Alexander McCall Smith

Matt Damon played the murderous Mr Ripley in the film version of Patricia Highsmith's novels (Picture: Jim Cooper/AP)

Bloody Scotland’s lesson for public figures who tell lies – Alexander McCall Smith

Bloody Scotland is with us again. That is not a deliberate echo of Hamish Blair’s infamous wartime poem, Bloody Orkney, but a reference to the festival of crime fiction that takes place in Stirling at this time every year. Bloody Scotland was set up in 2012 by two well-known Scottish crime writers, Alex Gray and Lin Anderson. Over the seven years since its inception, it seems to have gone from strength to strength, as more and more people have succumbed to the pleasures of tartan noir, Scotland’s answer to the immensely popular crime fiction genre, Scandinavian noir.

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