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Publication Order of Bob Skinner Books

Skinner's Rules (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skinner's Festival (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skinner's Trail (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skinner's Round (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skinner's Ordeal (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skinner's Mission (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skinner's Ghosts (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murmuring the Judges (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gallery Whispers (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thursday Legends (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Autographs in the Rain (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Head Shot (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fallen Gods (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stay of Execution (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lethal Intent (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead and Buried (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death's Door (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aftershock (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fatal Last Words (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Rush of Blood (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grievous Angel (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Funeral Note (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pray for the Dying (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hour of Darkness (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Hint of Death (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Last Resort (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Private Investigations (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Game Over (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
State Secrets (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skinner's Elves (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Brush with Death (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cold Case (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bad Fire (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Roots of Evil (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Open Season (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cage (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Oz Blackstone Books

Blackstone's Pursuits / Dangerous Pursuits (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Coffin for Two (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wearing Purple (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Screen Savers (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Honeymoon with Death (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poisoned Cherries (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unnatural Justice (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alarm Call (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
For the Death of Me (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Oz Blackstone Short Stories/Novellas

Born to Be Wild (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Quasimodo Trunk (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miller Time (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Resurrection (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Green Bananas and Oz (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Primavera Blackstone Books

Inhuman Remains (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Red (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
As Easy as Murder (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Business (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
As Serious As Death (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Somewhere Over the Rainbow (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Loner (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mathew's Tale (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Scottish author Quintin Jardine has been writing crime novels with his unique brand of detective fiction for a number of years now. Touring a number of festivals, he’s a well established figure within many literary circles. With plenty of highly regarded books behind him as well, this appears to be a trend that’s set to continue into the future.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1945, the Scottish born author was brought up within the area of Motherwell, Lanarkshire, where he got his education both there and in the city of Glasgow. Studying law, he also had a penchant for snooker, something which helped to inform the man that he is today, along with his work. He tried his hand at a number of jobs after this, including journalist, media relations and even political spin-doctor. None seemed to capture his attention as he moved between places in an attempt to discover his true vocation in life. That was when he finally settled upon crime fiction.

Now living in-between both Scotland and Spain, he spends his time with his wife as he continues with his crime fiction. Married once before in 1997, he now has four children now adults along with two grandchildren and an assorted number of pets and animals. With his second Spanish home now, he enjoys spending his time away within his home in L’Escala found upon the Catalan Costa Brava, it being the only northern facing town found there. Setting many of his novels across the many places he has travelled during his lifetime, he ensure to draw upon his vast wealth of experience within his writing. This is something he’s carry on for some time to come yet.

Writing Career

Starting his career as a novelist of crime fiction focusing on the detective genre, he began as a writer in 1993 with the release of his first novel; ‘Skinner’s Rules’. This was to be the book that also started the Bob Skinner series, charting the exploits of its eponymous protagonist. It was was also the book that was to help establish his name setting up his reputation as well respected crime writer.

Set around the city of Edinburgh, these stories chart the progress of what was originally known as ‘Scotland’s toughest cop’. Wanting to sell his work beyond though, he quickly changed this to ‘Britain’s toughest cop’, thus securing his title. With over twenty-three books in the series so far, it’s his longest running to date with more set to arrive in the future.

In 1996 he started his ‘Oz Blackstone’ series, beginning with his first novel titled ‘Blackstone’s Pursuits’. Charting a somewhat more reluctant detective, he becomes a celebrity within the force and beyond thanks to his uncanny resemblance to Keanu Reeves. A bit more comedic in tone, it follows his rise to celebrity status as he attempts to make a name for himself. This was then followed by his ‘Primavera Blackstone’ series, with the first novel ‘Inhuman Remains’ published in 2009. He also published a standalone title with his book ‘The Loner’ which was released in 2011. Continuing to write, he will carry on expanding upon these well established series into the foreseeable future for some time yet.

Skinner’s Rules

The first novel from Quintin Jardine, this was originally published in 1993 and was to mark the beginning of the Bob Skinner series of books. Setting up the character, it presents him with his first case allowing him to develop letting the readers know what’s expected. It also helped him to develop his voice as well.

Set within Edinburgh, this novel introduces the Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Skinner, a tough talking, hard-boiled cop working on the police-force there. As head of the CID there, he works alongside his partner Detective Inspector Andrew Martin, as they operate together within the city. Starting with a murder case, they are brought to the Royal Mile where a body has been discovered, the victim being one Michael Mortimer. Having been brutally mutilated and murdered, it then leads to another case that’s similar in nature, which means there could be a serial killer operating in the city. Then Mortimer’s fiancée is discovered dead, which means that the victims are most likely connected. This then takes Skinner deep into an international conspiracy as he delves further in uncovering a whole web of lies and deceit. With three murders now seemingly connected, it appears there’s more to this particular case than initially meets the eye. Will Bob Skinner find the criminal before it’s too late, or will the killer strike again brutally taking another victim? Can he find out the truth in time keeping himself safe in the process? What links them all together as the detective gets caught up in a deadly game where he’s playing by Skinner’s rules.

Blackstone’s Pursuits

Originally published in 1996, this was the first of the Oz Blackstone series of novels from Quintin Jardine. Setting up a new world that was to be somewhat more light-hearted, it helped establish a new tone for the writer. Whilst in similar territory to what he’s done before, it created a new direction for Jardine.

Oz Blackstone is a PI who’s tasked with tracking down some missing millions on behalf of an insurance company. That’s when he discovers a corpse belonging to the one-time embezzler of those millions during his investigation. This then takes him on a case that’s to present him with an as yet unprecedented challenge that’s his greatest one to date. With the body being discovered with a knife in its back, it seems that there’s also no signs of the missing money as well. On top of all this, enter Primavera Phillips, the most beautiful woman Oz has ever met, thus stoking the fires even further. Searching for her sister in the apartment where Oz found the body of the embezzling stockbroker they both embark upon the case together, Oz searching for the missing money, whilst Primavera searches for her missing sister. With their own agendas they work alongside each other in the hope of providing assistance to one another. Will they find the missing money and the missing sister during their case together? Can they uncover the mystery before it’s too late, or will another victim be claimed, maybe even taking them in the process? What will become of them as they look to unmask the secrets of Blackstone’s pursuits?

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5 Responses to “Quintin Jardine”

  1. Margaret MacFarquhar: 2 years ago

    I was taught by you mother at Knowetop school in Motherwell. Found your books in our local library and have read most of them Thank you for years of entertain ment

  2. Aileen McFayden: 2 years ago

    I discovered your books quite by chance at the beginning of the pandemic. I am now on the eleventh Bob Skinner…..Autographs in the rain. They saved my sanity during the lockdown. I find them so hard to put down. Wonderful.

  3. Margaret Jean Tracey-Bower: 2 years ago

    Have just finished reading Mathew’s Tale. I just couldn’t put it down I really enjoyed reading it and will have to print a list of Mr Jardine’s books so I can read some more!!

  4. Debby: 3 years ago

    The Loner
    He also reappears, I think, in Cold Case.
    Hope this helps. I lover the Skinner novels.

  5. Janet green: 3 years ago

    What is the name of the book, with the back story of Xavier Aislado, how he was injured in a match, his girl friends murder and the mystery of his father? I know i read this novel years ago, but would like to re read it…..can not find any reference to it on google..thanks jan green


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