Category Archives: Tartan noir

“The Second Cut” by Louise Welsh – Book Review

“Going, going, going, gone!” Rilke is a 47 year old gay man who works as the head auctioneer for Glasgow’s Bowery Auction House. He describes himself in the book as “a man too tall, too thin, too cadaverous to look … Continue reading

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“In The Silence” by M.R. Mackenzie – Book Review

Anna Scavolini is an academic who works in Rome as a university lecturer and holds a doctorate in feminist criminology. Born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland she left for Rome after she left school. Anna is short, single and … Continue reading

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“A Gingerbread House” by Catriona McPherson – Book Review

Kate and Gail – two middle-aged sisters. Sisters who are insane – and looking for another sister…    Kate is 54 and very skilled in all matters IT. She uses these skills to lure vulnerable and somewhat naive women to her … Continue reading

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“The Less Dead” by Denise Mina – Book Review

“The Less Dead” was shortlisted for the COSTA Prize 2020. Margot – an adoptee whose adoptive mother has recently died. She had a good upbringing and good education and now works as a doctor. She has recently left her boyfriend, … Continue reading

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“Games People Play” by Owen Mullen – Book Review

Mark Hamilton, his wife Jennifer and year old daughter Lily are having a day out at the seaside in Ayr, which is about an hour from Glasgow. Just before they are due to go home, Jennifer decides to take one … Continue reading

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“The Lost Children” by Theresa Talbot – Book Review

“But happiness is a fragile thing.” Glasgow, Scotland 2000 – Oonagh O’Neil is small, slim, in her mid-thirties, and having an affair with a married man. An only child, she is still grieving for her father who died two years … Continue reading

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“A Song of Isolation” by Micheal J. Malone – Book Review

This book features three main protagonists: Dave – a young man who works as an accountant and is the live-in partner of a movie star. He is fearful that his relationship is precarious and that the love of his life … Continue reading

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“Strangers at the Gate” by Catriona McPherson – Book Review

“And if a stranger comes within your gates you will not reject him. The stranger at your gate will be as one born among you, and you will love him as you love your own family.” When Finnie and Paddy … Continue reading

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Excited to learn Ann Cleeves has a new series!

One of my favourite crime fiction authors, Ann Cleeves, has begun a new series! Rejoice!  Best known for her Shetland novels and her Vera novels, this time Cleeves’ introduces Detective Matthew Venn in The Two Rivers Series. The blurb: In … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: March 29, 2018 (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Blood in the water” by Gillian Galbraith for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in January 2007 and was, for me, a 5 … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday March 15, 2018 (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Snared” by Ed James for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in April of 2015 and was, for me, a 5 star read. … Continue reading

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“A dark so deadly” by Stuart MacBride – Book Review

“Tartan noir” liberally laced with wit makes for an outstanding police procedural! A new standalone thriller from Stuart MacBride, the author of the Logan McRae mystery series. Meet Mother’s Misfit Mob – a detective unit of Police Scotland, the ‘mob’ … Continue reading

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“Sewing the shadows together” by Alison Baillie – Book Review

An excellent debut mystery with an atmospheric Edinburgh setting! It was the setting that first attracted me to this debut mystery.  It has been on my NetGalley TBR for some time, and I’m so happy that I finally got around … Continue reading

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Trilogies to Treasure – Part 1 – Denise Mina’s Garnethill

Many readers cannot commit to a lengthy series.  They find it too daunting, too time intensive.  They will often choose stand-alone novels for these reasons.  I am here to introduce you to some prime examples that bridge the gap between … Continue reading

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