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The Blood

by E.S. Thomson


Krystyna Green, Publishing Director of Constable Crime, continues with this month’s theme of the best in Scottish crime writing, and focuses on authors appearing at Bloody Scotland which this year runs from the 21st to 23rd September:

‘Elaine Thomson, writing as E S Thomson, is a Bloody Scotland perennial favourite, having been shortlisted for the William McIlvanney in 2016 with her first in the Jem Flockhart series, Beloved Poison. We are now three books in, and happily for all of us, paperback publication of The Blood coincides with Bloody Scotland this year, so copies will be available there!

The book is a Gothic masterpiece. Summoned to the riverside by the desperate, scribbled note of an old friend, Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain find themselves on board the seamen’s floating hospital, an old hulk known only as The Blood, where prejudice, ambition and murder seethe beneath a veneer of medical respectability.

On shore, a young woman, a known prostitute, is found drowned in a derelict boatyard. A man leaps to his death into the Thames, driven mad by poison and fear. The events are linked – but how? Courting danger in the opium dens and brothels of the waterfront, certain that the Blood lies at the heart of the puzzle, Jem and Will embark on a quest to uncover the truth. In a hunt that takes them from the dissecting tables of a private anatomy school to the squalor of the dock-side mortuary, they find themselves involved in a dark and terrible mystery

So catch Elaine chairing the Ambrose Parry event, which runs from 3:45 – 4:45 at the Albert Halls.  Ambrose Parry – better known as the writing team of award-winning author Chris Brookmyre and his wife, consultant anaesthetist Marisa Haetzman, will be talking about their most recent work, The Way of All Flesh, set in Victorian Edinburgh.  It’s bound to be a fascinating and unmissable exploration of the Gothic underworld…


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