Murder they wrote … which is a huge clue to the arrival of Aberdeen’s new crime writing festival.
The first Granite Noir event will feature three of Scotland’s most renowned crime writers, Denise Mina, Christopher Brookmyre and the North-east’s Stuart MacBride.
The festival, from February 24 to 28, will pay tribute to the writing talent from Scotland and Scandinavia.
Organisers plan to invite some leading writers of Nordic Noir, a genre made popular through books and TV series such as The Bridge, The Killing and Wallander.
Granite Noir, organised by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), Belmont Filmhouse and Aberdeen City Council’s Library and Archive, will see authors talk about their novels and methods.
That will include Stuart, author of the Logan McRae series set in Aberdeen; Christopher, who penned the Jack Parlabane books and Glasgow-born Denise, who wrote the Garnethill, Alex Morrow and Paddy Meehan books.
Other attractions will include film screenings, workshops for adults and kids which delve into the city’s archives, a free audio walk, and conversations ranging from the nature of evil to the pleasure of spending 40 years with the same character.
The full line-up will be announced later.