Brit Grit Alley

Brit Grit Alley features news and updates on what's happening down British crime fiction's booze and blood soaked alleyways.

By Paul D. Brazill 

Ey up! Out now! The Cops Of Manchester by ColBury Includes the story, MOPPING UP, selected for THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST BRITISH CRIME 9.

Praise for The Cops of Manchester

“Short, sharp, shocking - and all set in my beloved Manchester. Great Stuff!” - Mandasue Heller, bestselling crime writer.

“I've been impressed by Col’s writing and been happy to have the opportunity to publish him, twice.” - Maxim Jakubowski, author, editor and publisher.

“Bury is going places. He shows boldness by tackling different styles of writing which encompass humour, paranoia, action thrillers and urban discontent.” -

“Col Bury pulls no punches, landing a flurry of hard jabs to the solar plexus that leaves us breathless. This is tight, gritty, bare-knuckle writing.” - Howard Linskey, author of The Drop.

“Fast dialogue and edgy plots, keeps you turning the pages. Cracking!” - Sheila Quigley, author of the Seahills series, and the Holy Island trilogy.

“Bury has the ability to draw you into a story fast, gripping the reader by lapels and not letting you go. With razor sharp dialogue and a vast array of grim characters, Col Bury epitomises the term ‘Brit Grit’.” - Luca Veste, author of Dead Gone.

Product Description

Ever fancied being a cop?

Could you handle the pressure of hunting down a vigilante who’s killing criminals at a ferocious rate? Consider how you would deliver a death message to a distraught parent. Would you protect the public by tailing a gangster’s vehicle, knowing the occupants were armed? Or follow a suspect into a dark alley? How would years of dealing with society’s appalling, and often violent, underbelly affect you? And, does anyone really like a bent cop?

Love them or loathe them, cops run toward danger as everyone else flees.

With alternating short and longer fiction, TheCops of Manchester provides an eclectic taste of life as a cop - with a few 'surprises' - in the gritty urban setting of Manchester, UK.

Author’s note: some of these stories are hard-hitting, so not for the faint-hearted.

Murder in Moffat: 20- 21st April

The Old Well Theatre at Moffat, plays host to Dumfries and Galloway's first ever crime fiction festival which includes some of the top Scottish writers, up and coming talent and a blood stained array of excellent panels.

Your biggest crime would be to miss it!


SATURDAY 20th April
10.00 - 11.00 Writer’s Workshop: Inga McVicar: “Getting your crime novel published”

11.30 - 12.30 Chris Brookmyre: “Bedlam” and other stories. Chris Brookmyre’s first novel “Quite Ugly One Morning” won the First Blood award in 1996

2.00 - 3.00 Lin Anderson in conversation with Michael Malone. Lin Anderson was co-organiser of “Bloody Scotland” in 2012. When not writing novels she writes screenplays

3.30 - 4.30 “Fresh Blood”: Mark Douglas Home, successful journalist turned novelist in conversation with Matt Bendoris, currently a journalist- and wrote his first novel on his Blackberry.

4.30 - 5.30 “Meet the authors” informal gathering in the Green Room (Book Sales area) with Michael Malone, Mark Douglas Home and Matt Bendoris

7.30 Film screening: “Strangers on a train” directed by Alfred Hitchcock. (Story by Patricia Highsmith, Screenplay by Raymond Chandler et al) Event hosted by Beattock Station Action Group

9pm till “Moffat Music Live” sinister songs and bloody ballads in the 12 midnight lounge bar of the Annandale Arms

SUNDAY 21st April

10.00 - 11.00 Writer’s workshop: with Aline Templeton:

‘I Can’t Put It Down’ - constructing a compelling narrative
11.30 - 12.30 Douglas Skelton: The Buck Ruxton case and its impact on modern forensic science.

2.00 Parallel sessions by 2 distinguished Scottish crime writers Aline Templeton: “A life of Crime”. Aline Templetons’ heroine, DCI Marjorie Fleming, (“Big Marge”) works in Galloway in the fictional town of Kirkluce.  Alex Gray, co-organiser of “Bloody Scotland” and author of the Detective Lorimer books. In conversation with Michael Malone, author of “Blood Tears”

3.30 Guided trip to the sites associated with the Buck Ruxton murder: led by Emilio (Jock ) Dicerbo, local author and historian.

There'll be more carrryings on down Brit Grit Alley next week.

Spinetingler Award nominee Paul D. Brazill has had bits and bobs of short fiction published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books Of Best British Crime 8 and 10,and he has edited the anthologies True Brit Grit & Off The Record 2– with Luca Veste - and Drunk On The Moon 1 and 2. His ebooks Red Esperanto, Death On A Hot Afternoon, 13 Shots Of Noir, Vin Of Venus (with David Cranmer & Garnett Elliot ) and Snapshots are out now, and his novellas The Gumshoe and Guns Of Brixton will be out pretty damned  soon. His blog is here.