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The Trials of Marjorie Crowe: a Scottish-set gripping crime thriller for 2024 - it's time to meet Marjorie

C.S. Robertson

8 Reviews

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Scotland, Crime & mystery

A spectacular, voice-driven mystery from a highly acclaimed crime writer.

How do you solve a murder when everyone thinks you're guilty?

Marjorie Crowe lives in Kilgoyne, Scotland. The locals put her age at somewhere between 55 and 70. They think she's divorced or a lifelong spinster; that she used to be a librarian, a pharmacist, or a witch. They think she's lonely, or ill, or maybe just plain rude. For the most part, they leave her be.

But one day, everything changes.

Local teenager Charlie McKee is found hanging in the woods, and Marjorie is the first one to see his body. When what she saw turns out to be impossible, the police have their doubts. And when another young person goes missing, the tide of suspicion turns on her.

Is Marjorie the monster, or the victim? And how far will she go to fight for her name?


'A truly startling novel' Sunday Times
'A remarkable thriller' Sunday Express
'Ingenious' Daily Mail
'Enthralling' Liz Nugent
'Gut-wrenching' The Times

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Praise for The Trials of Marjorie Crowe: a Scottish-set gripping crime thriller for 2024 - it's time to meet Marjorie

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  • A truly startling novel - The Sunday Times

  • Beautifully written with a shocking twist, this remarkable thriller has a unique narrator in Grace McGill, and her voice stays with you long after you read the final page - Sunday Express

  • It's a dark and disturbing novel. It's chilling and haunting. It's original and touching. This book will genuinely be one of your best reads of the 2022 - Crime Squad

  • This fascinating thriller had me hooked from the first chapter [...] as dark and disconcerting as it is compelling - Scottish Field

  • It's not just a clever read - you'll sail through a range of emotions and there's no way you'll forget Grace. I'm struggling to remember reading a book like it before, and what a way to start 2022 reading - Belfast Telegraph

  • This is an ingenious, disturbing and chilling thriller in which Grace is an unforgettable character, and not what she seems. Superb storytelling, with an elegant twist - Daily Mail

  • Gut-wrenching thriller. There are jaw-dropping revelations and startling assertions in Craig Robertson's gruesome tale - The Times

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C.S. Robertson

A former journalist, Craig Robertson had a 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper before becoming a full-time author. He interviewed three Prime Ministers, reported on major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. He was pilloried on breakfast television, beat Oprah Winfrey to a major scoop, spent time on Death Row in the USA and dispensed polio drops in the backstreets of India.

His first novel, Random, was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA New Blood Dagger, longlisted for the 2011 Crime Novel of the Year and was a Sunday Times bestseller. He has been both longlisted and shortlisted for writing prizes.

He now shares his time between Scotland and California and can usually be found on a plane somewhere over the Atlantic.

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