Scottish Crime Fiction: Tartan Noir: Dr Sharon Priestly

"This course celebrates crime novels based in Scotland and analyses excellent ones that are first in a series. We begin with Ian Rankin's Knots and Crosses (1987) where we meet Detective John Rebus, a compellingly complex Edinburgh cop. Next, we consider Ann Cleeves' award-winning Raven Black (2006) in which a Shetland Island community lives in fear and suspicion when an inhabitant is murdered. Finally, we read The Blackhouse (2011), by Peter May, set in the Outer Hebrides; the fascinating characters and wonderful descriptions of the Lewis landscape make this a memorable reading experience. "

Tutor: Dr Sharon Priestly

"Dr Sharon Priestley has presented literature courses for the University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education, The Letchworth Settlement, the REC and elsewhere. The topics of her courses range from the novels of Jane Austen to novels that have won the Man Booker Prize, classic and contemporary short stories, poetry, women's writings and children's literature. She also lectures on James Boswell and Samuel Johnson and has given papers focused on those fascinating individuals at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conferences and Literary London conferences."