Author details

Lin Anderson


I am a graduate of both Glasgow and Edinburgh universities and have a Masters in Screenwriting with Distinction from the Screen Academy Scotland.

About writer's work

My first novel Driftnet was a Scottish bestseller and introduced Dr Rhona MacLeod, forensic expert. The series now runs to nine books plus a novella and is published in numerous languages. The most recent is Paths of the Dead. I am also working on the first novel of a new series featuring PI Patrick de Courvoisier, which is set in Cannes in the South of France. I also write literary short stories, contributing to collections such as The Macallan, The Best of British Crime 2011, Crimespotting, and Shattered. As a screenwriter, my first TV drama Small Love was nominated for a TAPS Writer of the Year award. My film River Child won a student BAFTA for best drama, and also best short drama at the Celtic Film Festival. I am currently adapting the short story ‘Dead Close’, included in the Best British Crime Anthology, for screen, and collaborating on a Rock Musical called Voice of a Generation with musician John Sinclair.


Websites featuring the author

Website | Twitter | Facebook

Current events and projects

I am available for library appearances, readings, book festivals, residencies, workshops and bookclubs. I have also chaired many writing events, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I have appeared at a large number of Scottish and English book festivals. Also at Tartan Week in New York , in Switzerland where I held a week long course for teachers of English, Netherlands and soon Modena in Italy for a ‘Noir’ festival. I am co-founder of Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s first festival of Crime Writing taking place in Stirling mid Sept 2012.

Other work

Currently collaborating on a Rock Musical called Voice of a Generation with musician John Sinclair.


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Screenwriter, Writer



Books written

None But the Dead

Author(s): Lin Anderson
None but the Dead are left to tell the tale (Pan Macmillan).
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The Special Dead

Author(s): Lin Anderson
Where forensic science meets witchcraft (published by Pan Macmillan).

The Case of the Black Pearl

Author(s): Lin Anderson
Keen to leave London and his mysterious past behind, the enigmatic Patrick de Courvoisier takes up residence on a converted gunboat in the glamorous French resort of Cannes.

Paths of the Dead

Author(s): Lin Anderson
When Amy agrees to attend a meeting in a local spiritualist church, the last person she expects to hear calling her from beyond the grave is her son, who she had seen alive an hour before.

Picture Her Dead

Author(s): Lin Anderson
She began to scrape at the mortar. A few minutes later she was able to prise the edge of the brick loose.

The Reborn

Author(s): Lin Anderson
The clown suddenly appeared beside a group of kids at the candy floss van, bringing Kira to an abrupt halt. Then it began. The rapid heartbeat, the burst of perspiration, the gasping breath.

Final Cut

Author(s): Lin Anderson
Where the hell had the kid found a human skull? McNab heard an intake of breath behind him as someone else made out the shape in the torchlight.

Easy Kill

Author(s): Lin Anderson
A young woman - a prostitute - has been brutally slain and left across a grave in Glasgow's sprawling cemetery, the Necropolis.


Author(s): Lin Anderson
'The boy who had been abused and strangled in that hideous little room looked so like her, he could have been her brother..' A teenage boy is found mutilated and murdered in a Glasgow fla