Friday, 23 March 2018


Visuals have always been a big part of my writing process.

Often, the visuals will come to me before almost anything else; like the full moon over rows of fields in Killing Season, or the ghost town in the desert in Don't Look For Me.

When I'm planning a new book, I like to gather images together that will help me get a handle on the place, characters and story I'm dreaming up.

It's really helpful for starting to visualise the locations and the world in which the book takes place. Also, it's a lot easier than writing, so yay for productive procrastination.

I've always done this, but it used to be with a mixture of old-fashioned clippings and pics saved in Word docs. For the last couple of books, I've created Pinterest boards as part of the brainstorming process. Quite often, I'll get an idea for a new story strand from an arresting image.

Here's my Pinterest board for Presumed Dead. I hope it gives you a flavour of the feel of the book.

(Yes, I have a board in progress for my 2019 book. No, I'm not showing anyone yet.)

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Readers Club exclusive

A heads up that members of my Readers Club will be getting an exclusive sneak preview of Presumed Dead tomorrow.

You can read the original prologue (deleted from the final book), which introduces one of the main characters and sets up the story.

All you need to do is go here to sign up.

Presumed Dead is published in the UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia on April 19, and you can preorder right now. Watch this space for publication dates in other territories.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Some events...

I have a few bookshop and library events coming up around the release of Presumed Dead.

If you don't live near any of these, I'll also be lining up some more soon, including CrimeFest in Bristol and Bouchercon in sunny Florida.

Click on the links for full details:

Friday 13 April | 11:30am

Tuesday 17 April | 2:30pm

Wednesday 18 April | 7:00pm
Waterstones Argyle Street (official launch)

Monday 23 April | 7:00pm
Motherwell Library (World Book Night)

Tuesday 24 April | 2:00pm

If you'd like me to visit your local bookshop or library, let them know. I'm on the Scottish Book Trust's Live Literature page for library events.

For more, keep an eye on for new dates.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


This Sunday I'm going to pick a random member of my Readers Club to win a signed copy of Don't Look For Me.

This is open worldwide. Existing members and anyone who signs up before I make the draw on Sunday are eligible.

The Readers Club is completely free, you can unsubscribe at any time, and I promise not to spam you. I'll only email you when I have something to tell you about, like a new book, or a special members-only exclusive.

Of which there may be one in the next couple of weeks...

Join up here:

Thursday, 1 March 2018

The Killing Season - US ebook only $1.99!

I don't think I've had one of my ebooks on special offer in the USA yet, so I'm delighted to say American readers can get my first novel, The Killing Season for only $1.99, but not for long!

UK and elsewhere: sorry this is just in the USA, but you can get the ebook for a very reasonable price where you are too.

Available for $1.99 in all ebook formats:

What authors say about The Killing Season

"My kind of book" - Lee Child

"Pulse pounding" - Lisa Gardner

What the press say about The Killing Season

"Not to be missed" - Daily Mail

"The suspense builds all the way to the breathtaking ending" - Publishers Weekly

What readers say about The Killing Season

“With a terrific supporting cast, the occasional moment that will have you hyperventilating and a magnificent final showdown – don’t you just love it when a book lives up to its initial promise and doesnt fall flat? – this was brilliantly done." - Liz Loves Books blog

"Top class thriller" - Fernacks (Amazon)

Friday, 23 February 2018

Presumed Dead launch - 18 April

Book launch for

Presumed Dead

Wednesday 18 April, 7pm
Waterstones Argyle Street, Glasgow

Join McIlvanney Prize longlisted author Douglas Skelton (Blood City, Tag - You're Dead) in conversation with Mason Cross for the official launch of his new novel Presumed Dead, published by Orion.

There will be a reading, a Q&A and a signing. More importantly, there will be free wine. The event is free and all are welcome.

You can register for free tickets at Eventbrite.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Presumed Dead - Netgalley

Just a quick heads up for UK bloggers / reviewers etc that Presumed Dead is available for request on Netgalley

Everyone else can preorder from Amazon, Waterstones, Hive etc.

If you're not signed up for my free Readers Club, now's a good time to remedy that, as I'll be sending out an exclusive sneak preview of the new book in the next few weeks. In the meantime, here's the blurb...

'What do you know about the Devil Mountain Killer?'


Adeline Connor was the Devil Mountain Killer's final victim. After she was gunned down, the murderer disappeared and the killing spree ended.


Carter Blake has been hired to do what he does best: to find someone. But this time he's hunting a dead girl - Adeline Connor's brother is convinced she's still alive.

But this town doesn't want an outsider digging up old business. And as Blake gets deeper into the case, it starts to become clear that the murders didn't just stop fifteen years ago.

The killer is on the hunt again.


Praise for race against time thriller writer Mason Cross:

'Mason Cross is a thriller writer for the future who produces the kind of fast-paced, high octane thrillers that I love to read.' Simon Kernick

'Terrific stuff!' Ian Rankin

'So pacy I'm exhausted! Definitely one to read if you like your thrillers thrilling' Emma Kavanagh