The Mash House (Paperback)
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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 06/05/2021
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Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2022

Cullrothes, in the Scottish Highlands, where Innes hides a terrible secret from his girlfriend Alice, a gorgeous, cheating, lying schoolteacher. In the same village, Donald is the aggressive distillery owner, who floods the country with narcotics alongside his single malt; when his son goes missing, he becomes haunted by an anonymous American investor intent on purchasing the Cullrothes Distillery by any means necessary. Schoolgirl Jessie is trying to get the grades to escape to the mainland, while Grandpa counts the days left in his life.

This is a place where mountains are immense and the loch freezes in winter. A place with only one road in and out. With long storms and furious midges and a terrible phone signal. The police are compromised, the journalists are scum, and the innocent folk of Cullrothes tangle themselves in a fermenting barrel of suspicion, malice and lies.

The Mash House uses multiple narratives to weave together the parallel lives of individuals in the village. Each fractured by the fears and uncertainty in their own minds.

Publisher: Unbound
ISBN: 9781789651195
Number of pages: 448
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'[...] A smart dissection of the darkness at the heart of an isolated community, a suspenseful and unsettling read.' - The Herald

'Pitch-black, whip-smart tartan noir' - Claire Askew, author of All the Hidden Truths

'A peat-dark picture of a seemingly cosy community, with writing as pungent as a single malt' - Kirstin Innes, author of Scabby Queen

'A stunning debut with a plot rich in texture. The closely observed characters are both wicked and familiar' - Natalie Fergie, author of The Sewing Machine

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Sarah Faichney

“As darkly addictive as village gossip!”

Set in the early Noughties, "The Mash House" is an exciting debut. Alan Gillespie is a gifted writer, excelling at descriptive, cinematic prose which transports the reader. You can virtually smell the amber... More

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“Fantastic”

Terrific book. Fast paced, great characters, threw up some real twist and turns throughout

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“An atmospheric and dark read”

OK, I'm being honest here, among my passions are Scottish crime fiction and single malt whisky. That being the case, the chance to review Gillespie's debut was a bit of a no-brainer for me.

The setting... More

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