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The MacBride Short Stories Have Arrived

Today is publication day for Stuart MacBride’s Partners in Crime: Two Logan & Steel Short Stories (‘Stramash’ and ‘DI Steel’s Bad Heir Day’). Perfect to fill in your lunch hour, liven up your commute, or enjoy of an eve over a glass of wine (though a tumbler of whisky might be more appropriate). Last month, Stuart MacBride did a Skype interview with student journalist Alicia Jensen for the Aberdeen University Student Newspaper, The Gaudie. Read on to find out what makes Aberdeen the perfect setting for a murder or three…     If Edinburgh is bipolar; Aberdeen is schizophrenic Stuart MacBride answers questions on why Aberdeen makes such a good setting for a gory murder mystery Why set a murder in Aberdeen? This is the first question in my Skype interview with Stuart MacBride, bestselling author of the Logan McRae series, and Birthdays for the Dead. Read More

Enter the mind of Stuart MacBride

  Our No.1 bestselling author Stuart MacBride talks ‘Tartan Noir’ on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book Channel – a term being used to  describe the abundance of exceptional crime fiction coming out of mighty Scotland. MacBride also explains how music  really helps  to influence his characterisations and thrilling storylines. Read More

Cosy Mystery or Dark and Twisty…? (Prizes Involved!)

This week sees our Killer Reader Kate Stephenson (pictured right) asking for your views on modern Twisted Thrillers Vs. the classic Murder Mystery... Earlier this year at the Oxford Lit Fest, Sophie Hannah and Simon Brett discussed the respective merits of the dark and twisted new school and the cosy old school of murder mysteries in a panel entitled Murder Mystery: Blood Bath or Brain Teaser? Has crime fiction become too gory? It’s a question hotly debated amongst readers and writers alike. Some hark back to the masters of the cosies like Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, and despair that contemporary crime fiction has gone too far, indulging in graphic violence – particularly the torture of women and children – for sensationalist purposes. Others don’t have a problem with it, being that it is fiction, after all. The authors are not committing the violent crimes they describe, nor inciting readers to do so. And surely we’re all consenting adults, making our own reading choices – if what you’re reading offends you, all you need to do is put the book down. Read More

Win a murder tour of Aberdeen…

Here’s Stuart’s plan:‘For a writer, there’s nothing quite like a good excuse to get out of the house, and this one’s perfect. Not only do we all get to raise money for a really important cause, we get to go out and tour Aberdeen, poke our noses into… Read More

Win two tickets to see Stuart MacBride and Mark Billingham at Reading Crime Festival 2011!

What is it? From comedy to corpses, this will be a night to remember as two of the UK's top crime writers, Stuart MacBride and Mark Billingham, chat to the audience about their careers and their experience in crime-writing. Where is it? Victoria Hall, Reading Museum and Town Hall When is it? Saturday 12th November from 7 to 8pm To win two tickets, which have been kindly donated by our good friends at Reading Crime Festival, then simply click on the button below to read an extract from Stuart MacBride's latest ebook, Sawbones, and answer the following question: Read More

Shatter the Bones

The fantastic Shatter the Bones by Stuart MacBride is January”s Book of the Month. Bloody. Brilliant. MacBride is back with his terrifyingly, brilliant #1 bestseller Shatter the Bones. Read an extract of Shatter the Bones ‘You will raise money for the safe return of Alison and… Read More

Alibi's Search for a New Crime Writer

The hunt for a new crime writing talent is on! Fancy yourself as the next Stuart MacBride then keep reading. HarperCollins have teamed up with crime drama channel Alibi, the infamous Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and TV Times to uncover the UK’s hidden crime writing talent. The 'Search for a New Crime Writer' competition asks budding writers to submit a short crime fiction story via the Alibi website the competition opens on Monday 25th January 2010 and closes at midday on Sunday 16th May 2010. Our very own Stuart MacBride, author of the bestsellers Blind Eye, Cold Granite and Flesh House has lent his support to the competition by providing entrants with the story’s opening line... ‘In my experience, those who beg for mercy seldom deserve it’. There will be one winner with two runners up who are in line to win some rather special prizes. Read More