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The Peat Dead

Shortlisted for the McIlvanney Debut Prize 2019!

Islay. Remote and peaceful. Until a spade finds a human hand, a pointer to a crime. And under the peat, five corpses.

The Peat Dead is a gripping page-turner, but also a reflection on the nature of history and of the political order. It’s set in authentic locations on the island of Islay and in Glasgow.

It’s the first in a series featuring Detective Inspector Angus Blue. The Peat Dead is published  by ThunderPoint Publishing.


“This atmospheric crime novel set on Islay gripped me from the start. Decades-old crimes cast long shadows.”   Sarah Ward

A mystery so redolent of its island setting that you practically smell the peat and whisky on the pages.    Douglas Skelton

Read the first few pages of The Peat Dead

Want to read The Peat Dead in a book group? Some useful notes for discussion here.

See reviews from the Guardian Not the Booker Prize 2019 here

There’s an interview with Allan on the There’s been a Murder Blogsite. You can read it  here.

And here’s what The Portobello Book Blog had to say about The Peat Dead:

For the interview with Allan, click here.

The Peat Dead reviewed in The Herald

And here’s Allan talking about the landscape and places on Islay that form an atmospheric setting for The Peat Dead, on the TripFiction website.