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The Murmurs
The Murmurs

The Murmurs


The Annie Jackson Mysteries


276 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $22.99)

Publication Date: April 2024

ISBN 9781914585821

Rights: US & CA

Orenda Books (Apr 2024)


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A young woman starts experiencing terrifying premonitions of people dying, as it becomes clear that a family curse known only as The Murmurs has begun, and a long-forgotten crime is about to be unearthed…

`Malone is the master of twists, turns and the unexpected … a master of his craft´ Herald Scotland

`A fine, atmospheric chiller couched in Malone’s customary elegant prose´ Douglas Skelton

`A master storyteller at the very top of his game, Michael J. Malone weaves the most exquisite tale … mesmeric and suspenseful´ Marion Todd


In the beginning there was fear.

White-hot, nerve-shredding fear.

Terrifying premonitions of deaths.

And then they started…

The Murmurs…

On the first morning of her new job at Heartfield House, a care home for the elderly, Annie Jackson wakens from a terrifying dream. And when she arrives at the home, she knows that the first old man she meets is going to die.

How she knows this is a terrifying mystery, but it is the start of horrifying premonitions … a rekindling of the curse that has trickled through generations of women in her family – a wicked gift known only as 'the murmurs'…

With its reappearance comes an old, forgotten fear that is about to grip Annie Jackson.

And this time, it will never let go…

A compulsive gothic thriller and a spellbinding supernatural mystery about secrets and small communities, about faith, courage and self-preservation, The Murmurs is a startling and compulsive read from one of Scotland’s finest authors…


`Poetic and beautifully crafted, this is a chilling and compelling read´ Caro Ramsay

Praise for Michael J Malone

`Vivid, visceral and compulsive´ Ian Rankin

`A gothic ghost story and psychological thriller all rolled into one. Brilliantly creepy … a spine-tingling treat´ Daily Record

`Prepare to have your marrow well and truly chilled by this deeply creepy Scottish horror … A complex and multi-layered story´ Sunday Mirror

`A beautifully written tale, original, engrossing and scary… a dark joy´ The Times

`A deeply satisfying read´ Sunday Times

`A fine, page-turning thriller´ Daily Mail

`Unsettling, multi-layered and expertly paced´ CultureFly


"Complex, gripping and set across three periods in time, this twisty mystery will keep you from your post-prandial snooze." —Time & Leisure

"The book is beautifully written, the plot is tightly woven, and Michael J Malone is an absolutely safe pair of hands, he ties everything up and gives you a satisfying ride. I didn’t always think the blend of mystery and the supernatural was quite right, but that probably says more about what I like. If you are yearning for a bit of supernatural murder, then this is right up your dark echoing alley." —Shots Magazine

Ian Rankin selected The Murmurs as one of his Books of the Year at the New Statesman. —Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus series

A superbly moody blend of folk horror and gripping amateur sleuthing. — Booklist

Author Biography

Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. Blood Tears, his debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize from the Scottish Association of Writers. He is also the author of A Suitable Lie, House of Spines, After He Died, In the Absence of Miracles and A Song of Isolation soon followed suit.