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Every year I say I’m not going to do this because it so damn hard to pick out my top reads of the year! But I am compelled to share my book love with you all! So here I go again!

There is no particular order to my list and as usual I bend the rules to fit more in! so first up is my top ten Scottish Fiction reads:

Top Scottish Reads

The Gathering Storm by Alan Jones

The Gathering Storm (The Sturmtaucher Trilogy Book 1) by [Alan Jones]

“The Gathering Storm is emotional, it is heart-breaking and it is a stark reminder of how easy it is for evil to take over when good people stand back and do nothing.” Full review here

The Great Silence by Doug Johnstone

The Great Silence (The Skelfs Book 3) by [Douglas  Johnstone, Doug Johnstone]

“There’s a real dark macabre humour to this final instalment, there is to all of his books but The Great Silence provides more than one WTAF laugh out loud moments, with big cats, aliens and lots of death!” Full review here

A Rattle of Bones by Douglas Skelton

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“There are many clever crafters of stories out there and Douglas Skelton definitely falls into this category; A Rattle of Bones is filled to the brim with a cast of characters who really do just step out of the pages and bring the story alive and into your life.” Full review here

For Any Other Truth by Denzil Meyrick

For Any Other Truth: A DCI Daley Thriller (Book 9) - The Brand New Must-Read D.C.I. Daley Bestseller by [Denzil Meyrick]

“A complex but compelling plot keeps the reader firmly on their toes as they turn each page; it becomes almost impossible to put it down. This one wrung all the emotions from me, it had my jaw clattering off the floor a fair few times and a wee hankie dabbing at the eyes at others.” Full review here

The Witness by John Ryder

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“If you like a thriller that is jam packed with action, narrative taut with tension and a heart pumping pace then John Ryder is the man for you.” Full review here

Trapped by Anna Smith

Trapped: The grittiest thriller you'll read this year (Kerry Casey Book 4) by [Anna Smith]

2Anna gives more than nod to the very real, raw and brutal truth behind incarceration for many women, and she really digs deep into some dark social issues and leaves her reader thinking long after the book is put down.” Full review here 

The Point of No Return by Neil Broadfoot

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“Filled to the brim with tension, The Point of No Return, is pacy, powerful and punchy. Don’t miss it!” full review here

The Killing Tide by Lin Anderson

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“Short sharp chapters adding to the ever increasing tension, a cast of characters who will step inside your heart and your head, tantalising plot lines and a sense of place that is second to none.” Full review here

Rizzio by Denise Mina


“128 pages jam packed with murder, suspense, corruption and intrigue that captivated me from start to finish! If Denise Mina was a history teacher, I reckon we would be growing up with a whole army of history fanatics.” Full review here

The Blood Tide by Neil Lancaster

The Blood Tide: A gripping new Scottish police procedural thriller for crime fiction and mystery fans (DS Max Craigie Scottish Crime Thrillers, Book 2) by [Neil Lancaster]

“This book has it all, action, thrills, twists and turns together with a cast of believable characters, a perfectly executed plot and a stunning backdrop. Perfectly paced, awesomely addictive, all I can say is Line of Duty eat your heart out!” Full review to be published next year alongside the book release.

So there is the first of my recommended reads from 2021! Would love to hear what yours are and if any of the above tickle your fancy!

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