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Welcome to the homepage of Lin Anderson, author, screenwriter, and crime-writing creator of forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod.

Use the links on this page to buy my books or learn more about me, about Rhona MacLeod, about my writing, and my screenwriting, and about crime-writing festival Bloody Scotland.

I have a schedule of events and author appearances, and can be contacted on facebook, by  email, or via twitter.

Ian Rankin                 Alex Gray             Lin Anderson


Paths of the Dead at #1 in Scottish Crime in Kindle store (20th January, 2015), and in the UK Kindle Store top 100 !!!! I'm dead chuffed.


CSI : Glasgow - Lin Anderson
Paths of the Dead - Rhona MacLeod (Book 9) 

Thursday 28th August 2014, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Lin Anderson, Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, and co-founder of Bloody Scotland, Scotland's first annual Crime-Writing Festival, introduces her latest long-awaited forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod book Paths of the Dead, and talks crime scene forensics.

Further details: 0141 248 4814  (Event is free)



The latest book in my Rhona MacLeod series, Paths of the Dead was published and launched on 14th August 2014.

The Edinburgh Book Festival / Bloody Scotland launch event for Paths of the Dead was at Waterstones George Street in Edinburgh at 6pm on 14th August.

The ninth in the Rhona MacLeod series,  the Paths of the Dead was inspired by my time in Orkney, where I lived not far from the Ring of Brodgar.  Researching Paths of the Dead also led me to discover the sacred pentagram of Scotland, the centre of which lies in an island in Loch Moy, just north of my home village Carrbridge in the Scottish Highlands.

Beginning in Glasgow, the story ranges across Scotland, as a forensic game is played out in the places of the ancients, and online, in the alternative reality of a killer intent on defeating all challengers.

Paths of the Dead is dedicated to Andy Rolph, lately of R2S, who sadly died before it was completed. His forensic knowledge, help and support for the Rhona MacLeod series is much missed.

When Amy MacKenzie agrees to attend a meeting at a local spiritualist church, the last person she expects to hear calling to her from beyond the grave is her son. The son whom she’d spoken to an hour before.

Then the body of a young man is found inside a neolithic stone circle high above the city of Glasgow and forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod is soon on the case. The hands have been severed and there is a stone in the victim’s mouth with the number five scratched on it. DI Michael McNab is certain it’s a gangland murder, but Rhona isn’t convinced.

When a second body is found in similar circumstances, a pattern begins to emerge, of a killer intent on masterminding a gruesome Druidic game that everyone will be forced to play…



On the evening of Thursday 21st August 2014 I am Chairing an event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival sponsored by the Society of Authors : Writing the Future. The panel are Hugh Andrew, Alan Bissett, Sarah Prosser, and Lesley Riddoch, 


The first in my new Patrick de Courvoisier series, The Case of the Black Pearl was published on 1st April, 2014.  The series is set in Cannes, in the South of France, and features private detective Patrick de Courvoisier, a man of mystery who lives with his dog Oscar on a converted gunboat in the Old Harbour.

"Having, myself, been to Cannes on numerous occasions, I can say she has captured the essence of the City and the way in which the people live and work."

read the full Bookaholic review


If you can't have a vacation on the south of France, reading this book is the next best thing. Patrick de Courvoisier, who lives on his boat in the harbor, is "the fixer" . He is contacted by the sister of Angele, a movie actress who was the star of a new film being shown at the Cannes Film Festival called "The Black Pearl". Angele is at the cast party wearing the signature black pearl necklace when she disappears. Has she absconded with the valuable necklace or is she in harm's way. Her sister is determined to find her before the Russians who financed the film can bring harm to her. If you are interested in how the rich and famous live, this book is for you. ... Natasha Rose (Bookseller)



I have an appearance again this year at the 2014 Edinburgh International Science Festival, in association with Bloody Scotland ...

At 17:30 on 8th April 2014 (venue - Summerhall - Dissection RoomTeviot Row Dining Room) the subject is FORENSICS AND FICTION :

Scottish Crime writing is some of the best in the world and readers love the gory and precise details of crime scene forensics. But how does a writer get their facts straight? Join bestselling crime writer Lin Anderson as she discusses the process of writing her successful forensic thriller series with real-life forensic psychologist Dr Kathy Charles of Edinburgh Napier University. Some might call it a night of science, syntax and sin!


I will be appearing at the Cromarty Crime and Thrillers Weekend which starts on 25th April 2014, as part of a programme that includes appearances by Ian Rankin, Ann Cleeves, Alex Grey and Stuart McBride.



I have an author/screenwriter appearance at 7:30pm on Thursday 28th November, 2013 at the Belmont Cinema in Aberdeen.

As part of Aberdeen City Libraries’ Book Week Scotland programme, join Lin Anderson, creator of the successful forensic thriller series featuring Dr Rhona MacLeod, co-founder of the 'Bloody Scotland' Crime Writing Festival and award winning screenwriter, to discover the dark world of crime and her secrets of writing for the screen.

The evening will include a screening of her award winning short film 'River Child' and will end with an opportunity to chat with Lin.

Refreshments provided in the Bar area after the event.




I will be at Stirling Castle for the National Final of the Scottish Thistle awards on the evening of Friday 15th November, 2013. Bloody Scotland is in the final, in the Best Cultural Event category. It will be a "Crime" if we don't win! 



I gave a Crime Writing workshop to a Tyne & Esk Writers group at Dalkeith Arts Centre at 2pm on Saturday 9th November, 2013.



I had an author event as part of East Dunbartonshire Libraries ‘Watching the Scottish Detectives week’ at Milngavie Library at 7pm on Thursday 10th October, 2013. It was great to meet so many Rhona MacLeod fans.

Body in the library: team Leader Elizabeth Murray and cultural assistant Vivien Martin


What is ane KING? Nought but ane officer'

It was like being part of history to be at the first performance of the full version of Sir David Lindsay's A SATIRE OF THE THREE ESTATES since 1554, outdoors, in glorious sunshine, in the gardens of Linlithgow Palace. Five wonderful hours of what is very much a Play for Today, and the most important play produced in Scotland before the 20th century. (7th June, 2013) ... more




The Bloody Scotland Crime-Writing Festival has won a regional award in the Best Cultural Event category of the Scottish Thistle Awards. As co-founder of Bloody Scotland, I attended the awards ceremony, in Edinburgh on Thursday 6th June, 2013, and was delighted that all the hard work everyone involved has put in over the past few years has been recognised in this way. 



The Bloody Scotland Festival 2013 programme was launched on 5th June 2013 at Deanston Distillery.



With the re-publication of William McIlvanney's Laidlaw there is a nice piece in Shari Low's Book Club in the Scottish Daily Record of 1st June, 2013 where authors (including Lin Anderson) give their thoughts on Willie as an inspiration.



I had a Skye Reading Room/Seomar Leughaidh writing workshop (at 2pm) and author appearance (at 7pm) on Tuesday 28th May, 2013, at the Skeabost House Hotel



Pan MacMillan Press Release May 2013:-


Publishing Director Wayne Brookes has bought the next two Rhona MacLeod novels, to be written again by Scottish crime writer Lin Anderson. World rights were acquired from Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates.
The novels will be released in August 2014 and August 2015.

Lin Anderson has published eight novels and one novella in the highly successful forensic thriller series featuring Dr Rhona MacLeod, which have been translated into several languages and are currently being developed for television.

Lin Anderson commented,

“I feel very excited and privileged to be joining Pan Macmillan, who publish some of the best crime writers in the UK and beyond. I'm delighted that I now share a home with those I've admired for a very long time. For a writer, it doesn't come any better than that.”

Jenny Brown said,

“We have been bowled over by the irresistible enthusiasm and energy of Wayne and his team to publish Lin Anderson's writing, building on its existing success, and their vision for introducing a whole new readership to her Rhona MacLeod series.”

Wayne Brookes added,

“I’ve long been an admirer of Lin Anderson’s crime novels and am extremely happy that Lin has chosen to make her new home at Pan Macmillan. The Rhona MacLeod series has massive potential, and these new books will give great satisfaction to Lin’s current fans as well as enthral a whole new legion of readers.’



I attended a wonderful Laidlaw book relaunch event on 2nd May, 2013, at Waterstones Edinburgh West End with William McIlvanney (chaired by Alan Taylor). Willie was in great form, going effortlessly from his love of Michel de Montaigne to Kris Kristofferson and back again via the bus that his dad's dog used to travel on by itself (in the bit under the stairs) ...

          William McIlvanney                               Lin Anderson



Bloody Scotland 2013 was featured on the BBC website (23rd April 2013):



I had an appearance at Murder in Moffat on at 2:00pm on Saturday 20th April, 2013, at the Old Well Theatre, where I was be in conversation with Michael Malone.



I had an Edinburgh Reads appearance at 7:00pm on Friday 19th April, 2013, at Edinburgh Central Library.

Crime in the City - Turkish Writers Come to Town
Turkish writers, Ahmet Ümit and Murat Mentes visit Edinburgh as part of a British Council cultural exchange and celebration of Turkey in 2013 (part of the Cultural Programme of the Market Focus at the London Book Fair).

Ahmet Ümit is a leading figure in Turkish crime writing and several of his novels have been adapted for screen and television. Murat Mentes is an up-and-coming young thriller writer.

Lin Anderson is author of acclaimed crime series featuring Rhona MacLeod, Glaswegian forensic scientist. Charied by Canan Marasligil, writer and Translator-in-Residence at the Free Word Centre in London, our three writers will explore 'Crime in the City'

... more

There are some nice photos of this event on Flikr

Lin Anderson                                          Ahmet Ümit



I had a great time meeting with the writers at the lovely Creebridge House Hotel.
Top Tartan Noir Writer Coming to Galloway
A rare opportunity - get top tips on thriller writing.

On Saturday April 6th, 2013, Lin Anderson will be leading a two hour workshop at the Creebridge House Hotel in Newton Stewart from 2pm.

Lin is the author of the popular Rhona MacLoud series of crime thrillers which includes Driftnet, Picture Her Dead and Torch. She is the co founder of the Bloody Scotland book festival and is currently the chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland.

The workshop is being held as part of the Dumfries & Galloway Rural Literature Development Hub and the cost to any writer living within the region is just £5. This price, which includes refreshments, also applies to any writer living outwith the region but who is a member of a Dumfries and Galloway writers' group. The cost for anyone outside the region is £25.

The event has been organised by the Wigtown based BookTown Writers group and spokeswoman Anni Telford said: "We are absolutely thrilled that Lin has agreed to come to Newton Stewart. This is a marvellous opportunity with one of Scotland's leading crime writers but places are limited."

For further information or to book your place please contact Anni by e mailing
mail@booktownwriters or telephone 07501 046501.



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