Scottish writer and acclaimed poet William McIlvanney. Photograph: Getty Images

William McIlvanney, who has died aged 79, grew into the title “the godfather of tartan noir” – the term for Scottish crime fiction – though it was not(...)

Ian Rankin: “Rebus and Cafferty are a couple of dinosaurs, aren’t they? The last of their kind”

He’s one of the best-loved characters in crime fiction. Ask any reader of detective novels about DI John Rebus, and they’ll tell you about his love o(...)

Michael Connelly: creator of Harry Bosch

Among the many qualities of the Harry Bosch series, it is the way that Michael Connelly, its author, depicts the rivalries and political wrangling (...)

 Bestselling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankel, whose most famous creation was the detective Kurt Wallander, has died  at the age of 67. Photograph: Nora Lorek/AFP/Getty Images

Henning Mankell, who has died aged 67, after being diagnosed with cancer last year, established almost single-handedly the global picture of Sweden as(...)

Van Morrison Olympia Theatre, Dublin ***On stage is the sort of lineup that an ambitious arts-festival curator with money to burn might dream up. Ian (...)

Morvern Callar: Alan Warner’s debut novel tells the story of the eponymous narrator, who wakes up to find her boyfriend dead in the kitchen in the run-up to Christmas. A film adaptation starring Samantha Morton followed in 2002.
10 of the best: Scottish fiction
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark (1961) Muriel Spark’s best-known novel was first published in the New Yorker magazine. Centred on t(...)

Customarily laconic: Ian Rankin, creator of Rebus. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Recently retired, the former Inspector Rebus returns to the ranks of the Edinburgh police in Ian Rankin’s Saints of the Shadow Bible (Orion, €20.50), (...)

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Weekend in... Edinburgh

Tourists descend on Edinburgh every August for the Edinburgh International Festival, a citywide celebration of theatre, music, opera and dance perf(...)

Crime writer Ian Rankin has written a novella inspired by the music of guitarist Rory Gallagher. The book is being published as part of a compilation (...)

Evil intent: a common thread in crimewriting is the question, ‘What makes a person want to commit murder?’. Photograph: Istockphoto

If you’re a regular consumer of crime fiction you can’t help but notice that among the murders, mysteries and mayhem lurks a small but signific(...)