Souey & Me!

Souey & Me!

IT’s not every day that you’re in competition with a Liverpool, Rangers and Scotland footballing legend but briefly that was the case for me at WHSmith Gyle Books last Saturday!

Things had been going well for #TheStirlingScribbler in Edinburgh and I was up at 50 book sales when the GM, Craig, happened to mention I was second behind the immortal Graeme Souness for sales in the shop’s winter signings and for a moment I felt a brief flush of pride!

The tough-tackling former midfielder and shoot-from-the-lip Sky Sports pundit, Craig informed me, had notched 90 sales a couple of weeks back to hit the top of the charts and as I pushed on into  50 plus territory I harboured a brief hope I might overtake him.

But I was brought back to reality when I was informed that the reason the great Graeme had only managed 90 was that WHSmith had run out of books, with the shop still queued out of the door!

Well that put matters firmly in context and I slung my hook shamefacedly on a not too shabby 56 sale return!

Obviously as an unknown crime author it’s all about ‘the patter’ with me, although as I’ve been touring with WHSmith for a couple of years now it’s nice to start seeing people who have read my books coming along in response to the poster the popular High Street chain always put in their windows advertising their signings.

Clearly with a face for radio  and looking somewhat ‘bleary’, I think this will be my first and last effort at a selfie!!


In fact I had a very interesting conversation with a very nice senorita from Catalonia called Nuria, who cleared up one of life’s great mysteries for me.

It has long puzzled me why in Spanish gracies is sometimes spelt ‘gracies’ and on other occasions ‘gracias’ but Nuria helpfully explained that with an ‘a’ is the Spanish way and with an ‘e’ the Catalan way….now not a lot of people know that!

Below, meet Nuria, with her new favourite Scottish crime author!


Anyway what was really pleasing about my trip to Edinburgh was how well the free two chapter taster booklet of my next book ‘The Shadow of Fear’ went down with the capital’s book reading public and if I can do half as well in Paisley tomorrow I will be very happy.

One of the great things about touring with WHSmith is how friendly the staff are.

I usually try and come up with an idea for a silly pic at the end of the signing, if it’s gone well, and Dee, the GM in Paisley, is always up for a laugh, so you never know what we might come up with on Saturday!

Anyway, if you are in Paisley between 11am and 3pmish on Saturday please drop in to WHSmith, where your humble hack will be doing his level best to make sure his ‘unique’ brand of books, banter and baloney, will send you away with a smile on your face!!



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Back On The Road!


IT’s November 30, St Andrew’s Day, the festive season is almost upon us once again and on Saturday I’m back on the road on a short four-stop signing tour with my good friends at WHSmith.

Although I will be signing copies of my first four books from the Thoroughgood Glaswegian Crime series, this tour is very much about laying the groundwork for my next book, The Shadow of Fear, which comes out in March 2018.

I am very excited about my new novel as it is the first in a new series about the disgraced ex-SAS trooper Ludovic Fear and in order to provide readers with a real ‘taste of Fear’ my new publisher Bene Factum has kindly produced a two chapter sample booklet which I will be handing out free to anyone who purchases one of my other books.

In the pamphlet you will also get a little insight from the author as to where the concept came from!

The two chapter taster section is set in HMP Barlinnie an establishment I spent a fair bit of time going in and out of….in my time as a Glasgow cop way back in the 90s!

The action revolves around a quaint little custom known as ‘The Chicken Run’ and I’m confident it will whet your appetite for what is about to become, I’m confident, the best novel I have produced to date….but then I would say that!!

I love getting out on the road and talking to the great book-reading public and over the next four Saturdays, starting in Edinburgh Gyle books tomorrow at 11am and moving on to Paisley on December 9, Glasgow Argyle Street on December 16 and finishing up in my home city of Stirling on December 23, I hope to see some familiar faces and with a bit of luck talk to plenty of new ones.

Write (!) now it’s important for me to say a big thanks to Craig Sinclair, the GM at WHSmith Edinburgh Hub Centre, who has co-ordinated my December expeditions and to WHSmith for once again supporting me in my book-writing career.

It is very greatly appreciated.

I’d also like to thank Anthony Weldon, the CEO of Bene Factum and their crime imprint Nine Elms, for having the foresight and imagination to create the superb ‘Shadow of Fear’ taster-booklet, the cover of which, pictured below, I am particularly impressed with! (I hope you are too!!)




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