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Publication Order of Anderson and Costello Books

Absolution (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Singing to the Dead (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Water (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blood of Crows (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night Hunter (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tears of Angels (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rat Run (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Standing Still (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Suffering of Strangers (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sideman (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Red, Red Snow (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
On an Outgoing Tide (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silent Conversation (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of DCI Christine Caplan Books

The Devil Stone (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Her Blood (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of the Dark (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Cursed Girls / Mosiac (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Killer Cookbook(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Caro Ramsay is a Scottish author that writes crime fiction. Most of the author’s novels are set in Glasgow. Caro has been complimented and criticized for writing some truly demented stories.


Caro Ramsay was born in Govan on the South side of Glasgow; the author wouldn’t have been anyone’s first guess for the student most likely to write crime fiction. She wasn’t particularly good at English.

She did excel in the sciences, though that isn’t exactly the reason why she chose to focus on Math and Chemistry. Caro remembers being somewhat irritated by the achievements of her smarter elder sister, and many of her choices when it came to exam subjects were made in an attempt to steer clear of her seemingly superior sibling.

Of course, that isn’t to say that the sciences didn’t actually fascinate Caro Ramsay. The author found that she enjoyed reading about all the interesting facts that would come up in her science classes, and she was quickly drawn to topics such as the most effective methods of poisoning and how death by a blunt object could be analyzed.

Clearly, even at that young age, Caro was drawn to the darker aspects of life. For a while there, it looked like she would go to either Veterinary or Medical School, but she rejected opportunities to attend either.

Instead, Caro Ramsay saw fit to go to the British School of Osteopathy in London. The decision more or less paid off. Caro became the youngest graduate of the institution. During her time at the school, the author gained a proficiency in English and Glaswegian.

And once she finally left school, Caro wasted no time in opening her own practice in Glasgow where she has continued to treat animals. There was a time when Caro questioned the rationale of her decision, specifically her determination to avoid Veterinary and Medical school, two roads that would have allowed her to become a member of the Country’s Primary Care Team.

But Caro has since found that Osteopathy can be just as fulfilling. She definitely believes that her career is far superior to that of a vet because her job description doesn’t involve ending the lives of animals.

Caro Ramsay has worn many hats over the years, this including Acupuncturist, Chiropractor and marathon runner. The author added the moniker of ‘Writer’ to her Curriculum Vitae in 2007.

Caro has been creating stories since she was five years old. The author always had a preference for thrillers and that love grew during her college studies. Caro doesn’t like referring to herself as an author.

Rather, she refers to her person as one who loves telling lies and killing people. The author’s journey to success began when an injury to her spine restricted her to a hospital bed for nearly a year.

With nothing else to do besides watching Television, Caro found that her boredom was more than enough motivation to drive her to start writing. Caro wrote two novels over a relatively short period of time, with many of her ideas driven by all the fantasies she kept having about killing the people who irritated her.

Caro had the pleasure of acquiring Jane Gregory as a literary agent and Michael Joseph as an editor. Both individuals considered her manuscripts to be the best works of crime fiction they had read.

Caro had to be humble as the pair went about cutting into her book. The changes they chose to make were not especially drastic. The author wasn’t fond of seeing the name of her detective change.

And she was lucky to find editors later on who wanted to put back many of the elements Caro had been forced to remove. Either way, Caro’s first novel finally hit the shelves in 2007, paving the way for an illustrious publishing career.

Caro Ramsay appeals to readers because her characters and settings are so realistic. She also has an uncanny ability to blend the macabre with humor. This makes her books as bleak as they are funny.

Caro Ramsay, who was the subject of a BBC documentary film in 2007 and has been shortlisted for a CWA new Blood Dagger Award, isn’t too keen on the idea of her books receiving film and television adaptations.

Caro admits that, if the opportunity ever came her way, she would definitely cash the cheque. But Caro doesn’t expect that she will enjoy the actors and actresses chosen to portray her characters, mostly because she has such a vivid picture of what her books should look like.


DCI Alan McAlpine is called upon to serve when a killer begins to stalk Glasgow, not only mutilating his victims but posing them in a manner similar to Christ. Alan is a successful police officer and many believe him capable of leading the hunt for this so-called Crucifixion Killer.

But even with DI Anderson and DS Costello supporting him, Alan doesn’t know if he can overcome the demons of his past that still haunt him, reminding him of his many failures.

If Alan cannot overcome his past traumas, then the Crucifixion killer might soon visit a tragedy upon Glasgow it won’t soon forget.

This Caro Ramsay novel brings to the fro three detectives in Glasgow trying to find a killer that is randomly slaughtering women. Caro keeps shifting back and forth between the present situation and a case from twenty years ago that left DI Alan McAlpine scared.

This novel plays with elements of the psychological thriller genre despite being a detective story, and it definitely cements Caro Ramsay as a nearly unrivalled author of disturbing crime thrillers.

+Singing to the Dead

The abduction of two young boys leaves Detective Inspector Colin Anderson shattered. The abused and neglected boys look so much like his son. But, with police resources being so exhaustively stretched, Colin isn’t particularly optimistic about the boys’ chances.

The situation is further muddied by a house fire that explodes into something so much more complicated. Colin can’t seem to forget about the missing boy’s long enough to focus on the house fire.

This book shifts the attention away from the protagonist of ‘Absolution’, Caro’s first book, to one of the supporting characters. The shift, though worrying for some fans, is executed perfectly.

Colin steps up to the plate as a detective struggling with his fair share of regrets.

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3 Responses to “Caro Ramsay”

  1. Kathryn Webber: 1 year ago

    Could you tell me whether Mosaic and The Cursed Girls is the same book?

    • Graeme: 1 year ago

      Hi Kathryn – yes they are! Mosiac was what it was first published under and then it was later changed to The Cursed Girls.

  2. Edna phillips: 3 years ago

    I absolutely loved the first two books and am desperate to continue with the series. Unfortunately I cannot get books 3 to 11 from dark water to suffering of strangers, also red red snow for some strange reason. Can you please help me. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Many thanks. Erna


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