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Chris Brookmyre.

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This was a superb event at Glamis Castle.

The cream of Scottish crime fiction were assembled for the delight of their many fans. I personally went to see …. Caroline Dunford.   Alex Gray.  Michael J Malone. Chris Brookmyre.

                                                                 
                                                             
                                                               
All these panels were very entertaining and informative.
Caroline Dunford.. Gave an interesting talk on the history of profiling serial killers.
Chris Brookmyre .. Was his usual irreverent and non PC  self.
Alex Gray … Told us of the creation of her long running series featuring DCI Lorimer
Michael J Malone… Has progressed since his debut novel ” Blood Tears”
Other writers present were..
Caro Ramsay
Chris Longmuir
Craig Robertson
Denise Mina
Douglas Skelton
Jackie Mclean
Sandra Ireland
Shona MacLean
Val McDermid
T.F. Muir
Wendy H Jones
There was plenty to hear and see. I only wished I could have seen them all.
A welcome addition to the Scottish crime calendar which I hope goes from strength.

 

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The Last Refuge

The Last Refuge

You can run from your past but you can never hide from yourself…
When John Callum arrives on the wild and desolate Faroe Islands, he vows to sever all ties with his previous life. He desperately wants to make a new start, and is surprised by how quickly he is welcomed into the close-knit community. But still, the terrifying, debilitating nightmares just won’t stop.
Then the solitude is shattered by an almost unheard of crime on the islands: murder. A specialist team of detectives arrives from Denmark to help the local police, who seem completely ill-equipped for an investigation of this scale. But as tensions rise, and the community closes rank to protect its own, John has to watch his back.
But far more disquieting than that, John’s nightmares have taken an even more disturbing turn, and he can’t be certain about the one thing he needs to know above all else. Whether he is the killer.
My thoughts:
This was a book that gripped from the beginning and did not let go!
John Callum leaves his past behind his past in Glasgow to start a new life in the wilds of the Faroe Islands. But will he be able to leave it behind? He is still plagued by nightmares.
he hopes for a new life and things look good as he is assimilated and welcomed by the local people.
But all is not what it seems and his new life falls begins to disintergrate and all is not all it seems.
This is a narrative that pulls, no drags the reader along.
The characters are superbly drawn and well rounded. All are vital to the story in which there is not a wasted word. The descriptions of the Islands are superb. The majesty of the hills and sea, the bleakness of the weather are conveyed well in Craig’s writing. His writing informs the reader of the raw power of nature and the underlying menace that is intruding into John’s life.
A well deserved 4 stars and I look forward to reading more of Craig’s work.

Craig Robertson 


Craig Robertson

Goodreads Author


Born

The United Kingdom 

Genre



During his 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper, Craig Robertson has interviewed three recent Prime Ministers; attended major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann; been pilloried on breakfast television, beaten Oprah Winfrey to a major scoop, been among the first to interview Susan Boyle, spent time on Death Row in the USA and dispensed polio drops in the backstreets of India.

 

 

Silence of the Grave

Silence of the Grave

Building work in an expanding Reykjavík uncovers a shallow grave.

Years before, this part of the city was all open hills, and Erlendur and his team hope this is a typical Icelandic missing person scenario; perhaps someone once lost in the snow, who has lain peacefully buried for decades. Things are never that simple.

Whilst Erlendur struggles to hold together the crumbling fragments of his own family, his case unearths many other tales of family pain. The hills have more than one tragic story to tell: tales of failed relationships and heartbreak; of anger, domestic violence and fear; of family loyalty and family shame. Few people are still alive who can tell the story, but even secrets taken to the grave cannot remain hidden forever…

My thoughts:
This was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. it was a story full of well drawn characters and a cracking story.
Detective Erlendur and his team are drawn into what they hope is a missing case scenario when a body is uncovered in a Silent Grave.
Silent, because there seems to be no reason for this grave to be there or clues to who it contains.
This opens up an investigation that opens up the past and also makes Erlendur confront his own demons.
His estranged wife, dysfunctional children and ghosts from his own childhood.
This is a dark book, bleak at times and full of the mystery and brooding atmosphere of the island nation of Iceland.
I would recommend this book even though it is number 4 in the series. It makes me want to read more of this author and Iceland.
A 5 star read!
 

 

Arnaldur Indriðason 

Arnaldur Indriðason


Born

in Reykjavík, Iceland

January 28, 1961


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Arnaldur Indridason (b.1961) has the rare distinction of having won the Nordic Crime Novel Prize two years running. He is also the winner of the highly respected and world famous CWA Gold Dagger Award for the top crime novel of the year in the English language, Silence of the Grave.
Indridason’s novels have sold over twelve million copies worldwide, in 40 languages, and have won numerous well-respected prizes and received rave reviews all over the world.

The Visitors

The Visitors

Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John in a decaying Georgian townhouse on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to shut out the shocking secret that John keeps in the cellar.

Until, suddenly, John has a heart attack and Marion is forced to go down to the cellar herself and face the gruesome truth that her brother has kept hidden.

As questions are asked and secrets unravel, maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side.

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My Thoughts:

What a dark, compelling read this is.
A mash of various time frames and points of view. It is a skillfully woven tale that sucks the reader in and wont let go.
John and Marion, are siblings and a product of a controlling father and an ineffectual mother.
John has a future and dark secrets shared with his father; whilst Marion is offered no encouragement, hope and is left to bumble through life at the command of her father and later John who seems to be his father incarnate.
This is a book that blurs the lines between the genres and the author is very skillful at this and she takes the reader on her ride and what a roller coaster it is.
This is an author who has set her bar high and it is hard to believe it is a debut novel and what a debut this is!
A well written dark, disturbing and claustrophobic novel. Very creepy with a cast of bizarre characters who leap off the page and into your mind.
I would recommend this novel and look forward to reading more from this author. Though it is hard to see how she can top this.
Well done Catherine!


Catherine Burns

 

Born

Manchester, The United Kingdom

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Born in Manchester, Catherine Burns is a graduate of Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She worked as a bond trader in London before studying at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography and teaching film theory at the University of Salford. The Visitors is her debut novel.

Sal
 Read over 2 days.

Sal

This is a story of something like survival.

Sal planned it for almost a year before they ran. She nicked an Ordnance Survey map from the school library. She bought a compass, a Bear Grylls knife, waterproofs and a first aid kit from Amazon using credit cards she’d robbed. She read the SAS Survival Handbook and watched loads of YouTube videos.

And now Sal knows a lot of stuff. Like how to build a shelter and start a fire. How to estimate distances, snare rabbits and shoot an airgun. And how to protect her sister, Peppa. Because Peppa is ten, which is how old Sal was when Robert started on her.

Told in Sal’s distinctive voice, and filled with the silent, dizzying beauty of rural Scotland, Sal is a disturbing, uplifting story of survival, of the kindness of strangers, and the irrepressible power of sisterly love; a love that can lead us to do extraordinary and unimaginable things

My thoughts:
This was a stunning book. Hard to realise it was a debut novel, and such a beautiful debut it was.
The writing is of such a high quality in a book laced with humour and at times tragedy.
The novel opens with sisters Sal and Peppa on the run after Sal has killed her Mum’s abusive boyfriend.
Through her diligent research and careful planning Sal is convinced she and her sister can survive in the Galloway Forrest.
Told through Sal’s eyes it is a story of two sisters; and two very different sisters they are.
Sal is a worrier and planner, whilst Peppa sails through life on the seat of her pants.
Their characters leap off the page fully formed and drag you into their lives and adventures.
You find yourself routing for Sal, even though what she has done is fundamentally wrong.
As said previously it is a book filled with well drawn characters, who leap off the page fully formed and into to your mind with their stories to tell. And what fascinating stories they are.
Sal and Peppa’s. Ingrid, an old woman who befriends them, has her own fascinating story to tell. Even Maw in Sal’s recollections and later on in the book has a story.
A brilliant, fascinating book which is well worth investing in. I don’t think you will be disappointed. Thanks to Mick, Cannongate and Lovereading.co.uk for the ARC.
Worthy 4 stars.

 

Hardcover
Expected publication: March 1st 2018 by Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN13
9781786891877
Edition Language
English.
I'll Keep You Safe

I’ll Keep You Safe

Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own the Hebridean company Ranish Tweed. On a business trip to Paris to promote their luxury brand, Niamh learns of Ruairidh’s affair, and then looks on as he and his lover are killed by a car bomb. She returns home to Lewis, bereft.

Niamh begins to look back on her life with Ruairidh, desperate to identify anyone who may have held a grudge against him. The French police, meanwhile, have ruled out terrorism, and ruled in murder – and sent Detective Sylvie Braque to shadow their prime suspect: Niamh.

As one woman works back through her memories, and the other moves forward with her investigation, the two draw ever closer to a deadly enemy with their own, murderous, designs

My Thoughts:
This is a brilliant read! What a great story, you will turn the pages furiously, telling yourself one more page, one more chapter. It’s that good.
From the opening chapter and what a chapter it was!
In Paris Niamh confronts Ruairidh with the fact she suspects he has a lover. Ruairidh denies this and storms from the room. Niamh later sees him leave with his lover in a Mercedes car which explodes within seconds of them entering it.
Niamh is bereft, left with the task of taking her husband’s remains home to the Isle of Lewis and not knowing for certain whether he was being unfaithful or not.
She has to get on with the rest of her life, not knowing if she had any life left to lead.
Enough of the story for now, read it and you will enjoy it.
I want to admit something here; Peter is one of my favourite writers. He could write the back of the a corn flakes packet and I would think it great.
His writing is of top quality and he can put pictures in your head and what great pictures they are!
His sense of atmosphere and place is prevalent throughout his writing.
I urge you to pick up this book and give it a read.
In fact read any book written by Peter; you’ll be in for a treat!

Peter May

Peter May
Life of Crime
 

Life of Crime


If you could get away with the perfect crime – would you? 

HEAVEN HAS NO RAGE, LIKE LOVE TO HATRED TURNED.
NOR HELL A FURY, LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED.

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My thoughts:

This book was something different from Kimberley. And something of the same. The clue is in the title.
Who chooses a life of crime? Or who is dragged into it, by birth or making the wrong choices in life..
For those of you have read previous books, namely her series novels, this will be a change. A stand alone novel. It has all the ingredients of her previous books, gangsters and brassy women. Delinquent children all living in a world of their own.
Jason Rampling is such a man. A Del Boy character who ducks and dives and fate takes a hand when he meets Melissa and her friend Tracey and that starts Jason of on his life of crime. With all the lies, deceit and two timing that lifestyle entails.
I must say I really enjoyed Kimberley’s style of writing. A fast paced story that has the reader gripped rapidly turning the pages, full of OMG , on the edge of your seat and why did you do that,say that moments.
Thanks to Harper Collins, Kimberley Chambers and Lovereading for the ARC.
 

Kimberley Chambers 

Kimberley Chambers


Born

London, The United Kingdom 

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