Memories of a TV Detective

Rena George Scotland, TV Detectives 3 Comments

I have wanted to visit this village since it appeared in a scene from Case Histories. Remember that wonderful BBC crime series featuring Kate Atkinson’s Edinburgh detective Jackson Brodie? I became a crime writer because I love great detective stories, mysteries and thrillers, and Kate’s books are amongst the best.   …But back to South Queensferry. The little houses were still there in their elevated position above the cobbled street just as they were in Case Histories – and the …

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Auld Reekie or Dear Green Place?

Rena George Days Out, Scotland 4 Comments

Just back from a wonderful few days in Edinburgh and Glasgow. I don’t think I’ve ever had the opportunity of comparing the two cities before, at least not from immediate first hand experience. And the thing I’ve learned is that there is no comparison. It would be like making a judgement between Taggart and Rebus. See what I mean? Impossible! Only 40 miles may separate the two cities, but they’re worlds apart in everything that makes them what they are. …

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Life Aboard a Royal Yacht

Rena George Days Out, Scotland 8 Comments

If you have ever wondered what The Queen’s bedroom looked like, then wonder no more. For here it is in all its glory – and it’s titchy. But then it’s not exactly a bedroom, more a luxurious cabin on board the Royal Yacht Britannia. I’ve been meaning to post these pictures for some time. I took them on a recent visit to the yacht, which is now a tourist attraction, berthed at Ocean Terminal, Leith, just outside Edinburgh. It is …

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Finding the Right Name

Rena George Characters' Names 4 Comments

This lovely image of sunrise over Edinburgh’s Old Town has absolutely nothing to do with the following post. It just makes me feel good. I know it sounds ridiculous to suggest that finding the right title for a novel / short story can often be more trouble than writing the whole thing, but if you’re me, it can feel like that at times. It’s just one more skill for writers to master. (Even if it does get changed once an …

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