Latest Book

  • Missing and the Dead PB FRONT

The Missing and the Dead is out now in paperback! For a limited time you can get it half price at your local Waterstones, or head into Sainsbury’s for a version that includes an exclusive short story / fairy tale: The Wolf Who Cried Boy.

When a little girl’s body washes up on the north coast of Aberdeenshire it kicks off a massive manhunt. Logan McRae is back in uniform, doing his best to run B Division and fend off DCI Steel’s attempts to make him do her job for her. Steel’s Major Investigation Team are up from the Granite City, trying to find the girl’s killer, and they’re getting nowhere… Read More…

The Logan McRae Novels

  • 22 Dead Little Bodies by Stuart MacBride
  • Missing and the Dead PB FRONT
  • Close To The Bone
  • Shatter The Bones
  • Dark Blood
  • Blind Eye
  • Flesh House
  • Broken Skin
  • Dying Light
  • Cold Granite

The Logan McRae series is set in Aberdeen, the Granite City, Oil Capital of Europe, perched on the east coast of Scotland. They always say, “write what you know” so I did – using Aberdeen as the backdrop for a series of horrific crimes, murders, serial killers, and much eating of chips and drinking of beer.Of these, the only ones I have any direct experience of are beer and chips, but some nice local police officers helped me fill in the rest.

If you want to read the stories in chronological order (including the short stories and novella) it goes: Cold Granite, Dying Light, Broken Skin, Flesh House, Blind Eye, Dark Blood, DI Steel’s Bad Heir DayShatter The Bones, Stramash, Close to the Bone, The 45% Hangover22 Dead Little Bodies, and then The Missing and the Dead. The next Logan novel, In the Cold Dark Ground, will be out in January 2016.

Mind you, I wanted Cold Granite to read as if it was from the middle of a series (lots of events from the past that are never explained) so you should be able to dip in and out in any order you fancy.

The Ash Henderson Novels

  • A Song for the Dying
  • Birthdays For The Dead

Detective Constable Ash Henderson is a very different kind of police officer to Logan McRae. For a start he lives in Oldcastle, which doesn’t actually exist. That means I can have the police there do all sorts of nasty and corrupt things without worrying about upsetting anyone. At the beginning of Birthdays for the Dead, Ash has a dark secret – five years ago, his daughter was taken by the killer the tabloids dubbed The Birthday Boy. Everyone else, including his ex-wife, thinks she ran away. Because Ash was determined to stay on the case and catch the man who brutally tortured and killed his daughter himself. By the time we get to the start of A Song for the Dying, things have got even worse…


  • Sawbones
  • Halfhead

In addition to the Logan McRae series, I’ve also done a near future thriller called Halfhead and a novella called Sawbones. And believe it or not, they’ve both got me into trouble…

Short Stories

Last but not least, are the short stories. There’s a collection of them, all set in the fictional city of Oldcastle published as Twelve Days of Winter. Other stories have appeared in anthologies, and there’s even a handfull of them available online.

Skeleton Bob

  • The Completely Wholesome Adventures of Skeleton Bob

A charming children’s picture book about a wee skeleton with pink woollen skin – in aid of the Million for a Morgue campaign.