In Place of Fear, UK - 14th Apr / US - 28th June

I'm reading: THE LAST PARTY, Clare MacKintosh

Latest Lexy review: "laugh out loud" Kirkus on Scot on the Rocks

Latest standalone review: "grabs the attention from page 1" Kirkus on A Gingerbread House

Q: Who drew all the pies? A: Mark did. The Edinburgh Sketcher


March 2020 and Operation Cocker is a go! The owners of the Last Ditch Motel, with a little help from their friend Lexy Campbell, are  preparing to support one another through the oncoming lockdown. Two weeks to flatten the curve. It's basically a holiday. What could possibly go wrong? 

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Edinburgh 1948. It’s the first day of the new National Health Service and wee Nelly Crowther fae Freer Street, wearing a Sunday hat on a Monday morning, is ready to take on the world. Is she ready to solve a murder too?

The war is won. Now for the peace . . .

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Something sinister is afoot in the streets of Dundee, when a puppeteer is found murdered behind his striped Punch and Judy stand, as children sit cross-legged drinking ginger beer.  The gruesome death seems to be inextricably bound to the gloomy offices of Doig’s Publishers . . .

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