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Publication Order of Lorimer & Brightman Books

Never Somewhere Else (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Small Weeping (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadows of Sounds (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Riverman (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pitch Black (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Glasgow Kiss (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Five Ways to Kill a Man (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleep Like the Dead (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Pound Of Flesh (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Swedish Girl (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bird That Did Not Sing / The Silent Games (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keep the Midnight Out (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Darkest Goodbye (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Still Dark (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Only the Dead Can Tell (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stalker (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Shadows Fall (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Before the Storm (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Echo of the Dead (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Questions for a Dead Man (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Protectors(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Alex Gray is one of the well known authors of the crime fiction, mystery, and thriller genres. She hails from Scotland and has published some of the very successful novels in the popular crime fiction genre. Author Gray was born on May 27, 1950, in Glasgow, Scotland. All the crime fiction that she has written in her career as set in and around Glasgow. Also, all of them feature the popular character developed by her, named Detective Chief Inspector Lorimer. The successful novels of author Gray also feature the famous character of psychological profiler, named Solomon Brightman. All her books are published under a single series called as the DCI Lorimer series. The earlier books in this series were published by the Canongate publication, whereas the later ones were published by the Little Brown publication. Apart from the crime fiction novels, author Gray has also written a few articles for some famous magazines. Author Gray was born and brought up in the Craigbank region of Glasgow. There, she attended the Hutcheson’s Grammar School. The father of author Gray used to work as a telecommunications engineer, whereas her mother used to be a telephone exchange operator. Her mother originally hailed from the Tobermory, on the Isle of the Mull. Later, author Gray enrolled herself at the Strathclyde University and studied the subjects of Philosophy and English.

After the completion of her graduation, she worked for a short duration in the Health and Social Security Department, and then went on to receive training as a teacher of English. In the year 1976, she stayed in Rhodesia for a period of three months. During the time of her stay there, author Gray got married and then returned to Scotland along with her husband. She continued with her teaching job until the late 1990s. Eventually, author Gray gave up her teaching profession and began to focus on her writing career as a full time writer. Together with two other famous novelists named Lin Anderson and Alanna Knight, author Gray is an active member of the trio of crime writing group called as the Femmes Fatales. Other than this, author Gray is also well known along with Lin Anderson as being the co-founder of the first international festival of crime writing in Scotland held in Stirling, called as Bloody Scotland.

The family of author Gray comprises of a daughter, a son, a grandson, and a granddaughter, as well as a loving husband. As of today, she lives happily along with her family in Renfrewshire. The Lorimer series written by author Gray consists of a total of 13 books. The writing career of author Gray began professionally in the year 1993. She saw an immediate success in her writing career with the short stories, commissions, and articles that she wrote for the radio programs on the BBC. For her excellent and dedicated contribution to crime writing, she has been awarded with the Pitlochry and Constable trophies by the Writers’ Association of Scotland. Author Gray regularly features on the bestseller lists of Scotland. Whenever she gets some free time from her busy schedule, she spends it in interacting with her fans and giving some writing tips to the new and aspiring writers. She tells them to send interesting letters along with their manuscripts, which should not be pushy or facetious, but should have a little bit of sparkle in them. She also tells them to be professional whenever they ask for expert help. Author Gray believes that every writer should have politeness, perseverance, and patience in him in order to achieve success and remain in the writing field for a long time.

The 13 books of the DCI Lorimer series written by author Alex Gray were released between the years 2002 and 2015. All the books feature DCI Lorimer and Soloman Brightman, a criminal profiler and psychologist, as the main characters. An initial book in the series is titled s ‘A Small Weeping’. It was released by the Allison and Busby publishers in the year 2004. At the beginning of the book, it is shown that the dead body of a prostitute is discovered from the Queen Street Station in Glasgow in a very strange condition. The hands of the prostitute were facing towards her feet as if she was praying at the time of her death, and there was a small flower kept between her palms. DCI Lorimer begins his work on the investigation of the murder hunt, but does not find any success. Then, psychologist Solomon Brightman is asked to join the murder case and assist Lorimer with the aim that his intelligent thinking will help to put some light on the murder case through a different angle. Before being able to draw any conclusions from their findings, Lorimer and Brightman come to know that the dead body of a nurse has been found in a private clinic called as The Grange. Their study of the second dead body makes them realize that there is another connection between the two murders other than their careful arrangement by the killer. Therefore, Lorimer and Brightman seem to be in the dark. Later, they find a third dead body and soon realize that they are up against a deadly serial killer and have to do something very soon to stop him from taking the life of another victim.

One of the other books initially written in the DCI Lorimer series was published under the title ‘Shadows of Sounds’. This book was released by the Allison & Busby publishers in the year 2005. At the opening scene of this book, it is shown that the Glasgow Orchestra is doing rehearsals of their performance on stage without being aware of the things happening backstage. The leader of the Orchestra named George Miller gets murdered brutally in his room and his colleagues become extremely shocked to learn about it. But, they are told to keep rehearsing while Brightman and Lorimer are called in to carry out the investigation of George Miller’s murder. They come to know about the series of tangled relationships between the members of the orchestra during the course of the investigation. They also learn that Millar was involved in a number of homosexual relationships with the orchestra members. He was well known for letting his lovers play off against each other and having fun while watching them do so. However, it was extremely important for Lorimer and Solomon for finding out what prompted the killer to carry out George Miller’s cold blooded murder.

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9 Responses to “Alex Gray”

  1. Mark Manwaring-White: 5 months ago

    Having read 3 of these books, I think they are great and difficult to put down! Top writing thank you..
    They would be great also in TV!!

  2. MRS JENNIFER LIGHT: 6 months ago

    I have come to read these books later in life and then found out that Alex Gray and myself were born on the same day. Hopefully if she keeps writing them I will keep reading them – so enjoyable

  3. rosemary lewis: 8 months ago

    Have avidly read most of your books. I’m impressed that you create loving families, no swearing in your books, and you understand Christianity. Congratulations and keep writing.

  4. margaret: 1 year ago

    picked up glasgow kiss in 2nd hand shop, that i work in, jeez couldnt let it down! i live in fort william, which was mentioned,….but was brought up in tollcross road, glasgow. i need to go to the next book. i thought of going to the first books, but i dont want to. i feel already that i know maggie,rosie,solly and bill lorimar ! And theres a lot of books.xx

    • sharon macleod: 11 months ago

      I have to say I am on book 13 now and love them. I think Alex Grey is one of the best authors I have had the pleasure of reading. I am dreading getting to her latest book as I have no idea what I will read then. Keep them coming Alex Grey

  5. michael nichollas: 1 year ago

    Just started reading THE RIVERMAN. I’m impressed with the style. Look for ward to reading her later novels

  6. Keith barber: 1 year ago

    Is there a new book on the way in the near future for dci lorimer

    • Graeme: 1 year ago

      Well the most recent one just came out this month so will likely be a year before the next one

    • Mayme Martin: 2 weeks ago

      Just finished Questions for a dead man. And Echo of the dead. are they your latest ? Is there another book out yet or one coming soon.?
      I have enjoyed all your books. Thank you x


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