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Louise writes...

All my novels are quests, but their central characters and locations are very different from each other.

A Lovely Way to Burn (2014) is the first book in the Plague Times trilogy. A pandemic called 'The Sweats' is sweeping the globe. London is a city in crisis. Hospitals begin to fill with the dead and dying, but Stevie Flint is convinced that the sudden death of her boyfriend Dr Simon Sharkey was not from natural causes. As roads out of London become gridlocked with people fleeing infection, Stevie's search for Simon's killers takes her in the opposite direction, into the depths of the dying city and a race with death.

The Cutting Room: Rilke, the anti-hero in The Cutting Room, is a gay, Glaswegian auctioneer who is driven to discover the truth about a collection of disturbing photographs he finds in the house of a dead man.

Poet, playwright and spy, Christopher Marlowe strides through sixteenth century London in Tamburlaine Must Die, on the trail of one of his most ruthless creations, Tamburlaine the Great.

The Bullet Trick is set firmly in the twenty-first century and divides its action between Glasgow and Berlin. William Wilson is a down at heel conjurer who accepts an offer to perform in a Berlin cabaret. This book was the most fun to research and was partly prompted by an urge to rewrite WB Pabst’s 1929 movie Pandora’s Box.

English lecturer Murray Watson has the least glamorous job of all of my protagonists, but his journey is the darkest of the lot. Naming The Bones takes him from the calm of the National Library of Scotland to a sparsely populated Scottish island and the mud of an ancient burial ground.

The Girl on the Stairs was published by John Murray on 2nd August 2012. Jane Logan is six months pregnant and has moved to Berlin to live with her long-term lover, rich banker, Petra. The women's chic new apartment is in a trendy part of the city but Jane finds herself increasingly uneasy there. She conceives a dread of the derelict backhouse across the courtyard and begins to suspect something sinister is happening in the flat next door, where gynaecologist Alban Mann lives with his teenage daughter Anna. Petra believes her lover's pregnancy is affecting her judgement, but Jane is increasingly convinced that all is not well. Her decision to turn detective has devastating results when her own past collides with the past of the building and its inhabitants.

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