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A modern media morality tale with bite


The debut novel by Jane Alexander, The Last Treasure Hunt, is published on Thursday 26 March and launch events are taking place in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London to mark the occasion.

There will also be a special online treasure hunt to test the grey matter – see Jane's website for more details.

Already being described as a book that "marks the arrival of an important new voice", Jane's biting debut explores our obsession with fame and celebrity with great intelligence and sly wit.

Jane says: "The Last Treasure Hunt is the story of Campbell Johnstone, who’s just turned thirty and feels he’s been left behind by life. He measures his failures against the achievements of his friends and family, and especially against the success of his childhood friend Eve, who’s now a rising Hollywood actor.

"The novel tells the story of what happens when Cam tries to reconnect with Eve, with dramatic consequences – and asks how far we might go, what choices we might make, in pursuit of recognition.

"At its heart, The Last Treasure Hunt is a novel about friendship, betrayal and belonging."


The Last Treasure Hunt launch events:

Waterstones, Argyle St, Glasgow, on Wed 25 Mar, 7pm (with Margaret Montgomery) 

Golden Hare Books, 68 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, on Thu 2 Apr, 7pm 

Lutyens & Rubinstein, 21 Kensington Park Road, London, on Wed 15 Apr, 7pm


Scandal, love, art and bohemia in 19th century Paris

Sumptuous historical fiction set in the studio of the legendary Rodin


Maggie Ritchie's fantastic debut novel, Paris Kiss, is published this week and we'll be celebrating with a special launch event at Glasgow's Argyle Street Waterstones on Thu 26 Feb at 7pm. Maggie will be in conversation with Bridget McCann, reading from Paris Kiss and signing copies.

Even before its release, Paris Kiss has been attracting some wonderful plaudits. France magazine, for example, describes it as "a touching tale of friendship, love and betrayal set against a colourful backdrop of the Paris art world". At the same time, the media has been taking a keen interest in the novel and Maggie herself, whose dedication to her labour of love is a terrific example to any aspiring writer.

"I worked on the book for several years after the idea came to me on my honeymoon in June 1999," says Maggie, who lives in Glasgow.

"I did deeper research on our return but went back again to Paris for our first anniversary so that I could delve further into what I wanted to write, not that you need an excuse to visit the French capital.

"I developed the book further when I undertook and completed a MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. Fellow students on the course and our lecturers encouraged me all the way - so I stuck at it and wrote the final page in 2012. It needed a couple rewrites after that and then literary agent Jenny Brown decided to add me to her list of authors. Jenny's efforts led to Saraband taking up the option to sell it.

"I've had lots of valuable support, without which Paris Kiss would still be only a dream in a notebook. The feedback so far has been hugely positive so I hope people buy it and enjoy reading it."

Introducing… Glasgow's answer to Tony Soprano

Beyond the Rage: an electric Tartan Noir with shock twists and pitch-perfect banter. 


The legendary Tony Soprano may be the king of the criminal anti-heroes, but Kenny O'Neill, the conflicted villain in Michael J Malone's new crime thriller Beyond the Rage, could prove to be Tony's Scottish heir apparent. 

Kenny is a criminal with a touch of class about him, a self-made man who’s always one step ahead. But right now he’s raging… Not only has his high-class escort girlfriend just been attacked, but his father is reaching out from the past – despite abandoning Kenny as a child after his mother’s suicide. Kenny embarks on a dual mission to hunt down his girl’s attacker and find out the truth about his father... but instead he unravels disturbing family secrets and finds that revenge is not always sweet.

An intelligent, violent thriller shot through with dark humour, Beyond the Rage enthrals and disturbs in equal measure. With an intricate plot, all-too-believable characters and perfectly pitched dialogue, this is a masterclass in crime fiction writing.

The paperback is out on Thu 12 Feb and the ebook is available now from Amazon.

You can still catch Michael J Malone talking about Kenny and Beyond the Rage at two launch events. He's appearing with Lin Anderson at Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh, on Wed 11 Feb, 6.30pm. Michael will also be reading from the novel and answering audience questions at Carnegie Library, Ayr, on Thu 12 Feb, 7pm. 

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