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Cross Purpose Paperback – 23 Feb 2017
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"Crime fiction has a new stellar voice in Claire MacLeary. Cross Purpose is feisty, funny and darkly delicious." - --Michael J Malone.
A dark, devious delight. --Neil Broadfoot
“Refreshingly different… a fast-paced tale.” – Shirley Whiteside, Herald
"A brilliant new talent for the lover of crime." – Sue Black, DBE, forensic anthropologist.
“[A] fantastic new crime novel…a gritty book with a surprisingly warm theme of female friendship." The List
“MacLeary’s prose is assured and engaging, bursting with the liveliness of the Aberdonian vernacular… an impressive debut.” Raven Crime Reads
“An unflinching, often funny and yet ultimately tender portrayal of life on the margins of society… It might just launch a new kind of crime subgenre, for which some of us have been waiting for some time now: ‘cosy with bite’… A lively debut, with a fresh, different vibe.” Crime Fiction Lover
“Edgy and thought-provoking… with a fast-paced plot…Cross Purpose was a blast to read and is highly recommended.” Grab This Book
“A terrific crime debut with an unlikely crime-fighting partnership that sets it apart from the rest. Takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster. Unsettling at times, even uncomfortable, but compelling to the end.” Theresa Talbot
“A thoroughly enjoyable book, and a highly commendable (and recommendable) first-time novel.” – Undiscovered Scotland
About the Author
Claire MacLeary lived for many years in Aberdeen, but describes herself as "a feisty Glaswegian with a full life to draw on". Following a career in business, she gained an MLitt with Distinction from the University of Dundee and her short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies. Claire is currently working on Burnout, the sequel to Cross Purpose.
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First of all the set up was brilliant – Maggie and Wilma are the ultimate odd couple who apart may be fairly usual but together are a total scream. Claire Macleary’s eye for involving dialogue really made this book for me, that plus the fact that all the characters are beautifully drawn and ever engaging.
The plotting is cleverly obtuse, the setting is completely authentic – and also this is an excellent concept taking as it does unlikely and less cliched main protagonists and throwing them into an unusual situation. There are some grim realities within the pages but always that sense of dark, ironic humour to offset the more horrific elements. It works really well and genuinely makes for a page turner.
One of the best things is that it seems likely we will meet Maggie and Wilma again and I for one can’t wait. The grounding for a long and (Mostly) happy collaboration is to be found in Cross Purpose, lets hope they run and run. Although probably not literally.
Clever, involving and beautifully done. Highly Recommended.
Maggie and Wilma are completely different characters, Maggie is quite reserved, quiet and timid where as Wilma is far from shy, she’s quite confident and has a heart of gold. This pair are like chalk and cheese but they develop a lovely friendship and both are brilliant characters. I loved Wilma’s humour, she really is a character.
The story see’s Maggie taking on her husbands business with the help and a little bit of persuasion from Wilma. I enjoyed seeing how they grew in confidence and strength through out the story and seeing how the friendship grew between the neighbours.
Cross Purpose is a real page turner, I was totally hooked from the beginning. MacLeary has created a story that takes us into the depths and murkier side of Aberdeen, down in the sink estates where there’s dodgy dealings, drugs and murder and MacLeary really brings the characters to life sometimes really giving me the shivers. As Maggie and Wilma investigate I was trying to be my own little investigator but with quite a few twists and turns it really turns out that I am rubbish.
This really is a fantastic debut novel by Claire MacLeary that had me guessing until the end, it had me giggling at the banter between Maggie and Wilma and desperately wanting more from the duo and after living with an Aberdonian for 18 years I love the Doric dialect that’s included. I could honestly see this being made into a TV series, it would be brilliant on screen as well as in book form. Full of tension and beautifully written, I absolutely loved Cross Purpose and I can see why it’s been longlisted for the McIlvanney Award. I will definitely be recommending it and can’t wait to read more from this dynamic duo soon.
Now I’m awa ben the hoose for a fly an a piece and to caumie doun.
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