Margaret Kirk

A former pupil of Inverness Royal Academy, Margaret Kirk is a Highland Scot with an abiding fondness for Glasgow, where she did an MA in modern languages. Germanophile, Runrig Fan and mad cat lady, she writes crime fiction set in Inverness and the Highlands (think the North Coast 500 with bodies…) featuring ex-Met DI Lukas Mahler.


Margaret’s debut crime novel, Shadow Man, won the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition in 2016.


Margaret is keen to go beyond the cosy, tartan and shortbread image of the Highland area.  Our scenery and history play an important part in her novels, but Inverness is a city now, and like every city, it has its light and shade. Drawing on her own family history, Margaret is also fascinated by the themes of absence and homecoming. How does it feel to come home after an extended absence? Can it ever truly feel like ‘home’?


Published Work

Margaret's short story, Still Life was broadcast on Radio 4 in February 2016 as part of their ‘Scottish Shorts’ series for new and emerging writers.

Her award-winning short story, ‘The Seal Singers’, was published in the German anthology, Urlaubsgeschichte in 2016 by DTV, and also in Mutterherz 2018.

Shadow Man was published in November 2017. Book 2, What Lies Buried , was published on 13th June 2019, with book 3 in the series to follow in summer 2020.