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by Orion, 2 November 2017. ISBN:
to be the Wedding of the Year in Inverness ... TV star Morven Murray is
marrying local sporting legend turned businessman Ross Campbell – except that
on the wedding morning, Morven’s found brutally murdered.
This Scottish police procedural mostly follows
ex-Met DI Lukas Mahler and his squad, eternal optimist Fergie and spiky Karen
Gilchrist, as they investigate the murder, and try to understand the links with
a gangland-style execution, and a brutal killing in the centre of Inverness.
Mahler is a likeable loner, out of place in Inverness, and resented by the
local officers for his aloofness and Met reputation. His home problems with his
mother are sympathetically described, and his attraction to chief suspect Anna,
Morven’s sister, gently handled. Anna is another of the characters whose
thoughts we follow, along with the terrified petty crook Dannie Stewart, and
the italicised murderer. The murders are unpleasant, but not too horribly gory.
The plotting is clever, with twists sending DI Mahler in different directions,
and the denouement tense. The Inverness city and area setting, post the
formation of Police Scotland, and during the run-up to the Scottish referendum,
is vividly evoked, and there are lovely descriptions of place. The novel’s
written in the present tense throughout.
An interesting tartan noir police procedural
with well-drawn characters and an unusual setting.
Margaret Morton Kirkis a writer living and working in the Scottish
Highlands. Runrig fan, chocoholic and mad cat lady, she writes crime fiction
with a twist and was runner-up in the 2015 ‘Bloody Scotland’ Crime Writing
Festival short story competition. Her short story, ‘Still Life’, was broadcast
on Radio 4 in February 2016 as part of the ‘Scottish Shorts’ series for new and
emerging writers. Shadow Man the first in a series of crime novels set in
Inverness and featuring ex-Met DI Lukas Mahler, won the 2016 Good Housekeeping
First Novel competition. It was published on 2nd November by Orion.
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.