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Malcolm Holt

Malcolm Holt is a Yorkshire-born, Newcastle-based mystery writer. After some minimal success as an author of football related books, he turned to the darker side of crime fiction. He is currently writing a series of dark comedy mysteries featuring the main character Vincent ‘Lonesome’ Dove.


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In the Nick of Tyne

In the Nick of Tyne
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Malcolm Holt left his native East Yorkshire and moved to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1976. One marriage and four children later, he is still there. No one can ever accuse him of just passing through. During the 1990s he contributed regularly to ‘The Mag’, a Newcastle United fanzine, and also had articles published in the ‘Sunday Sun’ regional newspaper.

His first stab at crime fiction writing came in 1998 when his novel ‘In The Nick Of Tyne’ was published by Falcon Books. A few copies were sold but it has now become something of a collectors’ item. There may still be the odd copy lurking out there somewhere, if you can find one. His first real success at writing came in 2004 and 2005 with the football books ‘Magpie Memories’ and ‘More Magpie Memories’ respectively, both published by the former Breedon Books.

Late in 2010 he took very early retirement from the day job and decided to return to his love of writing. Having always been a fan of the crime fiction genre, this seemed to be a natural direction for him. ‘Hard Drive’ is a self-published collection of hard-boiled crime stories based in the Newcastle area, and ‘Red Light’ & ’27’ are standalone short crime stories, also set in the North East.

In April 2015 he self-published a very much revised version of ‘In the Nick of Tyne’, the first in a new series of Vincent ‘Lonesome’ Dove mysteries. The second in the series, ‘Boots, Chaps and Cowboy Hats, will be self-published on October 1st.



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Lottery winner and very early retired Probation Officer, Vincent 'Lonesome' Dove has sought peace and tranquillity in an immobile home up in the hill country of Hexhamshire in rural Northumberland. His peaceful life is shattered by the brutal murder of his former wife, who is one of several female victims of a serial killer. Determined to help find the killer, Dove is taken on a rollercoaster ride involving several tourist attractions in the North East of England and finds himself pitting his wits against an old adversary, DI Christian Kingdom and some dodgy Morris Dancing, Along with an assortment of friends, known as the Jesmond Mafia, and an aging, flatulent pedigree mongrel, Dove gradually pieces together the seemingly random clues left at the various crime scenes and begins to realise that the killer may be someone he knows. Can Dove help to snare the killer before more victims are found or will he ultimately put his own life in danger? A dark comedy, 'In the Nick of Tyne' is a rollicking fun yarn with an adult theme.




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