Stirling 9th - 11th September 2016

Tag: Val McDermid

The Booktrail comes to Bloody Scotland

28th July

The Booktrail takes over the Bloody Scotland blog for a series of posts exploring where setting shapes a number of novels from authors attending Bloody Scotland this year.

Bloody Scotland is one of the crime writing, literary festivals of the year and this year, more than ever, The Booktrail is investigating some of the best crime fiction celebrated at the three day event.

The Booktrail is all about books set in various cities and countries across the world but there’s nothing like some gritty crime fiction set in Scotland. For every book on the site, there’s a travel guide and map so you see the country through the eyes of the author as well as their characters. It’s a Bloody (Scotland) good way to travel! (Visit Scotland via fiction:


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Val McDermid: 5 tracks to write crime by

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4th July

Because it’s Bloody Scotland’s fifth year we asked McIlvanney Prize 2016 longlister Val McDermid to reveal the top 5 songs that accompany her while she writes her books.

Private Investigations – Dire Straits

Moody and dark, with a great guitar break from Mark Knopfler. I used to listen to this a lot when I was writing the Kate Brannigan private eye novels.

Von – Sigur Ros

I often listen to Sigur Ros when I’m writing. Because their lyrics aren’t in English, they don’t distract me and I love the way they blend the ethereal vocal with the very strong musical lines.

Struggle for Pleasure – Wim Mertens

I love Wim Mertens music. I find it good for concentration and also quite uplifting, which is always a good antidote to some of the dark places the work takes me. And his voice is quite extraordinary, which is … Read More »

Crime Book of the Year

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1st August

The shortlist has now been announced for this year’s award, sponsored by Deanston.

The Countdown Begins!

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24th April

We’ve been very busy putting a ‘killer’ programme together for 2013…

A smörgåsbord of red-heads

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18th September

Final day, final event, with a play and two awards

Yrsa ‘just likes creepy stuff’

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16th September

So what’s the Next Big Thing? Find out here

‘I just wanted to make him dizzy’

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15th September

Deadlier than the Male, as discussed by Val, Karin and Peter

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