Thursday, 30 January 2020

Interview on BBC Radio Shetland

I visited Shetland for the first time at the end of last year. It was just a short trip, but I got to see a bit of the mainland and take some nice pictures. It's a beautiful place, quite unlike anywhere else in the British Isles.

While I was there, the excellent Shetland Library put on an event for me, and I was interviewed for the books programme on BBC Radio Shetland.

You can listen to the interview here - my part starts at 31:39. I talk about how I write, and why I used to deliberately forget my PE kit...

Here's some more pics - if you get the chance to visit, I recommend it!

Thursday, 2 January 2020

What She Saw Last Night - 99p Kindle deal

Happy New Year!

What She Saw Last Night is on sale today in UK ebook for 99p. If you haven't read it yet, pick it up now! If you have, please tell a friend.

As usual, the Kindle price is being matched by Kobo, Google and iTunes.

"Delivered with the kind of writerly acumen we have come to expect from Cross." - Financial Times

"If you like your thrillers fast-paced, with lots of surprises along the way, this is definitely for you." - Heat

"Gripping Stuff" - Daily Mail

    "A chase thriller that begins as a locked-room puzzle" - Morning Star

"A truly original thriller, reminiscent of Hitchcock and Christie." - Woman's Way

Buy What She Saw Last Night here

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Farewell to the Tens

Well, it's the end of the decade, and it's been a pretty good one for me professionally, given I went from zero published books to six, with another one to come next year.

In 2010 if you'd told me I would not only have written this many books, but had them published by an actual publisher and read by real people, well I would have been pretty happy with that.

It's been incredible to go through the process of getting published and meet so many wonderful people on the circuit, from other authors to publishing people and, of course, readers.

To round out the year, here's a couple more reviews of What She Saw Last Night, from Barry Forshaw in the Financial Times (my very first broadsheet review):

...and I was also delighted to be selected by Geoffrey Wansell in the Daily Mail as one of their festive 'books to put under the tree':

And what's coming up next? That's a story for a new year, and a new decade.

In the meantime, I hope you have a great New Year's wherever you are and whoever your with. I'm looking forward to seeing what the Roaring Twenties will bring.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

The Gigantic Blog Tour

As you may have noticed if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, all this month, I've been fortunate to have a deluge of book blogger reviews around the paperback release of What She Saw Last Night. My tour was put together by a couple of experts: Alex Layt from Orion and Tracey Fenton of  Big thanks to them and the (literal) dozens of bloggers below.

I've been blown away by both the number of reviews and how good the general consensus is. Here's what they said (click through for full reviews)...

MoMo Book Diary
"Loved every minute of this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good suspense thriller – but maybe not for anyone who travels on the sleeper…"

A Knight's Reads
"The fast paced chase up and down the country kept me glued to the pages right to the very end."

Love the Smell of a Book
"A story that had me hooked from the first few pages and kept me hooked throughout."

Joy Kluver
"This was my first M.J. Cross read – it won’t be my last."

Suze Reviews
"A character driven thriller, with a hugely believable and relatable protagonist and strong supporting players"

Bookish Blogging
"I read this in one day, desperate to finish it, and genuinely almost missed my train stop!"

Jan's Book Buzz
"There’s danger, twists, secrets and lies and our two intrepid investigators need to overcome the odds to get to the bottom of a mystery that has them baffled. All of it makes for a thrilling, page-turning read."

Shalini's Books & Reviews
"I loved it. A fantastic rip-roaring thriller of a read."

Liz Loves Books
"Creatively clever to keep you turning the pages this is definitely one of those “just one more chapter before bed” books that ultimately finds you finishing it bleary eyed in the early hours. With everything I look for in my crime fiction right here I can’t do anything except highly recommend it."

The Bookwormery
"The tension builds making this a real nail biter of a thriller. Brilliant."

Roachie's Reviews
"What She Saw Last Night is a fantastically fast-paced thriller, which really doesn’t slow down until the bitter end."

Steph's Book Blog
"A great standalone introduction to Mason Cross."

Rachel Read It
"The plot is as claustrophobic and air tight as the tiny ‘room’ (read cupboard!) aboard the Caledonian sleeper that Jenny is travelling on and the plot is as taut as the tightrope Jenny balances on as she assesses her own sanity and the truth of what she saw with her own eyes."

Mac Reviews Books
"Mason has created a fantastic story, stifling settings and memorable characters. I can’t wait to read more."

West's Words
"What She Saw Last Night is pure escapism which you’ll eagerly consume in a maximum of two sittings."

"I found myself racing through the final pages. Afterwards I was left feeling exhausted from such a brilliant psychological thriller, and needed a warm cup of tea to calm down!"

Alex J Book Reviews
"Cross paces this perfectly, culminating in a fast adrenaline filled cracker of a finale."

Stacy is Reading
"What She Saw Last Night is a fly by the seat of your pants thriller with enough twists and turns en route to satisfy any Train Noir fan out there."

Nicki's Book Blog
"Loved this. One to enjoy and envelop you."

Books from Dusk till Dawn
"There are some really hairy moments within these pages from an author who definitely knows how to shock and throw his readers off-balance."

One More Word
"The pacing of the book was great – it was filled with short snappy chapters, changes in POVs and the plot was littered with little cliff-hangers. "

"The plot whizzes along, the writing is tight and carries you along with it, just like a train."

What Do I Read Now?
"This is a great read and even greater the twists that crop up throughout."

Karen Reads and Recommends
"a fabulous page turner that is gripping, unpredictable and has a real dark side"

My Chestnut Reading Tree
"An entertaining suspense thriller with a gripping storyline"

Lost in the Land of Books
"It’s an emotional read that has you hooked from start to finish, it keeps you on your toes and every so often your a bit thrown because it becomes so unpredictable. "

Bookish Jottings
"What She Saw Light redefines compulsively readable thrillers and this is one nerve-twisting and heart-pounding page-turner that is impossible to put down and difficult to forget."

Kelly's Book Space
"I was hooked right from the start and with all the twists and turns the story took I was very reluctant to put the book down, I just wanted to know what would happen next."

Night Time Reads
"Not only did this make me late for work but because I was running late my son got a detention for being late to school."

Baker's Not So Secret Blog
"I was gripped from start to finish and couldn’t read this fast enough."

Book After Book
"I loved the plot, I loved the protagonist and her determination in finding out the truth, no matter the cost, I loved the setting and the dark atmosphere. What She Saw Last Night is a compulsive and thrilling story full of twists and shocking surprises and kept me glued to the pages until the very end."

"The isolation of the Highlands played its part wonderfully as the novel wound itself up into a thrilling ending that had me sat on the edge of my seat."

"If you are searching for a mystery with some Agatha Christie plot and a little girl missing, this is the book you’ll have to read right now."

Hair Past a Freckle
"Gripping, emotional and devastating; this is a superbly crafted thriller and it gives me enormous pleasure to wholeheartedly recommend it.”

Hooked From Page One
"This is a really suspenseful read right the way through that kept me turning the pages. And then MJ Cross hits you with twist after twist, one scene, in particular, left me reeling. What She Saw Last Night is compulsive and hugely engaging."

Over the Rainbow
"Fast paced and hugely addictive"

Cal Turner Reviews
"With strong and likeable characters, a story that keeps you guessing and an atmospheric setting that draws you in from the very start, What She Saw Last Night is a psychological thriller that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Loved it!"


If that's convinced you to give the book a try, you can get it now from the usual places like Waterstones, Amazon and Hive - or go here for a full list of retailers and formats.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

What She Saw Last Night - UK paperback out now

It's paperback day in the UK! What She Saw Last Night is out in paperback now from all good bookshops, as well as ebook and audio.

If you like it, I'd love it if you would write a short review on Amazon or Goodreads (on the other hand, if you hate it, I'm okay with you not doing that).

It's had some great reviews from readers, bloggers and the press. Scroll down to find out more, and you can buy from the links below.

UK paperback
Big Cartel (signed copies)
UK audio

A secret that could kill her.

A truth no one believes...

Jenny Bowen is going home. Boarding the Caledonian Sleeper, all she wants to do is forget about her upcoming divorce and relax on the ten-hour journey through the night.

In her search for her cabin, Jenny helps a panicked woman with a young girl she assumes to be her daughter. Then she finds her compartment and falls straight to sleep.

Waking in the night, Jenny discovers the woman dead in her cabin ... but there's no sign of the little girl. The train company have no record of a child being booked on the train, and CCTV shows the dead woman boarding alone.

The police don't believe Jenny, and soon she tries to put the incident out of her head and tells herself that everyone else is right: she must have imagined the little girl.

But deep down, she knows that isn't the truth.


"If you like your thrillers fast-paced, with lots of surprises along the way, this is
definitely for you." - Heat

"A chase thriller that begins as a locked-room puzzle" - Morning Star

"A truly original thriller, reminiscent of Hitchcock and Christie. " - Woman's Way 

"A taut, emotional thriller that rolls along at speed before derailing you several times - this is gut-punchingly good." - SJI Holliday 

"A killer premise combined with page-turning, pulse-pounding suspense - this brilliant psychological thriller is a real must read!" - Stephanie Marland 

"A pacy, high-octane thriller with shades of John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock and a brilliant premise." - Paddy Magrane 

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

What She Saw Last Night - blog tour and reviews

Excitingly, I have a blog tour for the first time, ahead of UK paperback publication of What She Saw Last Night on Thursday. It's a mammoth tour with over 40 blogs involved, coordinated by the indefatigable Tracy Fenton of 

The first batch are already up, and I'll be sharing as they're posted. It's fantastic to see so many passionate book bloggers enjoying the book and telling people about it.

There's been a flurry of press reviews too, including...

Heat, who I'm pleased caught the Lady Vanishes influence...

Woman's Way, who called it "A truly original thriller, reminiscent of Hitchcock and Christie." Which I'll definitely take.

The Crack, who said "the author keeps a cracking pace up and this tall tale more or less on the tracks."

...and finally the Morning Star, where Mat Coward accurately calls it "a chase thriller that begins as a locked-room puzzle", and puts me in flattering company with Jessica Eames, Jenny Blackhurst, and The Boss himself:


What She Saw Last Night is out in paperback in the UK this Thursday, but to be honest it'll most likely turn up tomorrow if you order it right now.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

What She Saw Last Night - paperback tour

What She Saw Last Night is published in paperback in the UK later this month (either on the 26th or 28th, depending on whether you believe Amazon or Waterstones).

To celebrate, I'm doing three Train Noir events with Susi Holliday, of which more here, and two solo library events for Book Week Scotland.

18 November - Aberdeen (with SJI Holliday)
Central Library, 6pm

19 November - Glasgow
Dennistoun Library, 6:30pm

21 November - Kilbirnie
Kilbirnie Library, 6:30pm

22 November - Oban (with SJI Holliday)
Waterstones Oban, 7pm

25 November - Edinburgh (with SJI Holliday)
Waterstones Princes Street, 6:30pm

As far as I'm aware, all of these are free but ticketed, so get in touch with the venue for more details. Hope to see you on the trail!

What She Saw Last Night is available in ebook and audio now, and UK paperback from November 2019: click here to buy