The change follows the publication of three successful historical crime books under her full name. The title of her latest novel has also been truncated in its paperback form, to make it more punchy and eye-catching.
Crucible of Secrets now appears simply as Crucible.
MacLean, the niece of world-famous thriller writer Alistair MacLean, is published by London-based Quercus, which was named publisher of the year in 2011.
She said: “The thinking was that my name was too soft and feminine and men wouldn’t buy my books.
“I was slightly concerned that anyone who was waiting for the book to come out might not realise it’s the same book or by the same person. But the name change seems to be working well.
“Crime books are more traditionally male, and my books have a male protagonist.
“This kind of thing has happened to other thriller writers, like C J Sansom, S J Parris and V C Letemendia.”
Full story at The Scotsman.