The eagle eyed among you may have spotted the author making a rare television appearance earlier this year, participating in and winning Celebrity Mastermind, his specialist subject, perhaps surprisingly, being the life and works of AA Milne. The Milne theme is continued in this stand alone novel, with quaint maps and chapter sub sections and titles a la the Pooh books. The resemblance ends there though, in this dark police thriller, which has strong links to the hugely successful Logan McRae series, without actually featuring that character. Instead, this novel features his sidekick, the eccentric Roberta Steele, newly demoted after the conclusion of the last McRae novel. Inevitably this tale involves her trying to clear her name, and in turn features all the customary MacBride ingredients of black humour and grisly violence, set against the usual Scottish backdrop. I really enjoyed it – it’s much shorter than his lengthier ‘one off’ novel A Dark So Deadly published earlier in the year, and is all the better for it. While it’s unusual for a best selling author to publish two novels in the space of six months or so, it’s certainly justified in this case. The plot hangs together much better than its predecessor and is generally more believable all round, and it’s good to see the return of some familiar and much loved characters in a slightly different context. A very good read if you like this sort of police procedural thing.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Other books by this author, or indeed authors like Peter James and Mark Billingham for example.
One thing you’ve learned
There’s plenty more scope for more stories featuring these characters.