October 18th, 2018 by Melanie

The 9th novel in the DI Miller series.  I love editing these stories – the Scottish slang is great fun and this complex plot kept me guessing until the very end, and I had great feedback from the author for my work:

“Great edit. I’m really pleased with that.

You have made this book so much better, and I’m looking forward to you going through the next one.”


“Edinburgh gangster Adrian Jackson has spent the last 25 years in an American prison, but now he’s free and back home.

He wants to reclaim what was rightfully his and with the help of his wife, Fiona, nobody’s going to stop him.

Or so he thinks…

DI Frank Miller is tasked with making sure Jackson’s transition goes smoothly, but not everybody is pleased to see Jackson back in town.”

Warning Sign – John Carson – Amazon


Book 11 in the series is now available for pre-order.

Pre-order Blood from a Stone – John Carson


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October 7th, 2018 by Melanie

I’ve just finished editing the brilliant tenth novel in the DI Miller series, which is now available.

What should have been a routine murder investigation, turns into a deadly nightmare…

DI Frank Miller and some of his team are called in by the CID from the Borders when the body of a woman is found crucified in a graveyard.

A troupe of actors arrive in the town to put on a play, celebrating the Centennial of the birth of famous poet and playwright, Hugh Abernethy.

Abernethy was also an agent with the SOE, until he went missing 

during the second World War.

Now, the plane Abernethy was traveling in has been found after a glacier in Iceland gave up its hold on the five-man crew.

The discovery raises more questions than answers; Where was the plane heading? Why was it so far off course? And where are the top-secret documents he had in his possession at the time?

As the festivities clash with the murder investigation, one of the deadliest snow storms to ever hit the UK envelops the small town, trapping everybody inside with a killer.
Cut off from the rest of civilisation, Miller and his team know they must track down a vicious murderer, who seems to know the real reason why Abernethy was on that plane, and will stop anybody else from finding out.

For some, the drama is real and the stage is set for murder…

Cut Throat – Amazon


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September 15th, 2018 by Melanie

This popped up in my memories today (from three years ago).  Little did I anticipate that reading this brilliant book would be the start of a new career?

A fantastic and complex storyline that keeps you turning the pages right through the night.

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December 18th, 2017 by Melanie

The eighth DI Miller story and my second as editor.  I know I’m going to enjoy working with this talented author.

Years ago, DI Frank Miller caught a notorious serial killer and put him away for life. This man taunts Miller from the psychiatric hospital where he’s incarcerated. He tells Miller he’ll see him soon.

Now he’s escaped and he wants Miller to play a game to find a victim they didn’t know about. Senior officers know the killer had help in escaping, and as an investigation is launched, suspicion falls on Miller. He’s then suspended from duty.

Trial and Error – John Carson – Amazon

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October 19th, 2017 by Melanie

My first time working with this author on his DI Miller series, set in Edinburgh, and yet the ‘first’ in the series by virtue of being a prequel.  What a great place for me to start!


“For Frank Miller, his first month in CID is a baptism of fire.

In this prequel, Miller is attending a crime scene where a woman has been found murdered at a local tourist spot. She’s been operated on and vital organs removed before being crudely sewn back up again. At her postmortem, they find her ID inside her.

As Miller’s girlfriend, Carol, is promoted to CID, they are both thrown in at the deep end. While they’re being mentored by an experienced detective, they look for a killer who the press has dubbed The Surgeon, and they’re also looking for a peeping Tom. So far, he’s only been reported looking through windows, but he goes one step further and kills a young woman in her own home.

As The Surgeon’s second victim is found, Miller and his colleagues know he’s getting more confident with his killing.”

Under the Knife – John Carson – Amazon

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