This might be the last post for this week - I have a colonoscopy on Thursday and apparently I'm not allowed to drink alcohol, operate machinery or sign important documents afterwards. The ramblings of a semi-sedated person with a sore bottom would probably not make for entertaining reading...or maybe they would. Either way, I'd better stay away from the computer. I can't say it's something I'm looking forward to - it's not the camera that bothers me, it's the camera crew...
Anyway, I'm sure that comes under the heading of Too Much Information, so back to your regularly scheduled Scottish crime fiction.
First of all, here's Aly Monroe with a lovely post on the inspiration for Peter Cotton.
Karin Slaughter says there isn't a better crime writer writing today than Denise Mina. And a review of STILL MIDNIGHT from Mostly Fiction.
Crime Watch reviews ALL THE COLOURS OF THE TOWN by Liam McIlvanney, the Mystery Maven enjoyed Russel McLean's sweary THE GOOD SON, and the Scottish Sunday Herald with an excellent review of Craig Russell's THE LONG GLASGOW KISS.
The Skinny has a supplement for the new Unbound strand of the Edinburgh Book Festival (pdf document). It looks great.
The Straits Times calls Stuart MacBride's DARK BLOOD "a bleedin' great thriller."
Ian Rankin will be appearing at the Galway Arts Festival which starts on July 12th.
Margot Kinberg with an interesting and thoughtful post on sleuths and their backstories.
And, finally, Edinburgh's Saughton Prison gets an award for its library. Excellent stuff.