Rob McInroy is the author of the Bob Kelty series of historical crime novels. The first in the series, Cuddies Strip was longlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (First Blood) Dagger award for best debut crime novel in 2020. It was singled out by crime writer Val McDermid as “highly recommended” because of its contemporary resonances.

The second novel in the series, Barossa Street continues Bob Kelty’s story after he leaves the police force in 1936, disillusioned by the ways of authority and coming face-to-face, one more, with prejudice.

The third novel in the series, Moot, takes as its backdrop the true-life International Rover Scout Moot which took place in the grounds of Monzie Castle in July 1939, just weeks before the outbreak of the second world war.

Rob was born in Crieff, Perthshire and his writing is all set in the Strathearn valley, covering a period from the 1920s to the 2010s. Setting is an extremely important element of his writing.

He began as a writer of short stories and won a number of prestigious competitions before turning to novels. He also has an MA (with distinction) in Creative Writing and a PhD in American literature, both from the University of Hull and has previously taught creative writing. For the past three years he has been one of the judges of Ringwood Publishing’s short story competition and he retains a fondness for the short story form. He lives in East Yorkshire.

Rob is active on Twitter, under the handle @McInRob and is always delighted to chat with readers about his books – or, indeed, anything.

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