Mark Leggatt – Author

LATEST NEWS *** Bestseller – Following the bestseller listing for debut NAMES OF THE DEAD the second in the Connor Montrose series, THE LONDON CAGE has hit the bestseller lists for Blackwells, the national UK bookshop chain. Book 3, THE SILK ROAD will be out in autumn 2018. *** Four Blokes in Search Of A Plot Tour – dates for 2018 coming soon, watch out the Na h-Eileanan Siar, the Highlands & Islands, Glasgow Edinburgh and Stirling. *** Thanks to Shari Low for my spot in the Book club of the national Daily Record – see National Press Coverage link above – next appearance will be at The Theatre Royal Dumfries. They must be bloody mad. ***


*** LATEST NATIONAL CRIME TOUR NEWS  – 2018 dates will appear shortly -***

*** 2018 Festival news ****

Oh, Dumfries. What have you done to deserve this?

Four Blokes in Search of Plot with be with you in January at the Theatre Royal Dumfries.   You only have yourselves to blame. And whomever is sitting in the Royal Box is going to get it right between the eyes.

  • I’m back on the national weekend of literary madness that is #ScotLitFest –
  • I’m appearing in September at  Scotland’s International Crime Festival in September  –
  • And I’m appearing in July in New York at the the massive fest of all things Crime and Thriller –

Welcome to the website of the author and thriller writer Mark Leggatt.

I’m the author of Names Of The Dead, The London Cage, and The Silk Road, a series of international thrillers which weave fact and fiction across the globe.


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Praise for The Silk Road; “As usual, Leggatt hits the ground running and doesn’t stop for breath until the page after the final one. The writing is sharp, the approach no nonsense and the author is far too well informed on international skulduggery for comfort.”
Bestselling author Douglas Skelton

Praise for The London Cage;  “Ticks along with the precision of a fine Swiss watch.  A worthy follow-up to Names Of The Dead with all the slick dialogue, action and intrigue we’ve come to expect from Leggatt. A cracking read.”
International award winning author Neil Broadfoot

Praise for Names Of The Dead : “Mark Leggatt is an exciting new voice, and in ‘Names Of The Dead’ he delivers an intense, page-turning, fast-paced thriller that is blistering with action and frighteningly real. The story is told with slick, snappy dialog against a backdrop of international landscapes, and in CIA technician Connor Montrose, we have a tough, crusading hero to root for, in an entertaining blend of Bourne, Bond and Indiana Jones.”
Bestselling author Ava McCarthy

About Mark

Mark Leggatt was born in Lochee, Dundee and currently lives in Edinburgh.

Mark is a member of the Crime Writers Association in the UK, The Society of Authors, Scottish PEN, and the International Thriller Writers in the USA. He is the Debut Author Programme Membership vice-chair for the International Thriller Writers.

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A former specialist in Disaster Recovery for oil companies and global banks, his career has taken him around Europe, especially Paris, where he lived for a number of years.

European history and modern global conspiracy lie at the heart of his work, and are the backdrop for the adventures of former CIA technician Connor Montrose. Mark’s writing is based on his travel and interests, beginning in London banking IT, where he lived and worked for three years in both the East End, and West End of London, before returning to Edinburgh.

His first European sojourn was at the wheel of a classic Jaguar XJ-S, accompanied by his friend and navigator Graham Whyte, in their own version of the Grand Tour, taking in Berlin, Amsterdam and Brussels. This was followed by several road trip adventures around France with Murray Clark.

In Edinburgh, Mark’s career turned to IT Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, which took him to Paris on a three month contract, which turned into a three year stay. Initially living in a fin-de-siècle hotel near the Opera in Paris, this was followed by a hotel de particulier in Versailles. Weekends and evenings provided the ideal opportunity to take in Paris profonde.

Mark returned to Edinburgh for a number of years. Missing the sunshine, they moved to a village outside Toulouse in the South of France, where the proximity to an airport served as a base for a number of international contracts in Disaster Recovery. It was at this period that Mark spent more time in other European capitals, including Den Haag (The Hague), Amsterdam and Berlin. They then returned to Scotland once more, and have settled in the Marchmont area of Edinburgh.

Mark can often be found tramping around Bruntsfield Links and the Meadows with their Cairn terrier, seen here dictating his memoirs.

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In September 2012, Mark won an entry to the Bloody Scotland Crime Festival, and was invited to deliver a pitch to an audience and publishing panel. Since then, he has appeared at Bloody Scotland and Thrillerfest in New York in both 2015 and 2016, and Glasgow’s International Literary festival Aye Write! he is also scheduled to appear at Scotlitfest and Bloody Scotland in 2017.

Mark will next appear Thrillfest XI in July 2017, held at the Grand Hyatt, Manhattan, New York.  Names Of The Dead and The London Cage will be on sale at the event through the Barnes & Noble bookshop,  including a signing session.


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– Author of international thrillers 'Names of the Dead & The London Cage', available in all major UK bookshops & online internationally by Faber.