There seems to be a lot of it around. I suppose Ian Rankin started it, or at least gave it a good shove forwards. I heard on the radio there's a detective based on the Shetland Islands, wtf! Like a good cyclist, I went on a cycling holiday, this time around the Outer Hebrides, and I find there's a writer based in the Outer Hebrides: Peter May, I got one of his books. Not bad so far, although I'm only a few chapters in. I am hoping the verasimilitude is going to be a bit more verasimilitudinous than a couple of recent crime thrillers I've read recently (I'm looking at you Stuart MacBride). How can the Outer Hebrides be a crime hot spot? There's only about 20,000 of them and half of them must be in Stornaway. The notice at the Castlebay hostel said there's no point locking up your bicycles. I think we were pushing the boundaries of acceptable convention by cycling on the Sabbath.