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None but the Dead (Rhona Macleod Book 11) Kindle Edition
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I am impressed with this series and have enjoyed every title. (I do recommend reading them in order.) Besides the very rich, developed, complex characters; the forensic details; the perfect example of the noir genre; and the raw, gritty themes, I read these books for their sense of place. NONE BUT THE DEAD takes place on the island of Sanday - a part of the Orkney Islands. The physical descriptions, the complex characters and the weather - all painted a rich picture of Orkadian life. I would love to experience the place in person. We were in Glasgow for only a few minutes in this title and it was definitely a change of pace. I missed DI Bill Wilson. He only appeared in a very few telephone calls. Chrissy was a fleeting presence. I do wish Rhona and Sean and McNab could figure out their feelings for each other. And how is Margaret, DI Wilson’s wife? I think I am too familiar with these characters!
Well worth your time and thought, I quite like this series and heartily recommend it.
The story kickstarts with two bodies: one in Glasgow and one in Sanday. In the city, an elderly man is found dead in his flat in suspicious circumstances. A few hundred miles to the north, a skeleton is uncovered when a new arrival in the Orkney Islands is converting an historic school into a house. Sanday is an island steeped in history, but this skeleton is neither recent nor ancient, instead it's from a time decades ago but within living memory for some residents. And what does the grisly find have to do with the thirteen dust-covered flowers discovered in the old school's attic? Flowers that the new owner was warned to leave alone or risk disturbing the souls of long-dead children.
Dr Rhona MacLeod is sent to the Orkneys to deal with and find answers about the skeletal remains. When DS Michael McNab stumbles over a link to Sanday with the Glasgow body, he heads out to the islands to investigate as well. There's an interesting tension between MacLeod and McNab.
In None But the Dead, Anderson does a terrific job creating a vivid sense of Orkney atmosphere; its challenging weather, unusual geography, and rich history. The wildness of the place seeps from the pages, as the winds howl and rains lash the island. MacLeod and McNab are tested on several fronts as they try to extricate the truth behind two deaths. The islanders are an unusual community with plenty of secrets, and are none to keen to share them with officials from across the sea. The uncovered skull vanishes, McNab is attacked, and a young islander goes missing. The bones that brought Dr MacLeod to Sanday may be decades old, but there is plenty of danger in the present too.
And as a storm closes in, MacLeod and McNab are marooned on Sanday, cut off from outside help.
None But the Dead is a cracking page-turner that's likely to have new readers immediately adding Anderson's backlist to their TBR piles.