Yearly Archives: 2013

Christmas with the Camerons

Here’s a piece I wrote for my publisher about Christmas, religious belief, and chaplains in the trenches of World War One. It was inspired [if that's the right word] by a …

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Traitors and Spies in Edinburgh

If you’re stuck for something to do  November 7, how about traitors and spies, and history, and thrillers – BOOKS.  CWA winner, Aly Monroe, and I are going to venture …

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Chemical weapons and the British ninety-eight years ago

On the 25th September 1915 the British Army used poison gas for the first time. Echoing public opinion around the world, the United Nations Secretary General has described the use …

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CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

Good to hear The Poison Tide has made the long list for the Ian Fleming thriller dagger. Seems quite a short list to me, but they chuck a few more …

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The Poison Tide on Kindle

Hurray, Poison Tide under four pounds on the Kindle – just thought I’d say. A snip for a book Allan Massie in The Scotsman described as ‘compelling and smoothly’ executed; …

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The spy and his conscience

The Poison Tide is now in paperback. To mark its publication – and in the hope that it will make me as rich as Croesus – here is an article …

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New historical fiction festival in home of Sir Walter Scott

Great new event from next Friday [April 12]; the first Summerhall Historical Fiction Festival in Edinburgh, the home of Scott, Stevenson and Conan Doyle – and quite a few excellent writers …

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Colour in World War 1

Researching my new novel about the Secret Service Bureau in World War 1, I found this great Dutch website with some of the first photographs taken in colour [select Great War …

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Historically Criminal in London

A great chance to talk history and mystery at the Victoria Library in London last week, with authors Mike Ripley and Robert Ryan. Lots of fascinating opinions from the floor …

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Blog for George Orwell Day

To mark the first official Orwell Day and the anniversary of his death, there’s a nice little piece in History Today on the publication of 1984. It sent me back …

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