Twelve of Scotland’s most famous crime authors evoke the sinister side of the country’s architecture in stories that are by turns calculating, chilling, and redemptive.
Scotland has often been depicted as a land of haunting, misty moors and literary genius. But Scotland has also been a place of brutal crime, terrifying murder, child abuse, and bank robbery. Crime can strike anywhere. From the southern border to the Northern Isles, suspicion and suspense are never far away.
Stellar contributors to Bloody Scotland include Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre, Denise Mina, Peter May, Ann Cleeves, Louise Welsh, Lin Anderson, Doug Johnstone, Craig Robertson, E. S. Thomson, Sara Sheridan and Stuart MacBride explore the thrilling potential of Scotland’s iconic sites and structures. From murder in a Hebridean blackhouse and a macabre tale of revenge among the furious clamour of an eighteenth century mill, to a dark psychological thriller set within the tourist throng of Edinburgh Castle and an ‘urbex’ rivalry turning fatal in the concrete galleries of an abandoned modernist ruin, this collection uncovers the intimate—and deadly—connections between people and places.
Prepare for a dangerous journey into the dark shadows of our nation’s architecture—where passion, fury, desire, and death collide.
"A fine anthology of original crime stories. Fans of contemporary Scottish crime fiction will be well pleased."
– Publishers Weekly
"Superb. As the title suggests, murder and mayhem ensue. But there is so much more, including revenge, retribution, redemption, horror, and humor. Perfect for reading during a long winter’s evening by a fire with a wee dram of a favorite single malt in hand, these stories will transport mystery lovers to an unforgettable landscape."
– Library Journal (starred)
"Like the most wonderful box of chocolates, this anthology delivers treat after treat, each with a different but harmonious flavour heightening the experience. A dozen great writers. A dozen great places. A killer combination."