Lin Anderson

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Lin (Linda) Anderson
BornGreenock, Scotland
GenreTartan Noir, crime fiction

Lin (Linda) Anderson (born in Greenock, Scotland) is a Tartan Noir[1] crime novelist and screenwriter, best known as the creator of forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod. As of 2010 the Rhona MacLeod books are being developed for ITV.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Anderson was born in Greenock, of Scottish and Irish parents. Her father was a detective in the CID.[3] She worked in the Nigerian bush for five years during the 1980s, and later wrote an African short story which was broadcast on BBC Radio Four. Another of her African stories was published in the 10th Anniversary Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Collection.[4] Before turning full-time to writing, she used to teach maths and computing at George Watson's College, Edinburgh.

A film of her screenplay Small Love was shown at London Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2001, and broadcast on Scottish Television in 2001 and 2002. Since then she has graduated from the newly founded Screen Academy Scotland,[5] and has further screenplays in production.[6]

Lin is a massive fan of the film Braveheart, claiming to have seen it over fifty times, and in 2004 wrote a book about the making of it (see Non-fiction below).[7]

Lin is a member of the Femmes Fatales crime writing trio, together with Alanna Knight and Alex Gray.

She and Alex Gray[8] are amongst the co-founders of Bloody Scotland,[9] a Tartan Noir and Scottish crime writer's festival, which is held in Stirling since 2012.


Rhona MacLeod series[edit]

  • Driftnet (2003)
  • Torch (2004)
  • Deadly Code (2005)
  • Blood Red Roses (2005)
  • Dark Flight (2007)
  • Easy Kill (2008)
  • Final Cut (2009)
  • The Reborn (2010)
  • Picture Her Dead (2011)
  • Paths of the Dead (2014)
  • The Special Dead (2015)
  • None But the Dead (2016)
  • Follow the Dead (2017)
  • Sins of the Dead (2018)
  • Time for the Dead (2019)
  • The Innocent Dead (2020)
  • The Killing Tide (2021)
  • The Wild Coast (2023)

Patrick de Courvoisier series[edit]

  • The Case of the Black Pearl (2014)
  • The Case of the Missing Madonna (2015)

Blaze Dog Detective series (with Donald McKay)[edit]

  • The Magic Flag Mystery (2020)

Standalone novels[edit]

  • The Party House (2022)


  • Small Love (2001)
  • River Child (2006)[6]
  • The Incredible Lightness of Brian (2006)


  • Braveheart: From Hollywood to Holyrood (2004)[10]


  1. ^ Lin refers to her Rhona MacLeod books as belonging to this genre (see
  2. ^ Dingwall, John (7 April 2010). "Scots novelist Lin Anderson finds crime does pay as hit books are turned into TV series". dailyrecord. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  3. ^ Sunday Times interview referenced above.
  4. ^ Shorts 3: The Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Collection, edited by Ali Smith. Polygon. 2000
  5. ^[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b River Child Archived 13 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Braveheart @ MacBraveHeart – About MacBraveHeart
  8. ^ "Upcoming Events | Alex Gray Presents: New Crimes | Bloody Scotland". Archived from the original on 19 October 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Lin Anderson book launch | Bloody Scotland". Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  10. ^ Lin Anderson : BRAVEHEART – From Hollywood to Holyrood

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