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Constable, 1st March 2018. ISBN: 978-1-47212-091-5 (PB)
Striking and magnificent the eastern Scotland landscape may be, but it
can also be treacherous and menacing, especially when the weather does its
worst. It certainly doesn't do DCI Andy Gilchrist any favours as he tries to
track down an elusive serial killer in the latest of T F Muir's gripping tartan
noir series set in and around St Andrews.
A woman's body washed up by
the sea is only the beginning. Soon Andy and his fiercely loyal team find they
are in pursuit of a ruthless murderer whose crimes go back decades and span
continents. It doesn't take them long to learn why the killer has gone
undetected for so long; despite their best efforts, he seems to have a knack
for staying one step ahead no matter what they do.
They're not helped by the
kind of winter storms that make most of us, Andy included, long for some
sunshine – though in Scotland, apparently, they count as no more than a bit of
a blow. Another hazard which keeps tripping them up is the new boss, Chief
Superintendent Diane Smiley, ironically dubbed Smiler, of course. She seems
intent on ensuring that Andy Gilchrist's tendency to bend rules and go off
piste railroad him into early retirement, even though his tactics have made him
the most successful detective in the force in terms of putting villains away.
But Andy thrives on the
challenge of living on the edge, and as usual follows his instincts rather than
the rules. He even makes slightly dodgy use of police resources to look into a
couple of issues closer to home and unconnected with the case. His artist son
is involved with a gallery owner who makes him feel uncomfortable; and his
mouthy Glaswegian sergeant, Jessie Janes, is potentially head deep in trouble
when her dysfunctional family life threatens to spin out of control.
Jessie has other problems,
and is growing as a character in each book. So too is Jackie, the ace
researcher with cerebral palsy, and Mhairi, the young DC determined to make her
mark. The Killing Connection shows that T F Muir is every bit as adept
at creating characters with depth as he is at weaving a complex plot and
painting a scenic backdrop – and it's characters that see to it that a series
On this showing, the exploits
of DCI Gilchrist and his team is set to run and run. And with that glorious
Scottish landscape as a bonus, we must surely be looking at a TV series before
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
T F Muir Born in Glasgow,
was plagued from a young age with the urge to see more of the world than the
rain sodden slopes of the Campsie Fells. By the time he graduated from
University with a degree he hated, he’d already had more jobs than the River
Clyde has bends. Short stints as a lumberjack in the Scottish Highlands
and a moulder’s labourer in the local foundry convinced Frank that his degree
was not such a bad idea after all. Thirty-plus years of living and
working overseas helped him appreciate the raw beauty of his home
country. Now a dual US/UK citizen, Frank makes his home in the outskirts
of Glasgow, from where he visits St Andrews regularly to carry out some serious research
in the old grey town’s many pubs and restaurants. Frank is working hard
on his next novel, another crime story suffused with dark alleyways and cobbled
streets and some things gruesome.
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.