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March 2014

1)Paul’s novel The Black Life has been very well received. Check the reviews.

2)His poem The Wasp Station is published in The Poetry of Sex (Viking).

3) Stories by Paul will appear in Guilty Parties (April 30th UK) and the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 11 (June 5th UK). Buy now from Amazon

September 2013

1)The Black Life, the sixth Alex Mavros novel, is out in the UK from Crème de la Crime.            

2)Its predecessorThe Green Lady, has been published in the US.

3) Paul’s story ‘Big Guy’ is in the Tenth Mammoth Book of Best British Crime. - Buy now from Amazon

November 2012

1)The Green Lady, the fifth Alex Mavros novel, is out in the UK from Crème de la Crime.

2) The Silver Stain, the fourth Mavros novel, is out in paperback and will be available as an e-book in December.

3) Paul has an article in the much praised Books to Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels. - Buy now from Amazon

January 2012

1)The Silver Stain, the fourth Alex Mavros novel, has been published in hardback in the UK (April, US).

2) Paul’s debut poetry collection Water Sports has been published by The Ravenglass Poetry Press.

3) All five Quint Dalrymple novels are now available as ebooks from Severn Select.

4) Paul’s story ‘Moon Landing’ is published in The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 9.

July 2011

1) The Nameless Dead, the fourth Matt Wells thriller, is published in April (US) and May (UK). It's already had its first (great) review!

2) The Return of Mavros! I'm delighted to announce that two new crime novels featuring your favourite half-Greek, half-Scots and Sherlock Award-winning private eye Alex Mavros will be published by Crème de la Crime. The first, The Silver Stain, set against a backdrop of the Battle of Crete in 1941, will be out in hardback in January 2012.

3) Paul's debut poetry collection Water Sports will shortly be published by Ravenglass Poetry Press

April 2011

1) The Nameless Dead, the fourth Matt Wells thriller, is published in April (US) and May (UK). It’s already had its first (great) review!

2) The Return of Mavros! I’m delighted to announce that two new crime novels featuring your favourite half-Greek, half-Scots and Sherlock Award-winning private eye Alex Mavros will be published by Crème de la Crime. The first, The Silver Stain, set against a backdrop of the Battle of Crete in 1941, will be out in hardback in January 2012.

3) Paul's debut poetry collection Water Sports, will shortly be published by Ravenglass Poetry Press

June 2010

1) Maps of Hell, the third Matt Wells thriller, is published in May (US) and August (UK).

2) Crying Blue Murder (the first Alex Mavros novel) has been published in Australia.  

3) The Soul Collector has been published in Australia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Germany, as well as the US and UK.

February 2009

1) The Mavros trilogy - Crying Blue Murder (formerly Crying Blue Murder), The Last Red Death and The Golden Silence - will be republished in the UK and Ireland by MIRA in April 2009.

2) The Death List has been published in Spain and Poland.

3) The Mavros trilogy has been published in Norway, Sweden and Finland.

4) Paul will be appearing in the UK in May, July and August - see the Appearances page.


Summer 2008

1) The Soul Collector, Paul's tenth novel, is published by MIRA UK on August 15th. Paul will be promoting it in Scotland, England and Ireland in early September.

2) The Death List is published in paperback by MIRA US (September). The book has been shortlisted for a Barry Award (US) in the Best British Crime Novel category.

3) The Death List is translated and published in Italy and Holland.

4) See Paul at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, August
21-25 - details on Appearances page (About Paul); and in Ireland on September 5th.

5) Paul attended the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, chairing a panel on the cosy crime novel that was unexpectedly entertaining.

6) Plans to film Body Politic (producers, Bryant Whittle) are progressing well.

Spring 2008

1) The Death List is translated and published in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Poland and Germany.

2) MIRA UK buy rights to all of Paul's backlist (five Quint and three Mavros novels).

3) The Golden Silence film/ TV option was not renewed, so rights are available.
Summer 2007

1) Paul has recently completed the first draft of The Collector of Souls, the sequel to The Death List. It will be published in the U.K. in June 2008, and in the U.S.A. in October 2008.

2) The Death List has sold very well in the U.K., reaching as high as number 5 in the Nielsen BookScan Heatseekers’ Chart (for authors who haven’t previously been in the top 50). At the time of writing, it has spent over a month in that chart.

3) Paul has done a lot of publicity for the book, from London to Dundee, via Dublin. There have been large interviews and features in The Scotsman, the Irish Independent on Sunday, the Edinburgh Evening News, the Sunday Business Post (Ireland) and the Dundee Courier. Paul has also done radio interviews, and has written articles for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Herald, Publishing News and several web-sites.

4) Paul will be doing his usual tranche of event-chairing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August – for details, see About Paul, Appearances.

5) The Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish translation rights to Crying Blue Murder, The Last Red Death and The Golden Silence have been sold to Forlaget Harlequin, who will also publish The Death List in those countries in 2008.

Spring 2007

1) Body Politic has been optioned for film development by Bryant Whittle of London.

2) The Golden Silence is also under development as a film by Argovela Films
of Glyfada outside Athens. The plan is to shoot in Greece with
English-speaking actors in 2009.

3) Paul has been invited for the third time to the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, in July - see About Paul, Appearances.

4) Paul has also been invited to the Edinburgh International Book Festival for the eleventh straight year. He will be talking about his new book, The Death List, and chairing the usual slew of other events (thirty-three last year - a record!).

5) Paul is at work on the sequel to The Death List, working title The Collector of Souls. It will be published by MIRA in 2008.

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