*Win 2 tickets to #BloodyScotland Gala Opening, Sept 8th, 2017* #McIlvanneyPrize

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You all know that I’m a huge fan of Scottish Crime Fiction, don’t you?! One of the top events of my year is Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival and it is one of my top recommendations for lovers of crime fiction to attend!

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So what if I was to tell you that I have a top prize to give away? What if I was to tell you that top prize was TWO tickets to the Gala Opening, McIlvanney Prize and Torchlight Procession?

“Bloody Scotland 2017 opens in the magnificent splendour of the Great Hall of Stirling Castle with a truly unique event that offers you the chance to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in crime fiction. Your golden ticket allows you to enjoy a glass or two of fizz in historic surroundings while we launch the Bloody Scotland anthology of new short stories in conjunction with Historic Environment Scotland and announce the winner of the prestigious McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year. Following the announcement you can then collect, if you so wish, your flaming torch on the castle esplanade and take your place in a once-in-a-lifetime procession of authors and readers, winding its way through Stirling’s old town to the Albert Halls”

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So do you think that you might be interested? Read on then folks!

One of my favourite Scottish crime fiction authors is Owen Mullen, author of the fantastic Charlie Cameron, Private Investigator series set in my hometown of Glasgow. It was a bit of a SQUEAL moment this week when “Games People Play”, the first in the series was longlisted for the prestigious McIlvanney prize alongside some of the top names in Scottish Crime Fiction, including Lin Anderson, Val McDermid and Ian Rankin! To celebrate this achievement, Owen’s publishers, Bloodhound Books, have kindly donated two tickets to the opening ceremony for the winners!  Thank you so much Bloodhound Team – this really is an AWESOME Prize!

Entry is simple:

To be in with a chance of winning the two tickets then tell me, in the comments below, why you think Games People Play, deserves to win the McIlvanney Prize.

  • The competition closes on Monday 21st August and the winner will be chosen on that date.
  • The winner will be the entry that judges feel is the most compelling reason for Games People Play to win.
  • Tickets will be posted out when the winner is announced.
  • No transport or accommodation is included in the prize.

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook

Games People Play is available to purchase on Amazon

Games People Play: Amazon UK

Games People Play: Amazon USA




33 thoughts on “*Win 2 tickets to #BloodyScotland Gala Opening, Sept 8th, 2017* #McIlvanneyPrize

  1. Games People Play – a compelling mix of characters you can empathise with and who make you both smile and cry (as well as some who scare the life out of you). There’s something here for everyone. Once you start, you won’t want to stop till you’ve reas the whole series.

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  2. Games People Play was a novel that had me gripped from the beginning . I couldn’t put it down. It was so well written that I was drawn right away into the story line and was drawn hook, line and sinker into the world of Charlie Cameron. Owen had such a special style of writing where I felt I was right there in the heart of it all.

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  3. Owen Mullen is a talented writer who gets into the minds of the criminals and also the PI in the book. I love how the book is based in Scotland and uses some colloquial language too.
    This would be an amazing prize to win. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.


  4. “Guilt never leaves, it never lets go, not really, and it hadn’t with me” This book draws you in, holds you tight, twists, shakes and shocks you and then lets you take a shuddering breath. I enjoyed it and- it’s Scottish!

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  5. In Charlie Cameron, Owen Mullen has created an entirely believable Glasgow detective. His personality is multi faceted and he generates the ethos of the community he operates in. Owen Mullen weaves a mighty fine gripping tale too keeping the reader engrossed in the story throughout.

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  6. Owen Mullen deserves to win for The Games People Play because the book just takes off running and doesn’t stop. It makes your heart leap and your brain scramble for who you think is to blame! The pain of the parents and then the way the PI is portrayed and very human. Excellent

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  7. Overheard on a Bus in Glasgow

    ‘Mullen’s wrote a book.’
    ‘Nae kiddin?’ ‘Take a look.
    Doonloadin it is fine.
    It’s wan pound ninety-nine.
    Ah’ve bought it an it’s great.
    Ah lent it tae ma mate.
    A year-old kid gets ta’en.’
    ‘Aw naw! The poor wee wean!’
    ‘Aye, snatched right off Ayr beach.
    Her mammy oot o’ reach.
    She went in for a dook.
    Her man jist didnae look.
    Someone took wee Lily.’
    ‘Noo yer being silly.’
    ‘Naw, naw. That’s the story.’
    ‘Hope it’s no too gory?’
    ‘A PI takes the case,
    Chas Cameron – he’s ace!
    See, aw these folk are deid,
    But Cameron keeps the heid.
    A killer’s on the prowl,
    But Chick’s a wise old owl.
    He solves it in a trice.’
    ‘The wean’s awright? That’s nice.’
    ‘Ye hivnae heard the best.
    Oor Owen’s oan a list.
    The Mc Ilvanney Prize –
    S’no jist for the big guys
    that work in publishing.
    Ye see, this is the thing:
    Wee firms like Bloodhound Books
    are getting second looks.
    Games People Play could win.’
    ‘Fit disnae, that’s a sin.’

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  8. When you can pick up a book and straight away visualise every character, and every place, you want to get to the next page – quickly !! That’s a good read and a great story. Fabulous.

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