Rob McInroy's news

Hillhead Library Writing Workshop

28 January 2024

I will be giving a short presentation on writing craft at a Writers' workshop in Hillhead Library, Glasgow, on 28th January.

If you're around, come along and hear me and three other fine novelists. I will be discussing the importance of keeping your readers engaged in the drama on your pages.

9 January 2024
Blog article on Short Story competition judging

In December 2023, I was honoured once again to be a judge in the Ringwood Publishing short story competition. We had a bumper entry and some outstanding stories were included. As I was reading, some common themes and issues emerged, and I've written about them on my blog, to maybe give some pointers for writers who may be encouraged to enter next year. 

Special Christmas Offer

My publishers, Ringwood Publishing, are running a special offer for Christmas - buy Cuddies Strip and get Barossa Street half price. Perfect for some bookish Christmas presents...

Available until 31 December 2023.

Feature in the Courier

The Courier did a terrific feature on the Perth Noir event, with details of each participating author's books and work. Some interesting stuff on Cuddies Strip. 

19 Nov 2023

Perth Noir, 18 November 2023

I am delighted to be speaking at the Perth Noir event in the Subud Centre, St Leonard's Place, Perth on Saturday afternoon, 3pm to 6pm.

Tickets are £7.50 and can be purchased from the link below.



Writing Historical Fiction

Despite horrendous weather, our Writing Historical Fiction event, featuring Flora Johnston, LA Kristiansen and Carol Margaret Davison in Typewronger Books, Edinburgh was a fantastic success, with standing room only. 

Speaking event in Embra

Writing Historical Fiction: Forgotten Voices

I'm delighted to be part of a panel discussing Writing Historical Fiction in Edinburgh on November 13th as part of Book Week Scotland.

I shall be speaking with Flora Johnson, author of the brilliant What You Call Free, LA Kristiansen, whose Raise Dragon, set in 14th Century Scotland, was one of my favourite novels of 2021, and Carol Margaret Davison, whose Bodysnatcher takes us into the ghoulish world of Burke and Hare. 

Join us at Typewronger on November 13th. It's going to be ace.

30 April 2023

First draft of Book Four is complete

The first draft of the fourth Bob Kelty Book, Barvick Falls, is complete, at 80,000 words. Lots to do still but it should be finished by mid to late summer, around the time of the publication of book three, Moot.

3 April 2023

Coming soon: the third Bob Kelty novel

The third in the Bob Kelty series will be published by Ringwood Publishing in late summer 2023.

Moot follows the adventures of Bob and Annie at the Third International Rover Scout Moot which took place at Monzie Castle, outside Crieff, in July 1939, just weeks before the outbreak of the Second World War.

When a dead body is found in a tent just outside the Moot campsite Bob is immediately suspicious but he finds that the authorities appear to have no interest in the incident and refuse to investigate. Curious, Bob begins his own investigation, and uncovers a hidden world of intrigue...


3 Dec 2022

Rob McInroy interview in Perthshire Magazine

Rob was delighted recently to be invited by the editors of Perthshire Magazine to do an interview and feature on his writing. The interview can be seen in the December 2022 edition of the magazine here:

Perthshire Magazine

The article also featured a rave review of Barossa Street. It is a "fast-paced crime drama" with a "compelling" central character in Bob Kelty. It has been "thoroughly researched and brings a bygone Perthshire back to life".

Bestselling Cuddies Strip


In June 2022, Cuddies Strip was the 6,000th bestselling book on the whole of Amazon, while the Kindle version was in the top 3,000.

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9 June 2022



30 May 2022

Download these free Reading Group Readers' Guides for Cuddies Strip and Barossa Street. Full of key questions to help your Reading Group get the most out of the books.

Reading Groups can obtain a 20% on both books from the publishers, Ringwood Publishing, by contacting

Launch of Barossa Street

11 May 2022

Rob's second novel, Barossa Street was launched on Zoom on 11th May 2022.

Attended by dozens of people on both Zoom and Facebook, the launch was a celebration of the second Bob Kelty novel. 

Expertly chaired by Ellie Goodenough, the event featured Rob doing three readings from the novel and taking questions from Ellie and the audience. 

Those attending discovered (kind of) why Rob chose Barossa Street as the venue for his crime story, and learned the errant swan that features in the novel really did wander across the town bridge in 1936.

A recording of the event is available on Rob's YouTube channel:

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