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We’re delighted to be on tour today sharing Laura’s thoughts on The Scribbler by Iain Maitland.

Book cover for The Scribbler by Iain Maitland

The Scribbler by Iain Maitland is published by Contraband and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.

“He’s back, Carrie. The Scribbler is back.”

DI Gayther and his rookie colleague DC Carrie have been assigned a new caseload. Or rather, an old one… cold murder cases of LGBTQ+ victims.Georgia Carrie wasn’t even born when the notorious serial killer began his reign of terror across the East of England, but Roger Gayther was on the force that failed to catch him and remembers every chilling detail.

Back in the Eighties, Gayther’s team hadn’t been assigned sufficient resources. But now, after all these years, there’s a sudden death featuring The Scribbler’s tell-tale modus operandi. Gayther and Carrie have to find and bring him to justice to stop the killing once and for all.


DI Roger Gayther and his colleague DC Georgia Carrie have been assigned a new case which brings Gayther back to a case he worked on from the 1980’s.

The Scribbler is back! Bodies found with a caricature followed by it being scribbled out starts appearing again. Gayther ponders whether it’s the same killer or whether a copycat killer is on the loose.

The reader receives a glimpse into the mind of the psychopath with snippets of their desire to kill before we find out their identity.

A creepy read with an explosive ending, I was engrossed from start to finish.

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Iain Maitland is the author of the thriller Sweet William (2017) and Mr Todd’s Reckoning (2019), as well as two non-fiction books on mental health: Dear Michael, Love Dad (2016) and Out of the Madhouse (2018). An ambassador for Stem4, the teenage mental health charity, Iain also speaks on mental health issues in the workplace.   Mr Todd’s Reckoning has been optioned for TV by AbbottVision, producers of critically acclaimed TV dramas including No Offence, Exile and Hit & Miss. Twitter @iainmaitland

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