Bute Noir 2019 Line Up

Ian Rankin

A legend of the genre, Ian Rankin has sold over 30 million books and is published in 36 languages and has topped bestseller charts around the world. His iconic Detective Inspector John Rebus sets the…

Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham is one of the most prolific and consistently brilliant crime writers at work today. His Tom Thorne books and standalone thrillers regularly top the bestseller  charts and he is now the author of…

Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves is the creator of two of the most popular book and television series of recent years. Her two detectives, Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez have both featured in eight highly-acclaimed novels as well…

Stuart MacBride

Stuart MacBride is the Number One bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson series that have seen him firmly established as one of the UK’s most popular crime writers. He has made Aberdeen…

Marisa Haetzman

Ambrose Parry is a pseudonym for a collaboration between Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman. The couple are married and live in Scotland. Chris Brookmyre is the international bestselling and multi-award-winning author of over twenty novels…

Mick Herron

Ask a crime writer about their favourite current series among the many excellent ones that populate the genre, and there is a very good chance that their answer will involve the words Mick and Herron.…

Craig Robertson

Craig is the author of eight novels to date, Random, Snapshot, Cold Grave, Witness the Dead, The Last Refuge, In Place of Death,Murderabilia and The Photographer. During his 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper,…

Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware has rocketed to international stardom in the last few years, hitting the top of bestseller charts around the world. Her rise began with the phenomenal success of her debut, In a Dark, Dark…

Ed James

Ed shot to fame through his Scott Cullen series which won him a legion of fans that propelled him to the top of bestseller lists. The Edinburgh-set Cullen novels are classic Scottish noir in true…

Myra Duffy

Myra is best known for her series of crime novels set on the Isle of Bute. Of her choice of Bute as the location of her novels, Myra says “The Isle of Bute provides inspiration…

Chris Brookmyre

Chris is the author of 22 published novels to date, the latest being Fallen Angel. Chris has won several awards including the 7th Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction for All Fun and Games…

Douglas Skelton

Douglas is a crime writer who specialises in the darker side of things. A former journalist, he has published eleven books on true crime and criminal history. But it was when Douglas made the leap…

Liz Nugent

Liz worked in Irish film, theatre and television before becoming a writer. From the moment she did so, things changed. Her debut novel, Unravelling Oliver, was huge. And rightly so. Her terrifying, compulsive portrayal of…

Alex Gray

Alex was born and educated in Glasgow and has written 16 novels to date, the latest being the Sunday Times top ten bestseller The Stalker. When the body of a young woman is discovered in…

Luca Veste

A Bute Noir favourite, Luca is a writer of Italian and Scouse heritage and is the author of the Murphy and Rossi novels Dead Gone, The Dying Place, Bloodstream and Then She Was Gone, part…

Thomas Enger

Thomas Enger was born in Oslo in 1973. With a degree in sports, Thomas worked as a sports chief editor but always wanted to write fiction. After having tried for 15 years, his first novel…

Lin Anderson

Lin Anderson is best known as the creator of the forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod series of crime novels, and for her part in founding the annual Bloody Scotland crime writing festival. Lin’s novel Paths of…

Lilja Sigurdardottir

Until recently, Iceland’s biggest exports were aluminium and fillets of fish – but things are changing. Suddenly, it is the country’s crime writers that are in demand. Led by the Queen of Icelandic Noir –…

Denise Mina

Denise Mina has been described by none other than Ian Rankin as the most exciting crime writer to have emerged in Britain for years. And we think he’s probably right. She grew up in Glasgow,…

Lisa Gray |Noelle Holten | Allan Martin

In addition to our main line up, we have invited three debut authors who we believe can go on to great things. Journalist Lisa Gray has become a Number One bestseller on both sides of…

Oscar de Muriel

It may seem a long way from Mexico City to the Isle of Bute but for Oscar de Muriel it’s simply an extension of how his life has progressed. When you are born in the…

Caro Ramsay

Caro Ramsay was born in Govan, on Glasgow’s south side. Her first novel Absolution was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger 2008 and her second Singing to the Dead was long listed for the…

Alexandra Sokoloff

Alexandra is the Thriller Award winning, Bram Stoker and Anthony Award nominated author of 14 supernatural and crime thrillers. She has worked for 10 years as a Hollywood screenwriter and is the author of the…