North east crime writer tops the library book list

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Stuart MacBride – most borrowed fiction author from Moray libraries

MURDER AND MYSTERY is the major fascination for Moray readers if the top 10 list of most popular books borrowed from local libraries is anything to go by.

Moray Council Libraries released the list yesterday that outlined who was most definitely ‘in’ as far as local reading tastes go – and it was perhaps no real surprise that a north east author should lead the way.

Stuart MacBride’s ‘The Missing and the Dead’ was the most read novel of 2015 in the region’s libraries, depicting the latest case of detective Logan McRae, a story that centres on the murder of a young girl whose body was discovered near Banff.

The author was a strong supporter of the campaign to save several Moray libraries from closure during the last round of local authority budget cuts – and his book topping the local list comes at a time when fears are growing that they could once again be the target as Moray Council face further savage cuts this year.

Mr MacBride said: “It has been a very challenging year for libraries in Moray and the only thing that is going to save the is if people get down to their local one and use it. I really hope the book has helped with that – I would like to thank everyone who borrowed the book and who are helping keep our libraries alive.”

The latest Logan McRae novel, In the Cold Dark Ground, is set to be released on Thursday.

Top ten fiction books borrowed in Moray during 2015

1 ‘The Missing and The Dead’ by Stuart MacBride
2 ‘Personal’ by Lee Child
3 ‘Gray Mountain’ by John Grisham
4 ‘The Silkworm’ by Robert Galbraith
5 ‘Never Go Back’ by Lee Child
6 ‘Private Vegas’ by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
7 ‘Standing In Another Man’s Grave’ by Iain Rankin
8 ‘Die Again’ by Tess Gerritsen
9 ‘Entry Island’ by Peter May
10 ‘The Sunrise’ by Victoria Hislop