The Logan McRae Novels
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 Day, Shatter The Bones, Stramash, Close to the Bone, The 45% Hangover, 22 Dead Little Bodies, The Missing and the Dead, and the new Logan novel: In the Cold Dark Ground.
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
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…
- The Wolf Who Cried Boy
- The 45% Hangover
- Twelve Days of Winter
- Coffin +1
- The Ballad of Manky Milne
- Daphne MacAndrews and the Smack-Head Junkies
- Timmy and the Sniffy Spaniel
- The Princess and the Pervert
- A Finite Number of Typewriters
- Partners in Crime
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.
A charming children’s picture book about a wee skeleton with pink woollen skin – in aid of the Million for a Morgue campaign.