I is for In the Cold Dark Ground by Stuart MacBride
I love the Logan McRae series by Stuart MacBride. I first discovered them in Costco when they had package deal on – first two and then last of the series bundled together. Of course, you’re hooked and have to get the others. And coupled with the fact that these books are set in Aberdeen city and shire, places near and dear to my heart, makes them even better.
I’ve been rather quiet here at Celtic Connexions since posting about going to my first live curling event.
If you follow the Goodreads widgets on my sidebar, you’ll see I’ve spent a lot of time in this young year with my face stuck in books. Crime fiction, short stories, YA, and true crime. And I’ve currently got my face stuck in another book of crime fiction.
Yeah, I know, if I’m doing all this reading, I’m not getting any writing done. You’re right, but in order to be a good writer, one has to read and read lots.
The crime fiction I’ve read and am reading could almost be classed as research. I can see you shaking your heads and wondering if I’ve gone completely doolally. Well, peeps, I haven’t. You see, the authors of this genre I’ve been reading are both Scottish authors – Ian Rankin and Stuart MacBride.
While reading about places in Scotland isn’t quite the same as being there, I have been to Edinburgh where Ian sets his novels
and Aberdeen, the home of Stuart’s. Reading their books brings the sights, sounds and smells back to me. And I’ve discovered a few things along the way that I didn’t know before. See why I say my reading could almost be classed as research?
What will the next book on my TBR pile to move onto my currently reading list? Any suggestions?
What authors/genres do you like to read? Leave a comment and tell me.
My Scottish roots and writing by Melanie Robertson-King