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Eve Smith Profile

Eve Smith

Longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize and described by Waterstones as “an exciting new voice in crime fiction”, Eve Smith’s debut novel The Waiting Rooms was shortlisted for the
Bridport Prize First Novel Award and was selected as a Book of the Month by Eric Brown in The Guardian just after launch.
Eve writes speculative fiction, mainly about the things that scare her. She attributes her love of all things dark and dystopian to a childhood watching Tales of the Unexpected and black-
and-white Edgar Allen Poe double bills. In this world of questionable facts, stats and news, she believes storytelling is more important than ever to engage people in real life issues.
Eve’s previous job as COO of an environmental charity took her to research projects across Asia, Africa and the Americas, and she has an ongoing passion for wild creatures, wild
science and far-flung places. When she’s not writing, she’s racing across fields after her dog, trying to organise herself and her family, or off exploring somewhere new.

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The Waiting Rooms


Swinging from South Africa to England: one woman’s hunt for her birth mother in an all-too-believable near future in which an antibiotic crisis has decimated the population.
A prescient, thrilling debut.
Decades of spiralling drug resistance have unleashed a global antibiotic crisis. Ordinary infections are untreatable and a scratch from a pet can kill. A sacrifice is required to keep the majority safe: no one over seventy is allowed new antibiotics. The elderly are sent to hospitals nicknamed ‘The Waiting Rooms’… Hospitals where no one ever gets well.

“Smith combines the excitement of a medical thriller à la Michael Crichton with sensitive characterisation and social insight in a timely debut novel all the more remarkable for being conceived and written before the current pandemic” – Eric Brown, The Guardian

“Exquisitely crafted and highly original… Filled with heart-wrenching suspense and unforgettable characters… Smith’s dark and nuanced debut announces the arrival of an exciting new voice in crime fiction” – Waterstones

“…the weaving together of the book’s separate strands is cleverly engineered in this impressive debut novel. A medical thriller set in a dystopian world with eerie resonances of the world we are now living through which attains the right level of compassion and
humanity alongside the naked scientific facts it extrapolates from…”
– Maxim Jakubowski, CrimeTime
Sale links:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2s0PuQF
Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-waiting-rooms/eve-smith/9781913193263
Bert’s Books: https://bertsbooks.co.uk/product/the-waiting-rooms-9th-july-2020/

Noir From The Bar

Noir from the Bar

30 Crime and Mystery Shorts
Eve is one of 30 contributors to this anthology from the team who brought you Noir at the Bar, including stories by crime and mystery writers from all over the world. It was conceived,
created, and published in a month to help raise funds for the NHS during the pandemic. With combined sales of more than three million books and awards galore, you’ll find familiar names and new voices within. So whatever sort of crime and mystery fiction you enjoy, you’ll find something to appeal. Support NHS charities and treat yourself by reading this exceptional collection. 


“A fabulous book to dip in and out of, whether you like a glass of something sparkling, or your spirits strong and hard, there’s something here for everyone. And all profits go to the
NHS. How cool is that?”
– Amazon review

“Brimming with dark, twisty and thrilling tales, Noir From The Bar is an unputdownable collection, compiled by a smashing group of authors with talent bursting from their seams.” – Amazon review

Sales link: https://tinyurl.com/noirfromthebar

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Ian Skewis Profile

Ian Skewis

Ian Skewis is the author of No.1 Bestseller A Murder Of Crows which was longlisted for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize and won the Gold Acorn for best audiobook, which Ian also narrated. 

Ian has written several paperback short stories which are FREE and available exclusively for subscribers to his website. The subscription process is also free and there are no postage or packing fees for the books. Visit www.ianskewis.com to subscribe and claim your free books!

Ian is also a freelance editor, having proofread and edited over 70 novels in a wide variety of genres, some of which have gone on to become bestsellers and award winners. He provides an editing and proofreading service via his website so to get in touch with him visit the Contact Page on www.ianskewis.com

Books

A Trick of the Light

A Murder of Crows
The Lonely Cyclist

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Louise Mumford Profile

Louise Mumford

Louise Mumford was born and live in South Wales. From a young age, she loved books and dancing but hated having to go to sleep, convinced that she might miss out on something interesting whilst she dozed – much to her mother’s frustration! Insomnia has been a part of her life ever since.

In the summer of 2019, Louise experienced a once-in-a-lifetime moment: she was discovered by her publisher at the Primadonna Festival.

Books

Sleepless

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Chris McDonald Profile

Chris McDonald

Chris McDonald grew up in Northern Ireland before settling in Manchester via Lancaster and London.

He is the author “A Wash of Black“, the first in the DI Erika Piper series, as well as the forthcoming second – “Whispers In The Dark“.

Chris has also recently dabbled in writing cosy crimes, as a remedy for the darkness. The first in the “Stonebridge Mysteries” will be released in early 2021.

He is a full-time teacher, husband, father to two beautiful girls and a regular voice on The Blood Brothers Podcast. He is a fan of 5-a-side football, heavy metal and dogs.

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Margaret Kirk Profile

Margaret Kirk

Margaret Kirk writes ‘Highland Noir’ Scottish crime fiction with a gothic twist, set in and around her home town of Inverness.

Her debut novel, “Shadow Man“, won the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition in 2016. Described as ‘a harrowing and horrific game of consequences’ by Val McDermid, it was published in 2017 by Orion.

Book 2 in the DI Lukas Mahler series, “What Lies Buried“, was published in June 2019, with book 3, “In The Blood“, to be released in April 2021.

Margaret is also the writer of several award-winning short stories, including “The Seal Singers”, which has been published in translation in Germany and Switzerland.

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Susi Holliday Profile

Susi Holliday
Susi Holliday

Susi Holliday grew up near Edinburgh and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years before she started writing.

A life-long fan of crime and horror, her short stories have been published in various places, and she was shortlisted for the inaugural CWA Margery Allingham Prize.

She is the bestselling author of eight novels and one novella, several of which are written as SJI Holliday.

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Olga Wojtas Profile

Olga Wojtas

Olga Wojtas is an unconventional writer of postmodern crime fiction whose surrealist humour has been compared to the likes of PG Wodehouse, Jasper Fforde and the Marx Brothers.

A journalist for more than 30 years, she was Scottish editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement before she began adding creative writing to her portfolio. She lives in Edinburgh, where she attended James Gillespie’s High School. It was the model for Marcia Blaine School for Girls, which appears in Muriel Spark’s “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie“, the novel that inspired the “Miss Blaine’s Prefectseries. Olga also writes the “Bunburry” cosy crime e-series under the name Helena Marchmont.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/olgawojtaswriter

Praise for Olga Wojtas

“A hefty dose of Jane Austen stylings and Stella Gibbons satirical wit.” Scotsman

“I loved this book. Shona is a unique sleuth whose mission made for most entertaining reading.” Alex Gray

“Knowing, original and very funny … that rare thing, a successfully comic crime novel.” Simon Brett

“A thrilling and fast-paced tale of time-travel, murder, mayhem, matchmaking and manners … written with verve, lightness of touch and joie de vivre … unadulterated fun.” Alistair Braidwood, Scots Whay Hae

“Laugh-out-loud funny and a real charmer of a book … a dazzling array of characters that truly come to life in this outrageous and irresistible comedy.” Live and Deadly

“Audacious witty and fun.” Alastair Mabbott, Herald

‘Effortlessly blends together a number of genres Smart, funny and all-round good company, wherever Shona goes, readers will eagerly follow.’ Rhona Shennan, Scotsman

‘I couldn’t wait to be reunited with this character. I utterly love her company. So funny, so brisk, and above all, so well educated! More, more, more, please’. Lynne Truss

Writing as Helena Marchmont

Murder at the Mousetrap

A Murderous Ride

A Taste of Murder

Death of a Ladies’ Man

Drop Dead, Gorgeous

Murder In High Places

Sweet Revenge

Sheep Secrets

Deadlier Than Fiction

Published by Bastei Luebbe. Audible audiobooks narrated by Nathanial Parker.

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Neil Broadfoot Profile

Neil Broadfoot

A former journalist, Neil Broadfoot’s debut novel, “Falling Fast“, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and the Bloody Scotland Book of the Year Award. 

His Stirling-set series, featuring close protection expert Connor Fraser, has been hailed as “tense, fast moving and bloody”. 

No Man’s Land was longlisted for the 2019 McIlvanney Award. 

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Praise for Neil Broadfoot

“A true rising star of crime ficton” – Ian Rankin

‘Tense, fast-moving and bloody’ Mason Cross

‘Beautifully crafted . . . There’s no filler, no exposition, just action, dialogue and layering of tension that’ll hold you breathless until the very end’ Helen Fields

‘Broadfoot is here, and he’s ready to sit at the table with some of the finest crime writers Scottish fiction has to offer’ Russel D. McLean

‘Cracking pace, satisfyingly twisty plot. A great read’ James Oswald

‘Crisp dialogue, characters you believe and a prose style that brings you back for more . . . a fine addition to a growing roster of noir titles with a tartan tinge’ Douglas Skelton

‘This is Broadfoot’s best to date, a thriller that delivers the thrills: energetic, breathlessly paceyand keeping you guessing till the end’ Craig Russell

‘Neil Broadfoot hits the ground running and doesn’t stop. With the very beating heart of Scotland at its core, your heart too will race as you reach the jaw dropping conclusion of this brilliant thriller. First class!’ Denzil Meyrick

‘No Man’s Land is a stunning, fast-paced, multi-layered thriller. Disturbing political unrest and psychological horror written with great confidence by Neil Broadfoot, who has one hand on Ian Rankin’s crown as the king of Scottish crime’ Michael Wood

‘[A] gritty and fast-moving tale of shifting loyalties set against the backdrop of Scottish and Irish politics’ Nick Quantrill

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Simon Bewick Profile

Simon Bewick

Simon is one half of Bay Tales and Virtual Noir at the Bar, where he tends to take care of the techie stuff.

He lives by the sea – opposite a bay, in fact, in the North East of England, after being away from home for around 30 years.

As well as editing the NHS Charities fund raising collection Noir from the Bar – consisting of 30 stories donated by speakers at the online event, Simon has had stories published in over 30 online and print collections around the world, including Somewhere Down the River, his first story published which received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror and Fantasy of the Year.

You can visit his website www.bewbob.com where you’ll find the archived editions of pretty much all the Virtual Noir shows, as well as his own fiction, movie and book reviews.

Books

You Could Make a Killing
Cellar Stories
Basement Tales
Noir from the Bar
Burning
Off Script

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Website: http://www.bewbob.com

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Twitter: twitter.com/SimonBewick

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Effie Merryl Profile

Effie Merryl is an ex-cop who spends her time between the North East of England and Central Scotland.She won the first Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect in 2012 with the pitch that will hopefully become her debut crime novel. She is the pseudonymous author of a ‘faction’ book of memoirs published by Harper Collins in 2013.

She has had over 150 short stories published online and in print, many of which have been placed in competitions (2004 – present).

Her short story collection, Bowl of Cherries, contains some of her best prize winners, and is released on Amazon Kindle under the name F.E. Birch.

Books

A Bowl of Cherries
Confessions of an Undercover Cop

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