For MacBride Report, see Seán MacBride.
Stuart MacBride is a Scottish writer, most famous for his crime thrillers set in the "Granite City" of Aberdeen and featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae.
Stuart MacBride was born 27 February 1969 in Dumbarton, Scotland and raised in Aberdeen. His careers include scrubbing toilets offshore, graphic design, web design and IT/computer programming. He studied architecture at Heriot-Watt University.
MacBride's publishing deal was secured with the writing of Halfhead, however the publishers were more interested in Cold Granite, concerning DS Logan McRae. He was signed on a three-book Logan deal, which was further extended to six books. In 2009 he signed another deal, allowing him to write two more Logan books, and two standalone novels, the first of which is due after the sixth instalment of the Logan McRae series. In an interview for the Alibi television channel, MacBride indicated he considered R. D. Wingfield a "literary inspiration".
He now lives in north-east Scotland with his wife, Fiona and their cat Grendel. He is reputed to be a passionate potato grower, but claims to have a "vegetable patch full of weeds".
Logan McRae novels
- 2005 - Cold Granite
- 2006 - Dying Light
- 2007 - Broken Skin (published in America as Bloodshot)
- 2008 - Flesh House
- 2009 - Blind Eye
- 2010 - Dark Blood
- 2011 - Shatter the Bones
- 2012 - Partners in Crime (Two Logan and Steel short stories: Bad Heir Day and Stramash) (eBook)
- 2013 - Close to the Bone
- 2014 - The 45% Hangover (A Logan and Steel novella)
- 2015 - 22 Dead Little Bodies (A Logan and Steel short novel)
- 2015 - The Missing and the Dead
- 2016 - In the Cold Dark Ground
- 2017 - Now We Are Dead
- 2018 - The Blood Road
Ash Henderson novels
- 2012 - Birthdays for the Dead
- 2014 - A Song for the Dying
- 2008 - Sawbones
- 2009 - Halfhead
- 2011 - Twelve Days of Winter (E-Book; released in print in 2012)
- 2017 - A Dark so Deadly
- Won, Barry Award for Best First Novel, 2006 (for Cold Granite)
- Won, CWADagger in the Library Award, 2007
- Won, ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Breakthrough Author of the Year, 2008 (for Broken Skin)
- Nominated, International Thriller Writers Awards, Best Debut Novel, 2006 (for Cold Granite)
- Nominated, Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, 2006 (for Cold Granite)
- Nominated, Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, 2007 (for Dying Light)
- Nominated, Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel, 2007 (for Dying Light)
- Nominated, Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, 2009 (for Broken Skin)
The Logan McRae series is set in Aberdeen, the Granite City, Oil Capital of Europe, perched on the east coast of Scotland. They always say, “write what you know” so I did – using Aberdeen as the backdrop for a series of horrific crimes, murders, serial killers, and much eating of chips and drinking of beer.Of these, the only ones I have any direct experience of are beer and chips, but some nice local police officers helped me fill in the rest.
If you want to read the stories in chronological order (including the short stories and novella) it goes: Cold Granite, Dying Light, Broken Skin, Flesh House, Blind Eye, Dark Blood, DI Steel’s Bad Heir Day, Shatter The Bones, Stramash, Close to the Bone, The 45% Hangover, 22 Dead Little Bodies, The Missing and the Dead, and the new Logan novel: In the Cold Dark Ground.
Mind you, I wanted Cold Granite to read as if it was from the middle of a series (lots of events from the past that are never explained) so you should be able to dip in and out in any order you fancy.