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Thriller | Where No Shadows Fall | Peter Ritchie

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We’re delighted to be on tour today sharing Alice-Jane’s thoughts for Where No Shadows Fall by Peter Ritchie.

Book cover Where No Shadows Fall Peter Ritchie

Expose the truth or let the dead lie still?

Grace Macallan’s life is on an even keel – at last. But a 9-to-5 career away from the frontline isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

So when she’s sent to investigate a suicide at Glasgow’s notorious Barlinnie prison, Grace gladly escapes her desk. The dead inmate is Tommy McMartin, heir to a ferocious criminal family. His murder conviction saw Tommy’s fall from power; cast out not for violence but because the victim was his gay lover.

The investigation drags Grace into contact with her McMartin adversaries of old. But the gangland dynasty is under threat and, as it topples, secrets once dead and buried are unearthed.

As she unravels Tommy McMartin’s fate, Grace senses someone watching her from the shadows, someone who aches for revenge. An awful dilemma faces her: to expose the truth or let the dead lie still.

Where No Shadows Fall is published by Black & White Publishing (7th February 2019) and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.


A wonderfully gripping story from start until finish!

This fast paced tale of detective Grace Macallan’s chase after the criminal gangs of Scotland’s underworld leads the reader on a page turning journey!

Peter Ritchie, writes with a compelling style, emphasising the cruelty and ruthlessness of the Gangster world, with the constant power struggles to be ‘top dog.’ 

Macallan’s experiences of this life not only taps into her internal need for the adrenaline rush of detecting, but also allows her to really value the relationships she has with friends and family.

For Grace, the realisation that her family and friends are the reprieve she needs from being mentally and psychical crushed by the destructive world of gang warfare, are apparent from the start.

Peter Ritchie has developed a world of vivid corruption, that keeps the reader guessing until the end!

I would thoroughly recommend this adventurous, moving, and powerful story!

I clearly need to follow the other  Grace MacAllan novels!

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Peter Ritchie

Peter Ritchie is a retired senior police officer. The real-world authenticity in his novels comes from vast experience gained working in CID, murder squads, Serious and Regional Crime Squads and Europol. He is a regular lecturer and commentator on the subject of transnational organised crime.

In his spare time, Peter also enjoys writing poetry and short stories, painting and volunteering at St Columba’s Hospice and the Bethany Trust.

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