Floating Through France

The call of foreign lands and warmer climes draws millions of holidaymakers to the shores of the Mediterranean – most arriving after a short flight and staying for just two weeks. Brenda Davison, however, chose a much more leisurely mode of transport. She and her husband John took a whole summer to complete the journey,…


Genre: Librario, Non-fiction, Travel

Archibald Simpson, Architect; His Life & Times…

Archibald Simpson (1790-1847) is the man to whom Aberdeen owes it finest and most effective public buildings. He is one of Scotland’s greatest local architects of modern times. The Royal Infirmary, Marischal College, the Athenaeum Buildings and The North of Scotland Bank are only a few of the projects that reflect his influence on the…


Genre: Architecture, Biography, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: Aberdeen, Architecture

In Death We Trust (Naomi Nicholas trilogy, book 3)

A pulsating legal thriller. The courtroom as it really is. David Crigman’s third novel in the trilogy finds the beautiful Naomi Nicholas QC appearing with her adversary, the imposing, bullying and brilliant Ronan Cadogan QC who will use every to win his case. When the headless and mutilated body of Ray Millard, a ruthless and…


Genre: Crime, Fiction, legal thriller, Librario
Series: Naomi Nicholas trilogy |

The Molecule Man (Naomi Nicholas trilogy, book 2)

A legal thriller exploding with intrigue and treachery. Compelling, fast moving and deadly. The second volume in the Naomi Nicholas trilogy following the success of What’s Truth Got to do With It? – see you in court! Naomi Nicholas, newly promoted QC, is retained for the Prosecution in the trial of a Government hatchet man…


Genre: Fiction, legal thriller, Librario
Series: Naomi Nicholas trilogy |

The Plundered Forests

John Blower’s fourth book of his autobiography describes his time spent in the 1970s in South-East Asia working on a UN funded project to save the endangered forests and wildlife. The Indonesian Archipelago, the World’s largest group of islands, was subject to a political change which as history has shown drastically affected the survival of…


Genre: Conservation, Ecology, Librario, Non-fiction, Politics
Subjects: Asia, Burma, forest, Indonesia, trees, United Nations, wildlife

The Pioneer Flying Achievements of Preston Watson

AviationDundeeflyingOtto LillienthalPercy PilcherScotlandWright brothersAt the turn of the nineteenth century, what was to become the aviation industry was the preserve of a few enthusiastic amateurs whose ambition to be the first to fly like the birds bordered on obsession.  The Wright brothers in America, Otto Lillienthal, Percy Pilcher and others had brought matters to the cusp of success. Preston…


Genre: Aviation, Biography, History, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: Aviation, Dundee, flying, Otto Lillienthal, Percy Pilcher, Scotland, Wright brothers

World War II In Moray

Little has been written about Moray and its role in defeating the Axis powers during the Second World War. While remote from the battle scene and Hitler’s bombs, Moray nevertheless played an important role as a training ground as well as being in the front line against a possible German invasion from across the North…


Genre: History, Librario, Local history, Military History, Non-fiction
Subjects: Auxiliary Fire Service, Civil Defence, Elgin, Hitler, Moray, Women’s Land Army, Women’s Voluntary Service, World War II, WWII

No Lying Quiet

The year is 2000 and aunt Lily’s death is more than an occasion for family sorrow. Lily’s wartime past conceals a tale of violence and deception which becomes all the more threatening with her passing. As Jim Riach, her nephew, uncovers the clues to her life he is  confronted, by Guthrie, the malevolent Glasgow underworld…


Genre: Crime, Fiction, Historical, Librario
Subjects: crime, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Scotland, Underworld

Eighty Years In The Highlands: The Life & Times of Osgood H Mackenzie of Inverewe, 1842-1922

From 1863 Osgood Hanbury Mackenzie created and developed a garden at Inverewe, on the remote north-west coast of Scotland. It has become famous across the world for the variety and rarity of plants grown ‘in a region in which it had not been thought possible for them to exist’. However, few of the thousands of…


Genre: Gardening, History, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: 1800s, crofting, Gaelic, Gairloch, Gardening, Highlands, Inverewe, Landscape, Osgood Hanbury Mackenzie, Plants, Poolewe, Poor Law, Scotland, Wester Ross

McBurnie’s Awakening

When DI Jimmy McBurnie is knocked back for promotion he is sure he is being ‘black balled’ for denying he witnessed his DCI assault an inexperienced senior officer. He can only take his mind off what he sees as injustice by becoming even more obsessed with his work. Utilising his stable of touts – the…


Genre: Crime, Detective, Fiction, Olida, Tartan noir
Series: DI Jimmy McBurnie novels | Subjects: Policing, Scotland

Eden Seed

Young pharmaceutical executive Matt Malcolm unwittingly discovers one of the most powerful drugs of all time. Far from perfect, Matt is forced to face up to his failings and is soon drawn into a bloody battle between rival companies and an ancient religious sect called the Seraphim. A scar is torn over Europe and North…


Genre: Fiction, legal thriller, Olida, Political thriller, Thriller
Subjects: Africa, Europe, immortality, Pharma, religion, sects

Penance

Debut crime fiction from one of the BBC’s best-known voices. From Ireland to Scotland. From life to death. Oonagh O’Neil has a challenge on her hands – and her head over a toilet bowl. TV journalist and media darling Oonagh O’Neil faces danger and chaos when an elderly priest dies on the altar of his…


Genre: Crime, Fiction, Sociological, Strident
Subjects: crime, Glasgow, journalism, Magdalene Institution, religion, Scotland, TV

North of Porter

Aliens. Abductions. Genuine designer bags. Teenager Porter Minter arrives in Castlecrankie in a car that has no door handles. In the boot is a suitcase. In the suitcase is a boy. In the boy is the future and the past. The Armpit of the Universe wasn’t Porter’s destination of choice, he’s been dragged there. And…


Genre: Coming of Age, Fiction, Murky, Mystery, SciFi, Strident, Weirdness, Young Adult
Series: The Castlecrankie Chronicles | Subjects: Acceptance, aliens, Diversity, JFK

This Is What I Look Like

From Traffic & Travel to Lulu, Andy Williams & Glen Campbell…via Beechgrove & the BBC Comedy Unit. Joyful, hilarious tales from one of Scotland’s best known voices – the antidote to misery memoirs. “It’s fun being me. Loads of people know what I sound like, but hardly anyone recognises me.” Theresa Talbot – ‘TT’ to many…


Genre: Celebrity, Humour, Memoir, Non-fiction, Strident
Subjects: Andy Williams, BBC, Beechgrove, Chickens, Christmas, Comedy, Family, Gardening, Glasgow, Glen Campbell, Humour, Journey, Lulu, Radio, Scotland, self-awareness, traffic, travel

Nothing

“From the moment you are born you start to die.” So says Pierre Anthon when he decides there is no meaning to life, leaves the classroom, climbs a plum tree and stays there. His friends and classmates cannot get him to come down – not even by pelting him with rocks. To prove to him…


Genre: Coming of Age, Existential, Fiction, Modern classic, Strident, Young Adult
Subjects: celebrity, Meaning of life, self-awareness

For the Good of the Cause

For The Good of the Cause explodes the romanticism of The Skye Boat Song in a bold fictionalisation of the events that inspired it. It gives an insight into why people follow leaders…sometimes regardless of their flaws. Young Flora MacDonald is no Jacobite rebel. Nor is she an admirer of the Jacobites’ fugitive leader, Bonnie Prince…


Genre: Adventure, Faction, Historical, Strident
Subjects: Bonnie Prince Charlie, Culloden, Flora MacDonald, Jacobites, rebellion, Scotland, Skye, uprising

Endless Empress: A Mass Murderer’s Guide to Dictatorship in the Fictional Nation of Enkadar

New from Supreme Master of Weirdness Kirkland Ciccone (not to mention 2014 Catalyst Book Award WINNER)… Over one thousand teenagers entered the school hall at nine o’clock. But someone didn’t stick around for long… Enkadar is a country without war, violence, disease and poverty. It is paradise. There is only one problem with the glorious nation…


Genre: Crime, Fiction, Murky, Satire, Strident, Young Adult
Series: The Castlecrankie Chronicles |

Conjuring the Infinite

Catalyst Book Award winnerWINNER of the Catalyst Book Award 2014   Read: CONJURING THE INFINITE by Kirkland Ciccone chapter 1 or CONJURING THE INFINITE by Kirkland Ciccone chapter 1 And here’s an hilarious Teen Titles interview with Kirkland, alongside a review of Conjuring The Infinite.   Madness. Magick. Murder The Cottage is a care unit in the country for…


Genre: Fiction, Murky, Mystery, Quirky, Strident, Weirdness, Young Adult
Series: The Castlecrankie Chronicles | Subjects: crime, cult

Bad Faith

Life’s easy for Cassandra. The privileged daughter of a rector, she’s been protected from the extremist gangs who enforce the One Church’s will. Her boyfriend Ming is a bad influence, of course, with infidel parents who are constantly in trouble with the religious authorities. But Cass has no intention of letting their different backgrounds drive…


Genre: Action, Coming of Age, Crime, Dystopia, Existential, Fiction, Satire, Strident, Thriller
Subjects: crime, Meaning of life