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The Big Chill (The Skelfs Book 2) by [Doug Johnstone]

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"This is a must for those seeking strong, authentic, intelligent female protagonists."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"'This enjoyable mystery is also a touching and often funny portrayal of grief, as the three tough but tender main characters pick up the pieces and carry on: more, please." --
Guardian

"A fiendish mystery that is also deeply moving and laced with suitably dark humour. The start of a must-read series." --Mark Billingham, author,
Lazybones

"A lovely, sad tale, beautifully told and full of understanding." --
Times

"A new series from the criminally underrated Johnstone. His warm portrait of the tough, indomitable Skelf women is gripping and blackly humorous." --
Observer

"A tense ride." --
Big Issue

"Emotionally complex, richly layered and darkly funny. An addictive blend of
Case Histories and Six Feet Under." --Chris Brookmyre, author, Places in the Darkness

"Flawed, funny, brave--and well set up for a series. I wouldn't call him cosy, but there's warmth to Johnstone's writing." --
Sunday Times

"I was addicted from the first page; gripping, gritty and darkly funny as hell." --Erin Kelly, author,
He Said/She Said

"Showcases a writer at the peak of his powers, except that with every book, Doug Johnstone just gets better." --Val McDermid, author,
A Darker Domain --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Doug Johnstone is the author of eleven novels. In 2019 his thriller Breakers was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Several of his books have been bestsellers and award winners, and his work has been praised by the likes of Val McDermid, Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin. He's taught creative writing and been writer in residence at various institutions, and has been an arts journalist for twenty years. Doug is a songwriter and musician with five albums and three EPs released, and he plays drums for the Fun Lovin' Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He's also player-manager of the Scotland Writers Football Club. He lives in Edinburgh. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0885ZNW86
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ ORENDA BOOKS (20 June 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 594 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 319 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 568 ratings

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Doug Johnstone is the author of thirteen novels, most recently The Great Silence (2021). His previous book, The Big Chill (2020), was longlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year. Several of his books have been bestsellers and three, A Dark Matter (2020), Breakers (2019) and The Jump (2015), were shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. He’s taught creative writing and been writer in residence at various institutions over the last two decades including festivals, libraries, universities, schools, prisons and a funeral directors.

Doug is a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow and works as a mentor and manuscript assessor for many organisations, including The Literary Consultancy, Scottish Book Trust and New Writing North. He's been an arts journalist for over twenty years and has also written many short stories and screenplays. He is a songwriter and musician with six albums and three EPs released, and plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He’s also co-founder of the Scotland Writers Football Club.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll become utterly wrapped up in the lives of the characters!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Skelf story, but I feel cheated...
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