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Published by Macmillan, 10 August 2017. ISBN: 978-1-5098-0701-7(HB)
Published by Pan, 22 March 2018. ISBN: 978-1-5098-0703-1 (PB)
novels in this series, Follow the Dead features two protagonists,
forensic scientist Rhona Macleod and Detective Sergeant McNab of the Glasgow
Police. Rhona is on holiday with her partner Sean in the Cairngorms to
celebrate Hogmanay (the Scottish New Year) while McNab, is in the process of
getting a tattoo on his back to disguise a bullet wound received during
military service in Afghanistan and taking rather a fancy to the pretty girl
tattooist Ellie, herself a walking gallery of tattoo art, is expecting to
celebrate Hogmanay in Glasgow. Neither is able to do so. Rhona is called out to
a plane crash in the mountains and then to a rock shelter where the bodies of
three climbers have been found; there was a fourth climber, Isla, where is she?
And McNab is called out to a rowdy night club which results in a massive haul
of cocaine and a number of arrests of men having sex with under-age girls, in
particular a 13-year old from Syria who had been smuggled into Scotland via
Norway. She had been injured during the raid and is taken to hospital but
the crashed plane has been discovered; the pilot's body is further away from
the plane, apparently dead of injuries received during the crash. A search of
the plane reveals remnants of a substantial amount of cocaine, but where is the
bulk of the cocaine? Then the missing climber is found, alive but only just,
and suffering from extreme hypothermia. Her story is that she had gone out
during the night to relieve herself, had then got lost, and a stranger appeared
and offered to guide her back to the rock shelter. But he did not, and Isla
realised that his intentions were malign. She manages to get away and hide. But
who was the stranger? And why should he want to kill her? A third strand is the
arrival of Norwegian detective Alvis Olsen who believes that the two series of
events are linked, not only by the cocaine but by the trafficking of refugee
children not just for sexual exploitation but for something far worse. A fourth
strand is the possible involvement of McNab's childhood friend Davey Stevenson
with the leading Glasgow gangster Brophy. All these strands are brought
together in a compelling narrative which moves from Glasgow to the Cairngorms
to Stavanger in Norway culminating in a thrilling denouement across the North
Sea in the depths of a winter storm.
particularly struck by the author's vivid and compelling description of the
perils of a Highland winter and the role played by the Cairngorm Mountain
Rescue Team to which the book is dedicated, also by her knowledge of forensic
science techniques so necessary to establish the manner and time of death which
makes such an important contribution towards establishing criminal liability.
She thanks the Norwegian police authorities for providing information on which
the episodes in Norway are based and also information regarding human
Reviewer: Radmila May
born in Greenock. She attended the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Lin is
a Tartan Noir crime novelist and screenwriter. Whilst best known as the creator
of forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod, Lin has a second mystery thriller series
featuring private investigator Patrick de Courvoisier, set in glamorous Cannes
(think The Rockford Files meets James Bond). As of 2010 the Rhona MacLeod books
are being developed for ITV.
born in the U.S. but has lived in the U.K. since she was seven apart from seven
years in The Hague. She read law at university but did not go into practice.
Instead she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and still does
occasional work for them including taking part in a substantial revision and
updating of her late husband’s legal practitioners’ work on Criminal Evidence
published late 2015. She has also contributed short stories with a distinctly
criminal flavour to two of the Oxford Stories anthologies published by Oxpens
Press – a third story is to be published shortly in another Oxford Stories
anthology – and is now concentrating on her own writing.
by Macmillan, 8 February 2018. ISBN: 978-1-5098-4281-0 (HB)
New York is a bustling
backdrop for this psychological suspense in the vein of Behind Closed Doors, Girl On A Train and Gone Girl.
dual point of view, narrated in the first person, occupies the first half. There
is Nellie, 27 years old, only weeks away from her wedding to Richard, wealthy,
sophisticated, romantic, handsome and thoughtful. Seven years older than her, he’s
every girl’s Prince Charming. But is he too good to be true? Then in comes Vanessa,
centre stage, who’s trying to recover from a bitter divorce when her husband
Richard left her for a younger woman. Vanessa is down on her uppers, living in
her beloved aunt’s spare room and working, rather ineffectively, as a low-paid sales
assistant in a department store. The second half of the book kicks off with a
novel digs down into the complexities of friendship, obsession, marriage and
betrayal. At the core of the story is an ex-wife supposedly obsessed with the
beautiful woman to whom her former husband has become engaged.
is what it seems. The characterisation is well crafted; the dialogue runs
smoothly and naturally. The plot twists and turns in a pacy arc that keeps one
guessing and turning the pages to the very end. Although
the story jumps around undeniably the co-authors have collaborated successfully
to produce a book to curl up with.
HendricksandSarah Pekkanen'sprolific editor-author relationship began in 2010 with
Pekkanen's debut novel, The Opposite of Me.
The two women formed an instant connection, which grew
into a close friendship while Hendricks edited six more of Pekkanen's novels,
the latest being The Perfect Neighbors (2016). Hendricks joined Simon
& Schuster in 1994 as an assistant editor at Scribner Books. In 1996 she
began working at Pocket Books and Washington Square Press. During her tenure at
Simon & Schuster, Hendricks helped to discover and edit numerous writers
including Jennifer Weiner, Stephen Chbosky, and Pekkanen. In 2001, she helped
launch Atria Books, which acquired The Opposite of Me.
Hendricks left the publishing company in 2014, she told only a few people,
including Pekkanen, that she wanted to write a novel. Pekkanen, who had written
everything from investigative newspaper series and magazine features to short
stories, was eager to challenge herself. She believed collaborating with
Hendricks on a novel could help her grow creatively. Hendricks was briefly hesitant. "When
Sarah approached me about writing together, I initially worried it would be
copping out to work with someone else," Hendricksexplains, "that it
would be less of an accomplishment." But the former editor called Pekkanen
12 hours later and said, "Let's do it!" "I realized it would be
crazy to turn down this opportunity," Hendricks says. "While I had
published a few personal essays and edited hundreds of books, I knew I had a
lot to learn about writing an actual novel." Pekkanen was confident the
two could create something special together. "Not only do we share
strikingly similar narrative instincts and approaches to storytelling, but we
get along beautifully as friends," she says. And so, began
the process of writing The Wife Between Us.
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India,
qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She
began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicalsthen turned her hand to fiction. Having
published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has
also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten
track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work
in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and
singing are a few of her favourite things.
Published by Orenda Books, 10 October 2017. ISBN:
978-1-910663- 84-7 (PB)
Jaakko is thirty-seven, the owner
of a successful mushroom business, overweight and a touch set in his ways. He’s
also, his doctor has just told him, dying – of poisoning by a natural toxin.
The doctor blames the mushrooms, but Jaako knows better, and he’s determined to
find out who, and why, before he dies.
a real hook of an opening – a dying man investigating his own murder – and the
story continues at this rattling pace. Jaako is the narrator throughout, and we
learn all about his life, and the people in it: his athletic wife, Taina, who
started the business with him; Olli, the cynic, Sanni, the career girl, Raimo,
the worrier and Petri, the driver. They’re all being approached by a rival
business, led by Asko, and policed by his two thugs. A visit to the rival
factory gets Jaakko in trouble with the police, and from then on his life spins
increasingly out of control. He’s a likeable narrator – you sympathise with his
problems, both during the investigations and in the vividly-described bouts of
illness, and you want him to succeed in his quest. The story’s told with
humour, and there are several unexpected plot twists leading up to a surprise
ending. The Finnish small-town setting is vividly described: the houses, the
marketplace, the gossip, everyone knowing everyone else, and, for a change from
the usual setting, instead of a wintry landscape, it’s a sweltering summer.
real page-turner of a plot, led by a sympathetic main character – Scandi noir
narrated with Chris Brookmyre humour. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor
Finnish author Antti
was born in Helsinki, Finland where he lives with his wife. He was an award-winning
copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. The
critically acclaimed My Brother's Keeper was published two years later.
In 2011 Tuomainen's third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award
for 'Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011' and was shortlisted for the Glass Key
Award. The Finnish press labelled The Healer - the story of a writer
desperately searching for his missing wife in a post-apocalyptic Helsinki -
'unputdownable.' Two years later in 2013 they crowned Tuomainen 'The King of
Helsinki Noir' when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and
evocative style, Tuomainen is one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian
crime genre formula.
Marsali Taylor grew up near
Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently
a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and
two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is
fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive
dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a
keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of
her local drama group.Marsali also does
a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.