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Falling Fast shortlisted for Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award

PLUS the ultimate treat for a crime fiction fan… Author Neil Broadfoot celebrates Deanston shortlisting by offering one lucky reader the chance to appear in the sequel to Falling Fast


Falling Fast, the debut crime thriller by Neil Broadfoot, has been shortlisted for the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award, placing him alongside some of the top names in Scottish crime fiction, including Chris Brookmyre and Louise Welsh.

To celebrate, we’re running a competition for one lucky reader to appear as a character in the second book of the Falling Fast trilogy, due out in 2015. To qualify, simply tweet why you liked the book along with #FallingFast before 31 August 2014. Neil will pick the tweet that he likes the best and the winner will see their name appear in his next book.

The winner of the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award will be announced on 20 September at Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival, which takes place in Stirling from 19 to 21 September.

Neil said: “Being shortlisted for the Deanston is an absolute honour – and totally surreal. The crime-writing scene is bursting with incredible talent and great people at the moment, and to be plucked from all those brilliant writers is a humbling experience. I’ve been a fan of Bloody Scotland as a reader for years, to be here now on the shortlist is just fantastic. Bloody brilliant, in fact.” 

Falling Fast was also a Dundee International Book Prize finalist last year. From its shock opening to the final jaw-dropping twist, Falling Fast draws the reader into the world of Doug McGregor, a crime reporter juggling two stories: the hunt for a convicted rapist and the grisly death of a prominent politician’s daughter. Working off the record with insider contact and sometime sparring partner DS Susie Drummond, Doug uncovers secrets, brutal violence, drug abuse, murder – and the ultimate taboo.

The other shortlisted titles are: Flesh Wounds by Chris Brookmyre;
 The Amber Fury by Natalie Haynes; Entry Island by Peter May;
 A Lovely Way To Burn by Louise Welsh;
In The Rosary Garden by Nicola White. 

Contraband's gripping new literary mystery novel


The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau is the new literary mystery novel by Graeme Macrae Burnet, who as a winner of a Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award is one of Scotland’s most promising literary talents.

The novel offers something different. Set in the unremarkable French town of Saint-Louis, with the maladroit Manfred Baumann as its main character, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau effortlessly conjures up an otherworldly atmosphere that simultaneously intrigues and unsettles.

In the novel, we meet Manfred Baumann, a loner and socially awkward. He spends his evenings surreptitiously observing Adèle Bedeau, the sullen but alluring waitress at his local bistro. But one day, she vanishes into thin air.

When Georges Gorski, a detective haunted by his failure to solve one of his first murder cases, begins investigating her disappearance, Manfred’s repressed world is shaken to its core and he is forced to confront the dark secrets of his past.

The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau is a compelling psychological portrayal of a peculiar outsider pushed to the limit by his own feverish imagination. It is by turns haunting, strange and mesmeric – and destined to achieve cult status. 

A Capital Union shortlisted for HWA Debut Crown

 Victoria Hendry

A Capital Union, Victoria Hendry’s novel that focuses on the Scottish independence movement during World War II, has made it on to the shortlist for the Historical Writers’ Association’s Debut Crown for best first historical novel.

Following the fortunes of young Agnes Thorne, whose new activist husband brings her into contact with the Scottish nationalist movement in wartime Edinburgh, A Capital Union cleverly shines a light on issues of loyalty and independence.

It will compete against She Rises b y Kate Worsley (Bloomsbury), Secrets of the Sea House by Elizabeth Gifford (Atlantic Books), Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchmann (Serpent’s Tail) and Child of Vengeance by David Kirk (Simon and Schuster) for the £2,000 prize.

The judges said, 'Each of these books is exceptional, and to have written it at any time in a writing career is an achievement: to have written it as a first novel, is exceptional.'

The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on 23rd October, the first day of the Harrogate History Festival.

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