Au­thor Tony in con­ver­sa­tion at book launch

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Au­thor Tony Black launched his latest novel at Brod­ick Li­brary last week, dis­cussing how Ar­ran has helped in­spire his latest crime tale.

More than 30 avid read­ers at­tended the event which saw Tony in con­ver­sa­tion with Scot­tish writer and tele­vi­sion host, Dou­glas Skel­ton.

Tony, who moved to Ar­ran ear­lier this year, has brought his fic­tional de­tec­tive, DI Bob Valen­tine, to the is­land for his latest mur­der mys­tery, A Taste of Ashes.

Great move

Tony, 43, told the au­di­ence: ‘It’s been a great move for my fam­ily and for my writ­ing. The new book just flew out whilst I’ve been on Ar­ran.

‘We’re liv­ing in Kil­do­nan now but I’ve been out and about on the is­land, flesh­ing the book’s lo­ca­tions out.’

Tony has writ­ten 12 nov­els and A Taste of Ashes is the fol­low-up to Tony’s crit­i­cally-ac­claimed Arte­facts of the Dead, the first novel in a new crime se­ries to fea­ture Bob Valen­tine, the hard-headed de­tec­tive who has a lot more than just his caseload to worry about.

‘Bob’s re­cov­er­ing from a vi­cious stab­bing in the line of duty. He took a knife in the heart and of­fi­cially died in surgery, only to find his out­look on life had changed dra­mat­i­cally when he pulled through,’ Tony said.

‘His in­tu­ition seems to have height­ened and he has an al- most supernatural el­e­ment to his iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with his vic­tims that ter­ri­fies him as much as it fas­ci­nates him.’


Dur­ing the launch, Tony read sev­eral pages of the book to give the au­di­ence an in­sight into the char­ac­ter of the de­tec­tive.

Af­ter their dis­cus­sion, Dou­glas in­vited mem­bers of the au­di­ence for their in­put and a lively ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion fol­lowed. Af­ter­wards, Tony signed copies of the book.

A Taste of Ashes is pub­lished by Black and White Pub­lish­ing in pa­per­back and eBook and is on sale in sev­eral shops on Ar­ran as well as online.


Au­thor Tony Black (right) with Dou­glas Skel­ton, at the book launch

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