Books about Scotland

  1. The Blackhouse

    by Peter May
    A murder mystery set in a remote Scottish island, delving into a dark past.

    A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. A MURDER Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to ... (Goodreads)

  2. Spell of the Highlander

    by Karen Marie Moning
    A woman's epic quest to save the world, guided by an ancient Highlander.

    It's taken him eleven centuries to find the right woman. He's not about to lose her now. Jessi St. James has GOT to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the archaeology ... (Goodreads)

  3. When a Scot Ties the Knot

    by Tessa Dare
    A Scottish duke and an English lady must choose between loyalty and love.

    New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shy, pretty, and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. ... (Barnes & Noble)

  4. A Highland Christmas

    by M.C. Beaton
    A cozy Christmas mystery set in the Scottish Highlands, featuring amateur sleuth Hamish Macbeth.

    Christmas is an ancient Roman festival, not to be celebrated by decent folk in the Scottish Highlands. Police Constable Hamish Macbeth has always loved the festivities, but this year his family is ... (Goodreads)

  5. Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country, France, 1553

    by Kathryn Lasky
    The story of Mary, Queen of Scots, as a young girl in France, navigating political intrigue and her own destiny.

    Mary, the young Scottish queen, is sent a diary from her mother in which she records her experiences living at the court of France's King Henry II as she awaits her marriage to Henry's son, Francis. ... (Goodreads)

  6. An Echo in the Bone

    by Diana Gabaldon
    18th-century Scottish and American characters struggle with loyalty, betrayal, and love in the midst of war.

    In the 20th century at Lallybroch, Brianna, Roger, Jem, and Mandy are reading letters from Claire and Jamie from the past, one of which mentions hidden gold, with a location known only to Jem. ... (Wikipedia)

  7. Outlander

    by Diana Gabaldon
    A time-traveling adventure through 18th century Scotland, full of romance and danger.

    The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient ... (Goodreads)

  8. Three Junes

    by Julia Glass
    A story of interconnected lives, spanning three summers of joy, sadness and self-discovery.

    A luminous first novel, set in Greece, Scotland, Greenwich Village, and Long Island, that traces the members of a Scottish family as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of ... (Goodreads)

  9. Black and Blue

    by Ian Rankin
    Detective John Rebus investigates a mysterious death while navigating the police politics of Edinburgh.

    Detective Inspector John Rebus is working on four cases at once trying to catch a killer he suspects of being the infamous Bible John . He has to do it while under an internal inquiry led by a man he ... (Wikipedia)

  10. Fleshmarket Close

    by Ian Rankin
    Detective Rebus investigates a series of murders in Edinburgh's Fleshmarket Close, uncovering a web of corruption and exploitation.

    Detective Inspector John Rebus has no desk to work from, as a hint from his superiors that he should consider retirement, but he and his protegee Siobhan Clarke are still investigating some seemingly ... (Wikipedia)

  11. The Winter Sea

    by Susanna Kearsley
    A writer travels to Scotland to research her novel and discovers a personal connection to the past. Historical fiction with a touch of romance.

    A NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER! "I've loved every one of Susanna's books! She has bedrock research and a butterfly's delicate touch with characters—sure recipe for historical fiction that ... (Barnes & Noble)

  12. Voyager

    by Diana Gabaldon
    A grand adventure across time and space, filled with romance, danger and mystery.

    Voyager opens on the battlefield at Culloden , where Jamie Fraser finds himself gravely wounded and his rival Jack Randall dead. Jamie is carried to a nearby farmhouse where 18 Highland soldiers have ... (Wikipedia)

  13. Rather Be the Devil

    by Ian Rankin
    Detective John Rebus tackles a decades-old cold case and a web of corruption.

    The novel opens with Rebus and his girlfriend, Deborah Quant (who is the latest pathologist in Edinburgh) dining in a restaurant. Rebus is reminded of the death in 1978 of Maria Turquand in the ... (Wikipedia)

  14. Drums of Autumn

    by Diana Gabaldon
    A romantic family saga set in 18th century America, of the struggles of an immigrant family.

    The heroine of the bestselling, Outlander, , Claire, returns in Drums of Autumn , reunited with her husband Jamie Fraser and facing a new life in the American colonies . As the preceding novel, ... (Wikipedia)

  15. The Outlandish Companion: Companion to Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn

    by Diana Gabaldon
    A guide to the Outlander series, including character bios, historical context, and behind-the-scenes insights from the author.

    Perfect for readers of the bestselling Outlander novels—and don’t miss, The Outlandish Companion Volume Two,!,#1, New York Times, bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captivated millions of readers ... (Barnes & Noble)

  16. Knots and Crosses

    by Ian Rankin
    An Edinburgh detective investigates a series of murders, unearthing a dark past.

    Detective John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain's elite SAS. Now he's ... (Goodreads)

  17. The Impossible Dead

    by Ian Rankin
    A detective investigates a case involving corruption within the police force, leading to dangerous consequences.

    The book starts with the reintroduction of Malcolm Fox. He has been assigned an investigation in Fife concerning 3 police detectives, who are suspected of with holding information concerning their ... (Wikipedia)

  18. His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae

    by Graeme Macrae Burnet
    Historical fiction on a haunting trial of a young man accused of a triple murder.

    Man Booker Prize Finalist., LA Times, Book Prize Finalist., New York Times, Editor’s Choice. American Booksellers Association National Indie Bestseller! Named on “Best Book” lists by, Newsweek,, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  19. The Falls

    by Ian Rankin
    An Edinburgh detective's investigation of a serial killer, with a personal connection.

    A student vanishes in Edinburgh and her wealthy family of bankers ensure Detective Inspector John Rebus is under pressure to find her. A carved wooden doll in a coffin found near her East Lothian ... (Wikipedia)

  20. The Naming of the Dead

    by Ian Rankin
    A detective investigates a serial killer during the G8 summit in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    An underlying thread throughout the book is that of familial relationships; the book opens with Detective Inspector John Rebus attending the funeral of his brother Michael, who has died suddenly from ... (Wikipedia)

  21. The Fiery Cross

    by Diana Gabaldon
    Epic saga of a time-traveling couple navigating the dangers of 18th century Scotland.

    Claire, the heroine of Outlander , figures in The Fiery Cross as a reluctant oracle and wife to Jamie Fraser, her 18th-century partner, and faces the politics and turmoil of the forthcoming American ... (Wikipedia)

  22. The Chessmen

    by Peter May
    A story of crime, secrets, and betrayal, set in the Shetland Islands.

    Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal game-hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler ... (Goodreads)

  23. Seduction of a Highland Lass

    by Maya Banks
    A Scottish laird kidnaps and seduces a woman from a rival clan, but their love is threatened by their families' feud.

    Maya Banks, the, New York Times, bestselling author of romance and romantic suspense has captivated readers with her steamy Scottish historical novels, perfect for fans of Julie Garwood. In, ... (Goodreads)

  24. A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows

    by Diana Gabaldon
    A journey through time and a battle between duty and love.

    Available for the first time as an exclusive eBook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War ... (Goodreads)

  25. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

    by Alexander McCall Smith
    Isabel Dalhousie, philosopher and amateur sleuth, navigates the complexities of love and loss while solving a mystery involving a rare manuscript.

    ISABEL DALHOUSIE - Book 2 Nothing captures the charm of Edinburgh like the bestselling Isabel Dalhousie series of novels featuring the insatiably curious philosopher and woman detective. Whether ... (Goodreads)

  26. To Tame a Highland Warrior

    by Karen Marie Moning
    A fierce Highland warrior is captured by a headstrong woman who seeks revenge against his clan. Passion and danger ensue.

    A Woman's Tender Touch He was born to a clan of warriors of supernatural strength, but Gavrael McIllioch abandoned his name and his Highland castle, determined to escape the dark fate of his ... (Goodreads)

  27. Death of a Cad

    by M.C. Beaton
    A philandering cad is murdered in a small Scottish village, and the local constable investigates the suspects.

    From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series... Death of a Cad: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiance home to Lochdubh, everybody in ... (Barnes & Noble)

  28. Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle

    by Mary J. MacLeod
    A memoir of a nurse's experiences on a remote Scottish island, providing insight into the island's culture and way of life.

    For fans of James Herriot and, Call the Midwife,. A, Wall Street Journal, Bestseller. Over 100,000 sold. Gaelic fortitude meets a nurse’s compassion in these wonderful true stories from rural ... (Barnes & Noble)

  29. Standing in Another Man's Grave

    by Ian Rankin
    Detective John Rebus returns to investigate a series of unsolved cases, uncovering secrets from the past.

    John Rebus returns to investigate the disappearances of three women from the same road over ten years. For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's ... (Goodreads)

  30. The Lewis Man

    by Peter May
    A murder mystery set in the Scottish Highlands, unravelling the secrets of a family's past.

    A body is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis. The male Caucasian corpse is initially believed by its finders to be over 2000 years old, until they spot the Elvis tattoo on his right arm. ... (Goodreads)

  31. Mary Queen of Scots

    by Antonia Fraser
    Biography of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, and her tumultuous life as a monarch in 16th century Scotland and England.

    She was the quintessential queen: statuesque, regal, dazzlingly beautiful. Her royal birth gave her claim to the thrones of two nations; her marriage to the young French dauphin promised to place a ... (Goodreads)

  32. Virgins

    by Diana Gabaldon
    Set in 1740s France, this novella follows the story of Jamie Fraser's first wife, Annalise de Marillac.

    A young Jamie Fraser learns what it really means to become a man in this Outlander prequel novella. Featuring all the trademark suspense, adventure, and history of Diana Gabaldon’s #1 bestselling ... (Goodreads)

  33. 44 Scotland Street

    by Alexander McCall Smith
    Humorous tale of life in Edinburgh, featuring a cast of quirky characters.

    44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 1, The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring ... (Goodreads)

  34. Kidnapped

    by Robert Louis Stevenson
    A young man's thrilling escape from kidnappers and the pursuit of justice.

    The main character and narrator is 17-year-old David Balfour. (Balfour is Stevenson's mother's maiden name.) His parents have recently died, and he is out to make his way in the world. He is given a ... (Wikipedia)

  35. Braveheart

    by Randall Wallace
    Epic tale of William Wallace, a Scottish warrior who leads his people in a rebellion against English rule.

    In 1280, King Edward "Longshanks" invades and conquers Scotland following the death of Alexander III of Scotland , who left no heir to the throne. Young William Wallace witnesses Longshanks' betrayal ... (Wikipedia)

  36. Seven Stones to Stand or Fall

    by Diana Gabaldon
    A collection of short stories set in the world of Outlander, exploring the lives of beloved characters.

    NEW YORK TIMES, BESTSELLER - A magnificent collection of Outlander short fiction–including two never-before-published novellas--featuring Jamie Fraser, Lord John Grey, Master Raymond, and many more, ... (Goodreads)

  37. The Hanging Garden

    by Ian Rankin
    Detective John Rebus investigates a series of grisly murders in Scotland.

    Detective Inspector John Rebus is investigating a suspected war criminal. Rebus helps a traumatised Bosnian prostitute and tries to intercede in a territory war between gangster Tommy Telford and ... (Wikipedia)

  38. Letters from Skye

    by Jessica Brockmole
    A woman discovers her connections to a family living on a remote Scottish island.

    A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the ... (Goodreads)

  39. The World According to Bertie

    by Alexander McCall Smith
    The adventures of a young boy named Bertie and his family and friends in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    "The World According to Bertie" is the fourth in the series and revolves around the many colourful characters that come and go at No. 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith handles the characters with his ... (Goodreads)

  40. The Acid House

    by Irvine Welsh
    A collection of stories exploring the dark side of Edinburgh's working-class culture.

    Description from the inside sleeve:, This scintillating, disturbing, and altogether outrageous collection of stories introduces to these shores a young writer already being called "the Scottish ... (Goodreads)

  41. The Quiche of Death

    by M.C. Beaton
    Amateur sleuth navigates a small-town murder mystery, uncovering secrets and solving the crime.

    Agatha Raisin retires from her profitable position as a PR agent in London, she moves to the Cotswolds expecting a peaceful country life. She enters a local baking contest with a quiche she bought in ... (Wikipedia)

  42. Highlander Most Wanted

    by Maya Banks
    A Scottish laird kidnaps a woman to use as leverage against her brother, but ends up falling in love with her.

    In Highlander Most Wanted, a reclusive woman content to live in the shadows shows a Highland warrior the true meaning of love. Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, ... (Goodreads)

  43. Porno

    by Irvine Welsh
    A darkly comic look at the lives of a group of drug-addled youths in Scotland.

    The novel is divided into three sections, each of which comprises chapters with different narrators . Unlike Trainspotting which had more narrational diversity, Porno is reduced to just five ... (Wikipedia)

  44. The MacGregor Grooms

    by Nora Roberts
    Three handsome and successful MacGregor men find love and happiness with the women of their dreams.

    It worked with his granddaughters. Now Daniel MacGregor, powerful patriarch of the MacGregor clan, wants to see his three handsome, eligible—but stubbornly single—grandsons married. So he's found ... (Goodreads)

  45. Filth

    by Irvine Welsh
    A darkly humorous story of a degenerate cop's descent into drug-fueled chaos.

    Bruce Robertson is a detective sergeant serving in Edinburgh 's " Lothian Constabulary ". Robertson is a Machiavellian, intensely misanthropic man who spends his time indulging in cocaine and alcohol ... (Wikipedia)

  46. Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles

    by Margaret George
    A historical novel about the life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, and her tumultuous reign.

    She became Queen of Scots when she was only six days old. Life among the warring factions in Scotland was dangerous for the infant Queen, however, and at age five Mary was sent to France to be raised ... (Goodreads)

  47. Trumpet

    by Jackie Kay
    The life of a famous jazz musician is explored after their death, revealing a secret that challenges their public persona.

    The novel begins just after the main character, Joss Moody, a famous jazz trumpeter, passes away. After his death, there is a revelation that his biological sex was female, causing a news rush and ... (Wikipedia)

  48. Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade

    by Diana Gabaldon
    Lord John Grey investigates a mysterious death and uncovers a dangerous conspiracy in 18th century London.

    In her much-anticipated new novel, the New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander saga brings back one of her most compelling characters: Lord John Grey–soldier, gentleman, and no mean hand ... (Goodreads)

  49. Never Seduce a Scot

    by Maya Banks
    A passionate romance between two Scottish warriors, struggling against their family and social expectations.

    Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her ... (Goodreads)

  50. The Vicious Vet

    by M.C. Beaton
    A small Scottish town is rocked by the murder of a local vet. Agatha Raisin investigates, uncovering secrets and suspects along the way.

    Feisty Agatha Raisin, former London PR exec, retired to quiet Cotswold village. Handsome vet Paul Bladen accidentally kills himself while attending Lord Pendlebury's horse. Agatha and attractive ... (Goodreads)

  51. Holy Island

    by L.J. Ross
    A detective investigates a murder on a remote island, uncovering secrets and facing danger.

    Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is ... (Goodreads)

  52. The MacKinnon's Bride

    by Tanya Anne Crosby
    A Scottish laird marries an Englishwoman to secure peace, but their marriage of convenience turns into a passionate love affair.

    When laird Iain MacKinnon's young son is captured by the English, the fierce Scottish chieftain retaliates in kind, capturing the daughter of his enemy to bargain for his boy's return. Fiercely loyal ... (Barnes & Noble)

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