Lin Anderson and Alex Gray
about Scotland’s biggest crime festival
Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Lin is a Tartan Noir crime novelist and screenwriter.
Whilst best known as the creator of forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod, Lin has a second mystery thriller series featuring private investigator Patrick de Courvoisier, set in glamorous Cannes, think
The Rockford Files meets James Bond).
As of 2010 the Rhona MacLeod books are being developed for ITV.
In 1976 she lived in Rhodesia for three months, during which time she got married, and she and her husband returned to Scotland. She continued teaching until the 1990s, when she gave the profession up and began to write full-time.
Alex is a member of the Femmes Fatales crime writing trio, together with Alanna Knight and Lin Anderson. Her novels are all set around Glasgow and featuring the character of Detective Chief Inspector Lorimer and his psychological profiler Solomon Brightman.
Marsali: How much of the organisiation did you do for that first Festival, and how much do you do now?
Forensics is increasingly popular, and it gives huge scope for getting the audience actively involved. We felt that with most festivals, then a lot of the panels are just talking, with the audience listening, whereas crime reading is an interactive process, the reader trying to solve the mystery, so we wanted to recreate this.
I’ve been working with Professor Lorna Dawson for my Orkney book None but the Dead – she’d done a real Orkney murder, on Sanday, and mine was an old murder, but people are really interested in the way fact plays into fiction, and forensics can be great fun! I’ve been helping with Open University courses, and one was on Forensic Psychology, with Professor Graham Pike. He’s planning an interactive session to see if crime writers are any better than the audience as witnesses to a crime.
Deadly Code (2005)
Blood Red Roses (2005)
Dark Flight (2007)
Easy Kill (2008)
Final Cut (2009)
The Reborn (2010)
Picture Her Dead (2011)
Paths of the Dead (2014)
The Special Dead (2015)
A Small Weeping (2004)
Shadows Of Sounds (2005)
The Riverman (2007)
Pitch Black (2008)
Glasgow Kiss (2009)
Five Ways To Kill A Man (2010)
Sleep like the Dead (2011)
A Pound of Flesh (2012)
The Swedish Girl (2013)
The Bird That Did Not Sing (2014)
The Darkest Goodbye
Published by Sphere March 2016
The two cases appear to have nothing in common, but when another vulnerable person is murdered in their sleep, the police realise that it's only a matter of time before the next victim emerges, and Detective Superintendent William Lorimer is called in to help DC Wilson investigate. This case is big and it's about to get more personal than either of them could have imagined...