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Allan Martin

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I’ve worked as a teacher, teacher-trainer and university lecturer, and only turned to writing fiction after I’d taken early retirement.

My DI Angus Blue crime thrillers, set around Oban and the inner Hebrides, are published by ThunderPoint Publishing . There are three so far, The Peat Dead (2019), The Dead of Jura (2020) and The Dead of Appin (2022). The Peat Dead was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Debut Prize at the Bloody Scotland Crime Festival.

My DCI Juri Hamlets series, published by Sharpe Books, is set in 1930s Estonia. Death in Tallinn was published in 2020, and Winter Blood in 2022.

I also write short stories for iScot magazine and book reviews for Aspects of History. My short story collection, Tales Murderous and Mysterious, was published in November 2022 by ThunderPoint Publishing.

I live in Glasgow. My wife and I spend a lot of time in the Hebrides We also visit Estonia regularly, and I’ve translated from Estonian a ‘closed-room’ mystery, The Oracle, originally published in 1937.

Other Awards

My debut novel, The Peat Dead, was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Debut Award (now titled The Bloody Scotland Debut Award) at the Bloody Scotland Crime Festival 2019.

Books by Allan Martin

  • The Dead of Appin The Dead of Appin
  • A Fatal Contagion A Fatal Contagion
  • The Dead of Jura The Dead of Jura
  • Death in Tallinn Death in Tallinn
  • The Peat Dead The Peat Dead


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