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About M.R. Mackenzie
In addition to writing, he works as a Blu-ray/DVD producer and has overseen releases of films by a number of acclaimed directors, among them Dario Argento, Joe Dante, Hideo Nakata and Jacques Tourneur. Writing as Michael Mackenzie, he has contributed chapters to books on cult cinema and regularly provides video essays and liner notes for new releases of celebrated films. He used to work in a library, before leaving to spend more time with books.
In 2019, his first novel, In the Silence, was shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year and longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize. His third novel, The Library Murders, was featured in Crime Time's Best of the Year 2020 list.
PRAISE FOR M.R. MACKENZIE:
"With well observed characterisation, M.R. Mackenzie writes with precision and passion. He is a writer to watch." -- Caro Ramsay, author of the Anderson & Costello thrillers
"Mackenzie brings a fresh new voice to the field of Tartan Noir." -- James Oswald, author of the Inspector McLean novels
"M.R. Mackenzie is right up there with the best contemporary authors working today. His prose is of such high-quality that I am instantly addicted to the words on his pages." -- David B. Lyons, author of Whatever Happened to Betsy Blake?
"This is splendidly written stuff, triumphing in a variety of areas - not least that of its dialogue, which is idiomatic and vivid (overcoming the hurdle at which many contemporary crime novels fall)." -- Barry Forshaw, Crime Time
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‘An immersive slow burn, peppered with disquieting fire-crackers of revelation.’ – Morgan Cry
Alyssa Clark is about to find out that reading really can be murder.
She thought her new job in Thornhill Library would be safe and uneventful. Boring, even. But on her first day at work, a masked gunman storms into the building and blows away every member of staff on duty. Alyssa barely escapes with her life.
The police are satisfied they’ve got their man, but Davy, Alyssa’s colleague and the only other survivor of the massacre, is convinced the real killer is still at large. Alyssa – trying to move on with her life while dealing with traumatic flashbacks and the unwanted advances of an obsessive ex – is sceptical. However, when she stumbles across damning evidence of a cover-up, she agrees to join forces with Davy to help track down the real culprit.
But in her pursuit of the truth, will she find the closure she desperately craves… or provoke the wrath of a killer with unfinished business on his mind?
If you like twists, turns and compelling, conflicted characters, you’ll love this gripping new mystery from the McIlvanney Prize-nominated author of In the Silence.
Praise for M.R. Mackenzie:
‘Writes with precision and passion’ – Caro Ramsay
‘Brings a fresh new voice to the field of Tartan Noir’ – James Oswald
‘Up there with the best contemporary authors working today’ – David B. Lyons
‘Splendidly written stuff’ – Crime Time
DISCOVER A STUNNING MYSTERY THRILLER FROM THE DEBUT AUTHOR EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT.
Anna hasn’t set foot in Glasgow for ten years. And for very good reasons…
When Anna, a criminology lecturer, does return to Glasgow from Rome, during the coldest winter in memory, tragedy strikes. While out with her best friend from school, Anna has a chance encounter with a former flame, Andrew, and later that night discovers Andrew stabbed and dying on a blanket of snow.
Soon Anna finds herself at the centre of the investigation as the star witness for the police, and embarks on investigating the case herself. But Anna doesn’t realise the danger she is in and soon finds herself in trouble.
When another body shows up, who has links to the first victim, it appears that the motive may lie buried in the past.
As Anna gets closer to the truth, the killer starts closing in.
But can she solve the gruesome mystery before the killer strikes again?
***In The Silence is now Longlisted for the 2019 McIlvanney Prize***
What everyone is saying about In The Silence:
"an intriguing plot with several good twists" Elaine Tomasso - reviewer
"I was hooked from the beginning and kept guessing (wrongly) until the end." Rachel Hammond- reviewer
"an awesome page-turner set in Glasgow" Maureen Cowell - reviewer
"This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time!" Megan Luton - reviewer
In The Silence is a fast-paced, compelling crime mystery which will appeal to fans of authors like Mark Billingham, Stuart Macbride and Mark Edwards.
She’s stuck in a dead-end job, her relationship is going nowhere, and the memory of the Kelvingrove Park Murders three years ago continues to cast a long shadow over every aspect of her life.
When a prostitute is brutally assaulted by Dominic Ryland, a rising political star with a suspiciously spotless personal reputation, Zoe leaps at the chance to distract herself with a noble cause, and sets out on a one-woman crusade to bring Ryland to justice.
But in doing so, she quickly finds herself on the wrong side of some very dangerous people – people who have reputations to protect and who would think nothing of silencing Zoe by any means necessary.
An explosive thriller set against the backdrop of a sweltering heatwave, Cruel Summer is the sequel to M.R. Mackenzie’s critically acclaimed McIlvanney Prize-nominated debut, In the Silence, and the second instalment in the Kelvingrove Park Trilogy.
PRAISE FOR M.R. MACKENZIE:
‘With well observed characterisation, M.R. Mackenzie writes with precision and passion. He is a writer to watch.’ – Caro Ramsay, author of the Anderson & Costello thrillers
‘Mackenzie brings a fresh new voice to the field of Tartan Noir.’ – James Oswald, author of the Inspector McLean novels
‘M.R. Mackenzie is right up there with the best contemporary authors working today.’ – David B. Lyons, author of Whatever Happened to Betsy Blake?
PRAISE FOR IN THE SILENCE:
‘This is splendidly written stuff, triumphing in a variety of areas – not least that of its dialogue, which is idiomatic and vivid (overcoming the hurdle at which many contemporary crime novels fall).’ – Barry Forshaw, Crime Time
‘M.R. Mackenzie has created an impressive first novel with In the Silence and an intriguing lead character in Anna Scavolini.’ – Noel Megahey, The Digital Fix
‘A mesmerising debut, it’s well worth reading and I’m certainly going to be looking out for more from this author.’ – Life of Cri.me
‘I was intrigued from the start and that interest kept me entertained and hooked right through to the end.’ – Donna’s Book Blog
‘A powerful yet thoughtful mystery that raises a few moral questions along the way.’ – On the Shelf Reviews