#Blogival ~ Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents by @lee_leecockburn @gilbster1000 @AuthorightUKPR @Authoright

I’m delighted to welcome Lee back to the blog for another of my #Blogival posts .. I read Porcelain some time ago and it blew me away so I highly recommend it. (Review Here) Lee has kindly written a guest post about her home city of Edinburgh which I have been lucky enough to visit and I can vouch it is a truly wondrous place. Enjoy 🙂 x

Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant. High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer. Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for serious crime and police thriller fans.

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About the Author

Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.

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Summer in Edinburgh City

Edinburgh City Centre is one of the most vibrant and popular cities in the world, in the summer months, it oozes culture and history and it has a draw from all around the world. The Castle is stunning holding prime position towering high above the city’s main street, Prince’s Street and between them the gardens, sprawling the full length of the famous street itself. There are many historical buildings, the Scot monument being one of them, it sits just inside Prince’s street gardens itself, it reaches high into the sky, looking down on Waverly station, there are 5 star hotels at both ends of Prince’s street, the Balmoral and the Caledonian (although now renamed, I will always think of it by this name) and historical National art galleries at the bottom of the mound, housing a feast of famous art work, and if you like art, you will have a wonderful day, enjoying the visual feast.

The city’s population almost doubles during the Edinburgh Fringe festival at the end of July and August, in which there are literally thousands of shows take place though out the festival, Music, theatre, drama, children’s plays, comedy and much more. The streets are buzzing as the shows take to the streets, street performers entertaining the masses, tourists and locals alike enjoying the free shows. There is just an unexplainable buzz about the place, something which I feel we Edinburgh locals, sometimes take for granted.

There are countless bars and restaurants in the City centre, something for everyone, nearly every nationality catered for, wealthy or not, you will be fed. The Royal mile runs down from the castle to the Palace, the cobbled streets a magnet for tourists who meander down taking in the wonders of this memorising city. The palace in now the close neighbour for the Scottish parliament building, two contrasting buildings, one modern, the other bathed in Royalty and history, also frequently visited by droves of people. Then less than 300 metres from the Royal mile is the Salisbury Crags, red stone cliffs formed from the extinct volcano known as Arthur’s seat, that seems to watch over the city sitting high above everything offering spectacular 360 degree views of the city, a must climb if you are visiting, but there is a road that circles it, so you only half to climb the last third.

Then of course is the Royal Military Tattoo, this is set in the Castle esplanade itself, the temporary structure built high above Prince’s street gardens, the height at the top of the seating is a little unnerving if you find your seated there. The show itself is breath taking, your hair will stand on end as the pipes and drums march out from the castle ramparts. The bagpipes and drums in mass is something you will never forget and want to see and hear again, just to be in awe once again. The performances are mesmerising with their precision and meticulous movements, all coordinated and totally synchronised to perfection, which the military would expect nothing less. The show will tantalise your senses, making you wish for more as the performance comes to an end, unless the outdoor arena has experienced some of Edinburgh’s famous weather, rain, with a hint of strong wind.

There are museums and tourist attractions, many of which are free for the tourists and public to enjoy, there are cinema’s, clubs, a plethora of shops to please all of those avid shoppers.

I love living here and would not change it for the world, we also have a beach with a popular promenade, 3 miles from the city centre, the Royal yacht Britannia, in my mind the city has everything you could ask for.

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