After nine years at The Scotsman newspaper, Peter Ranscombe became a freelance journalist and copywriter in 2014, since when he's written for publications including The Lancet, The Times and The Press & Journal, as well as serving as Scottish Field magazine's wine columnist and drinks blogger.
His debut historical thriller, Hare, takes the story of Burke and Hare Scotland's most notorious murderers and asks what happened to Hare after Burke was hanged for their crimes. In real life, Hare gave evidence against Burke in return for his own freedom. He was bundled out of Edinburgh on a mail coach and was last seen crossing the border into England at Carlisle and disappearing across the moors. Peter's book places Hare in Boston during the early years of the American Civil War when a series of murders places him under suspicion once more. One of the main themes in the novel is redemption: can a murderer ever change? Peter use a series of four flashbacks to follow Hare's travels from Edinburgh to Boston and his journey towards redemption or otherwise. He has spoken about Hare at book festivals and other events in Dunbar, Edinburgh, Galashiels, Nairn, New Lanark, North Berwick and Selkirk. (Photo credit: Alex Hewitt)