In Harm’s Way by Owen Mullen @owenmullen6 @bloodhoundbook #blogblitz #guestpost

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So today I’m welcoming the blog blitz for Owen Mullen’s latest book In Harm’s Way to A Knight’s Reads.

Big thanks to Sarah Hardy (formerly) of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the blog blitz!

The Blurb

What if someone you loved was in harm’s way?

What if you were being stalked and no one believed you?

What if you were abducted in broad daylight?

What if you were held captive in a cellar?

What would you do?

Mackenzie Crawford screamed.

What if your wife admitted she had a lover?

What if she went out without saying where she was going?

What if you discovered she’d left?

What would you do?

Derek Crawford fell apart.

What if a troubled woman disappeared?

What if her brother begged you to help?

What if there was no evidence of a crime?

What would you do?

In Glasgow, DI Andrew Geddes puts the case to the top of his list.

The Guest Post – When the muse visits…

People often ask me where my ideas come from…

The truth is from everywhere and anywhere… a memory, an imagined idea, an article in the press, a scene from a television show, a certain look on someone’s face and of course from emotion.  Many conversations and experiences from my own past replay themselves through the characters in my books.

The idea for my first as yet unpublished novel set amid the colourful backdrop of Lahore came to me after seeing a harrowing documentary showing the very difficult life for a woman in Pakistan.  The idea flooded my brain when I set foot on that wonderful continent.  It was such an easy book to write and although it was initially inspired by a true story it is entirely a work of fiction.

The next book I wrote became my 4th published novel.  And So It Began – the first book in the Delaney series came from my fascination for private detectives and the excitement that walking through New Orleans generated:  the air hangs heavy with suspense and possibilities,  the imagination is fired till you feel you might burst with ideas.

Next comes Marrakech:  by now you’re probably beginning to understand my love of the exotic!  So, Marrakech,  unfinished as yet, because once you became published time moves at quite a different pace and the demands of marketing never stop. It is a story full of the intrigue and excitement the very name Marrakech conjures. I will have to finish it though before I hang up my travelling boots and trusty pen:  just telling you about it makes me want to drop everything and start today!

Following these steamy settings we travel back to my roots in Scotland,  the strange thing is you don’t realize how much information you have stored about your homeland.  But it’s here that Charlie Cameron is set, as he takes us on a journey through his beloved country. This series draws heavily from my past and was inspired by the many refusals an author has to endure:

‘I loved it but you are not from Pakistan or New Orleans or Morocco.’

‘Correct,’ I replied, ‘ I am a writer I use my imagination.’

‘Nevertheless,’ they return, ‘Write about Scotland that’s where you are from.’

Exhausted by rejection I finally give up and Charlie takes over my life. The inspiration for the first book came from my wife Christine as we were walking on the beautiful beach of Giorgoupoly in Crete.  It was deserted,  in the distance a couple with a young child were playing at the water’s edge.  Christine asked me ‘What would happen if she went in for a swim,  got into trouble and when he went in to save her someone stole the baby?’  I literally raced home to begin the book that very day. You’ll have to buy the book to see how that turns out!

My latest novel again set in Scotland was influenced by the #MeToo movement – the dreadful ordeals people experience and the enormous courage they show.

Now that I’ve started I could go on all night but I’ll leave it there for now… If you have any questions about any of my novels I’d be delighted to hear them.

Owen Mullen

Many thanks Owen for that insightful piece!


Who Is Owen Mullen?


Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.

Games People Play will be translated for the German market.

And So It Began earned a coveted Sunday Times Crime Club Star Pick.

Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; he still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home in the Greek Islands where both the Charlie Cameron and Delaney series were created. His latest novel In Harm’s Way is a psychological thriller set in Scotland.

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