Tag Archives: Tartan Noir

The 5 Questions of My Writing by guest author Wendy H. Jones

It is a pleasure to welcome back to my blog the big noise amongst modern Scottish authors, Wendy H Jones. She is here to explain about her writing and tell a bit about her fabulous books. Thank you so much for taking time out to visit, Wendy: over to you. When I write. When I …

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The Darkest Goodbye by Alex Gray

I enjoy the crime novels that Alex Gray writes. She is surely the crown princess of Tartan Noir. The Darkest Goodbye is both tense and topical. It is the thirteenth book in Alex’s DCI Lorimer’s series and starts when young DC Kirsty Wilson, whose father is soon to retire from the force, is faced with …

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None But The Dead by Lin Anderson

Lin Anderson is, without doubt, the queen of Tartan Noir. None but the Dead is the 11th crime novel she has written featuring the forensic expert, Rhona Macleod. The story is set on Sanday,  one of Britain’s northerly islands in the Orkney archepelego. It is inaccessible when the wind prevents the ferry from the mainland …

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The Special Dead by Lin Anderson

Lin Anderson is a gifted author whose writing continues to develop and grow with each novel she produces. She hails from Scotland and is a leading exponent of the “Tartan Noir” genre. Her most recent novel, The Special Dead, tells a gripping story firmly set in Glasgow, Scotland. It is already the tenth book featuring Anderon’s …

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Five Ways to Kill a Man by Alex Gray

Alex Gray comes from Glasgow, Scotland. I am delighted at how her writing has developed and strengthened as her writing career has progressed. When I read one of her early books, A Small Weeping, reviewed on this site at https://bookreviewstoday.info/2013/03/13/a-small-weeping-by-alex-gray/, I did not enjoy the book as much as I had hoped to. However, when I heard her speak recently …

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This Is Where I Am by Karen Campbell

Karen Campbell was born in Paisley and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. Both her mother and father worked in Strathclyde Police Force and following a degree at Glasgow University, Karen also joined the police, where she met her husband. Karen studied for the Creative Writing Master’s Degree at Glasgow University. She is a vegetarian and lives in Galloway with her husband and two daughters. Karen …

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The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin

The Impossible Dead is a novel written by the Scottish crime author, Ian Rankin. He is a leading exponent of the Scottish Tartan Noir genre. His most famous character is John Rebus but this book is the sequel to a previous novel, The Complaints which follows Rankin’s more recent protagonist, Malcolm Fox. The Complaints is reviewed here: https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/complaints-by-ian-rankin-2/. Like …

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Where the Bodies are Buried by Christopher Brookmyre

I knew I was to attend a writing workshop run by Arvon at Moniack Mohr in Inverness-shire in Scotland and that Christopher Brookmyre, a leading exponent of Tartan Noir was to be the guest tutor. I had only read one of his books, Quite Ugly One Morning. It is reviewed here https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/quite-ugly-one…pher-brookmyre/ , but I did not …

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Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre

Christopher Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix comedy, politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. He has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author.   He was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 6 September, 1968 and attended Glasgow University before he turned his hand to writing novels.  Quite Ugly One …

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The Twilight Time by Karen Campbell

The Twilight Time was book of the month at my book group.  We meet in the local library and our leader is the author, Evelyn Hood whose 40th book was published last week.  She is an remarkable person who is very generous about sharing her time and experience with less experienced writers in her workshops. The …

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