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Lin Anderson

Lin (Linda) Anderson
Born Greenock, Scotland
Genre Tartan Noir, crime fiction

Lin (Linda) Anderson (born in Greenock, Scotland) is a Tartan Noir[1] crime novelist and screenwriter, best known as the creator of forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod. The Rhona MacLeod books are currently being developed for ITV.[2]


  • Life and career 1
  • Bibliography 2
    • Rhona MacLeod series 2.1
    • Patrick de Courvoisier series 2.2
    • Screenplays 2.3
    • Non-fiction 2.4
  • Notes 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Anderson was born in Greenock, of Scottish and Irish parents. Her father was a detective in the Edinburgh.

A film of her screenplay Small Love was shown at London Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2001, and broadcast on Scottish Television in 2001 and 2002. Since then she has graduated from the newly founded Screen Academy Scotland,[5] and has further screenplays in production.[6]

Lin is a massive fan of the film Braveheart, claiming to have seen it over fifty times, and in 2004 wrote a book about the making of it (see Non-fiction below).[7] She lives in the Merchiston area of Edinburgh, near the writers Ian Rankin, and Alexander McCall Smith.

Lin is a member of the Femmes Fatales crime writing trio, together with Alanna Knight and Alex Gray.

She is also one of the founder members of Bloody Scotland, a Tartan Noir and Scottish crime writer's festival, which is held in Stirling since 2012.


Rhona MacLeod series

  • Driftnet (2003)
  • Torch (2004)
  • Deadly Code (2005)
  • Blood Red Roses (2005)
  • Dark Flight (2007)
  • Easy Kill (2008)
  • Final Cut (2009)
  • The Reborn (2010)
  • Picture Her Dead (2011)
  • Paths of the Dead (2014)
  • The Special Dead (2015)

Patrick de Courvoisier series

  • The Case of the Black Pearl (2014)
  • The Case of the Missing Madonna (2015)


  • Small Love (2001)
  • River Child (2006)[6]
  • The Incredible Lightness of Brian (2006)


  • Braveheart: From Hollywood to Holyrood (2004)[8]


  1. ^ Lin refers to her Rhona MacLeod books as belonging to this genre (see
  2. ^
  3. ^ Sunday Times interview referenced above.
  4. ^ Shorts 3: The Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Collection, edited by Ali Smith. Polygon. 2000
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b River Child
  7. ^ Braveheart @ MacBraveHeart - About MacBraveHeart
  8. ^ Lin Anderson : BRAVEHEART - From Hollywood to Holyrood

External links

  • Personal Website
  • Sunday Times interview (2005)
  • Radio interview (2009)
  • Video interview at Daily Record (2010)
  • Femmes Fatales website
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