Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Don't Look For Me - US release date

Don't Look For Me is published in a beautiful hardcover edition by Pegasus Books on 2nd January 2018, which, insanely, is less than two months away.

It's already picked up a nice advance review in Booklist, which said:

"With few pauses for reflection, and plenty of heart-pounding, visceral action, this one immediately calls to mind Lee Child."

...which I will definitely take.

If you're a blogger or reviewer in the US, you can request an advance ebook from Netgalley, or request a review copy or press kit direct from Pegasus.

If you would rather just wait a few weeks and buy a copy, I would obviously be delighted with that outcome too, so here's where you can get it:




(Brits, Canadians, Australians, Kiwis - it's available where you are already.)

And because Pegasus are nice like that, they're also running a Goodreads giveaway to win my entire back catalogue:

However you get hold of it, I hope you enjoy this one.


A nail-biting new thriller ― perfect for fans of Jack Reacher, Alex Cross, and Jason Bourne ― about the desperate hunt for a woman who has a secret to kill for...

Six years ago, the woman Carter Blake loved disappeared and told him not to ever look for her. For six long years, he kept that promise. She was a woman on the run ― a woman with a secret many would kill for. It was better that she stay hidden.

But now someone else is looking for her. Trenton Gage is a hitman with a talent for finding people ― dead or alive. And his next job is to track down the woman Carter Blake once loved, a woman on the run. With both men hunting the same person, the question is: Who will find her first?

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Presumed Dead UK preorder

Presumed Dead, the next Carter Blake book, is published in the UK on 19 April 2018. You can pre-order at the links below, and scroll down further to find out what it's about.

Trade paperback




Fifteen years ago, an unidentified killer terrorised northern Georgia, killing hikers with two shots from a pistol, before disposing of the bodies along the remote trails and in the rivers in the vicinity of Devil Mountain.

The killer was never brought to justice.


Carter Blake has returned home for the first time in many years. The visit stirs old memories, including a girl from school who vanished without a trace.

Blake runs into the mother of the girl, who mentions a case she's come across in Georgia, where someone is convinced their relative is still alive, fifteen years on.

Adeline Connor was the Devil Mountain Killer's last suspected victim. She vanished without a trace.

So why is her brother so convinced she's still alive?

Published April 19, 2018 (Orion)

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Grantown-on-Spey CrimeFest and how to win a book

Next weekend (November 3-5) I'm going to be at the Grantown-on-Spey CrimeFest for the first time, as part of a great lineup including Douglas Skelton, Michael J. Malone, Caro Ramsay, James Oswald, Lin Anderson, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Daniel Shand.

I'll be around all weekend, and on the Sunday morning I'll be chatting to Douglas Skelton and Caro Ramsay about crime over a bacon roll - they had me at bacon.

You can find out more and book tickets at the festival Facebook page.

In other news, you can win a signed copy of the nifty American Harlequin Worldwide Mystery edition of my first book, The Killing Season at Goodreads. Click on this handy link to enter before November 12...

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Killing Season by Mason Cross

The Killing Season

by Mason Cross

Giveaway ends November 12, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Free short story

If you're signed up to my readers club, you should have received an exclusive free ebook short story today.

This one isn't a Carter Blake story, but if you enjoy the exploits of Mr. Blake, it should be up your street.

It's called Expiry Date, and it stars a guy called Nathaniel Cage, who never met a problem he couldn't brute-force. His day begins with him plunging through a window on the 18th floor, and gets worse from there.

The story was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine a couple of years ago. Since then, it hasn't been available anywhere else... until now.

I'm setting up an automated response so that if you sign up in the next few weeks, you'll be emailed the story the next day, so there's still time if you missed out.

Join up here:

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

A heads up...

If you're not already signed up to my Readers Club (and really, why wouldn't you be?), you may want to do so over the next few days.

It's 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.


So, like I say, what are you waiting for?

Join up here:

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Writing tips / musings: omnibus edition

I've written a few blog posts over the years on how I write, and been asked to contribute various 'top tips' articles to other publications.

I thought I'd group the ones which have been most popular together here.

I get irritated by writing tips blogs which hand down knowledge from on high as though graven in stone (talking of which, bonus tip - clichés are fine, used sparingly), so you should always go with the advice that works for you, and not feel bad about discarding the advice that doesn't.

Everyone's different, and your mileage may vary, as they say.


Monday, 2 October 2017

Book Week Scotland events

I have a couple of library events lined up as part of the fabulous Book Week Scotland which is the week 27th November - 3rd December.

So far, I'm going to be at Dunblane Library on 28th November and Blantyre Library on the 30th - check out my events page for details and more dates as they're added.

If you'd like me to visit a library near you, ask them to get in touch. I'm happy to go pretty much anywhere, but if you live in Scotland libraries can access support to arrange an author visit through the Scottish Book Trust's Live Literature programme.

Hope to see some of you at an event!