Troubador Within the Walls

Released: 28/02/2021

ISBN: 9781800461307

eISBN: 9781800467941

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Within the Walls


KEVIN DEVINE is found dead on a beach in Berwick Upon Tweed. Tied to a stake, beaten unconscious and left to die under the incoming tide. GOAGSIE MACKAY, the rookie detective working on the case, has little evidence and few leads…the investigation is stalling.

ELIJAH BOOTLE, a traumatised, burnt out Met Police profiler arrives in the town seeking refuge from his demons. The murder of a child in London has put him over the edge. He’s in Berwick for rest and repair.

JEZ GUINNESS, a school teacher from Edinburgh, has returned to Berwick for the funeral of his life-long friend. A chance meeting with ELIJAH leads to friendship and a growing interest in the crime.

But behind the sedate tranquility of this seaside holiday town lies a dark underbelly. Among the narrow lanes and worn, cobbled streets there are dark secrets and dangerous men. 

I really enjoyed how well the setting was described. It made me feel like I was right there with the characters. The book uses multiple perspectives and voices which helps the reader get to know each of the characters. The characters themselves are an interesting mix - some very relatable and others kind of cliched. It’s a good story once it hits its stride and would be a great choice for a holiday read.

by NetGalley review

This is a stunning debut novel. Dark and morally ambiguous, the writing is scalpel-sharp, compulsive and hypnotic with a killer twist.
The evocation of the small, walled border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is pitch perfect. Northumberland has served as a backdrop to the Vera novels by Ann Cleeves (and the TV series) and the George Gently TV series (although the novels by Alan Hunter are set elsewhere). Geoff Aird has captured the raw essence of Berwick and its people in a tense and scarily intimate way. The characters, most of them misfits, are revealed layer by layer, and the often toxic relationships are all too believable.
A novel not to be missed.

by NetGalley review

This book I just couldn't put down, just a fantastic read

by Sheila Ford

Geoff Aird

Geoff Aird was born in Berwick Upon Tweed in 1960. He served five years in the Royal Navy then lived in London before joining the Fire Service in 1986.

He lives in Edinburgh and when he's not cycling, he writes short stories and is currently working on his second novel.

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