Scottish Crime Fiction and Thrillers

Scottish Crime Fiction has seen a phenomenal surge in popularity in recent years and names like Ian Rankin and Quintin Jardine are known worldwide. They are certainly not alone and Edinburgh currently seems to be a favourite backdrop for the activities of countless detectives. Glasgow isn't forgotten with Denise Mina amongst the writers working from there and recent entrant Stuart MacBride bases his stories in Aberdeen. Less conventional are the idiosycratic and humorous novels of Christopher Brookmyre and the futuristic stories of Paul Johnston while Alexander McCall Smith has developed a world-wide following for his creation of Precious Ramotswe, heroine of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

And of course we mustn't forget that the greatest detective of them all - Sherlock Holmes - was the product of a Scottish writer and inspired by an Edinburgh pathologist.


Book cover for A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away

Christopher Brookmyre


Book cover for A Coffin for Two A Coffin for Two

Quintin Jardine

An Oz Blackstone mystery, with Oz and Primevera in Spain and surrounded by murder and mystery.


A Good Hanging

Ian Rankin


Book cover for A Rush of Blood A Rush of Blood

Quintin Jardine

A complex tale of deception and revenge leads Skinner and his people to a bloody encounter and a dramatic confrontation.


Book cover for A Study in Scarlet A Study in Scarlet

Arthur Conan Doyle


Book cover for Aftershock Aftershock

Quintin Jardine


Alarm Call

Quintin Jardine


Book cover for Autographs in the Rain Autographs in the Rain

Quintin Jardine

Bob Skinner is out on the town with a film star who is also an old flame when someone fires a shotgun at them.


Be My Enemy

Christopher Brookmyre


Book cover for Black and Blue Black and Blue

Ian Rankin


Black Book

Ian Rankin


Blackstone's Pursuits

Quintin Jardine


Book cover for Bleeding Hearts Bleeding Hearts

Ian Rankin

What happens when a killer becomes the target...?


Book cover for Blood Hunt Blood Hunt

Ian Rankin

It begins with a phone call. Gordon Reeve's brother has been found dead in his car in San Diego. The car was locked from the inside...


Book cover for Blood Red Blood Red

Quintin Jardine

The second novel in the brilliant new Primavera Blackstone series.


Blue Shoes and Happiness

Alexander McCall Smith


Body Politic

Paul Johnston


Book cover for Boiling a Frog Boiling a Frog

Christopher Brookmyre


Cold Granite

Stuart MacBride

Debut crime novel set in Aberdeen.


Book cover for Country of the Blind Country of the Blind

Christopher Brookmyre


Book cover for Dark Entries Dark Entries

Ian Rankin


Book cover for Dead and Buried Dead and Buried

Quintin Jardine


Book cover for Dead Souls Dead Souls

Ian Rankin


Book cover for Death's Door Death's Door

Quintin Jardine


Destroying Angel

Alanna Knight


Book cover for Exile Exile

Denise Mina


Book cover for Exit Music Exit Music

Ian Rankin


Book cover for Fallen Gods Fallen Gods

Quintin Jardine

With his health under suspicion and his brother found drowned, Bob Skinner faces problems at home while his wife faces arrest for murder in America.


Faro and the Royals

Alanna Knight


Book cover for Fatal Last Words Fatal Last Words

Quintin Jardine

the nineteenth volume of the DCC Bob Skinner series.


Book cover for Fleshmarket Close Fleshmarket Close

Ian Rankin


Book cover for For the Death of Me For the Death of Me

Quintin Jardine

Oz Blackstone seems to have all he needs in his villa in Monaco but he's about to be enmeshed in blackmail and serious crime.


Book cover for Gallery Whispers Gallery Whispers

Quintin Jardine


Book cover for Garnethill Garnethill

Denise Mina


Hard Man

Allan Guthrie


Book cover for Head Shot Head Shot

Quintin Jardine

Bob Skinner has to identify the murdered bodies of his wife's parents. Is it a burglary gone wrong or something much more serious?


Hide and Seek

Ian Rankin


Book cover for His Last Bow His Last Bow

Arthur Conan Doyle


Huntingtower

John Buchan


In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

Alexander McCall Smith


Kill Clock

Allan Guthrie


Killing Mum

Allan Guthrie


Kiss Her Goodbye

Allan Guthrie


Knots and Crosses

Ian Rankin


Book cover for Let it Bleed Let it Bleed

Ian Rankin


Book cover for Lethal Intent Lethal Intent

Quintin Jardine

With crime gangs in Edinburgh and MI5 involved things get messy for Bob Skinner.


Book cover for Maps of Hell Maps of Hell

Paul Johnston

Crime writer Matt Wells could never have conjured a plot this twisted.


Morality for Beautiful Girls

Alexander McCall Smith


Book cover for Moroccan Traffic Moroccan Traffic

Dorothy Dunnett

7th in Dorothy Dunnett's series of spy/detective novels featuring enigmatic portrait painter and yachtsman Johnson Johnson.


Book cover for Mortal Causes Mortal Causes

Ian Rankin


Murder by Appointment

Alanna Knight


Book cover for Murmuring the Judges Murmuring the Judges

Quintin Jardine


No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith


Book cover for Not the End of the World Not the End of the World

Christopher Brookmyre


Book cover for On Honeymoon with Death On Honeymoon with Death

Quintin Jardine


Book cover for Poisoned Cherries Poisoned Cherries

Quintin Jardine


Book cover for Precious and the Puggies Precious and the Puggies

Alexander McCall Smith

Tells the story of the girlhood adventures of Precious Ramotswe, founder of the Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.


Book cover for Quest for a Killer Quest for a Killer

Alanna Knight

When the circus arrives in Edinburgh, Rose McQuinn is delighted. However, the much anticipated festivities are overshadowed by a curious set of crimes.


Quite Ugly One Morning

Christopher Brookmyre


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Denise Mina


Book cover for Resurrection Men Resurrection Men

Ian Rankin


Book cover for Roman Nights Roman Nights

Dorothy Dunnett

5th of the "Dolly" series of detective novels featuring the mysterious former secret agent Johnson Johnson.


Book cover for Rum Affair Rum Affair

Dorothy Dunnett

2nd in the series of detective/spy novels featuring Johnson Johnson and his yacht Dolly.


Book cover for Sanctum Sanctum

Denise Mina


Savage Night

Allan Guthrie


Screen Savers

Quintin Jardine


Set in Darkness

Ian Rankin


Book cover for Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle


Book cover for Skinner's Festival Skinner's Festival

Quintin Jardine


Book cover for Skinner's Ghosts Skinner's Ghosts

Quintin Jardine

The seventh book in the DCC Bob Skinner series .


Skinner's Mission

Quintin Jardine


Book cover for Skinner's Ordeal Skinner's Ordeal

Quintin Jardine


Book cover for Skinner's Round Skinner's Round

Quintin Jardine


Skinner's Rules

Quintin Jardine


Book cover for Skinner's Trail Skinner's Trail

Quintin Jardine


Slammer

Allan Guthrie


Book cover for Split Code Split Code

Dorothy Dunnett

6th in Dorothy Dunnett's "Dolly" series of spy/detective novels featuring enigmatic portrait painter and yachtsman Johnson Johnson.


Book cover for Stay of Execution Stay of Execution

Quintin Jardine


Book cover for Still Midnight Still Midnight

Denise Mina

A brutal attack. A mysterious demand for money. An unexpected kidnap.


Book cover for Strip Jack Strip Jack

Ian Rankin


Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

Alexander McCall Smith

Mma Ramotswe's tenth adventure;


Tears of the Giraffe

Alexander McCall Smith


The Blood Tree

Paul Johnston


The Bone Yard

Paul Johnston


Book cover for The Complaints The Complaints

Ian Rankin

Nobody likes The Complaints - they're the cops who investigate other cops.


The Complete Richard Hannay

John Buchan

Omnibus edition featuring "The Thirty-Nine Steps", "Greenmantle", "Mr Standfast", "The Three Hostages" and "The Island of Sheep".


The Cutting Room

Louise Welsh


Book cover for The Dead Hour The Dead Hour

Denise Mina


The Death List

Paul Johnston


Book cover for The Double Comfort Safari Club The Double Comfort Safari Club

Alexander McCall Smith

Eleventh novel in the Mma Ramotswe series


Book cover for The Falls The Falls

Ian Rankin


Book cover for The Field of Blood The Field of Blood

Denise Mina

In Glasgow, a child goes missing, taken from the front garden of his home .


The Full Cupboard of Life

Alexander McCall Smith


The Golden Silence

Paul Johnston


Book cover for The Good Husband of Zebra Drive The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

Alexander McCall Smith


Book cover for The Hound of the Baskervilles The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle


The House of Dust

Paul Johnston


The Kalahari Typing School for Men

Alexander McCall Smith


The Last Breath

Denise Mina


The Last Red Death

Paul Johnston


The Leithen Stories

John Buchan

Omnibus edition containing "The Power House", "John Macnab", "Dancing Floor", and "Sick Heart River".


Book cover for The Loner The Loner

Quintin Jardine

This is a unique and gripping stand-alone novel - a powerful story of one man who discovers shocking secrets.


The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle


Book cover for The Sacred Art Of Stealing The Sacred Art Of Stealing

Christopher Brookmyre


The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

Alexander McCall Smith


Book cover for The Seal King Murders The Seal King Murders

Alanna Knight


Book cover for The Sign of Four The Sign of Four

Arthur Conan Doyle


The Sunday Philosophy Club

Alexander McCall Smith


The Valley of Fear

Arthur Conan Doyle


Three Hostages

John Buchan


Book cover for Thursday Legends Thursday Legends

Quintin Jardine


Book cover for Tooth and Nail Tooth and Nail

Ian Rankin


Book cover for Tropical Issue Tropical Issue

Dorothy Dunnett

1st in the series of detective/spy novels written in between work on the much larger historical novels for which Dunnett was famous. They feature the secretive and enigmatic portrait painter Johnson Johnson, who travels the world on his yacht Dolly, which gives the books their original titles.


Two-way Split

Allan Guthrie


Book cover for Unnatural Justice Unnatural Justice

Quintin Jardine


Book cover for Watchman Watchman

Ian Rankin

Bombs are exploding in the streets of London, but life seems to have planted more subtle booby-traps for Miles Flint. Miles is a spy.


Water of Death

Paul Johnston


Book cover for Wearing Purple Wearing Purple

Quintin Jardine


Book cover for Where the Bodies are Buried Where the Bodies are Buried

Christopher Brookmyre


Book cover for Witch Hunt Witch Hunt

Ian Rankin

Witch - infamous, clever, invisible, assassin. And this time the hunt for her is personal.


 

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