David Ashton was born in Greenock in 1941. He studied at Central Drama School, London, from 1964 to 1967, and most recently appeared in The Last King of Scotland. David started writing in 1984 and he has seen many of his plays and TV adaptations broadcast - he wrote early episodes of EastEnders and Casualty, and six McLevy series for BBC Radio 4.
'David Ashton's writing is excellent, his characters thoroughly convincing, and his narrative grabs you ... and doesn't let you go'* The Sherlock Holmes Society of London *
'An intriguing Victorian detective story ... elegant and convincing'* The Times *
'An accomplished murder mystery which effortlessly paints a vivid picture of the dark and often savage streets of Edinburgh in 1887'* Scottish Field *
'It's really good, in fact I think the best McLevy yet. Not just the story, and the splendid characters, nor just the portraits of rain-sodden Victoria Leith, but the actual imagery of the text - every page, every sentence bears your own imaginative stamp'-- Timothy West
'McLevy is one of the great psychological creations and Ashton is the direct heir to Robert Louis Stevenson'-- Brian Cox, star of the BBC radio 4 McLevy play