“My husband is trying to kill me.” A new client gets straight to the point, and this line of enquiry is a whole new ball game for Maggie Laird, who is desperately trying to rebuild her late husband’s detective agency and clear his name. Her partner, “Big” Wilma, sees the case as a non-starter, but Maggie is drawn in.

With her client’s life on the line, Maggie must get to the ugly truth that lies behind Aberdeen’s closed doors. But who knows what really goes on between husbands and wives? And will the agency’s reputation – and Maggie and Wilma’s friendship – remain intact?


Praise for Cross Purpose, Claire's first novel:

“A brilliant new talent for the lover of crime.” Dame Sue Black, forensic anthropologist

“Assured and engaging, bursting with the liveliness of the Aberdonian vernacular... an impressive debut.” Raven Crime Reads

“A delightfully novel approach.” Undiscovered Scotland

“Fantastic...gritty...surprisingly warm.” The List

“Terrific...compelling to the end.” Theresa Talbot

“Crime fiction has a new stellar voice.” Michael J Malone

“A dark, devious delight, definitely one to watch.” Neil Broadfoot

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Original Language

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Full text available in English



Publication Date

March 2018


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