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Welcome to Torquil MacLeod Books. 

When I started writing it was never my intention to stick to one type of story.  Though I began with my Scandinavian-based Malmö Mysteries series, I have always been keen on tackling other areas.  This I have done with my latest ebook, Sweet Smell of Murder.   It’s a historical crime novel which is very different in tone and style to my modern detective books.  As the hero is a feckless coward, trying desperately not to drown in an ever-widening sea of troubles, most of his own making, maybe it would more appropriate to describe it as a hysterical crime.  Whatever it is, it’s a departure for me.  However, the Malmö Mysteries are still very much ongoing, and I am working on a fourth story (provisionally entitled Midnight in Malmö), which I hope to bring out early in 2015.

Brief Biography

I was born in Edinburgh and brought up in the north east of England. After a brief spell as a teacher in Worcestershire, I worked in advertising agencies in Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle; since 2000 I have been a freelance copywriter. I live in Cumbria with my wife, Susan and three fairly unproductive hens.  We also have two sons and three grandchildren.

 


 

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Historical Crime - Sweet Smell of Murder

 

Malmö Mysteries

The Swedish Connection

The Turning Torso in Malmö

The Turning Torso in Malmö

I’ve been visiting Sweden regularly since 2000 as my elder son lives there. For a great deal of that time, his home has been in Malmö.  Through him I met a couple of police detectives, who have become firm friends. They helped to inspire me. Interestingly, both have worked out of the Ystad police station, which is where Henning Mankell set his popular Kurt Wallander novels.  Originally, Meet me in Malmö was based on an idea I had in 2001 for a film script – long before I realised that Sweden was a hotbed of crime fiction. Later, I decided to turn it into a novel.

Having subsequently read a number of Scandinavian crime novels, in which the authors, of course, already assume their readers have a certain degree of local knowledge and cultural understanding, I thought it would be a different approach to introduce my Swedish detective, and Malmö itself, through the eyes of a British character – an outsider who sees Sweden from another perspective.

 

Meet me in Malmö

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British journalist, Ewan Strachan, is invited to interview an old university friend, Mick Roslyn, who is now a leading film director in Sweden. On arrival in Malmö, Strachan discovers the dead body of Roslyn’s glamorous film star wife. The growing list of suspects includes a celebrity stalker, the director’s business partner and the men behind the murder of Swedish premier, Olof Palme, in 1986.  Among the investigating team is the attractive Inspector Anita Sundström, who soon captivates Strachan.  Then Strachan’s world is turned upside down when he is arrested in the first Anita Sundström Malmö mystery.

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Murder in Malmö

Book 2 Cover - Murder in MalmöA gunman is loose in Malmö and he’s targeting immigrants. The charismatic head of an advertising agency is found dead in his shower. Inspector Anita Sundström wants to be involved in the murder investigations, but she is being sidelined by her antagonistic boss. She is assigned to find a stolen painting by a once-fashionable artist, as well as being lumbered with a new trainee assistant. She also has a lot to do to restore her professional reputation after a deadly mix-up in a previous high-profile case.  Then another prominent Malmö businessman is found murdered and Sundström finds herself back in the action and facing new dangers in the second Anita Sundström Malmö mystery.

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Missing in Malmö

Book 3 Cover - Missing in MalmöWhen a British heir hunter fails to return home after a trip to Malmö, Inspector Anita Sundström doesn’t want to get entangled in a simple missing persons case.  She shows a similar reluctance when her ex-husband begs her to find his girlfriend, who seems to have disappeared. But when the mysteries take a sinister turn, Sundström finds herself inextricably involved in both baffling affairs, one of which seems to be connected to a robbery that took place twenty years earlier.  As the cases begin to unravel, tragedy awaits the investigating team in the third Anita Sundström Malmö mystery.

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Historical Crime

 

Georgian Misadventures

Jack Flyford is a new character who stumbles on to the stage in the fading years of the reign of George II.  It is a fertile period in which to set a series.  The early Georgian period was a time of huge change and one we might recognise ourselves.  It was the first great consumer age: fashion was at the forefront, satirists and writers were mocking the politicians of the day, actors and musicians were becoming stellar celebrities, extraordinary new buildings were springing up everywhere, crime was rife – and our soldiers were spread around the globe in numerous areas of conflict.  It’s in this extraordinary world that the likeable yet vain, gullible and cowardly Flyford has to sink or swim.  It’s usually the former.

 

 SWEET SMELL OF DEATH

Historical Crime - Sweet Smell of Murder

 

 Young actor Jack Flyford, whose two priorities are sex and survival, finds himself in the affluent Newcastle of 1757 after fleeing Edinburgh to escape a raging, cuckolded cleric. In a Georgian Britain dangerously involved in a global war with France, Jack thinks he has found sanctuary on Tyneside, where he is taken in by the unpopular manager of the local theatre after spinning a mythical yarn about his close “friendship” with the great thespian, David Garrick. 

Within days, he finds himself caught between the town’s two rival theatre managers (each backed by different commercial interests), but discovers solace in the arms of his employer’s daughter, Bessie, who has a penchant for men wearing military wigs in bed. Things soon go wrong. Facing banishment from Newcastle, his fortunes sink further when his employer is found murdered. Though his first instinct is to make a bolt for it, Bessie uses her feminine wiles to persuade a reluctant Jack to track down the perpetrator.

In his bungling attempts to find the killer, Jack is plunged into a world of blackmail, power struggles, hired ruffians, suspicious lawmen and unscrupulous spies – and is constantly haunted by his Garrick lie. Could the very fate of Britain lie in his quivering hands? The whole experience is the sort of nightmare from which the feckless Flyford would normally run a mile, but life isn’t that simple. 

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Contact Me

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torq@wordsthattorq.co.uk