Interview with Lin Anderson

Lin Anderson has published twelve novels and one novella featuring forensic scientist Dr. Rhona MacLeod, which have been widely translated. Her short story Dead Close was chosen for the Best of of British Crime 2011 and is currently in development as a feature film. Also a screenwriter, her film River Child won a student BAFTA... Continue Reading →

Lochinvar by Sir Walter Scott

O young Lochinvar is come out of the west, Through all the wide Border his steed was the best; And save his good broadsword he weapons had none, He rode all unarm’d, and he rode all alone. So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war, There never was knight like the young Lochinvar. He... Continue Reading →

Cold Hands, by John J. Niven

It’s not very often that I physically react to what I’m reading in a novel, but Niven’s Cold Hands had me crying within the first ten pages and literally cringing a lot from there on. This is a gruesome thriller, reminiscent of Val McDermid, and I barely put it down from start to finish. There’s... Continue Reading →

Knots and Crosses, by Ian Rankin

At just over 200 pages, Knots and Crosses is by no means huge, but it's astonishing that a considerable number of reviewers for Rankin’s first Rebus novel think that the length of a novel  is actually commensurate with its quality. In the same way that you can’t judge a book by its cover, so shouldn’t... Continue Reading →

A Little Bit of Scottish Mystery

If you feel like a fast, enjoyable read to pass the time then I would love to recommend M.C. Beaton and her Hamish MacBeth mystery novels.  Set in Northern Scotland in the small village of Lochdubh, our hero and main character Hamish MacBeth is the lone police constable responsible for upholding the law in and... Continue Reading →

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