Presumed Dead – book launch

Join McIlvanney Prize longlisted author Douglas Skelton (Blood CityTag – You’re Dead) in conversation with Mason Cross for the official launch of his new novel Presumed Dead, published by Orion.

There will be a reading, a Q&A and a signing. More importantly, there will be free wine. The event is free and all are welcome.

Register for free tickets here

An evening with Luca Veste and Mason Cross

Join Luca Veste to launch his latest series with the fantastic The Bone Keeper, starring DC Louise Henderson! Mixing urban myth and criminal horror, this Liverpool-set dark detective novel is chilling and thrilling in equal measure.

Luca will be discussing crime writing, keeping things thrilling, and all manner of mysteries with Glasgow’s own legendary Mason Cross for this event. Mason is the author of the brilliant Carter Blake series, the fifth installment of which, Presumed Dead, comes out next month, featuring a serial killer and some mysteries of its own!

Wine and refreshments will be available.

Contact Waterstones Argyle Street on 0141 248 4814 for details, or register for a free ticket here

First Monday – Pitch an Audience

Our event this month is a real holiday treat! Not only do we have a cracking panel- Louise Jensen, Chris Whitaker, Susi Holliday, Mel McGrath, moderated by the lovely Claire McGowan, but wine will be graciously sponsored by No Exit Press.

As an extra festive bonus, some of the finest crime fiction authors in the WORLD are going to pitch their cherished dream projects to you, the audience. A panel of experts, with savage wit and repartee, will be there to add commentary, but YOU decide who the winner is! There will be tears, laughter and possibly dinosaur detectives.

This part of the event will be crafted under the careful and caring gaze of MC Howard Linskey, Rod Reynolds, Abir Mukherjee, Cass Green, Leye Adenle, Susi Holliday, Derek Farrell, Lisa Cutts, Chris Whitaker, Mason Cross, Neil White and James Carol as they vie for the ultimate prize: the coveted title of First Monday Pitch an Audience Champion 2017.

Book free tickets here

Grantown-on Spey CrimeFest 2017

Now in its fifth year, The Wee CrimeFest’ features fun and informal events with the participation of established crime writers. As well as panels and discussions, there will be a murder mystery play ‘Murder at the Knickerage’, ‘Coffee, Cake and Crime’ and ‘Crime and Dine’. The scale is small and the atmosphere intimate.


Tickets from The Bookmark, 34 High Street, Grantown-on-Spey
or at the door (except ‘Crime and Dine’ which must be booked in advance due to limited numbers

For more information, see the Facebook page


Blantyre Library

As part of Book Week Scotland, Mason Cross will be appearing at Blantyre Library to talk about writing and his novels. There will be a talk, a Q&A and a signing.
Contact the library on 01698 823808 for ticket details.

Dunblane Library

As part of Book Week Scotland, Mason Cross will be appearing at Dunblane Library to talk about writing and his novels. There will be a talk, a Q&A and a signing.
Contact the library on 01786 823125 for ticket details.

Kirkintilloch Crime Reading Group

The William Patrick Library Crime Reading Group are delighted to have Mason Cross, author of the Carter Blake series, join them in discussion. All are very welcome at this special event.

Book your free place online or by calling 0141 777 3143

Writers at the Fringe

Now in its tenth year, Blackwell’s Writers at the Fringe brings you once again the best in Scottish writing.
Every Thursday during the Festival we invite a selection of Scottish performers to give us a taste of their work.

New and unpublished works of literary art stands alongside established novelists, from folk music to contemporary fiction and all that is found in between.

Thursday 24th August
Sara Sheridan
Peter Ross
Natalie Fergie
Daniel Shand
Mason Cross

The event is free, click here to book your ticket

For more information or if you would like a signed copy of any of the books because you can’t make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or

Bloody Scotland – From Tinseltown to Sin City

Get your kicks on Route 66 with the bestselling authors of two American-based novels that take us on a thrill ride from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

Chris Carter’s number one chart topper The Caller is set in LA and is the eighth to feature his unstoppable detective Robert Hunter. Don’t Look For Me, the fourth in Mason Cross’s brilliant Carter Blake series, sees Blake up against a hitman in and around America’s gambling capital.

Tickets from the festival website.