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A Dark So Deadly Hardcover – April 20, 2017
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‘Wickedly twisty plotting and dazzling displays of black humour’ Library Journal
Praise for Stuart MacBride:
‘Dark and gripping. A riveting page-turner’ Independent on Sunday
‘MacBride is a damned fine writer’ Peter James
‘A satisfyingly compelling thriller’ Sunday Mirror
‘Skilful storytelling … strong characterisation … intriguing and engrossing’ Guardian
‘MacBride’s thrillers just keep getting better’ Express
‘Exciting … a guaranteed bestseller’ Literary Review
‘Unmissable … superb storytelling’ Sun
‘Crime fiction of the highest order’ Mark Billingham
‘A terrific writer … Logan McRae is a delight’ The Times
About the Author
Stuart MacBride is the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson novels. He’s also published standalones, novellas and short stories as well as a children’s picture book.
Stuart lives in the northeast of Scotland with his wife Fiona, cats Grendel, Gherkin, Onion and Beetroot, some hens, horses and a vast collection of assorted weeds.
- Item Weight : 2.05 pounds
- Hardcover : 608 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007494688
- Product Dimensions : 1.9 x 6.1 x 9.2 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007494682
- Publisher : HarperCollins; 1st Edition (April 20, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,967,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So I was fully prepared to read this and wish he had just stuck to the one series that had those characters & storylines that worked so well, on the page and in his readers imaginations as they read along. After now reading through the entire novel, I fear that it may now be Stuart MacBride who will be fervently wishing he had stuck to just the one series, as he now has a big problem, as I expect all his other fans are going to be clambering for the same thing I'm now going to want, which is 2 books a year ... as this book, which I am hoping like hell is the first in a series, is absolutely fantastic. Who would of thought another great set of characters good and bad, were rattling around in his skull ? I know I will NEED to read of these main characters again, follow them as they too, along with McRae try to keep Scotland safe for all law abiding citizens. All I can say is that I'm terribly sorry to Mr MacBride for even doubting you for a minute, and to thank him for the beginning of another set of characters to fall in love with and want to read again and again ! Oh and don't forget now. .. that's one McRae & one MacGregor a year, I will be counting on it :)
This book is a departure from Stuart MacBride’s Roberta Steele/Logan MacRae novels. This one “stars” DC Callum MacGregor.
Callum is a beleaguered police officer who has been dumped into a squad of losers. DS McAdams is his direct boss and he is a smart aleck, wise cracking individual. McAdams calls his DI boss DI Malcolmson “Mother.” After a somewhat comedic chase of a villain through the streets, and a rather clumsy arrest, McAdams shows up and collects Callum. They’ve got a murder! In a dump so there have been seven bodies located. McAdams and Callum are assigned the “mummy.” Convinced that it’s a thousand-year old body, Mother takes off in a huff. Callum notices that there is a burned smell above the miasma of the dump but shrugs it off when McAdams wants to leave.
Callum is not as dumb or inattentive as his superiors think he is. This is the story of the typical days of DC Callum MacGregor. What he finds while he is on the periphery of the case of their mummy is that there is a serial killer running about.
Filled with snarky humor and acerbic comments, this novel is typical Stuart MacBride. Well written and plotted beautifully, it’s this author at his best. Although I didn’t like it as well as his Logan MacRae/Roberta Steele series, it could just be because it was the first of a new series. Perhaps this reader needs to get used to the new character.
Well done, Mr. MacRae! I will continue to read his novels and look forward to the next one to be published.
There is humour in the novel and it does work to alleviate some of the grimness, darker elements but very often the humour felt forced and "over the top". The dialogue, humour didn't always gel with the plot and it began to irritate. I realise that there is meant to be a "comic" vibe but it wore thin after a while.
There were some twists as to who the perpetrators were but I often had the feeling that the mystery components were taking a back seat to the private lives of the characters, it sometimes felt like padding.
My favourite character was Constable Franklin, taking no nonsense and feisty to boot. Franklin was a good foil for Detective Callum MacGregor who had more "bad luck" then was plausible.
Disappointed with this one almost didn't finish.
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Callum McGregor’s misfortune stretches credibility to the extreme, as the whole story line does, to be truthful.
However that doesn’t stand in the way of an enjoyable novel filled with twists and subplots, some more or less fantastic than others.
The fictional town aspect allows a lot of freedom and there are some brilliant incidental characters some of whom are burnt before you have chance to really explore them, which is actually quite a good device.
The ultimate ‘baddy’ did feel like a bit of a cop out, and felt a bit like the writer was up against a deadline toward the end.
However I really liked the misfit squad and would like to read more of the unfortunate DC McGregor’s misfortunes.