Welcome to my stop on the blog blitz for Mark of the Devil by Tana Collins with a guest post by the author. Many thanks to Sarah Hardy for organising and inviting me onto the tour
About this book…?
While Inspector Jim Carruthers and team are busy investigating a series of art thefts they receive an anonymous tip about the body of a young woman on a deserted beach.
The bizarre clues to her identity, and what might have happened to her, include a strange tattoo, a set of binoculars and slab of meat left on the cliffs.
The team’s investigations lead them to a local shooting estate and its wealthy owner Barry Cuthbert. However, Carruthers suspects Cuthbert is not all he seems and the DI soon starts to wonder if the cases of the missing works of art, the dead woman and the estate are connected.
Then when the body of a young gamekeeper is pulled from the sea tensions boil over. The trail of clues lead the team to the unlikely locale of Tallinn and into the sinister world of international crime and police corruption.
Needing answers Carruthers must look further afield than Fife. However, the closer he gets to discovering the truth the more danger he finds himself in.
Since everyone who crosses the vengeful killers seem to end up dead, can Carruthers solve the case with his life in tact?
What drew me towards crime fiction and how my own writing journey has gone
The first crime fiction book I ever read was Peter Robinson’s In a Dry Season, about thirteen years ago. The blurb on the back hooked me and when I read the novel I was spellbound. The books are set in Yorkshire and I particularly loved Robinson’s wonderful sense of place. In no time at all I had read all the DCI Banks books before starting to read other authors. I particularly love Henning Mankell for his social commentary and have been strongly influenced by the Nordic writers. I also love Ann Cleeves, LJ Ross and Alex Gray.
When I decided to turn my hand to writing crime fiction I knew I wanted to create a series with a strong cast of characters and an interesting setting. I wrote three books in the Inspector Jim Carruthers series before approaching publishers. Indie publishers, Bloodhound Books offered me a three book publishing deal in October 2017.
I’m delighted to say that my debut novel, Robbing the Dead, became an Amazon No 1 bestseller for Scottish Crime Fiction with the follow up, Care to Die, also becoming a Top 10 bestseller. My third in the series, Mark of the Devil, is published on 24th April 2018.
I base my own novels in the East Neuk of Fife which is a beautiful area of Scotland close to my heart. My fictional setting is a place called Castletown which is closely modelled on St Andrews where I went to university. It was a difficult decision to fictionalise the location but I wanted to grow the town and fictionalising it gives me more artistic licence. There’s something really powerful in crime fiction about having a strong sense of place and I think Fife makes a wonderful setting for the Jim Carruthers series.
I don’t write full time. I still have the day job as Massage Therapist which I absolutely love though I do tend to take time off when I have my final edits to do. I’m a real people person so I love to have the day job alongside my writing. Writing can be such a solitary occupation and having a day job, other than writing, helps to keep me grounded.
Since the writing has taken off my life has really changed. I now meet other writers, bloggers and readers at crime writing festivals all over the UK. This year will see me on panels at Newcastle and Crimefest in Bristol and I’ll also be at Harrogate supporting other writers and generally hanging out. If you are at any of these festivals do look me up and come and say hello. I would love to meet you
Meet the author…
Edinburgh based Tana Collins is the author of the popular Jim Carruthers detective series set in Fife. Her debut novel, Robbing the Dead, published February 2017, became a No 1 Amazon bestseller for Scottish crime fiction. Care to Die, the follow up in the series, also became a Top 10 Amazon bestseller. Published on 1st June 2017 Care to Die was described by Peter Robinson, author of DCI Banks, as “A finely plotted mystery. Tana Collins racks up the suspense on this one. DI Jim Carruthers is a cop to watch.” In September 2017 having won one of the coveted Spotlight places at Bloody Scotland Tana supported Lynda La Plante on stage.
Her third novel, Mark of the Devil, is to be published 24th April 2018. Author Leigh Russell writes of it, “A cracking read. The suspense never lets up.”
Tana is a trained Massage Therapist and Stress Management Consultant.
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