet Bravo before a regular role in Maid Marian and her Merry Men. He has also been a TV writer and stand-up comedian.

However, it is as an author that he has enjoyed phenomenal success. Mark’s newest novel is the dazzling Their Little Secret, where Tom Thorne is investigating a woman’s suicide and he’s convinced she was driven to it by a man preying on vulnerable women.

Mark has twice won the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year award and has been nominated for seven CWA Daggers. He is also a leading light in the Fun-Lovin’ Crime Writers, the crime writing super group that also features fellow guests Chris Brookmyre and Luca Veste. They will be coming to Bute fresh from their appearance at Glastonbury

Saturday, 3 August 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Rothesay Library
“The All-Star Game”
Mark Billingham, Ann Cleeves, Stuart MacBride and Ian Rankin

Saturday, 3rd August:  7.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Rothesay Library
“Uncensored” 
Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre

Saturday, 3 August: 9.00pm – 11.pm
Bute Museum
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.

Craig Robertson

Craig is the author of eight novels to date, Random, Snapshot, Cold Grave, Witness the Dead, The Last Refuge, In Place of Death,Murderabilia and The Photographer.

During his 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper, Craig interviewed three recent Prime Ministers, attended major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

He is an international bestseller. His debut novel, Random, was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger and was a Sunday Times bestseller. Murderabilia was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year 2017 and was shortlisted for the McIlvanney

Prize 2017, The Photographer was also longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2018.

Craig splits his time between Glasgow and the US with his wife and fellow author Alexandra Sokoloff. Craig’s novels are “doing for Glasgow what Rankin did for Edinburgh”, The Mirror.

Friday, 2nd August:  4.30pm – 5.30pm
Bute Museum
“Watching The Detectives”
Douglas Lindsay, Ed James, Caro Ramsay and Craig Robertson

 

Saturday, 3rd August:  9.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Bute Museum
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.

Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves is the creator of two of the most popular book and television series of recent years. Her two detectives, Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez have both featured in eight highly-acclaimed novels as well as their small-screen adaptations.


Vera spawned the much-loved ITV series of the same name starring Brenda Blethyn which has been on our screens since 2011, while Jimmy Perez is the star of the BBC1 drama Shetland where he is played by Scots actor Douglas Henshall.


Ann has a particular skill for combining stunning locations and enthralling characters to great effect. She is  set to pull off the same trick in a brand new series, featuring Detective Matthew Venn and set in North Devon – where Ann grew up – at the convergence of the rivers Taw and Torridge. The Long Call is the first in the Two Rivers series.


Venn is back in Devon for the funeral of his father, returning to a community he had left behind. But he’s also there to take charge of his first major case in the Two Rivers region: a complex place not quite as idyllic as tourists suppose.

Saturday, 3rd August:  2.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Rothesay Library
Ann Cleeves interviewed by Alex Gray.

Saturday, 3rd August:  3.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Bute Museum
“The All-Star Game”
Mark Billingham, Ann Cleeves, Stuart MacBride and Ian Rankin

 

Mick Herron

Ask a crime writer about their favourite current series among the many excellent ones that populate the genre, and there is a very good chance that their answer will involve the words Mick and Herron.

Mick’s Jackson Lamb series is rightly hugely regarded among his peers and continues to go from strength to strength. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favour and do so.

The novels – Slow Horses, Dead Lions, Real Tigers, Spook Street, London Rules, and Joe Country – feature the slow horses of Slough House, a ragtag crew of banished spies whose misdemeanours have seen them push paper instead of ops. But these highly trained misfits didn’t join the Intelligence Service to be a slow horse.

The books are thrilling and laugh out loud funny in equal measure.

Dead Lions won the CWA Gold Dagger, Real Tigers, won the Last Laugh Award at Crimefest 2017, and Spook Street, won The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. The Jackson Lamb series is currently being developed for TV.

Mick was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne and lives in Oxford.

Friday 2 August 6pm – 7pm
Bute Museum
“50 Shades of Black” (with some lighter moments) Thomas Enger, Mick Herron and Luca Veste

Sunday 4 August 5pm – 6pm
Bute Museum
“Room 101”
Mick Herron, Ed James, Caro Ramsay and Luca Veste

Ian Rankin

A legend of the genre, Ian Rankin has sold over 30 million books and is published in 36 languages and has topped bestseller charts around the world.

His iconic Detective Inspector John Rebus sets the standard for crime fiction cops everywhere. From his first appearance in Knots & Crosses, Rebus has grabbed the public imagination and never let go. He is a curmudgeonly outsider, but we love him for it, as we do his fondness for books, music, beer and whisky. Rebus and the Oxford Bar are as much a recognisable part of Edinburgh as Princes Street and the Castle.

The most recent Rebus novel, In a House of Lies, is a masterpiece of intrigue. Ten years after a missing private investigator is found locked in a car hidden deep in the woods – in an area that had already been searched – a new inquiry combs through the mistakes of the original case. Rebus is the only person who knows where the trail may lead – and that it could be the end of him.

As a contemporary social commentator – and thrilling storyteller – Ian Rankin has few rivals.

Friday, 2nd August:  9pm – 10pm Rothesay Library
Ian Rankin (interviewed by Lin Anderson)

Saturday, 3rd August:  3.30 pm – 4.30
Rothesay Library
“The All-Star Game”
Mark Billingham, Ann Cleeves, Stuart MacBride and Ian Rankin

Alexandra Sokoloff

Alexandra is the Thriller Award winning, Bram Stoker and Anthony Award nominated author of 14 supernatural and crime thrillers.

She has worked for 10 years as a Hollywood screenwriter and is the author of the internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Author workbooks.

The New York Times has called her “a daughter of Mary Shelley” and her books “some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre”.

Her Thriller Award nominated Huntress Moon series, Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Cold Moon, Bitter Moon, Hunger Moon and Shadow Moon follows an FBI agent on the hunt for a female serial killer, smashing genre clichés and combating the rise of violence against women on the page and screen. It is in development as a major US TV series.

Alex splits her time between L.A and Scotland with her husband and fellow crime author Craig Robertson.

Saturday 3rd August 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Bute Museum
“The Lady Killers”
Alexandra Sokoloff, Liz Nugent and Lilja Sigurdardottir

Marisa Haetzman

Ambrose Parry is a pseudonym for a collaboration between Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman.

The couple are married and live in Scotland.

Chris Brookmyre is the international bestselling and multi-award-winning author of over twenty novels and Dr Marisa Haetzman is a consultant anaesthetist of twenty years’ experience, whose research for her Master’s degree in the History of Medicine uncovered the material upon which the novels are based.

Set in the medical world of Edinburgh in the 1840’s, The Way of All Flesh is the first book in the series and the second, The Art of Dying, is published in August 2019.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch have already pre- empted the TV rights and the audio edition was narrated by Louise Brealey and Bryan Dick.

Sunday, 4th August  13.30pm – 1.30pm
Discovery Theatre Cinema “Gloriously Gothic”
Oscar De Muriel and Ambrose Parry

Caro Ramsay

Caro Ramsay was born in Govan, on Glasgow’s south side.

Her first novel Absolution was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger 2008 and her second Singing to the Dead was long listed for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2010. Dark Waters, The Blood of Crows, The Night Hunter, Tears of Angels, Rat Run, Standing Still, The Suffering of Strangers and The Sideman, followed in the celebrated Anderson and Costello series.

Caro still has a day job treating dogs, horses and the odd human. She has a diploma in Forensic Medical Science and an embalming tank named after her. Her editor read Rat Run and said Caro had a very warped mind. Caro took that as a compliment.

Caro’s latest novel is Mosaic. Megan Melvick returns home to visit her dying sister Melissa and to overcome her demons she must confront the painful memory of the night of Melissa’s wedding, the night someone died. But can she trust her memory and who is determined that she should forget?

Friday 2 August 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Bute Museum
“Watching The Detectives”
Douglas Lindsay, Ed James, Caro Ramsay and Craig Robertson

Sunday 4 August 5pm – 6pm
Bute Museum
“Room 101”
Mick Herron, Ed James, Caro Ramsay and Luca Veste