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The launch of the 2023 Bloody Scotland programme took place at the Golden Lion Hotel on Thursday 22 June 2023.

Ambrose Parry aka bestselling crime writer Chris Brookmyre and his wife Marisa Haetzman made an appearance, as did the Provost and other members of the council. 

About Ambrose Parry – Voices of the Dead


In a city of science, discovery can be deadly . . .

Dr Will Raven is wary of the shadowlands that lie between progress and quackery, but Sarah Fisher can’t afford to be so picky. Frustrated in her medical ambitions, she sees opportunity in a new therapeutic field not already closed off to women.

Raven has enough on his hands as it is. Body parts have been found at Surgeons’ Hall, and they’re not anatomy specimens. In a city still haunted by the crimes of Burke and Hare, he is tasked with heading off a scandal.

When further human remains are found, Raven is able to identify a prime suspect, and the hunt is on before he kills again. Unfortunately, the individual he seeks happens to be an accomplished actor, a man of a thousand faces and a renowned master of disguise.

With the lines between science and spectacle dangerously blurred, the stage is set for a grand and deadly illusion.

Bloody Scotland established itself as the leading Scottish International Crime Writing Festival in 2012 with acclaimed writers Lin Anderson and Alex Gray at the helm, then joined by Craig Robertson and Gordon Brown.

Based in Stirling, Bloody Scotland has brought hundreds of crime writers new and established to the stage with always enthusiastic attendees who make the festival every bit as much as the writers do.

Our man Alan Edwards caught up with Bob McDevvit, Festival Director. You can have a listen to their conversation below:

Alan also grabbed a chat with counciller Chris Kane, and this is what he had to say for himself:


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