DCI Karen Pirie happens to be nearby when a body is unearthed along with someone’s long-buried inheritance in the Highlands. At first, the victim is assumed to belong to the distant past; then new evidence suggests otherwise. Nothing is as it seems and Karen is called in to unravel the mystery.
Now We Are Dead
Inspired by his mugging-up on Winnie the Pooh for Celebrity Mastermind, Stuart McBride describes his book as ‘the story of what happens to Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel after she was caught being Very, Very Naughty in In the Cold Dark Ground’. Now, the man she was accused of fitting up is freed and back on the streets of Aberdeen – but Roberta knows he is guilty.
In a collection of short stories described by James Crawford as ‘a tribute to two of our nation’s greatest assets – our crime writing and our built heritage’, twelve of Scotland’s top crime writers, among them Lin Anderson, Val McDermid , Gordon Brown and Ann Cleeves, weave plots of murder and mystery around structures including a 5,000-year-old burial cairn, Bothwell Castle and the Forth Bridge.
Set in a small town in Georgia, Karin Slaughter’s debut novel introduces the paediatrician and medical examiner Sara Linton and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver. Following Sara’s discovery of a murdered local woman with a cross cut into her torso, the hunt is on for a vicious serial killer.