#Bookish BURNOUT @ClaireMacLeary @SarabandBooks #Authors #Scottish #NewRelease #CrimeFiction

Claire MacLeary is back with her loveable crime busters Maggie and Wilma.  Burnout is published by Contraband and is out NOW in paperback and Kindle. I was delighted to be invited to the blog tour. I am a huge fan of Claire’s and I love to hear her read from her work.  I wasn’t lucky enough to hear a snippet of Burnout at the last Noir@TheBar Edinburgh.

Burnout by [MacLeary, Claire]

My husband is trying to kill me.” A new client gets straight to the point, and this line of enquiry is a whole new ball game for Maggie Laird, who is desperately trying to rebuild her late husband’s detective agency and clear his name. Her partner, “Big” Wilma, sees the case as a non-starter, but Maggie is drawn in.

With her client’s life on the line, Maggie must get to the ugly truth that lies behind Aberdeen’s closed doors. But who knows what really goes on between husbands and wives? And will the agency’s reputation – and Maggie and Wilma’s friendship – remain intact?

Burnout is the sequel to Cross Purpose, the McIlvanney Prize-longlisted debut that brought crime to Aberdeen.



Claire MacLeary lived in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Fife, before returning to her native Glasgow. She describes herself as “a feisty Glaswegian with a full life to draw on”.

Following a career in business, she gained an MLitt with Distinction from the University of Dundee. Her debut novel, Cross Purpose, was longlisted for Bloody Scotland’s 2017 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. A sequel, Burnout, will be launched in spring 2018.

Claire’s short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies, including In Memoriam, a tribute to those who have donated their bodies for research to Dundee’s Department of Life Sciences.


Claire MacLeary is a wonderful storyteller, she weaves such an intricate and enticing plot that you find yourself in amongst the drama along with Maggie and Wilma.   The duo is back in this sequel and they bring with them a whole new host of upsets and dilemmas.

This time Maggie and Wilma have to venture into an unchattered territory and get between a husband and wife. But will it have dire consequences on their own friendship? I don’t do spoilers but I do tease, just a little.

I adore the way Claire writes crime fiction, it’s refreshing and fast paced with the added bonus of the Aberdonian accent threaded throughout the story. Bravo for book two!

A brilliant and unique take on crime fiction and you would be daft not to dive in!



Before you go please check out an interview we did with Claire MacLeary Click to read.

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