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Bloody Scotland Crime Debut

In 2019 Bloody Scotland introduced a new prize to recognise the quality in new talent blossoming within crime writing – the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year. Similar to the McIlvanney Prize, Scottish roots are a must, either being born in Scotland or living there, and setting their books there. Judged by members of the Bloody Scotland board and different participants each year, the winner is awarded a cheque of £500 and a trophy sponsored by The Glencairn Glass.

WINNER 2021

Edge of the grave

Morrison, Robbie ISBN: 9781529054033
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When the son-in-law of one of the city's wealthiest shipbuilders is found floating in the River Clyde with his throat cut, it falls to Inspector Jimmy Dreghorn to lead the murder case - despite sharing a troubled history with the victim's widow, Isla Lockhart. From the flying fists and flashing blades of Glasgow's gangland underworld, to the backstabbing upper echelons of government and big business, Dreghorn and his partner 'Bonnie' Archie McDaid will have to dig deep into Glasgow society to find out who wanted the man dead and why. All the while, a sadistic murderer stalks the post-war city leaving a trail of dead bodies in their wake. As the case deepens, will Dreghorn find the killer - or lose his own life in the process? Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison is a dark historical crime novel set in Glasgow, 1932. A city still recovering from the Great War; split by religious division and swarming with razor gangs.

- Browns Books Synopsis

SHORTLIST 2022

Smith, Sarah ISBN: 9781529369090
Hardback

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Ashkanani, Tariq ISBN: 9781542031271
Paperback

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Paterson, George ISBN: 9781916311220
Paperback / softback

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Mitchison, Amanda ISBN: 9781912280469
Paperback

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Boyle, Frankie ISBN: 9781399801157
Hardback

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Bloody Scotland established itself as the leading Scottish International Crime Writing Festival in 2012 with acclaimed writers Lin Anderson and Alex Gray at the helm, then joined by Craig Robertson and Gordon Brown. Based in Stirling, Bloody Scotland has brought hundreds of crime writers new and established to the stage with always enthusiastic attendees who make the festival every bit as much as the writers do.