best laid schemes ian mitchell

Two Novellas – Crimes for our Times

Donning another hat, Ian R Mitchell who has written several books on mountaineering and on Glasgow history, turned during the years of Covid to writing a couple of crime stories which he has published pseudonymously – with the new name to go with the new hat.

Tales for times without heroes…..


A body is found by the loch, grass in its mouth. It seems a clear case of an informant killing in the local drug wars. But the police and even the drug lords, seem baffled and at a loss for a killer and a motive. The trail leads through the fringes of contemporary post industrial Glasgow, where muckrakers, politicians, informants and police work against- and sometimes with- each other, leading to the shattering conclusion.


The past is not dead, as a couple visiting a Highland country hotel in winter discover. Events which took place in the area twenty years ago are brought back to life in a tale of greed and self deception, which still awaits its final unravelling. What really happened in that bloody incident at the bothy on the seashore long ago?

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