Quintin Jardine

Interviewed 17 March 2018

Quintin Jardine

Quintin Jardine was born once upon a time in the West  – of Scotland rather than America – but still he grew to manhood as a massive Sergio Leone fan. On the way there he was educated, against his will, in Glasgow, where he ditched a token attempt to study law for more interesting careers in journalism, government propaganda and political spin-doctoring.

After a close call with the Brighton bomb in 1984, Quintin moved into the even riskier world of media relations consultancy, before realising that all along he had been training to become a crime writer. Now, 40 novels later, he never looks back. His three series feature respectively top Scottish cop Bob Skinner, unwilling detective Oz Blackstone, and Oz’s feisty ex Primavera.

He began work on an escape tunnel out of Motherwell in 1968; he surfaced briefly in Hamilton, but, realising very quickly that he had been heading in the wrong direction, resumed digging and three years later arrived in Gullane, East Lothian, where he has lived ever since. In recent years he has put down a second set of roots – a physically nonsensical metaphor, but you know what he means – in L’Escala, the only north-facing town on the Catalan Costa Brava.

Books by Quintin Jardine

The Roots of Evil

When two men, one a serving police officer, the other retired from the force, are shot dead and left in a car outside Edinburgh’s divisional office, the investigating team has very little to go on at first and matters quickly become both complicated and dangerous.

Reviewed on 27 November 2021 by Linda Wilson

The Bad Fire

A case from nine years ago turns out to be anything but cold, as Alexis Skinner finds out to her cost.

Reviewed on 30 November 2019 by Linda Wilson

Cold Case

When Bob Skinner is asked for help by his old friend Sir James Proud, he doesn’t expect to find himself trying to decide if his friend really could have been involved in covering up a murder.

Reviewed on 13 April 2019 by Linda Wilson

A Brush With Death

Bob Skinner is asked by the Security Service to look into the death of a multi-millionaire boxer.

Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by Linda Wilson

State Secrets

Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner has been asked to the Palace of Westminster to talk about the possibility of him accepting a peerage, which puts him in the right place at the right time to investigate a crime that will shock the nation.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Linda Wilson

Private Investigations

A car crash in a supermarket car park leads Bob Skinner to an unexpected and shocking discovery.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Linda Wilson

Last Resort

Bob Skinner, on holiday in Spain, is asked to help out an old friend and find a missing man.

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by Linda Wilson

Hour of Darkness

A female naked body is washed up near Edinburgh baffles police until a woman is found to be missing from a bloodstained flat.

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Linda Wilson

Pray For The Dying

When a senior figure is shot at a charity concert, Bob Skinner is already on the scene, having taken down one of the gunman. What follows next is a career move that he’s been dead set against for a very long time.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Linda Wilson

As Serious As Death

Primavera Blackstone is employed to investigate attacks on aircraft owned by abrasive millionaire Jack Weighley. Are they vandalism or terrorism? When people close to the investigation begin to die, Primavera has to find the solution quickly before her own family becomes a target.

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Sylvia Wilson