Ticket sales for a festival celebrating the best in international crime writing rose 42% in a year, according to organisers.
Some 5,406 tickets were sold for Bloody Scotland in Stirling, compared with 3,782 in 2012, the festival’s first year.
The festival, which took place last weekend, featured a line-up of 48 crime writers across 35 events.
Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, who has sold more than 20 million books worldwide, appeared this year alongside big names in Scottish writing such as Christopher Brookmyre, Ian Rankin and Val McDermid.
Organisers hailed the event a “huge success” as they announced next year’s gathering will take place on September 19-21.
Festival manager Dom Hastings said: “Bloody Scotland was a massive success in attracting a stellar line-up of authors, with over 5,400 tickets issued over the weekend.
“In just two years, the event is well established in the cultural calendar. We would like to thank our authors, fans, sponsors and volunteers, as with their support, the festival has grown significantly this year.
“Bloody Scotland will return to Stirling on 19-21 September 2014. We will continue to develop the festival, making it even bigger and better than before.”