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Welcome to my site. I am a crime novelist living in South West Scotland who was published by Robert Hale between 2004 and 2014 and now by The Book Folks. I have had nineteen titles published


The Book Folks titles are 

Dead Hill eb pb/audio

The VIxen's Scream eb pb/audio

To Die Alone eb pb/audio

The Long Dead eb pb/audio

Strange Little Girl eb pb/audio

The Railway Man eb pb/audio

The Secrets Man eb pb/audio

To Honour the Dead eb pb/audio

A Breach of Trust eb pb

Thou Shalt Kill eb pb

Death List eb pb

Error of Judgement, eb pb

The DCI Blizzard Murder Mysteries Books 1 to 3

A Collection containing the first three books in the DCI John Blizzard series of murder mysteries (The Book Folks) has been published in e-book format.

A Flicker in the Night eb pb

The Killing Line eb/pb

The Latch Man eb pb 

Kill Shot eb pb 

No Age to Die eb pb 

Writing as John Stanley

The Numbers Game – a DCI Danny Radford novel

Sentinel – a DCI Danny Radford novel

You can buy my Book Folks titles at:

Dead Hill

https://www.amazon.co.uk/DEAD-HILL-featuring-Detective-Inspector-ebook/dp/B06XH2ZJQ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1498230104&sr=1-1&keywords=john+dean+and+dead+hill

The Vixen’s Scream https://www.amazon.co.uk/VIXENS-SCREAM-captivating-mystery-featuring-ebook/dp/B06Y45R6B4/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=6QY89RN533S2REGRQBZB

To Die Alone https://www.amazon.co.uk/DIE-ALONE-Gripping-British-Detective-ebook/dp/B071JFLFKJ/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=M03ECYTSSRXZZT8XD1R6

The Long Dead https://www.amazon.co.uk/LONG-DEAD-gripping-detective-Blizzard-ebook/dp/B075WC7SBN/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1506413197&sr=1-1&keywords=john+dean+and+the+long+dead

Strange Little Girl https://www.amazon.co.uk/STRANGE-LITTLE-GIRL-Detective-Blizzard-ebook/dp/B076TBXS9W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1509018472&sr=8-2&keywords=strange+little+girl+and+john+dean

The Railway Man https://www.amazon.co.uk/RAILWAY-MAN-Blizzard-murder-mystery-ebook/dp/B077SMPNDP/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1512399387&sr=1-2&keywords=the+railway+man

The Secrets Man https://www.amazon.co.uk/SECRETS-MAN-gripping-murder-mystery-ebook/dp/B079MHXRH3/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1517995404&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Secrets+Man

To Honour the Dead 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CMK9GYW/

A Breach of Trust 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FVXBQ1F/ref=sr_1_9?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1532524937&sr=1-9&keywords=john+dean

Thou Shalt Kill 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07HKQL7XS

 

Death List

https://www.amazon.co.uk/DEATH-LIST-following-prison-targets-ebook/dp/B07MHXS9JM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1546678064&sr=1-1&keywords=Death+List+and+john+dean

Error of Judgement, eb pb

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07R11FB77/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=john+dean&qid=1556042858&s=digital-text&sr=1-2

The DCI Blizzard Murder Mysteries Books 1 to 3

A Collection containing the first three books in the DCI John Blizzard series of murder mysteries (The Book Folks) has been published in e-book format.

You can find out more and buy the book at

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RHZWH8H/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=john+dean&qid=1557390139&s=digital-text&sr=1-3

The DCI Blizzard Murder Mysteries Books 4 to 6 is out.

This is a collection containing the second three books in the DCI John Blizzard series of murder mysteries (The Book Folks) published in e-book format.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VWR9RGF/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=john+dean&qid=1564663149&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

A Flicker in the Night

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07WSGYX1S/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=john+dean&qid=1566287620&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

 

The Killing Line - The Book Folks (eb/pb to come) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B084WR73YH/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=john+dean&qid=1582032771&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

The Latch Man

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B089KMBLLG/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=john+dean&qid=1591101401&s=digital-text&sr=1-5

The DCI Harris Murder Mysteries Books 1-3

The box set featuring the first three DCI Jack Harris mysteries published by The Book Folks, is on sale. DCI Jack Harris loves the peace and solitude of the rolling hills of the Pennines in the north of England so when criminals interrupt his quietude, he makes no qualms about catching them, even if his actions run the townsfolk and his fellow officers up the wrong way.

You can find out more, or buy the boxset, at

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B085NZQFF9/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=john+dean&qid=1583766058&s=digital-text&sr=1-2

The second DCI Jack Harris boxset has been published by The Book Folks in Kindle format, including books four to six in the series.

You can find out more, or buy the book, at

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B087QFCQ9T/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=john+dean&qid=1588059094&s=digital-text&sr=1-2

Kill Shot https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08LVZ86MX/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=john+dean&qid=1603724047&s=digital-text&sr=1-2

No Age to Die

NO AGE TO DIE: The release of a dangerous prisoner leads to murder eBook: Dean, John: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

Writing as John Stanley

The Numbers  Game

https://www.amazon.co.uk/NUMBERS-GAME-gripping-crime-thriller-ebook/dp/B00GVHK5KQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1530016765&sr=1-4&keywords=numbers+game

 

Sentinel

https://www.amazon.co.uk/SENTINEL-exciting-British-detective-thriller-ebook/dp/B016MDIIKC/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1530016867&sr=1-6&keywords=sentinel

 

Courses and mentoring

Crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean, who is based in Dumfries and Galloway, has launched an online Crime Fiction Course.

John, author of 20 crime novels and currently published by London-based The Book Folks, is the creator of DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris.

The online course, which runs in eight parts and can begin at a time and date to suit the student, will help writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of being successful, either in competitions or admissions to publishers.

When they enroll, students will be offered ongoing one-to-one feedback on their work, be it short stories or novels.

John, who is a member of the UK-based Crime Writers’ Association, said: “Writing can be a lonely pastime and my aim is to help aspiring writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of being successful in a very competitive market.

“Crime fiction remains hugely popular and, hopefully, I can help aspiring writers to develop their ideas, and because it is online it does not matter where they live.

"In recent years, I have worked with writers from everywhere from Croatia to Australia and New Zealand.”

There is no official certificate of qualification at the end of the course, which will be led by John.

The course costs £75.

For further details you can contact John at deangriss@btinternet.com

Mentoring

A reminder that, in addition to the various free things we do, one of the paid-for services we offer is one supporting writers.

Why should you hire a professional writing mentor, though?

Isn’t it enough to attend a class/workshop or a writing group? Or ask a friend or relative to comment?

Well, it depends what you want and need and bespoke mentoring from Inscribe Media can help some writers, providing the experience and expertise to -

• understand your work

• nurture you and your writing

• let you retain control of your ideas and your writing

* provide expert, specific advice about what is working and what isn’t.

We focus on major issues, such as how your story hangs together, what your characters are doing or could be doing, what is hurting your story’s momentum, what story elements are not pulling their weight.

We identify the differences between good and great and point out your writing strengths, so you become confident about what not to change.

We also give suggestions and help you establish good processes and writing goals and suggest markets for your work.

If long-term mentoring does not appeal, we run short writing courses as well.

You can find out more at http://www.inscribemedia.co.uk/writing-courses---bespoke-mentoring.html

You can also access our free downloadable writing guide at www.inscribemedia.co,uk

Events

 

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Looking ahead to Summer

Novelist John Dean has announced the 2021 dates for weekend writing workshops at his home between Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, subject to ongoing Covid restrictions.

John, author of 20 crime novels and currently published by London-based The Book Folks, is the creator of the popular DCI John Blizzard and…

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Posted by John Dean on April 19, 2021 at 10:24

Dagger longlists announced

The Crime Writers' Association has announced the longlists for this year's eagerly-awaited Dagger awards. Congratulations to all those selected.

You can find out more at

The CWA Dagger Awards 2021 - Longlists Announcement -…

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Posted by John Dean on April 15, 2021 at 10:16

Blizzard falls out with everyone!

The latest novel in the crime fiction series featuring Detective Chief Inspector John Blizzard is No Age To Die.…

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Posted by John Dean on April 14, 2021 at 16:02

Martin Edwards on crime writing

Interested in crime fiction? Then check out the brilliant Martin Edwards talking about his craft in the latest instalment of the free Tall Tales Mysteries Mug Shots series of films, which I have helped to plan with Sara from Tall Tales Mysteries, at…

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Posted by John Dean on April 14, 2021 at 10:25

Talks, festivals, workshops, courses and manuscript assessments


Author announces 2021 writing workshop dates

Novelist John Dean has announced the 2021 dates for weekend writing workshops at his home between Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway.

John, author of 20 crime novels and currently published by London-based The Book Folks, is the creator of the popular DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series.

He will run courses based around sense of place from his 19th Century hillside home set in rolling countryside on the weekends of July 17/18 and August 21/22 2021, as long as Covid restrictions allow.

The workshop will be suitable for writers of all prose genres and will be ideal for either individuals, including those planning to holiday in the area, or writing groups.

John said: “This will be the third time that we have run these workshops – unfortunately, they were unable to run in 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions – and the feedback has always been very positive.

“The opportunity to stand back from the hustle and bustle of daily life and focus on writing while being inspired by a stunning landscape is clearly something that appeals to writers.

“The workshops have inspired some very creative work and, at a time when more and more publishing opportunities are opening up, the writers taking part have appreciated advice on how to impress a publisher or agent with their work.”

The cost is £95 per person, including catering, and you can find out more by emailing John on deangriss@btinternet.com The course is non-residential but advice can be offered on local B and Bs/hotels.

There are various establishments available for overnight stays, including the Selkirk Arms. You can find out more in the News section at https://www.selkirkarmshotel.co.uk

Online courses for writing groups 

Novelist John Dean is offering online courses for writing groups who may be struggling to meet in person during the current coronavirus restrictions.

Crime writer John, who is based in Dumfries and Galloway and has been a creative writing tutor for twenty years, will run courses that can be tailored to each writing group’s needs and can take in a variety of genres.

The course, which runs in eight parts and can begin at a time and date to suit the group, will help writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of being successful, either in competitions or admissions to publishers.

When they enrol, groups will be set exercises and offered ongoing feedback, primarily in prose formats such as short stories and novels.

John is a member of the UK-based Crime Writers’ Association, has had 19 novels published and is with London-based publisher The Book Folks. His novels regularly appear on the Amazon best-seller lists.

He said: “A lot of writers are telling me that they are struggling to find their motivation the longer that the lockdown restrictions continue and I hope that my course will help to spark some creativity.

“Hopefully, I can also help aspiring writers to develop their craft and, because the course is online, it does not matter where they live. In recent years, I have worked with writers living everywhere from Croatia to Australia and New Zealand as well as across the UK.”

There is no official certificate of qualification at the end of the course, which will be conducted via email and costs £30 a person for groups (minimum of four people).

For further details, you can contact John at deangriss@btinternet.com or ring 07889 554931.

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Author launches online crime fiction course

Crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean, who is based in Dumfries and Galloway, has launched an online Crime Fiction Course.

John, author of 18 novels and currently published by London-based The Book Folks, and the creator of DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris, also runs Inscribe Media Ltd, which is based near Castle Douglas and which is running the courses.

The online course, which runs in eight parts and can begin at a time and date to suit the student, will help writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of being successful, either in competitions or admissions to publishers.

When they enroll, students will be offered ongoing one-to-one feedback on their work, be it short stories or novels.

John, who is a member of the UK-based Crime Writers’ Association, said: “Writing can be a lonely pastime and my aim is to help aspiring writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of being successful in a very competitive market.

“Crime fiction remains hugely popular and, hopefully, I can help aspiring writers to develop their ideas, and because it is online it does not matter where they live. In recent years, I have worked with writers from everywhere from Croatia to Australia and New Zealand.”

There is no official certificate of qualification at the end of the course, which will be led by John. The course costs £75. For further details you can contact John at deangriss@btinternet.com

Manuscript assessments

John works with his daughter Laura, a skilled editor and manuscript assessor, to provide manuscript assessments. Should you be interested in finding out more, then feel free to drop John a line and he and Laura can discuss your needs.  For further details, you can contact John at deangriss@btinternet.com or ring 07889 554931. 

Talks

John gives talks on crime writing to organisations ranging from library reading groups and writing groups to men's forums. He also delivers creative writing workshops at venues including arts centres and libraries. He can be contacted on deangriss@btinternet.com

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Manuscript assessments

Are you an aspiring crime writer who is keen to develop your craft? Then perhaps I can help. I work with my daughter Laura, a skilled editor and manuscript assessor, to provide manuscript assessments.Should you be interested in finding out more,…Continue

Started by John Dean Feb 23.

Mentoring programmes and online writing courses

Novelist John Dean is offering online courses for writing groups who may be struggling to meet in person during the current coronavirus restrictions.Crime writer John, who is based in Dumfries and Galloway and has been a creative writing tutor for…Continue

Started by John Dean Feb 7, 2020.

Libraries Champions

John is one of the UK Libraries Champions who were appointed by The Crime Writers’ Association in Summer 2018.They took over from Ruth Dudley Edwards, the CWA’s very first Libraries Champion, and the other Champion is Priscilla Masters, who lives in…Continue

Started by John Dean Sep 12, 2018.

Blizzard series 1 Reply

I have read a number of the Blizzard series on Kindle—Strange Littke Girl,The Railway Man, The Secrets Man and The Long Dead. Got The Latch Man from a third party seller on Amazon. Are there others in the series?

Started by Deborah Kaback. Last reply by John Dean Aug 8, 2018.

 
 
 

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I have recently been advising several aspiring crime writers on how to improve their work and much of the discussion has centred on dialogue.Dialogue is crucial to the success of a novel. Good dialogue lifts a story, bad dialogue wrecks it. However, it’s vital to remember that writing dialogue isn’t about replicating a real-life conversation. It’s about giving an…See More
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