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Stuart MacBride

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NanKate Fri 13-May-22 16:31:02

I saw this author recommended in the paper today. Have any of you read his crime books and what are they like please ?

Iam64 Fri 13-May-22 16:44:43

I like them
I think his books are referred to as Scottish Noir. I find them entertaining page turners but imagine the dark humour and ‘interesting’ key characters may not be for e everyone. Marmite maybe ?

Hellogirl1 Fri 13-May-22 16:46:42

I like them as well, but the attitude of some gay characters are not to everyone`s taste.

Iam64 Fri 13-May-22 16:49:57

Hello girl, you can’t mean Sarge ?

Jaxjacky Fri 13-May-22 16:54:44

We’ve both read many of them and enjoyed all.
PS MrJ hates Marmite!

Blossoming Fri 13-May-22 17:06:14

Yes, but they are very dark gritty, and probably not for anyone who prefers a gentle Agatha Christie type of story. I enjoy them very much.

Iam64 Fri 13-May-22 17:08:08

So far, we all acknowledge, gritty dark and very enjoyable

HousePlantQueen Fri 13-May-22 17:48:04

Love them!

TerriBull Fri 13-May-22 17:59:59

My husband reads them, he seems to enjoy them. Stuart McBride is one of his go to authors for crime.

Parsley3 Fri 13-May-22 18:12:05

Stuart McBride is one of the Tartan Noir authors. I like his novels but they are not for the faint hearted.

Sparklefizz Fri 13-May-22 18:16:05

Think I'll avoid them. I don't need "dark and gritty" at the moment.

grannydarkhair Fri 13-May-22 18:24:33

Love his books. He’s one of my favourite crime writers.

Iam64 Fri 13-May-22 18:47:27

Sparkle fizz, have you read Ellie Griffiths, the Ruth Galloway series? They are not dark and gritty, despite murder being a theme. Smashing likeable quirky characters, great humour and set in Norfolk. Lovely

Parsley3 Fri 13-May-22 18:56:12

I love the Ellie Griffiths books. Read them in order. In addition to the crime there is a lovely love story that keeps you guessing.

BlueBalou Fri 13-May-22 19:14:56

I find them a bit too gritty and brutal sometimes but my husband likes them.
I love Ellie Griffiths and Peter Robinson, Peter May’s books are good too- set in the Hebrides.

Charleygirl5 Fri 13-May-22 19:20:37

I am another fan. I also love James May's books as well as Quintin Jardine and Peter Robinson. I think I have read every book these authors have written and I now have a really good method of getting them for next to nothing via eBay.

Blondiescot Fri 13-May-22 20:15:34

I absolutely love his books and have read them all, except for the latest one. Crime books are my favourite genre and Tartan Noir in particular. The darker and gritter the better for me. I also recommend Val McDermid, James Oswald, Doug Johnstone, Ian Rankin and Denise Mina, to name but a few.

Nannylovesshopping Fri 13-May-22 20:18:08

He is my absolute favourite!

Jaxjacky Fri 13-May-22 20:18:34

Share please Charleygirl5 ?

Iam64 Fri 13-May-22 22:14:30

Parsley3, I’m not sure Michelle Nelson would agree with your description of a lovely love story —. It’s endlessly interesting and the three key characters are all likeable, genuine and try to do what’s right. Whatever right is as Prince Charles may say

annodomini Fri 13-May-22 22:18:14

I used to enjoy his books, but after a while, they became more gritty than enjoyable. 'Scottish Noire' no longer for me.

TerriBull Fri 13-May-22 22:35:23

Great fan of the Ellie Griffiths' Ruth Galloways and the regular cast of characters in those books, not only for the plots but for her unfolding complicated domestic life. I like the picture Ellie Griffiths paints of Ruth's cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Saltmarshes where she lives with her young daughter and ?

Also like Val McDermid 's Karen Pirie series.

NanKate Fri 13-May-22 22:36:13

Thanks folks I’ll try out an early one. I can cope with gritty.

Auntieflo Sat 14-May-22 11:31:25

I was given a bag of books, one of which was a Stuart McBride. I did read it to the end, but didn't enjoy it.

sodapop Sat 14-May-22 13:06:47


I used to enjoy his books, but after a while, they became more gritty than enjoyable. 'Scottish Noire' no longer for me.

I felt like that about his later books annodomi

I like Elly Griffiths also the Washington Poe series by M W Craven.