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About Allan

At the Great Coastal Gate in Tallinn

I’ve worked as a teacher, teacher-trainer and university lecturer, and only turned to writing fiction after I’d taken early retirement.

My first novel, The Peat Dead,  is published by ThunderPoint Publishing . It’s a crime thriller, set mainly on the island of Islay, and is the first in a series featuring Inspector Angus Blue and forensic archaeologist Dr Alison Hendrickx.

I’ve already completed a second  Inspector Blue novel, The Dead of Jura, and have the outline of a third. I’m also working on a crime thriller set in 1930s Estonia, provisionally titled The Fall.

I live near Glasgow. My wife and I spend a lot of time in the Hebrides We also visit Estonia regularly, and I’ve translated from Estonian a ‘closed-room’ mystery, The Oracle, originally published in 1937.

I’ve had several short stories published in iScot magazine and one in 404Ink magazine.