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Want to appear as a character in one of Stuart’s Books?

Have you always wanted to be immortalised in a book? Well, here’s your chance. Stuart has donated a character to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution to help raise money to continue it’s excellent work.

They’ve set up an online auction at Givergy and you can go over there and place your bids until Friday the 23rd of September.

Good Luck!

IN THE COLD DARK GROUND – now in paperback!

Believe it or not, it’s August, which means that No.1 bestseller IN THE COLD DARK GROUND is now available in paperback!

Order your copy here, or head down to your local bookshop.

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Trouble is coming…

Sergeant Logan McRae’s team find a body dumped in the woods – but is it the missing businessman they’ve been searching for, or something far more sinister? It doesn’t help that his ex-boss is taking over the case, a new Superintendent has it in for him, and Professional Standards are looming.

Even worse: Aberdeen’s criminal overlord, Wee Hamish Mowat, is dying and rival gangs all over the UK are eying his territory.

There’s a war brewing and Logan’s trapped right in the middle, whether he likes it or not.



Stuart at Bloody Scotland

I’ll be back at Bloody Scotland in Sterling this year, doing the opening event with crime writer and notorious cheeky monkey, Caro Ramsay: Friday 9 September, 19:00

We shared a stage together at my (and Caro’s) very first Harrogate. She was just as cheeky back then…

You can get your tickets here.

Stuart at the Edinburgh Book Festival

As the headline suggests, I’ll be at the Edinburgh book festival this August: Friday the 19th, in the Studio Theatre at 19:15

Cheese Oat Bites box 150gI have no idea what I’ll be talking about. The official programme says it’ll be all be about IN THE COLD DARK GROUND, but I make no promises. I might just sit on the stage, drinking red wine and making up dirty limericks. Maybe eating some pickled onion crisps and Dean’s Oaty Cheese Nibble Things (and no, I’m not being sponsored – I should be so sodding lucky!)

You can buy your naughty tickets (if you’re so inclined) here, and your oaty nibbly things, here.

Crime Writing Workshop in Sunny Dundee

I’m going to be giving a crime writing workshop in Dundee this Friday (the 10th June) with author and lecturer in creative writing, Eddie Small . We’ll be delving deep into the nuts and bolts of writing, and as a special treat Professor Sue Black, probably the UK’s top forensic anthropologist, will be on hand to answer questions.

This is a three hour course (from 14:00 to 17:00), held at West Park Conferencing and Events – 319 Perth Road, Dundee, DD2 1NN (find it on a map here)

Book your lovely tickets here!

More Logan Books on the Horizon

A lot of people seem to think that IN THE COLD DARK GROUND was the last ever Logan McRae book, but they’re very, very wrong. Stuart has just signed a new three-book deal with the lovely people at HarperCollins, two of which will feature Logan and one of which will be a standalone (or maybe even another Ash Henderson). This means Stuart will be producing books all the way up to 2020!

Stuart’s editor Sarah Hodgson said: “I am over the moon to have secured a new three-book contract with the impossibly talented Stuart MacBride. We’ve worked together for well over ten years now, and I can honestly say that he continues to get better and better with every book, as his many fans will attest. He’s truly one of a kind, and nothing could give me greater pleasure than the knowledge that we have more of his wonderful novels coming our way.”

Stuart’s agent Philip Patterson said: “I am absolutely thrilled for Stuart MacBride and Sarah Hodgson and her hard-working team at HarperCollins. With superb writing and excellent publishing behind it, Stuart is deservedly a major bestseller. As each novel goes from strength to strength, I will look forward to continuing this excellent relationship.”

Stuart’s Stuart said: “At the risk of turning this into a cheesy mutual love-fest: I couldn’t be happier right now. Not only does the new three book deal mean I get to continue working with all the lovely people at HarperCollins, it also keeps my cat in shoes for the next few years. I’m really looking forward to more publishing hijinks and shenanigans with my excellent co-conspirators Sarah Hodgson and Philip Patterson.”

And Stuart’s cat Grendel said: “Prrrrrrrrp, meep!”

So there you go…

COVER REVEAL- The Missing and the Dead

The new Logan McRae novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of CLOSE TO THE BONE and A SONG FOR THE DYING.
One mistake can cost you everything…

When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right? What Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae gets instead is a ‘development opportunity’ out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire. Welcome to divisional policing – catching drug dealers, shop lifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal.

Then a little girl’s body washes up just outside the sleepy town of Banff, kicking off a massive manhunt. The Major Investigation Team is up from Aberdeen, wanting answers, and they don’t care who they trample over to get them.

Logan’s got enough on his plate keeping B Division together, but DCI Steel wants him back on her team. As his old colleagues stomp around the countryside, burning bridges, Logan gets dragged deeper and deeper into the investigation.

One thing’s clear: there are dangerous predators lurking in the wilds of Aberdeenshire, and not everyone’s going to get out of this alive…

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Every year the World Stovies Championships are held at the Huntly Hairst. For those not in the know, Stovies are a traditional dish of potatoes, onion, and meat, and nearly everyone in Scotland has their own version. Some get passed down through the generations, some are closely guarded secrets, and everyone’s version is the ONLY RIGHT WAY TO MAKE THEM. And that’s entirely correct. As there’s no set recipe for Stovies, so you can pretty much do what you like with them, setting brother against brother, sister against sister, sister against brother, and brother against family dog.

And this year, I’m delighted, honoured, and a little aroused, to announce that the 2014 WORLD STOVIES CHAMPION is me. BWAHAHAHAHA!

Now, if anyone kicks off with ‘My grannie makes the best stovies in the world!’ I can go fetch my shiny trophy and plonk it on the table. ‘Well, speaking as the World Stovies Champion…’ Etc.

And now here’s a photo of me with the Big Wooden Bowl of Winning (which I have to give back next year) and the Tiny Metal Trophy of Boasting (which I get to keep).


Our Bearded Protagonist with his trophies

My recipe for these World Beating stovies, will appear in the upcoming cookery book by the people behind Crimespree Magazine – which promises to be a cornucopia of edible delight, with recipes from crime writers all over the world!

A Song for the Dying: out in Paperback

A Song for the DyingYes, the second Ash Henderson book, A SONG FOR THE DYING will be out in paperback on the 31st of July. If you haven’t already read it, here’s the blurb…


Eight years ago, ‘The Inside Man’ murdered four women and left three more in critical condition – all with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside.

And then the killer just … disappeared.

Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years. His family has been destroyed, his career is in tatters, and one of Oldcastle’s most vicious criminals is making sure he spends the rest of his life in prison.
Now a nurse has turned up dead, a plastic doll buried beneath her skin, and it looks as if Ash might finally get a shot at redemption. At earning his freedom.

    At revenge.