WITH two big-name TV series coined by Val McDermid – Traces and Karen Pirie – soon to air, here are five other Scottish authors whose thrillers and crime novels are set to make the leap from book to screen.

Denzil Meyrick

Game of Thrones star Rory McCann is to play the lead in an adaptation of Denzil Meyrick's million-copy selling DCI Jim Daley series after the TV rights were snapped up by Ocean Independent/Fudge Park last year. The drama will be written and directed by Scottish playwright and screenwriter Anthony Neilson, whose past credits include Sky Atlantic's hit show I Hate Suzie.

HeraldScotland: Denzil Meyrick, creator of the DCI Jim Daley crime series. Picture: Kirsty AndersonDenzil Meyrick, creator of the DCI Jim Daley crime series. Picture: Kirsty Anderson

Harriet Tyce

Blood Orange, the bestselling debut novel from lawyer-turned-author Harriet Tyce, has been optioned by World Productions, the makers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard.

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The psychological thriller follows a high-flying criminal barrister taking on her first murder case at the same time as her personal life descends into chaos when an affair leads to dark obsession.

HeraldScotland: Harriet Tyce is author of psychological thriller Blood OrangeHarriet Tyce is author of psychological thriller Blood Orange

Doug Johnstone

Three generations of Edinburgh women running a family funeral director business with a sideline as private investigators are at the heart of this must-read domestic noir series. The first novel in Doug Johnstone's quartet – A Dark Matter – has been optioned as a TV drama by Glasgow-based production company Blazing Griffin.

HeraldScotland: Authors Helen FitzGerald and Doug Johnstone. Picture: Mark Mainz/The HeraldAuthors Helen FitzGerald and Doug Johnstone. Picture: Mark Mainz/The Herald

Helen FitzGerald

Glasgow-based Synchronicity Films previously adapted Helen FitzGerald's novel The Cry into a four-part BBC drama starring Jenna Coleman as a young mother whose baby mysteriously disappears.

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The production company has since optioned two more of her books – Ash Mountain and Bloody Women – as TV projects (the Australian-born author has lived in Scotland for more than 30 years, so we can claim her as ours).

Craig Russell

Another on the Synchronicity Films slate is Craig Russell's Lennox series with plans afoot to adapt the 1950s-set crime novels for TV.

HeraldScotland: Craig Russell, creator of the Lennox private eye novels set in 1950s Glasgow. Picture: Martin ShieldsCraig Russell, creator of the Lennox private eye novels set in 1950s Glasgow. Picture: Martin Shields

Writer and producer Robert Murphy, whose series credits include DCI Banks, Inspector George Gently, Shetland and Vera, is attached. The titular Lennox is a private eye, born in Scotland but raised in America after the Depression.

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