18 Thrillers Set on Scottish Islands

The dark and twisty side of island life...

When we think of the Scottish islands, we tend to think of places of great natural beauty, historical interest and excellent distilleries. These books take a slightly darker view, placing the islands as settings for bloody deeds. You may never quite look at them the same way again...

Raven Black cover

1. Raven Black

Ann Cleeves
The Malice of Waves cover

3. The Malice of Waves

Mark Douglas-Home
Orkney Twilight cover

4. Orkney Twilight

Clare Carson
Smokheads cover

6. Smokeheads

Doug Johnstone
Singing Sands cover

7. The Singing Sands

Josephine Tey
Naming the Bones cover

8. Naming the Bones

Louise Welsh
When Eight Bells Toll cover

10. When Eight Bells Toll

Alistair MacLean
But N Ben a Go Go cover

11. But n Ben a-go-go

Matthew Fitt
Burnt Island cover

12. Burnt Island

Alice Thompson
The Visitors cover

13. The Visitors

Simon Sylvester
Flight cover

14. Flight

Adam Thorpe
Secrets of the Sea House cover

15. Secrets of the Sea House

Elisabeth Gifford
Dioghaltas cover

16. Dìoghaltas

Iain F. MacLeòid
Ice Twins cover

17. The Ice Twins

S. K. Tremayne

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Danny Scott
Danny Scott

Danny Scott is Scottish Book Trust's Digital Marketing Manager