The Crime Writers' Association

Iain Maitland

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Iain Maitland is the author of Sweet William and Mr Todd’s Reckoning, both published by Contraband, an imprint of Saraband. Mr Todd’s Reckoning has been optioned for TV by AbbottVision. His next book, The Scribbler, the first in the Gayther & Carrie detective series, is published by Contraband in May 2020.

The Scribbler

‘The Scribbler creeps up on you. Iain Maitland’s latest brilliantly creepy creation is a master class in slow, patient suspense.’ Barbara Nadel

‘A brilliant read [… on] LGBTQ+ crimes that traditionally were underreported … Thankfully, times have changed.’ Neil Boast MBE, former LGBT Liaison Officer, Suffolk Constabulary, and former head of task force on sexual exploitation and trafficking

Mr Todd’s Reckoning …

‘Splendidly creepy.’ Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail

‘Maitland conjures madness from the inside, looking out … a brave book.’ Jeff Noon, Spectator

‘Just great. Truly scary, a fabulous dive into the mind of a classic, self-justifying psychopath … A fantastic book.’ Barbara Nadel

‘Cleverly conceived, what begins as quite touching drives relentlessly onwards into furious criminality. Mr Todd’s Reckoning is phenomenally dark and utterly compelling.’ Chris Dolan

Sweet William …

‘Sweet William is an absolutely electrifying read that gripped me from start to finish. The suspense that Maitland created is remarkable. I haven’t read anything like it before.’ Delightful Book Reviews

‘Breathtaking…the pace never lets up until the book reaches its dramatic climax…Taut, darkly humorous and heartbreaking all at the same time, with an unforgettable narrator, Sweet William packs a real emotional punch. Lisa Gray, Daily Record

‘From the very first word of Sweet William I was hooked. The writing is fantastic. I found Sweet William stunning and thought provoking. Sweet William is a book I won’t forget in a hurry. In my view it is outstanding.’ Linda’s Book Bag

Sweet William terrified me. It’s a book that has lingered in my mind, a book that has astounded me. Sweet William is an intelligently written thriller.’ Random Things Through My Letter Box

‘What an edgy and ultimately terrifying read. It makes petrifying reading. This is an edge of your seat, nail-biting read that will haunt you way after you finish reading.’ Books From Dawn To Dusk

‘Rarely will you encounter a book that puts its reader through such an emotional wringer so consistently and unrelentingly, as Sweet William does. An emotive and exhausting reading experience, but utterly worth it. Highly recommended.’ Raven Crime Reads

‘Very compelling…decidedly dark. Sweet William is a taut and tense psychological thriller.’ Jaffa Reads Too

Books by Iain Maitland

  • Sweet William


  • Mr Todd's Reckoning


  • The Scribbler