His Bloody Project is one of the best mysteries and thrillers set in Scotland.

Listed below are more than a dozen mysteries and thrillers set in Scotland. They include two historical courtroom dramas, one of them by Denise Mina and set in Glasgow; Peter May’s atmospheric Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides Islands; and seven of the volumes in Ian Rankin’s outstanding series of bestselling detective novels featuring Inspector John Rebus in Edinburgh.

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I was sorely tempted to include the charming novels of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith, who is most assuredly a Scot. Alas, the books are all set in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. (Go to the head of the class if you know where that is.) I’ve read several of the other novels written by McCall Smith, some of them mysteries, but not recently enough to have reviewed and included them here.

Mysteries and thrillers set in Scotland

His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme Macrae Burnet—An unreliable narrator explains three brutal murders in 19th century Scotland

Peter May’s Lewis Trilogy

Still Midnight (Alex Morrow #1) by Denise Mina—Would-be robbers and cops in Glasgow

The Long Drop by Denise Mina—A courtroom drama set in Glasgow in the 50s

Still Midnight (Alex Morrow #1) by Denise Mina—Would-be robbers and cops in Glasgow

Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novels

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