Stuart MacBride

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Stuart MacBride
Stuart MacBride 2019.jpg
Born (1969-02-27) 27 February 1969 (age 52)
Dumbarton, Scotland
Tartan Noir
Notable worksLogan McRae series
SpouseFiona MacBride

Stuart MacBride is a Scottish writer, most famous for his crime thrillers set in the "Granite City" of Aberdeen and featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae.


Stuart MacBride was born 27 February 1969 in Dumbarton, Scotland and raised in Aberdeen. His careers include scrubbing toilets offshore, graphic design, web design and IT/computer programming.[1] He studied architecture at Heriot-Watt University.[2]

MacBride's publishing deal was secured with the writing of Halfhead; however, the publishers were more interested in Cold Granite, concerning DS Logan McRae. He was signed on a three-book Logan deal, which was further extended to six books. In 2009 he signed another deal, allowing him to write two more Logan books, and two standalone novels, the first of which is due after the sixth instalment of the Logan McRae series.[2] In an interview for the Alibi television channel, MacBride indicated he considered R. D. Wingfield a "literary inspiration".[3] MacBride's novels, particularly those featuring Logan McRae, have been described as Tartan Noir, which has placed him alongside Ian Rankin and Val McDermid as authors who have also been described as luminaries of the genre.[4]

He now lives in north-east Scotland with his wife, Fiona and their cat Grendel.[5] He is reputed to be a passionate potato grower, but claims to have a "vegetable patch full of weeds".[6]

Outside of his writing, Macbride is noted for being one of the initial ten batch of people in the Aberdeen Hall of Heroes[7] and being crowned World Stovies Champion in 2014. He also won Celebrity Mastermind in 2017 with a specialist subject on the life and works of A. A. Milne.[8]


Logan McRae novels[edit]

Oldcastle novels[edit]

  • 2012 - Birthdays for the Dead
  • 2014 - A Song for the Dying
  • 2017 - A Dark so Deadly
  • 2021 - The Coffinmaker’s Garden

Other works[edit]

  • 2008 - Sawbones
  • 2009 - Halfhead
  • 2011 - Twelve Days of Winter (E-Book; released in print in 2012)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sova, Cathy. "New Faces 42 - Stuart MacBride". The Mystery Reader. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
  2. ^ a b Wanner, Len (2013). The Crime Interviews: Volume One: Bestselling Authors Talk About Writing Crime Fiction. Blasted Heath. p. 30. ISBN 978-1-908688-20-0.
  3. ^ "Stuart MacBride interview". Alibi. Archived from the original on 9 July 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  4. ^ Forshaw, Barry (29 December 2015). "In the Cold Dark Ground, by Stuart MacBride - book review". The Independent. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Stuart MacBride". Love Reading. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
  6. ^ Wanner, Len (2012). The crime interviews. Volume one : [bestselling authors talk about writing crime fiction]. Blasted Heath Ltd. p. 30. ISBN 9781908688200.
  7. ^ "Names chosen for city Hall of Heroes". BBC News. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  8. ^ Stephenson, Hannah (22 April 2017). "The dark and light world of Stuart MacBride | Press and Journal". Press and Journal. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Barry Awards". Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine. Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  10. ^ Hendry, Steve (9 May 2010). "Best-selling crime author Stuart MacBride on secrets of new novel". Sunday Mail. The Daily Record. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  11. ^ Allen, Katie (6 October 2008). "Rankin and P D James pick up ITV3 awards". The Bookseller. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  12. ^ "Thriller Awards - ThrillerFest". International Thriller Writers. Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  13. ^ Richardson, Anna (19 June 2007). "Brookmyre and MacBride on crime shortlist". The Bookseller. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  14. ^ "North-east crime writer on shortlist for major award". Press and Journal. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  15. ^ Flood, Alison (1 June 2009). "Theakstons rounds up 14 suspects on crime novel award shortlist | Books". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 April 2012.

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