Some Scottish murder mysteries…

What is the Anderson and Costello series about?

From Scottish writer Caro Ramsay, the Anderson and Costello series is a crime procedural taking place in Glasgow.

For more than ten books, the series follow Detective Inspector Colin Anderson and his long-time partner Detective Sergeant Freddie Costello as they investigate murder mysteries in a sea of red herrings filled with a lot of suspense.


Anderson and Costello Books in Order:

Absolution Anderson and Costello Books in Order Singing to the Dead Anderson and Costello Books in Order Dark Water Anderson and Costello Books in Order The Blood of Crows Anderson and Costello Books in Order

  1. Absolution – The Crucifixion Killer is stalking Glasgow, leaving victims’ mutilated bodies in a Christ-like pose. DCI Alan McAlpine is drafted in to lead the hunt, supported by local officers DI Anderson and DS Costello. But the past holds horrific memories for McAlpine. He last worked this beat some twenty years earlier, when he was assigned to guard a woman at a Glasgow hospital. An obsession was born in that hospital room that has never quite left McAlpine and now it seems to be resurfacing. As the chase to halt the gruesome murders intensifies, so Anderson and Costello find chilling cause for concern uncomfortably close to home…
  2. Singing to the Dead – It is the run-up to Christmas when two seven-year-old boys are abducted from the streets of Glasgow. For DI Colin Anderson the case is especially disturbing, because the boys look so much like his own young son Peter. When a simple house fire turns into a full-scale murder investigation, DS Costello’s hunch is the crimes are connected.
  3. Dark Water – In the attic of a deserted tenement, the body of a criminal is found hanging with his face horribly mutilated. Investigating officers Detective Inspector Anderson and Detective Sergeant Costello believe he was a suspect in a decade-old case: the rape and attempted murder of a young student. There are other similar cases on file. But the dead man didn’t act alone. He had an accomplice in his crimes.
  4. The Blood of Crows – DI Colin Anderson is having a bad week. His conviction of paedophile Skelpie Fairbairn is declared unsafe, putting Fairbairn back on Glasgow’s streets. Then a succession of strange crimes – a gangster torched alive; a teenage boy tortured then dropped off a bridge; a police suicide; a young girl tied to the river bank and left for the tide – leave Anderson with his hands full and questioning whether this array of evils are all, somehow, linked.

The Night Hunter Anderson and Costello Books in Order The Tears of Angels Anderson and Costello Books in Order Rat Run Anderson and Costello Books in Order Standing Still Anderson and Costello Books in Order

  1. The Night Hunter – Elvie McCulloch’s sister Sophie has been missing for 57 days. She went out for a run – and never came home. Several young woman in the area have disappeared in similar circumstances, and Elvie’s family fears the worst. Teaming up with retired detective Billy Hopkirk, Elvie determines to find out the truth. But as the pair collaborate with Anderson and Costello, they find themselves up against a terrifying enemy.
  2. The Tears of Angels – A few days before the summer solstice, a 92-year-old woman is found burned to death in her home. On the same day, a man’s mutilated corpse is discovered, his arms ripped from their sockets, with a tarot card depicting the Fool inserted in his mouth. When the victim is identified as someone for whom the police have been looking for almost a year, detectives Anderson and Costello find themselves caught up in a case where nothing is as it seems.
  3. Rat Run – In August 1992, a young mother and her two small sons were brutally murdered in the woods behind their home. Her neighbour Andrew Gyle was convicted of the crime. Now, twenty-three years later, a macabre discovery throws new light on the case. Having only just returned to work following an enforced leave of absence, DCI Colin Anderson and his partner, DI Costello, uncover serious discrepancies in the original investigation.
  4. Standing Still – Glasgow’s citizens are in a celebratory mood for the annual West End Festival parade. But beneath the jovial surface lurks something darker. A confused young woman is found wandering among the stilt walkers and jostling crowds, claiming to have been abducted by aliens. Before DCI Anderson and DI Costello can investigate further, a body is discovered, and it becomes horrifyingly clear that a depraved killer has taken advantage of the busiest day of the year to carry out a gruesomely macabre plan.

The Suffering of Strangers Anderson and Costello Books in Order The Sideman Anderson and Costello Books in Order The Red Red Snow Anderson and Costello Books in Order

  1. The Suffering of Strangers – When a six-week-old baby is stolen from outside a village shop, Detective Inspector Costello quickly surmises there’s more to this case than meets the eye. As she questions those involved, she uncovers evidence that this was no impulsive act as the police initially assumed, but something cold, logical, meticulously planned. Who has taken Baby Sholto, and why? Colin Anderson meanwhile is on the Cold Case Unit, reviewing the unsolved rape of a young mother back in 1996.
  2. The Sideman – DI Costello has resigned. Convinced that George Haggerty murdered his wife and son despite his cast-iron alibi, Costello has gone solo, determined to expose a ruthless killer. With a badly beaten body found on a remote mountain pass, DCI Colin Anderson has no time to ponder the loss of his partner of 20 years.
  3. The Red, Red Snow – A family man is stabbed to death at a crowded Christmas Ice Show. Murdered in plain sight. No clues, no witnesses, no known motive. Called to investigate, detectives Anderson & Costello discover that the holiday season can be anything but merry.