Bloody Scotland — Book Review

Author: Lin Anderson, Chris Brookmyre, Gordon Brown, Ann Cleeves, Doug Johnstone, Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid, Denise Mina, Craig Robertson, Sara Sheridan , E S Thomson, Louise Welsh

Publisher: Bee Books


In Bloody Scotland a selection 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, Doug Johnstone, Gordon Brown, 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.


It’s the first time I’m reading Scottish crime writings and the stories in this anthology just blew my mind off. It’s gory, creepy, scary, eerie but again engaging. Few stories had a little mundane beginning but the climax and ending will make you go OMG! Two stories I felt weren’t as bloody as the rest were, but nevertheless one could like those pieces.

A unique feature in this book is that, all the stories have the setting as the heading followed by the title of the story and the name of the author.

I liked the binding, the cover, the extra notes on the different places in Scotland the stories are set, and author introductions.

Rating: 4/5 🌟

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