Bye Bye Baby

Review of ‘Bye Bye Baby’ by Allan Guthrie

‘Bye Bye Baby’ is a novella. I downloaded it to my Kindle and read it the same afternoon. It was a great post-Christmas, snowed in, day by the fire, kind of read.

Even though it’s short there are a few amazing twists and I didn’t guess the ending.

The book is set in Edinburgh where Guthrie lives and works.

The main character, Detective Frank Collins, isn’t particularly likeable, but Guthrie still makes the reader sympathetic to him.

Collins has his own problems, including an interesting sex life which is now causing marital problems, and some unusual dynamics in his professional relationships.

It seems at first to be a police-procedural – and it is – but it’s more than simply that. What seems to be a child kidnap and ransom has a lot more to it. There’s something extremely odd going on.  It’s deft, original and entertaining. It’s also very good value for money.

Guthrie has published several full length paperback crime novels – and I’ll certainly be reading more of his work. In fact I’ve just downloaded another of his novellas – ‘Killing Mum’. I just need an excuse to curl up in the armchair – oh good – it looks like rain.

Bye Bye Baby is available as an e-book from for 86p

Taking the e-book plunge

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Cover via Amazon

 It’s a year since my novel ‘Change of Life’ was published in paperback. To mark the anniversary I’m relaunching it in e-book format for Kindle.

Having got a Kindle at Christmas – thanks Santa – I’m now besotted with this way of reading. I’m not giving up paper books entirely – they’ll always have their place as far as I’m concerned. But reading on a Kindle screen is just so easy on the old eyes and it’s so light to carry around.

‘Change of Life’ is A tale of life. A poignant mix of sadness, hope and love.

You can purchase the new e-edition on uk for £2.29 and on for $2.99. Links below –

And here’s what it’s about –

 Be careful what you wish for…

 Wife to Tom and mother to four adolescent children, Rosie feels taken for granted as she juggles family life and her work as a teacher. She longs for a change.

When she hits a teenage boy with her car, her life veers into unpredictable and uncharted territory. The boy is Robbie – and Rosie discovers he is part of a terrible secret that Tom has kept from her for seventeen years. Then Rosie is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Rosie leaves home and begins the fight for her life. Meanwhile heart surgeon, Tom, learns what it means to be a husband and father. He struggles to keep his family together and strives to get his wife back.

‘A good convincing voice that had me identifying with the characters from the outset.’ David Wishart, Novelist

‘It’s a real emotional roller-coaster of a read. I was completely involved in the characters and their lives.’ Romantic Novelists’ Association.