AS OF JANUARY 2018. Thanks to everyone who shelled out to buy/borrowed/stole a copy of Love Like Blood. I could not be more delighted with how it’s gone. The reviews have certainly been the best I’ve ever had. It never ceases to amaze me what a couple of quid and a bag of pork scratchings can get you. The paperback will be published in March.
The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers – a talented new combo featuring myself, Val McDermid, Stuart Neville, Doug Johnstone and Luca Veste – made their debut in August last year at the Edinburgh Book Festival and, in the wake of hardly any demand at all, we have plenty of shows already lined up for 2018. Presuming the band has not split up due to artistic differences, we will make our first London appearance on January 11th, and we’ve been working on some new songs to murder! Tickets are already sold out, but you can add your name to a waitlist, here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fun-lovin-crime-writers-live-murdering-songs-for-fun-tickets-38499731734 Later in the year, we will also be performing at the Aye Write festival in Glasgow, Newcastle Noir, Bloody Scotland and Pitlochry festival. So invest in a good pair of ear-defenders and come along and see us.
The next book has now been delivered. It’s called The Killing Habit and will be published on June 5 by Grove Atlantic. It’s far too early to say very much about it, but I can tell you it’s another Tom Thorne novel in which, once again, he teams up with DI Nicola Tanner. There may of course be the odd reference to country music and, on that subject, I recently presented a documentary about the great Hank Williams on Radio 4. You can catch up with it, here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b095qs4j
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