Signed & Dedicated Edition: Black Hearts

Doug Johnstone

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Orenda Books

Due to be published: 29th Sep '22

Pre-order - This paperback / softback title is not yet published, due 29th Sep '22


Doug Johnstone will be signing copies of Black Hearts in time for publication day. Books will then be posted out or made ready for collection as soon as possible.


Have your books hand wrapped in our bespoke packaging with our kite sticker to tie it all together.


Warmly funny, nail-bitingly tense and deliciously dark, Black Hearts is the explosive new instalment in Doug Johnstone’s critically acclaimed, addictive Skelfs series…

The Skelf women live in the shadow of death every day, running the family funeral directors and private investigator business in Edinburgh. But now their own grief interwines with that of their clients, as they are left reeling by shocking past events.

A fist-fight by an open grave leads Dorothy to investigate the possibility of a faked death, while a young woman’s obsession with Hannah threatens her relationship with Indy and puts them both in mortal danger. An elderly man claims he’s being abused by the ghost of his late wife, while ghosts of another kind come back to haunt Jenny from the grave … pushing her to breaking point.

As the Skelfs struggle with increasingly unnerving cases and chilling danger lurks close to home, it becomes clear that grief, in all its forms, can be deadly…


The Skelfs series has been shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Book of the Year and the Capital Crime Best Independent Voice, and longlisted for Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

Additional information

Dimensions 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 300