Top positive review
20 October 2017
This collection of short stories feature some of the best Scottish crime writers around (of which there are many to choose from) are all set around real, historic sites in Scotland. In fact, one of the best things about this collection, is that you can visit the places mentioned in these stories – although whether you may want to after reading this creepy collection is another matter!
Authors include Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre, Louise Welsh, Craig Robertson, Denise Mina and others. Some of these authors I had read before, others I had not, but there was not a bad story contained within the collection. I was actually drawn to read this after hearing a snippet of Denise Mina’s story in the podcast, “Open Book,” and I was not disappointed by reading the entire story, which is definitely my favourite in the entire collection. Her story of a family visit to Edinburgh Castle, accompanied by their dysfunctional young son was truly outstanding.
Another highlight for me was, “The Last Siege of Bothwell Castle,” by Chris Brookmyre, with an unusual take on terrorists targeting a tourist site, and Ann Cleeves offering, “The Return”. However, this is an excellent collection of stories, with wonderful settings – murder and mayhem amongst the very beautiful surroundings of Scotland.