Tuesday 1 December 2015

Special Xmas Offer - DRIFTNET eBook for 99p


(similar Xmas offer prices availabke from 1st December on other country Kindle Stores)

Rhona MacLeod Book 1
Driftnet #UK
Driftnet #US ► amazon.com/dp/B004R9QT9Q/
Driftnet #CA ► amazon.ca/dp/B004R9QT9Q/
Driftnet #AU ► amazon.com.au/dp/B004R9QT9Q/ 

Monday 23 November 2015

On the Road with Book Week Scotland

I have a busy few days ahead of me with events for Book Week Scotland, the week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place each November.

First up is my 'Crime and Cupcakes' appearance on Monday 23rd November at 15:00 at Elgin Library.

Then on Tuesday 24th November at 19:30 I have a 'Special Read' appearance at St Ninians Community Library in Stirling.

Finally I am appearing as part of the range of excellent East Lothian events for Book Week Scotland 2015 at Tranent Library at 19:00 on Wednesday 25th November.

I love meeting readers (and librarians!) so it will be a great chance to discuss and take questions on The Special Dead and on my other books.

Rhona MacLeod Book 10:-
The Special Dead #UK
The Special Dead #US ► amazon.com/dp/1447298314/
The Special Dead #CA ► amazon.ca/dp/B00UXKJ0LW/
The Special Dead #AU ► amazon.com.au/dp/B010NCHH8W/ 

Thursday 19 November 2015

Characters in Action : Screen Academy Scotland 10th Anniversary Showcase tonight

I'm excited about the chance this evening to see my story River Child again in the cinema, at the Screen Academy Scotland 10th Anniversary Showcase showings at the Glasgow Film Theatre.

Creating the story, writing the screenplay, and then seeing my characters come alive through the work of the director (Damian Wood), the actors, and the whole team involved in the collaborative process of making a film was a wonderful experience.

Friday 13 November 2015

This whodunit will snare readers from the opening page (Publishers Weekly review)


Publishers Weekly review: The Case of the Missing Madonna, Anderson, Lin (Author), 185 p. Severn, hardcover, (9780727885456).

Those who like their mysteries shaken not stirred will enjoy British author Anderson’s action-packed second Patrick de Courvoisier adventure (after 2014’s The Case of the Black Pearl). A summons to London uproots Patrick, an Englishman whose tastes in food and drink would meet James Bond’s approval, from his houseboat in Cannes, where he performs jobs as a fixer. In London, one of Patrick’s former bosses, Charles Carruthers, asks him to investigate a theft that involves the royal family, but he declines. Back in Cannes, Patrick agrees to look for a painting, Fragonard’s Madonna, which has gone missing from a monastery on the island of St. Honorat. Of course, the case isn’t what it seems, and Patrick uncovers a labyrinth of secrets dating back to WWII. He’s soon dodging bullets and an arch nemesis, though he finds that he and his enemy must work together for the common good. Full of fascinating history and lush descriptions of the French Riviera, this whodunit will snare readers from the opening page.

The Case the Missing Madonna #UK amazon.co.uk/dp/0727885456/
The Case the Missing Madonna #US ► amazon.com/dp/0727885456/
The Case the Missing Madonna #CA ► amazon.ca/dp/0727885456/

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Keep Calm and Vote for Me (and your Library)


Crime Fans everywhere can nominate their favourite authors online for this Crime Writers Association Dagger award.

The ten authors with the most votes from fans will make up the longlist.

Unlike most other literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library is awarded not for an individual book but for an author’s entire body of work, and is one of six highly prized CWA Dagger Awards awarded to crime writers since 1955.

This year’s shortlist and winner will decided by a panel of judges.

When you nominate your favourite author you will be automatically entered into the CWA's special giveaway to win a £200 book token.

The CWA are also asking you to give the name of the library you visit most often, as the winning library (the one with the most mentions) will receive a special prize after the voting deadline.

So please take a few moments to vote (link here)!

Thursday 5 November 2015

Deadlier Than The Male - Female Fireworks at the Crime Club


I am looking forward to my appearance this 'fireworks day' evening at the Sunday Times Crime Club 'Deadlier than the Male' event in London.


It will be great to meet up again with the the other three 'killer' women Louise Millar, Ann Cleeves, and M J McGrath, all of whom featured at the Bloody Scotland crimewriting festival this year at Stirling in September.


It should be a fascinating and entertaining evening, and we will all get the chance to talk and be questioned about our current books (mine is The Special Dead) and about writing crime as women.


Rhona MacLeod Book 10:-
The Special Dead #UK
The Special Dead #US ► amazon.com/dp/1447298314/
The Special Dead #CA ► amazon.ca/dp/B00UXKJ0LW/
The Special Dead #AU ► amazon.com.au/dp/B010NCHH8W/ 

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Bloody Scotland at No.13 in The List hot 100 !!!

Team captains and authors Ian Rankin and Simon Kernick
ahead of the Bloody Scotland football match
credit: Eoin Carey

It is wonderful to see the hard work and enthusiasm of all involved over the years being recognised with the Bloody Scotland crimewriting festival being listed at No. 13 in The List Hot 100 for Scotland.


Here's what the list had to say about Bloody Scotland:-


Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work
Roseanna Cunningham and Lin Anderson
(Representing Bloody Scotland) at Living Wage Week
reception in Edinburgh 3rd November 2015


Tuesday 3 November 2015

Scottish Living Wage Success Celebration


I am delighted to be able to represent Bloody Scotland, the international crimewriting festival, at this evening's Scottish Government reception in Edinburgh to celebrate the success of the Scottish Living Wage accreditation scheme.

Bloody Scotland are a Scottish Living Wage employer, and are one of the ever growing number of employers who recognise the benefits that the Living Wage can bring to both their staff and to their organisation.

There are now 350 accredited Scottish Living Wage employers, which is well on the way towards the Scottish Government's target of 500 by March next year.

Thursday 29 October 2015

Death in the Afternoon at Orkney Library

I've just finished writing None But The Dead, which is Book 11 in my Forensic Scientist Rhona MacLeod series, and is set in Glasgow and on the island of Sanday in Orkney.

Lin Anderson researching None But The Dead
in Scuthvie Bay, Sanday, Orkney

Start Point Lighthouse, Sanday, Orkney

Orkney is a very special place, so I'm looking forward to being back there again tomorrow for appearances at the wonderful Orkney Library in Kirkwall at  3pm, and at Orkney Arts Society in Stromness in the  evening.

Rhona MacLeod Book 10:-
The Special Dead #UK
The Special Dead #US ► amazon.com/dp/1447298314/
The Special Dead #CA ► amazon.ca/dp/B00UXKJ0LW/
The Special Dead #AU ► amazon.com.au/dp/B010NCHH8W/ 

Rhona MacLeod Book 9:-
Paths of the Dead #UK ► amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LB89QU0/

Paths of the Dead #US ► amazon.com/dp/B00LB89QU0/
Paths of the Dead #CA ► amazon.ca/dp/1447245660/
Paths of the Dead #AU ► amazon.com.au/dp/

Wednesday 21 October 2015

A unique opportunity for Val McDermid fans


There is a great chance next week to have dinner with Val McDermid at Edinburgh City Libraries Gourmet Reads event.

Date: Wednesday 28th October 2015
Time: 6:00pm for 6:30pm
Venue: George Street Bar and Grill at The Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh

Over a three course meal you’ll get the chance to quiz Val about her books, and listen to her talking about her life and writing.

This is sure to be a fantastic evening as Val is an entertaining, and very funny, speaker.

Full details available here.

Saturday 10 October 2015

"I do like a Cathedral with a bar!"

It was a case yesterday of Murder in the Cathedral (with a bar, as Val McDermid tweeted) as Scottish crime-writing played a part in a very special evening at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Inverness in aid of Syrian refugees.

Val McDermid, Moira Forsyth & Lin Anderson
are piped into Inverness Cathedral
Lin: "I feel like a haggis!"

After a welcome to everyone by Bishop Mark, and a lovely introduction from event organiser Jane Wallman-Girdlestone, Lin was in the chair first ...

"This feels like either 'Jackanory', or the 'Reverend I M Jolly' ..."

After explaining the amusing circumstances in which Lin first encountered Jane at a Bloody Scotland event in September, she read the opening of her book Paths of The Dead, which takes place in a church, has a spiritual aspect, and always has an impact on audiences.

Moira Forsyth                                    Open Mic

Lin's opening of the evening was followed by an 'Open Mic' session with local writers giving moving readings of their own and work by others on themes related to the refugee crisis.

Moira Forsyth, writer and Director of Sandstone Press then gave a wonderfully animated reading of one of her short stories (prompting a debate afterwards as to the precise meaning of 'puddock').

After a short interval, Val McDermid took the chair, and read a powerful piece from her book The Skeleton Road, taking the audience on a journey via the feelings and experiences of characters in the positions of many of those in Syria today.

Val McDermid
After a really excellent and honest Q&A session, where Jane Wallman-Girdlestone quizzed Val about her writing and her ways of going about the creation of her stories, it was time for the book signings ...

The event was supported by Waterstones Inverness. There is an opportunity for everyone of make a contribution to help with the Syria refugee crisis by buying books at their local Waterstones (the books with the 'Buy Books for Syria' stickers). 100% of the cover price goes to Oxfam's Syria Crisis Appeal. Please help if you can.


And a special thanks to Jane for all the hard work by her (and everyone else involved in last night's event)!

Lin Anderson and Jane Wallman-Girdlestone

Lin Anderson Author Page at Amazon #UK ► amazon.co.uk/Lin-Anderson/e/B001K87X92/
Lin Anderson Author Page at Amazon  #US ► amazon.com/Lin-Anderson/e/B001K87X92/

Friday 18 September 2015

FREE eBOOK for 'International Read an E-Book Day'


Friday 18th September has been designated International Read an eBook Day, and to mark the occasion, Lin Anderson's best-selling series-opening crime thriller DRIFTNET is available to download FREE.



Driftnet #UK ► amazon.co.uk/dp/B004R9QT9Q/
Driftnet #US ► amazon.com/dp/B004R9QT9Q/
Driftnet #CA amazon.ca/dp/B004R9QT9Q/
Driftnet #AU amazon.com.au/dp/B004R9QT9Q/

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Forensic Psychology Facebook Chat 17th September


The Open University (free) forensic psychology course follows two fictional detectives as they try to solve the crime and also explores how well the techniques familiar from crime dramas compare to reality.

This week they will be holding a live online Facebook chat event with Lin Anderson, the award winning author of the ‘Rhona Macleod’ series of crime thrillers, and one of the founders of the ‘Bloody Scotland’ crime writing festival.

On Thursday 17 September between 12:00 and 2:00 (UK time) course participants can talk to Lin about her experience of writing crime fiction, and how she uses forensic psychology and science to create her investigations.

Later in the course, there will be similar events with leading researchers in forensic psychology,

All chat sessions (including the one on 17th September with Lin Anderson) will be available through the Facebook page of The Open University’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

This free MOOC (massive open online courseI in forensic psychology started on 14th September, but you can still join (and take part in the chat event with Lin).

Best of luck in trying to solve the crime!

Tuesday 15 September 2015

Happiness is a festival called Bloody Scotland

Bloody Scotland 2015 closed on Sunday evening in Stirling, in a flurry of social media induced smiles and laughter, with a happy Linwood Barclay photographing his closing-event Albert Hall audience from the stage, to prove to his wife that people did in fact come to see him ...

Scotland's crime-writing festival has come a long way since Alex Gray and I went to the 2009 Crime Writers Association conference in Lincoln, drank some Prosecco, and pondered deep questions like "why were Scottish-based crime writers always having to travel to England (or further) to attend crime book festivals?"

Fast-forward six years, and the culmination of the efforts of dozens of talented and hard-working writers, readers, staff, helpers, and sponsors before and since Bloody Scotland first kicked-off in Septermber 2012, was scenes like these last weekend:-

In a low-scoring game, Scottish crime-writers (captained by Ian Rankin)
drew 5-5 on Sunday (at football, allegedly) with the English crime-writers
Crime-writing Ninjas Caro Ramsay, Lin Anderson, and Alex Sokoloff
'guard' the trophy during the crime-writers football match
Val McDermid (backed by Doug Johnstone) sings
'Saturday Night' at 'Crime at the Coo' (video)

The Bloody Scotland 'Slice Girls',
ready to perform at 'Crime at the Coo'
Hardeep Singh Kohli – with audience help – forces crime writers Chris
Brookmyre, Kevin Wignall, and Caro Ramsay to improvise a crime novel,
using a wheel of fortune, a football and a copy of Katie Price’s autobiography.
But it wasn't all comedy ...

Bloody Scotland is about selling Scottish crimewriting to the world, and inviting the world to come to visit us.

Thus the festival promotes promotes new writers in the genre, offers an opportunity for established writers to extend their audience, and brings the biggest international stars to Scotland:-

Ian Rankin and Arne Dahl
 Jeffrey Siger, Steve Cavanagh, Neil White and Craig Sisterson
Dr Kathryn Harkup and Ragnar Jnasson
Lynsey Davis
Val McDermid and Lin Anderson
Capital Crime : Doug Johnstone, Neil Broadfoot, James Oswald
(chaired by Muriel Binnie)
Linwood Barclay closes Bloody Scotland 2015

The above photos give just a flavour of what was a wonderful weekend with 33 events, 50 authors, and thousands of happy readers.

We look forward to saying Ceud Mille Failte (a hundred thousand welcomes) to even more of you in 2016.

See you next year!

Saturday 12 September 2015

'Graveheart' of Scotland


Historic Stirling again became the 'Graveheart' of Scotland yesterday as the fourth Bloody Scotland crime-writing festival opened, and got off to a great community-engagement start with the opening ceremony (pictures above).

Since then it has been a delight to watch or be involved in a terrific series of events and to meet so many old and new friends from the expanding universe of crime writing and reading.


It is wonderful that so many writers and readers have come from outwith Scotland, and it's great to see the reactions to the scenery, town, and venues from those who haven't visited Stirling before.

If you haven't been to Bloody Scotland, read this lovely 'Bloody Scotland, I am here' blog post to get a feel for what it is like to arrive for the festival.

This afternoon a number of the Bloody Scotland crime writers in Stirling gathered to supporting the international day of action for refugees.

'Bloody Scotland Sees Syria' 2:30pm 12th September 2015
(Denise Mina, Val McDermid, Alex Gray, Lin Anderson)
Tonight at 8:00pm sees the start of the Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year 2015 dinner, with the winning book to be announced at the event, and my Paths of the Dead shortlisted.


So the best of luck to everyone on the shortlist (all great books), and there is always the possibility later of either celebrating or drowning sorrows afterwards if the doors aren't locked to crime writers for the later stages of 'Crime at the Coo'.

Although locked doors shouldn't really present much of a problem to crime writers ...


Book 9 in Lin Anderson's Rhona MacLeod forensic scientist series (shortlisted for Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime book of the Year 2015):-
Paths of the Dead #UK ► amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LB89QU0/
Paths of the Dead #US ► amazon.com/dp/B00LB89QU0/