Well Storm Doris may have missed Glasgow on its radar today but there was a bit of a Doric storm blowing a hoolie when Claire MacCleary visited Waterstones, Argyle Street tonight, 23rd Feb 2017, to launch her debut novel “Cross Purpose”. You know me, I can’t resist a bit of #ScottishCrimeFiction and as it is published by #SarabandBooks imprint #Contraband then I knew that Claire was an author who was bound to pique my interest!
It might have been a bit chilly outside but Waterstones once again gave a great warm welcome to Claire. The event was chaired by the charismatic and hilarious Douglas Skelton, who once again brought his own wit and humour to the floor (cheque in the post Douglas?) However, I think Claire slightly outshone him at this event! Claire describes herself as a “serial entrepreneur” with the “mind of a butterfly” and she had me in stitches as she answered Douglas’s questions with a sparkling wit! As you can see in the 3rd picture Douglas tried to bring it back with his impression of “I’m a little teapot”!
Claire treated us to a couple of readings from #CrossPurpose – now let me tell you – this book sounds dark, it sounds gritty and it sounds like it has all the makings of a brilliant piece of Scottish Crime Fiction – who knew that such a refined lady would know such language! Claire told us, although she hails from Glasgow (well Milngavie actually) her first job with the Daily Express in Albion Street, Glasgow taught her how to swear like a trooper in the first 3 weeks and what she didn’t know for the book, she googled! I’m not going to give away all her secrets about how she came to write her first novel, Claire is appearing at a few events over the next few weeks so I’d suggest you get along and find out for yourself. (Anyone going to Granite Noir this weekend, look out for Claire as she is appearing on Sunday 26th to launch her book at the Lemon Tree Studio at 11.30am – you don’t want to miss her!)
Cross Purpose: The Blurb:
When Maggie Laird’s disgraced ex-cop husband suddenly dies, her humdrum suburban life is turned upside down. With the bills mounting, she takes on his struggling detective agency, enlisting the help of neighbour Big Wilma . And so an unlikely partnership is born. . But the discovery of a crudely mutilated body soon raises the stakes… and Maggie and Wilma are drawn into an unknown world of Aberdeen’s sink estates, clandestine childminding and dodgy dealers.. Cross Purpose is surprising, gritty, sometimes darkly humorous a tale combining police corruption, gangs and murder with a paean to friendship, loyalty and how women of a certain age can beat the odds.
What others are saying about the book:
“A dark devious delight, definitely one to watch.” – Neil Broadfoot
“Crime fiction has a new stellar voice in Claire MacLeary. Cross Purpose is feisty, funny and darkly delicious.” – Michael J Malone.
“A terrific crime debut… compelling to the end.” – Theresa Talbot
With lashings of authentic Aberdeen and a fast paced plot keeping the pages turning, Cross Purpose was a blast to read and is highly recommended. – Grabthisbook
I’ve got my copy and it has been bumped up my #TBR pile! Available to purchase from Waterstones and Amazon