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Lin Anderson is a Scottish author of mystery, thriller and Tartan Noir crime novels.

Born in Greenock, Scotland, she holds a MA in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow and a postgraduate degree in Education from the University of Edinburgh.

Lin, a graduate of Edinburgh Napier University Screen Academy (screenwriting), is also an award-winning scriptwriter whose work has been broadcasted on both radio and TV.

A former Chair of The Society of Authors in Scotland, her books have been published in several countries such as Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Sweden and the Netherlands.

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Genres: Mystery, Tartan Noir Crime, Thriller

United Kingdom



  1. Bloody Scotland (2019)

Blaze Dog Detective Books

  1. The Magic Flag Mystery (2020)


  1. Braveheart (2008)


  1. Dead Close (2011)
  2. Saving Mr Ugwu (2013)

Patrick de Courvoisier Mystery Books

  1. The Case of the Black Pearl (2014)
  2. The Case of the Missing Madonna (2016)

Rhona MacLeod Books

  1. Blood Red Roses (2005)
  2. Driftnet (2003)
  3. Torch (2006)
  4. Deadly Code (2005)
  5. Dark Flight (2007)
  6. Easy Kill (2008)
  7. Final Cut (2009)
  8. The Reborn (2010)
  9. Picture Her Dead (2011)
  10. Paths of the Dead (2014)
  11. The Special Dead (2015)
  12. None but the Dead (2016)
  13. Follow the Dead (2017)
  14. Sins of the Dead (2019)
  15. Time for the Dead (2019)
  16. The Innocent Dead (2020)
Blaze Dog Detective Books

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Bloody Scotland

This book is an anthology of short tales celebrating two of Scotland’s biggest strengths—crime writing and our rich heritage.

It brings together twelve of the leading crime writers in the country, with adventures that will please and entertain to the fullest.

Contributions are by: Lin Anderson, Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre, Denise Mina, Ann Cleeves, Louise Welsh, Doug Johnstone, Gordon Brown, Craig Robertson, E.S Thomson, Sara Sheridan and Stuart MacBride

From a killing in an ancient broch and a story of vengeance revenge in the eighteenth century, this is a collection of fascinating tales celebrating Scotland’s renowned sites and structures.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1849176668

Blaze Dog Detective Books

The Magic Flag Mystery

The services of Blaze Dog Detective are summoned after the legendary fairy flag of the Clan MacLeod mysteriously vanishes from a secured chamber at Dunvegan Castle on the Island of Skye.

Enlisting the help of his team, which is made up of Rosa, Rory and wee brother Laoch, Blaze launches a determined quest to recover the mystical flag before it leaves the isle—never to be seen again.

Set in real-world locations and complete with mystery and adventure, this book will make you forget about your worries.

It is a perfect tale that can be read to children.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1838038007



Braveheart played a huge role in the changes that took place in the Scottish political scene, more so with the rebirth of the Scottish Parliament after three centuries.

When asked to comment after the dawn of the Devolution Referendum, and what it was like to be part of such a historic change, Randall Wallace said that the pen is mightier than the sword.

This book is based on the life and accomplishments of William Wallace by virtue of the contemporary image of the man presented in the film.

It was written thanks to the help of Randall Wallace who came up with the screenplay and novelization of Braveheart.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-1842820667
Publisher: Luath Press


Dead Close

Right when Doug Cameron is about to go into retirement after an illustrious career with the Edinburgh police force, the Detective Inspector receives a mysterious call about a woman being ambushed in a churchyard.

When the mummified remains of a woman are found, Cameron has every reason to believe that it could belong to his wife, Rebecca, who vanished nearly two decades ago.

Continually troubled by the cold case, Cameron finds himself drawn to a woman who resembles Rebecca.

Could the enigmatic woman play a pivotal role in solving the mystery of the graveyard attack, as well as Rebecca’s disappearance?

Or will the truth be stranger than fiction?

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2011
Ebook: B005FWX34I
Saving Mr Ugwu

 “Killing, vengeance, passion and loss.”

This book is a collection of entwined tales revolving around the locals of Guava Avenue: a street that starts at a baobab tree and concludes in the wilds of the African bush.

People from different parts of the world live here.

Drawn from various parts and assembled in an audacious irrigation project in the most isolated of places, they form a melting pot of diversity.

As the seasons go by, from the relentless rain to the sweltering heat of the Sahara, tempers flares, occasionally cumulating in murder.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2013

Patrick de Courvoisier Mystery Books

The Case of the Black Pearl

Englishman Patrick de Courvoisier moves to the French paradise of Cannes in an effort to forget about his tendentious past and enjoy his indulgent lifestyle.

Known as ‘Fixer’, he is capable of solving whatever problems others have.

Approached by Camille Ager, Patrick is to help find her sister, Angele Valette, star of the new film, The Black Pearl.

Last seen aboard a lavish yacht belonging to a wealthy Russian who not only financed the film but also owns the legendary black pearl, Angele seemingly disappeared without a trace—along with the pearl.

And the intrigue only intensifies for Patrick after a lifeless body is found on his boat.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B01HC9ZR4A
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
The Case of the Missing Madonna

Englishman Patrick de Courvoisier moves to the French paradise of Cannes in an effort to forget about his tendentious past and enjoy his indulgent lifestyle.

Approached by Brother Robert from a monastery on an isle off the French coast, Patrick is requested to help find a precious work of art which was mysteriously stolen from the monastery’s vaults.

Meanwhile, Patrick’s old foe has resurfaced; returning to the resort in search of another work of art which went missing.

As links between the two cases emerge, Patrick makes a shocking discovery about a secret that the British Royal family would rather keep buried.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2016
Ebook: B01K95NA0M
Publisher: Severn House Publishers

Rhona MacLeod Books

Blood Red Roses

At what point does passion become a terrible thing?

A bachelorette party in Glasgow ends tragically after the body of the bride-to-be is found on the floor of a toilet.

Her body is left in the most devastating of ways while her face reveals the horror that she went through.

What kind of deranged person would viciously murder a woman on the eve of her wedding?

Forensic scientist Dr. Rhona MacLeod and her dedicated team are called upon to solve the mysterious death.

But as they continue to gather the evidence, they find themselves immersed in a world full of sex trade and brutal killings.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0954633356
Publisher: Sandstone Press

When the viciously mutilated body of a teenage boy is discovered in a Glasgow apartment one morning, forensic scientist Dr. Rhona MacLeod is brought in to help catch the merciless killer.

As she looks for evidence, things take a strange turn after Rhona discovers just how much the victim resembles her.

This is quite disturbing, as seventeen years ago, Rhona gave up a baby boy for adoption.

Overwhelmed by guilt, she endeavors to not only unmask the deranged killer but also find out if the teenage boy was indeed her long-lost son.

Powerful figures will however do whatever it takes to silence the truth.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-1529024739
Publisher: Pan Books

The remains of a homeless girl named Karen are discovered in Edinburgh just days prior to the largest New Year’s party on the globe.

Having met her death from an alleged case of arson, her close friend Jaz endeavors to unleash vengeance.

Investigating similar incidents in Glasgow, forensic scientist Dr. Rhona MacLeod travels to Edinburgh to uncover whether the attacks could be related.

Her efforts are however frustrated by Severino MacRae, the city’s head fire investigator.

But as the brutality intensifies and Jaz starts uncovering the events of that fateful day, Rhona and MacRae must join forces if they are to catch the arson before they strike again.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-1529024760
Publisher: Pan Books
Deadly Code

Forensic scientist Dr. Rhona MacLeod is summoned to the Isle of Skye after a shocking discovery is made there.

Upon arrival, she finds a decaying foot captured in the net of a fisherman residing on the island.

Who does the foot belong to? Where is the rest of the body?

Why is the Ministry of Defence determined to prevent the media from getting involved?

Before long, Rhona is caught up in an intrigue that goes beyond the stunning island.

Powerful international forces are involved, and they’ll do whatever it takes to safeguard what matters to them; destroying everything and everyone that challenges them.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-1529024777
Publisher: Pan Books
Dark Flight

When a young boy named Stephen Devlin mysteriously disappears, with his mother and grandmother brutally murdered, forensic scientist Dr. Rhona Macleod is summoned to help solve the mystery.

An African talisman made from a child’s bones is then discovered.

Paired with DS Michael McNab, Rhona is put into a task force formed with the sole purpose of finding six-year-old Stephen.

As they gather the clues, they discover that the motive behind the killing was tied to the fact that Stephen and his mother had returned from Nigeria not long ago.

As the body count rises, Rhona knows that she has to decode the meaning of the talisman if she is to catch a vicious killer.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-1529024791
Publisher: Pan Books
Easy Kill

When the body of a helpless youthful woman is discovered brutally killed and abandoned in a grave in a Glasgow cemetery, forensic scientist Dr. Rhona MacLeod is brought in to investigate.

From the onset, she can tell that the killer had sexual motives.

When the girl’s remains are however removed, Rhona is shocked to find a second body hidden in a shallow grave beneath.

So when another sex worker mysteriously vanishes, it becomes apparent that a brutal serial killer is preying on ladies of the night.

Will Rhona manage to stop the killer before more lives are lost?

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-1529024814
Publisher: Pan Books
Final Cut

Upon regaining consciousness after a car crash during a blizzard, Claire is shocked to find out that her young daughter, Emma, has mysteriously vanished.

Not long afterwards, Emma is found in the nearby forest.

Though alive and well, she is holding the skull of a child.

Elsewhere, forensic scientist Dr. Rhona MacLeod is struggling to unmask the identity of a terribly charred body.

Although a soldier’s ID tag was found with the body, medical examinations have proven that there is no match.

As Rhona helps DS Michael McNab identify Emma’s discovery, they will find out that the two cases are tied in the most unimaginable of ways.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1529024838
Publisher: Pan Books
The Reborn

The services of forensic scientist Dr. Rhona MacLeod are enlisted after the remains of an expectant teenager are discovered at a funfair in Glasgow, with the unborn baby removed through incision.

Amidst the investigation, suspicion falls on Jeff Coulter, an inmate at a neighboring mental facility who likes creating Reborns—unsettlingly practical baby dolls meant for mourning parents.

But how could he have committed the dreadful act while incarcerated at a mental institution?

When clues lead to the discovery of four of the victim’s friends, all strikingly and simultaneously pregnant, Rhona knows that it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-1445854267
Picture Her Dead

When Jude Evans, an art student, mysteriously vanishes while on a trip to take pictures of one of the numerous dilapidated cinemas in Glasgow, her friend Liam seeks the help of his mother, forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod, after the local authorities fail to help.

Looking into the disappearance, they make a shocking discovery in one of the cinemas; something that triggers the launch of a serious murder investigation.

Though unsettled by the unascertained fate of a dear friend, Rhona must still be at her best in the investigation.

Could Jude’s disappearance be connected to something sinister?

Will she be found before it’s too late?

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2011
Ebook: B07F47BFDF
Publisher: Dunedin Media
Paths of the Dead

When Amy MacKenzie accepts to take part in a gathering at a community spiritualist church, the last words on her mind are “grave” and “son”, more so because she had spoken to her son not so long ago.

When the remains of a youthful man are discovered inside a Neolithic stone circle in Glasgow, forensic scientist Dr. Rhona MacLeod is brought in to assist with the investigation.

Going by the evidence at the scene, including the numeral five scratched on a stone placed on the victim’s mouth, DI Michael McNab believes that this was a gangland execution.

When another victim is discovered, it becomes clear that a serial killer wants everyone to take part in his horrifying Druidic game.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1529000672
Publisher: Pan Books
The Special Dead

Upon being invited to Leila's apartment and instructed to strip, Mark expects a fulfilling experience; only for him to wake up and discover the lifeless remains of a woman that he just slept with hanging from the ceiling amidst dangling Barbie dolls.

Investigating the case is forensic scientist Dr. Rhona MacLeod who discovers that the silk rope used to hang the victim is an artefact used in sex magick; ultimately leading back to nine men.

Also involved in the case is the recently demoted DS Michael McNab, who is determined to avoid the liquor bottle and vindicate himself.

But how can you uncover the faces behind individuals determined to protect their identities?

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1447245728
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
None but the Dead

Sanday is among the northernmost isles in Britain.

When the remains of a human being are found next to an old primary school, forensic expert Dr. Rhona MacLeod is brought in to assist.

But the midwinter weather is unwelcoming and the locals are unwilling to talk.

When the mysterious death of an elderly man in Glasgow is somehow connected to the island, DS Michael McNab is sent to perform wonders in a place with no internet, no CCTV, and no police station.

Furthermore, inexplicable things have taken place on the island.

As the weather worsens, the past will haunt the present, and hidden secrets will be exposed.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1509807000
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Follow the Dead

Rhona MacLeod’s R&R in the Scottish Highlands turns sour after she is forced to join a mountain rescue team following the crash-landing of a strange plane on the snow.

Furthermore, a climbing adventure not far away ends tragically with three people dead and one missing.

In Glasgow, DS Michael McNab conducts a raid on a local club; one that leads to the discovery of a huge haul of cocaine and underage girls.

As it turns out, the girls were trafficked into Scotland through Norway, and the crashed plane is connected to the nightclub.

The girl is however kidnapped before McNab finds out more.

But given that powerful figures are involved, the truth may never be revealed.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1509807031
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Sins of the Dead

When the dead body of a man is found by four bikers illegally racing in the underground tunnels of Glasgow, forensic scientist Dr. Rhona MacLeod is summoned to investigate the incident.

Although his death is mysterious, the only clues are a partially full glass of red wine and slightly eaten bread—something that is of the old religious act of sin-eating.

When another similar body surfaces next to Rhona’s apartment, she is convinced that a serial killer is on the loose.

Worse off is that the killer has a background in forensic science.

Faced by a killer who can match her expertise, will Rhona manage to stop them before more lives are lost?

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1509866205
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Time for the Dead

Upon going back to the Scottish Island of Skye, forensic scientist Dr. Rhona MacLeod stumbles upon a crime scene in the forest, albeit without a body.

Is this somehow tied to a band of army medics who were in the area while off duty from the Middle East?

In an effort to find the truth, Rhona seeks the help of local tracker dog Blaze.

However, when a body is discovered days later, Rhona is convinced that the medics could still be on the island.

As the weather worsens, Rhona knows that uncovering what happened to the medics while in Afghanistan could help bring an end to the killings.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1509866243
Publisher: Pan Books
The Innocent Dead

Forty-five years ago, a young girl named Mary McIntyre mysteriously vanished.

Nothing has ever been the same again since.

When the remains of a child are discovered somewhere in the south of Glasgow, forensic scientist Dr. Rhona MacLeod is brought in to finally provide some closure.

At the time, Karen Marshall, who was Mary’s closest friend, was a person of interest.

Although the investigations never went anywhere, news of the find opens up some old wounds.

Karen’s long-held secrets are however surfacing.

Did she have a part to play in Mary’s disappearance?

It’s only a matter of time before the killer is unmasked.

Author: Lin Anderson
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1529033656
Publisher: Pan MacMillan