Douglas Skelton

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Douglas has been a shelf stacker, bank clerk, tax officer, factory worker, advertising salesperson, taxi driver (for two days), wine waiter (for two hours), journalist and criminal investigator. His early books were all in true crime or criminal history but now he writes fiction, beginning with the Davie McCall series. The final book in the series, OPEN WOUNDS, has been longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2016, alongside such authors as Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Lin Anderson, Doug Johnstone and James Oswald.
His next book is THE DEAD DON'T BOOGIE, which will kick off a new series.

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Douglas Skelton Don't actually believe in writer's block. Maybe it's because I come from journalism and the motto was "just get on with it." Sure there are times when…moreDon't actually believe in writer's block. Maybe it's because I come from journalism and the motto was "just get on with it." Sure there are times when I can't be bothered writing but most times you can write yourself into the mood.(less)
Douglas Skelton You get create a whole different world - in the case of crime writers, one that exists within the real world. Also, you get to stay at home with your…moreYou get create a whole different world - in the case of crime writers, one that exists within the real world. Also, you get to stay at home with your dogs.(less)
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Blood City

4.17 avg rating — 93 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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Devil's Knock

4.51 avg rating — 67 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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Tag - You're Dead

4.33 avg rating — 67 ratings — published 2017 — 2 editions
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The Dead Don't Boogie

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Crow Bait

4.35 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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Open Wounds

4.61 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 2016 — 2 editions
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The Janus Run

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Thunder Bay: an exciting an...

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Dark Heart: Tales from Edin...

3.75 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2008 — 3 editions
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In the chair at Aye Write

I’m chairing a handful of events during Aye Write this year – each one as fascinating as the last. Please click on the links for details of venue, times and ticket prices. First up, on Sunday March 17, I’ll be chatting to Ursula Buchan about her astonishingly detailed biography of her grandfather, John Buchan. Ursula [...]
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Blue Wicked by Alan      Jones
Blue Wicked
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This is a gritty, often brutal, slice of crime for those who can take it bloody.
Frankly, I didn't realise I wrote cosy crime until I read this.
Be warned - there are some scenes here that take a strong stomach, especially for animal lovers.
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Bad Samaritan by Michael J. Malone
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Full disclosure 1: I read this book some time ago to provide a quote.
Full disclosure 2: Michael is a pal. Although he'll deny it. And who can blame him?
Having said that, what I have to say here is honest, heartfelt and in no way influenced by financi
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Bad Samaritan by Michael J. Malone
"I was given this book by Sara Hunt of Saraband Books in exchange for a honest review.

First off…I just need to get one thing of of my chest….EEEEEEEEEEK!!! I just finished BAD SAMARITAN by MICHAEL J MALONE!!! *and breathe*. If I could give this boo..." Read more of this review »
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Penance by Theresa Talbot
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Mixing a true life incident from the 1950s with a modern day mystery, Theresa Talbot has fashioned a thrilling, funny and fascinating entry in the growing canon of Glasgow-based crime. And speaking as an author, I hate her for it. The disgrace of the ...more
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His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
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I'm not one for literary fiction - even with a crime background - but this book had me hooked from page one. I've read a vast number of real-life statements and accounts from this period as research and let me say that the author has captured the sty ...more
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“Tupper, I think in The Victor. Alf was a working class, whippet-thin runner known as the Tough of the Track who won all his races despite having been up all night making briquettes to save a friend’s business, missing his bus to the stadium, being knocked over mid-race by a poncy upper-class twit and losing one of his raggedy running shoes.”
Douglas Skelton, The Dead Don't Boogie

“I’m a pushover for blondes. And brunettes. And redheads. I’ve even fantasised about that bald woman in the first Star Trek movie. ‘I”
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