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by Matador, 28 April 2017. ISBN 978-01788036 634
Well of the Dead is not the usual dysfunctional, urban
police procedural, but one in which the story is played out amongst the rugged
beauty of Scotland’s wild landscapes.
Inspector Neil Strachan has concerns at home when his long-term partner starts
acting strangely, but he is forced to put his personal life aside when the body of Laura Fraser is discovered in her Scottish
castle, and her husband, Duncan is missing. The couple have inherited a whiskey
business and the family castle. Duncan’s body is soon found near Culloden at
the Well of the Dead. Both bodies have been mutilated with strange carvings
that hint to a time long past.
This is the second book featuring DI Neil Strachan. With his
sidekick Sergeant Holly Anderson, they try to unravel who the ruthless and
violent criminals are, and why they are apparently obsessed with Jacobite
ancestry. From chapters set in 1746 the reader begins to learn the history for
revenge. The couple have been targeted because of events that took place during
the battle of Culloden over 250 years earlier. Merciless killers are looking
for hidden treasure and will stop at nothing to find it.
this 600-page book arrived for review I hoped to goodness that it was going to
be good otherwise getting through it was going to be arduous. I needn’t have
worried. The pace of the novel felt realistic yet kept me turning the pages as
the story twisted and turned with emerging details as it wound its way towards
a dramatic conclusion. The writing felt cinematic as I was transported to
Scotland with its bleak scenery and varying dialects. Neil
Strachan is a likeable protagonist, a smart and dedicated detective who works
as part of a team and goes off piste when things get personal. A
thoroughly enjoyable read.
Reviewer: Christine Hammacott
always dreamed of becoming a novelist and after thirty years in the police force
has now used that experience, his interest in military history a profound
knowledge of the Scottish Highlands, and created the Detective Inspector Neil
Christine Hammacott lives near
Southampton and runs her own design consultancy. She started her career working
in publishing as a book designer and now creates covers for indie-authors. She
writes page-turning fiction that deals with the psychological effects of crime.
To read a review of her debut novel The Taste of Ashclick
on the title.