Pine stands tall as winner of crime novel prize

The winner of this year’s prize for Scottish crime book of the year has said that she did not even expect to be considered for the prestigious award.

Francine Toon, 34, is the first debut novelist to be awarded the McIlvanney prize, named after the “father of tartan noir”, William McIlvanney. Her spine-chiller, Pine, was announced as the winner at the annual Bloody Scotland international crime writing festival, held online over the weekend.

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