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Winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger Award
In Bloody Scotland, twelve of Scotland's best crime writers use the sinister side of the country's built heritage in stories that are by turns gripping, chilling and redemptive.
Stellar contributors Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre, Denise Mina, Ann Cleeves, Louise Welsh, Lin Anderson, Gordon Brown, 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 an Iron Age broch 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 a 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 buildings – where passion, fury, desire and death collide.
A unique collaboration which brings together two of Scotland’s greatest assets – its built heritage and its crime writing – for the first time.
Produced in partnership with Bloody Scotland, Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival.
Features the best of Scottish crime writing, including Denise Mina, the 2017 winner of the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year, and the 2016 winner, Chris Brookmyre, Shortlisted authors Val McDermid, Doug Johnstone, Craig Robertson and E S Thompson have also contributed stories.
"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." The Scotsman.
"An outstanding book that will broaden the horizons of its readers as it entertains them, in terms both of what Scotland has to offer visitors, and the breadth of its crime-writing talent." Undiscovered Scotland.
"A must for all crime-fiction lovers! Bloody Scotland is a thrilling collection of short stories that take you through a nail-biting tour of some of Scotland’s iconic sites. Each short story is unique, but every single one is captivating and very often downright chilling. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour!"
Staff book review from Ruth, Archive Officer