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Bloody brilliant Scottish crime writing! The Tartan Noir Show is a new literary podcast hosted by Theresa Talbot, celebrating the world’s best crime writing and storytelling. Featuring live event recordings, one-on-one interviews and exclusive readings from crime writing giants including Val McDermid, Ian Rankin and Christopher Brookmyre. Listen to this gripping and informative podcast for mesmerising character-based stories and backstage access to the world of Scottish crime writing.

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Bloody brilliant Scottish crime writing! The Tartan Noir Show is a new literary podcast hosted by Theresa Talbot, celebrating the world’s best crime writing and storytelling. Featuring live event recordings, one-on-one interviews and exclusive readings from crime writing giants including Val McDermid, Ian Rankin and Christopher Brookmyre. Listen to this gripping and informative podcast for mesmerising character-based stories and backstage access to the world of Scottish crime writing.

    Jeffery Deaver: The Master of the ‘Twisty-Turny’ Tale

    Jeffery Deaver: The Master of the ‘Twisty-Turny’ Tale

    It’s the finale of TTNS season 2...and we have a treat in store for you! Theresa Talbot chats to number-one bestselling author, Jeffery Deaver. His books adorn bookshelves in 150 countries in 25 languages. As we find out, Jeffery has a strict discipline when it comes to his writing, telling Theresa that his is a craftsman’s approach to getting the words on the page. And it’s paid off as he’s sold more than 50 million copies of his books. The former journalist and law attorney believes that readers are the gods who guide his stories - so no pressure on all of us! As well as hearing about his latest books and plans for both the Lincoln Rhyme and Colter Shaw series, Jeffery talks about the thrill of hearing his words spoken by Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie in the film version of The Bone Collector. His recommended book is The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. 


    Jeffery Deaver - https://www.jefferydeaver.com
    Theresa Talbot -  https://www.facebook.com/theresa.talbot.50


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Craig Russell: Twenty-Five Languages and a Cameo!

    Craig Russell: Twenty-Five Languages and a Cameo!

    Multi award-winning writer, Craig Russell, joins Theresa Talbot this week to talk about what it’s like to have your books translated into 25 languages, how to immerse yourself in the world you are writing about and how having really great headphones can change your life! The Devil Aspect - Craig’s stand alone Gothic novel set in 1935 Czechoslovakia - will be coming to the big screens. His latest book, Hyde, will be on the book shelves in early 2021. Five of his Fabel novels have been made into movies with Craig making a cameo appearance as a detective. The Lennox novels are being developed into a returning TV series by BAFTA award-winning Synchronicity Films. Ira Levin’s first novel - A Kiss before Dying - is Craig’s book recommendation. 


    Craig Russell - https://craigrussell.com/
    Ira Levin - http://www.iralevin.org
    Theresa Talbot -  https://www.facebook.com/theresa.talbot.50


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    • 53 min
    Gordon Brown: Fun in the Sun and a Short Story

    Gordon Brown: Fun in the Sun and a Short Story

    This week, Theresa Talbot catches up with the author of eight crime thriller novels set in Spain, Scotland and the US. The latest Morgan Cry book is Thirty-One Bones - the owner of a small Spanish bar drops dead. But it’s not straight forward, as the bar is frequented by a group of ex-pat misfits. There’s lots of chat about writers marketing their books and how Gordon approaches writing. He gets up very very early in the morning! Gordon is also one of the founding directors of the Bloody Scotland Festival. This year he was involved in ‘persuading’ the debut writers to collaborate on the Glencairn short story, One With The Glass, which was recorded for this episode of The Tartan Noir Show. So get yourself comfy with a glass of something or a big cup of tea.  


    Gordon Brown - https://gordonjbrown.com/
    Bloody Scotland; One With The Glass - https://bloodyscotland.com/announcements/one-with-the-glass/
    Glencairn Crystal - https://glencairn.co.uk/
    Stephen O’Rourke - https://sandstonepress.com/books/the-crown-agent
    Deborah Masson - @deborah_masson
    Marion Todd - https://www.mariontodd.com/
    Francine Toon - https://www.francinetoon.com/
    Four Blokes in searching of a plot - https://fourblokessearching.com/
    Theresa Talbot - https://www.facebook.com/theresa.talbot.50
    The Big Light - https://www.thebiglight.com/


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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Doug Johnstone: Actually, it is Rocket Science!

    Doug Johnstone: Actually, it is Rocket Science!

    Nuclear physics, music journalism, music and writing - there’s no end to Doug Johnstone’s talents. He chats to Theresa about all these very different aspects of his life. We also hear about the stroke he had at the beginning of lockdown and how he finished the first draft of a new novel while recovering. This is the final part of the Skelf family saga. We first met the Skelf women in A Dark Matter (2019) where, after a sudden death, three generations of women from the Skelf clan took over the family funeral and private investigation business. The book was shortlisted for this year’s McIlvanney Prize. The Big Chill (2020), the second book in the trilogy, is out now. With 12 novels under his belt, Doug has been described as ‘a master of the page-turning, heart-gripping, plot-driven tale’. His recommended book is Helen Fitzgerald’s Worst Case Scenario.


    Doug Johnstone - https://dougjohnstone.com/about/
    Helen Fitzgerald - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_FitzGerald
    Great Scot Podcast - https://www.thebiglight.com/greatscot
    Professor Dame Sue Black - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_Black_(anthropologist)
    Theresa Talbot -  https://www.facebook.com/theresa.talbot.50


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    • 54 min
    Graeme Macrae Burnet: Just Too Tall to be a Spy!

    Graeme Macrae Burnet: Just Too Tall to be a Spy!

    Graeme caught the attention of the world in 2016 when his second novel, His Bloody Project, was shorted-listed for the Booker Prize. He may not have carried off the award that year, but his book sold more than those of the other five finalists combined! It’s the week before the Booker Prize is announced, and with another Scottish author in the running, Theresa hears about the glitz and glamour of Graeme’s experience at London’s Guildhall (it will be a more modest affair this year, with no grub and booze). Graeme’s book recommendation is John Le Carre’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. This leads to an intriguing discussion on how Theresa could be a great asset for British Intelligence! Graeme’s fourth novel, Case Study (Saraband), is out next October - we’ll hear what it’s about. And if you happen upon Graeme somewhere reading old copies of the Women’s Weekly...it’s research - honest! 


    Graeme Macrae Burnet - https://graememacraeburnet.com/
    John Le Carre - https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/best-le-carre-novel
    Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov - https://www.thelondonmagazine.org/essay-reflections-on-the-brothers-karamazov-by-patrick-maxwell/ 
    The Mitchell Library - https://www.scotsmagazine.com/articles/glasgow-mitchell-library/
    Theresa Talbot -  https://www.facebook.com/theresa.talbot.50


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    • 1 hr
    Susi Holliday: The Twisted Sister of the Psychological Thriller

    Susi Holliday: The Twisted Sister of the Psychological Thriller

    When she’s not designing vaccine clinical trials and studying the stats, Susi spends the rest of her time writing. She has seven novels, under her belt, the latest The Last Resort comes out in December - Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One perfect crime. Susi’s books are all very different, from police procedurals, supernatural to psychological thrillers. And as Theresa finds out the next two are science based. She had a pretty impressive start to her writing career - on the Trans Siberian Railway. There’s also a strange conversation about what books keep her and Theresa awake at night. Her book recommendation is Senseless by Ed James. 


    Susi Holliday - http://www.susiholliday.com/
    Ed James - https://edjamesauthor.co.uk/
    Theresa Talbot -  https://www.facebook.com/theresa.talbot.50


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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Macglyn516 ,

Brilliant Podcast!

I was hooked as soon as I started listening to your fabulous podcasts. Teresa is a brilliant host and all the guest authors have been superb. I like to listen to podcasts while trying to sleep but find I am staying awake listening all the way through! I've already bought a couple of the books which I haven't got and will be looking forward to hearing more podcasts and buying and reading more! Thank you very much!

riaraichte ,

Wonderful podcast - first of many I hope

A great first show - Liam and William McIlvanney are a great start - I downloaded On Beulah Heights on Val’s recommendation but have it safely waiting to tide me over for the duration - would love to hear your take on my newly discovered author Alan Parks - shades of Glasgow in the seventies!

Thank you Douglas Skelton for reminding me of the Ed Mcbain series - starting to read them again!

Fygwug ,

Tartan Noir

Great chat. If you’re a fan of crime fiction or not, this is great listening.

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