On the Book Shelf with Waterstones

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Staff at Watertstones in Falkirk are enjoying a vintage time for Scottish crime fiction.

This month at Waterstones, we are celebrating some of our favourites.

You may already know the name Stuart MacBride, the author of seven novels featuring Aberdeen-based DS Logan MacRae. The latest in this series is out now in paperback.

Shatter the Bones concerns the kidnapping of Alison and Jenny McGregor, mother and daughter singing sensations who have made it to the semi-finals of ‘Britain’s Next Big Star’.

MacBride is on top form, using dark humour and satire as the police are left baffled by the kidnappers who have left no forensic evidence. He has only two weeks to find the hostages – and why, in the video of the ransom demand, are the kidnappers wearing name badges on their overalls?

MacBride’s new hardback, Birthdays for the Dead does not feature MacRae as the central character but DC Ash Henderson.

Everyone thinks his daughter went missing five years ago but Rebecca was taken by a serial kidnapper who the media have dubbed ‘The Birthday Boy’ because his victims were all approaching their 13th birthdays.

If his superiors found out the truth about Rebecca, then he would be removed from the case and lose his chance to avenge his daughter’s death.

One of the biggest names, if not THE biggest, is Ian Rankin. Although he has put his most famous creation, Rebus, into retirement he has introduced a new character who isn’t so much a lone wolf as a lone Fox. Namely, Malcolm Fox who heads a team known as ‘The Complaints’.

These officers investigate other policemen and DI Fox and his team have features in two novels so far, The Complaints and The Impossible Dead.

Peter May is a name that may be familiar to you, especially if you followed ‘High Road’, for which he wrote over 200 episodes and was story/script editor for over 700.

He also co-created a Gaelic soap, ‘Machair’, filmed entirely on the Isle of Lewis, which is where his new trilogy is set. Unusually, the first of the series, The Black House was originally published in French, May’s adopted homeland, to great acclaim.