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Crime and Thriller Gift Recommendations

  04 Dec '23   |  Posted by: Birlinn

December has landed and the season of giving is upon us! We have lots of fantastic gift recommendations which you can find across our social media platforms, but in this blog post we are focusing on crime and thriller fiction. Find the perfect gift for the crime fiction fanatic in your life! Click on the book covers to read more and order yours.

Children of the Mist, Douglas Skelton

Described as ‘grittily authentic’ by the Times, Douglas Skelton’s writing has gained a loyal following, and this novel is the fifth in his acclaimed Rebecca Connolly series. In this novel, Fergus MacGregor told people he was going to Pitlochry for the day but was never seen again. Years later, Rebecca witnesses his deeply religious mother holding an annual ritual in the ancient Black Wood of Rannoch, a place Fergus loved because of its connections to the outlawed MacGregor clan, the Children of the Mist. If you’re new to Douglas’ writing, check out the first in the series, Thunder Bay.

Rizzio, Denise Mina

Rizzio is the first novel in our Darkland Tales series of short novels reimagining iconic moments of Scottish history, and Denise certainly set an extremely impressive precedent! It tells the story of the murder of David Rizzio, private secretary to Mary Queen of Scots, in writing described by the Guardian as ‘stabby and pithy’. It’s sexy, it’s bloody, it’s funny – what more could you want?

Kinloch Tales, Denzil Meyrick

Get into the festive spirit with a cosy, festive crime feast with Kinloch Tales. From ghostly Vikings, to adventurous voyages, to old scores being settled, these stories are guaranteed to provide a fun-filled escape. From the author of the global best-selling DCI Daley detective books Denzil Meyrick, this is a series of nostalgic, humorous stories for fans of Scottish fiction like Neil Munro’s Para Handy. The Scotsman called it ‘best consumed on a chilly winter’s night in front of a roaring fire with a bottle of single malt close to hand.’

The Devil’s Blaze, Robert J. Harris

For those looking for an adventurous romp, this tribute to the classic Universal Pictures Sherlock Holmes film series is just the ticket. Set in 1943 London, Across the city prominent figures in science and the military are bursting into flame and being incinerated. Convinced that the Germans have deployed a new terror weapon, a desperate government turns to the one man who can track down the source of this dreadful menace – Sherlock Holmes.

Dark Encounters, William Croft Dickinson

There’s nothing more fitting for a chilly winter’s evening than some ghost stories to get the heart pumping. Dark Encounters is a collection of classic and elegantly unsettling ghost stories. A spine-tingling collection, these tales are set in the brooding landscape of Scotland, with an air of historic authenticity – often referring to real events, objects and people.

Dark Hunter, FJ Watson

This novel is written by medieval historian Fiona Watson, who weaves her extensive knowledge into this tale. The year is 1317, and young squire Benedict Russell has joined the English-held garrison of Berwick-upon-Tweed after the spectacular Scottish victory at Bannockburn three years earlier. Benedict finds himself in a race against time to solve the brutal murder of a young girl and find the traitor who lurks within Berwick’s walls.

Nothing Left to Fear from Hell, Alan Warner

This is the widely acclaimed novel by author of The Sopranos and Morvern Callar, Alan Warner. Hailed as ‘funny and furious, raucous and rueful’ by the Daily Mail, this is truly an unforgettable novel. In the aftermath of the disastrous Battle of Culloden, a lonely figure takes flight with a small band of companions through the islands and mountains of the Hebrides. His name is Charles Edward Stuart: better known today as Bonnie Prince Charlie. He had come to the country to take the throne. Now he is leaving in exile and abject defeat.

Of Judgement Fallen, Steven Veerapen

Historian Steven Veerapen brings sixteenth century England to vivid life with Of Judgement Fallen. Set in spring 1523, Henry VIII readies England for war with France. The King’s chief minister, Cardinal Wolsey, prepares to open Parliament at Blackfriars. The eyes of the country turn towards London. But all is not well in Wolsey’s household. A visiting critic of the Cardinal is found brutally slain whilst awaiting an audience at Richmond Palace. He will not be the last to die.

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