The Dead of Winter – March 13th

The Dead of Winter ebook

I’m excited to bring you my fourth book, The Dead of Winter, which is released on 13th March 2017. It’ll be almost a year since the release of Invisible and I couldn’t have expected to get so much positive feedback. Thanks to everybody who has followed me and who has bought the books. I appreciate that you can’t please everyone so I’m happy that the comments I got were really very good, or at least constructive.

The Dead of Winter finds us at the heart of a kidnapping mystery. A baby goes missing from his house on a respectable street. A few hours later, the woman next door discovers her teenage girl has disappeared. Coincidence? Detective Kevin Wallace doesn’t think so. As usual, I’ve thrown in a few curveballs because it is essentially a mystery and I love that sense of drama as you peel back the layers.

Enjoy and I look forward to hearing your feedback.




Introducing Phil Morris

When I was writing Lost Girl I didn’t start out with the intention of creating a solid mainstay in DI Phil Morris. He was there to solve a crime. Instead I found myself creating a chemistry between him and the main protagonist. Solving the crime almost became secondary. 

The choice to make In The Wake Of Death a direct follow up felt organic. Trainspotters will notice that the character of Margo was alluded to in the first book although not mentioned by name. This allowed me to write Phil in as a central character although this time he’s not on the job. 

Who is Phil though?

Without giving too much away, Phil is a down to earth guy who prides himself on his no-nonsense outlook. He is essentially good hearted and wants to make a difference. He is fiercely loyal and, although he only has a small circle, will do anything for the people he cares about. 

I also think that, until he met his current partner, he was very lonely. He lived in a flat that was quite drab and he had no interest in. His life was quite hollow. Now he seems happy. He shows a lot of patience and is quite old fashioned. He believes people earn respect and work hard. 

There’s still a lot to learn about Phil and I believe he might just have an edge that we’ve not quite seen yet. I have a few books planned out and I don’t think his life plan is going to turn out how he hopes.  

Check out Lost Girl & In The Wake Of Death to get to know him a little better. 

Today I’ve reviewed Bill Ward’s Retribution; the fifth in the Powell series

I previously read a book of Bill Wards called Trafficking which was the first in the Powell book series. That was a marvellous tense read and I hadn’t realised there were already four more books until it was suggested that I read this.

I haven’t read the three in between which I feel is a real shame because I might have appreciated the character development even more if I had. It wouldn’t be a bad thing for me to do that now as I could quite enjoy an evening with Mr Ward’s work. He does, after all, write beautifully but with such dark undertones that you feel as if you’re catching up with old friends who are just about to embark on some dark mystery.

Here, Powell has been hired to protect a politician who has a dark past. Is there any other kind? Powell also faces his own problems when he receives threats from an unknown source. Placing the story in the arena of politics feels quite topical as people have recently became even more aware and more opinionated about politics and about the underlying corruption. Ward allows us to identify with his writing, which flows marvellously, and with his characters.

I would say bring on Powell number six, but I think I’m going to be tied up with number 2, 3 and 4 for so long that the next book will probably be finished before I am.

***** out of *****

Booknvolume review of ‘In the Wake of Death’

. In The Wake Of Death by Billy McLaughlin “This book does have a fantastically unexpected twist that left me breathless!” – Emma Mitchell, The Little Book Worm. Sometimes waking up is only the beginning… He was left for dead on the side of the road. Now Marc Adams is awake and he can barely remember […]

via In The Wake of Death – #BookReview — Booknvolume

In the Wake of Death

So things have been fairly exciting since the release of ‘In the Wake…’

Not only was I astounded by the response to ‘Lost Girl’, which I still get messaged about, but to get the response to this book that I got was just mind-blowing. Thank you very much to everybody who has downloaded it. You’ve done a spectacular job of making me feel very proud.

‘In the Wake of Death’ picks up a few months after the action in ‘Lost Girl’ and finds DI Phil Morris living in shaky bliss with Kate, who was the protagonist in the previous book. However, they’re about to find their relationship tested by the arrival of a character who was only touched on in ‘Lost Girl’.

However, this isn’t the central focus of this newest tale. The story is predominately about a man who has been left for dead on the side of the road. He wakes a few months later to discover that his brain injury has caused him to block out much of what happened in the lead up to his accident. With the help of his sister, he uncovers a few home truths that will rock his world.

This book has a current rating on amazon of 4.5 stars out of 5 and this is based on 41 reviews.

I hope you all enjoy!

Review for “Betrayal” by Sharon Brownlie

***** out of *****



I had the pleasure of reading this book recently and am glad to say I finally got it finished.  I was reading other books in between as I had promised some reviews to other authors, but nothing grabbed me quite like this one, although many of them were great as well. 

We’re introduced to the main character Helen immediately.  Helen is incredibly flawed following a lifetime of abuse at the hands of various people that she has trusted or should have been able to trust.  Falling upon a chance encounter with one of the people who she feels let her down, she travels to Edinburgh to exact a brutal revenge. 

Helen was my favourite character.  Not because she was nice, but because she was brutally honest.  I have known people like her who have behaved in the way she behaves and can justify it because they’ve been so badly abused.  It’s easy to say “She’s bad.”  That’s not strictly true, because this book is so layered that you have to go between the lines and find out what motivates her.  I also enjoyed DI Brennan who was so snippy and sarcastic that I wanted to take her out for a night on the lash.  Then, there’s ‘Toofy’, who you can’t help but like, even though you want to slap some sense into him. 

It’s difficult to surprise readers, particularly when the book reveals so many of its motivations so early on, yet Sharon Brownlie manages to do just that.  The writing and the dialogue is so often authentic that I could hear every character’s voice.  I also loved some of the very Scottish barbs.  That gave the book even more authenticity. 

My favourite part of the book was when Brennan spends the whole weekend on it and turns up on the Monday morning like a roasted couch.  That was so funny to me because I know so many who have done it.  There were far more engaging parts of the book and more intense scenario’s, and they were all excellently written, but this one really made me laugh. 

All in all, it was an emotionally charged and complex book that kept me guessing up until the end.  There is a follow up to this book which I will read shortly and will resolve anything that I believe wasn’t resolved here.  I have read other reviews where people found Helen unsympathetic and simply evil.  For me, I saw more to her.  She’s not a good person, but she has no reason to be a good person and has had nobody to guide her into one. 

I’d recommend this book to anybody who has a liking for the grimier side of life.  It doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but what it does do very well is create a fictional world and immerse it with characters and plots that you might read in one of those real life childhood memoirs.  To create intensity out of that is very difficult.  Absolutely loved loved loved it!  Download it now from amazon or you’re really missing out.    

New title artwork

So I took the plunge and got my new book cover done by somebody professional.  I did my first three covers and felt I had done as much with my limited knowledge as I could. 

I am thrilled with the result and have had a good reaction from everybody who has seen it.  

I’m keeping this one under wraps for a while though as well as the title and the blurb for the book.  My biggest regret with the last one is that I revealed everything too early and wasn’t keen to make the changes I would liked to have in terms of the cover and the synopsis.  That was available for pre-order for nearly three months. I got a massive pull on the first day and then it dwindled off. 

This one is remaining under lock and key, which might be a clue, until much closer to the time.  I will reveal the title very soon and then the artwork.   Very excited to share it with you all. 

A big thank you to Sharon Brownlie who did the artwork and who provides you with an amazing service whilst doing so.  Check out her blog.