Sara Hunt and Claire talk ‘Cross Purpose’ and the McIlvanney Prize

Sara Hunt from ‘Cross Purpose’ publisher Contraband talks to Claire about making the McIlvanney Prize longlist:   “Claire MacLeary’s debut thriller Cross Purpose has been longlisted for this year’s prestigious McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year.   The novel, which features an unlikely crime-fighting partnership between two middle-aged women – and…Continue reading Sara Hunt and Claire talk ‘Cross Purpose’ and the McIlvanney Prize

‘Cross Purpose’ longlisted for the 2017 McIlvanney Prize!

From the McIlvanney Prize website: We’re pleased to announce the 12-strong McIlvanney Prize Scottish Crime Book of the Year longlist for 2017! THOSE UP FOR THE £1,000 PRIZE INCLUDE: Lin Anderson – None But the Dead Chris Brookmyre – Want You Gone Ann Cleeves – Cold Earth Helen Fields – Perfect Remains Val McDermid –…Continue reading ‘Cross Purpose’ longlisted for the 2017 McIlvanney Prize!

Claire at Dundee University’s ‘Write Stuff’

Dundee University’s industry day, Write Stuff, was a sell-out, the lecture theatre jam-packed. I was delighted to be back on Dundee’s friendly campus, and to share my experience of the road to publication with students on Dundee’s Writing Study and Practice programme and with members of the public. Readings from my debut crime novel, Cross…Continue reading Claire at Dundee University’s ‘Write Stuff’

Criminal Activities: An Evening with Claire MacLeary and Eddie Small

Dundee Rep hosted an intimate evening of readings and chat when Eddie Small interviewed crime writer Claire MacLeary. Claire, whose debut crime duo, Cross Purpose was launched in February under the Contraband imprint, hails from Glasgow, but has lived for the past 30 years in Fife. Set in Aberdeen with a nod to Dundee, her…Continue reading Criminal Activities: An Evening with Claire MacLeary and Eddie Small

Herald review of ‘Cross Purpose’

The Herald (Glasgow) reviews ‘Cross Purpose’ (full review behind paywall): TWO middle-aged women may not seem the ideal protagonists for a crime novel but in Claire MacLeary’s debut they offer a refreshingly different approach to the private investigator genre. The setting is respectable suburban Aberdeen and the city’s dank housing estates with their drug dealers and feral…Continue reading Herald review of ‘Cross Purpose’