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Published by Wildfire, 20 February 2020. ISBN: 978-1-4722-4996-8 (HB). 978-1-4722-4998-2
Detective Chief Inspector Tony McLean and Detective Inspector Kirsty
Ritchie of Police Scotland are heading up Operation Caterwaul looking into
corporate fraud, a very secret investigation, also involving Interpol and other
A member of the
team, Anya Renfrew then goes missing. All stops are pulled out to find her as
she has important information concerning the investigation.
Meanwhile we learn
that Anya has a secret sex life involving meeting men at remote sites. Then her
car is found burnt out in a car park on the edge of a gloomy dense forest said
to be haunted, even the two sniffer dogs brought in seem terrified and have to
be taken away.Finding Anya is of
paramount importance and all investigations into the corporate fraud are put on
hold so officers can concentrate on solving her disappearance.
searches, human bones mainly ancient are dug up on the moors. Several however,
are more recent, leading McLean to believe some kind of ancient rituals are
still being practised as the bones all have strange markings on them. Could
this also have something to do with the disappearance of several women some
Anya's handbag is then
found not too far from a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. It belongs to an
uncle of one of McLean's police officers, who says no one has been near the
house. A search is made of the property and surrounding area, but there is no
sign of her, she seems to have completely vanished.
is puzzled to know how a childhood friend of his Norman Bale, in spite of being
locked up in a secure psychiatric hospital, knows all about a “scarlet woman”
going missing and hints as to what is happening to her. Reluctantly he has to
take notice of him, but his theory is somewhat bizarre.Also McLean wonders what can the stories
about druids and The Red Monks of ancient times that everyone is retelling have
to do with Anya's disappearance?
Time is running out
if Bale's predictions are to be believed. Can she be found before her fate
according to this supposed madman comes to fruition?
A truly exciting,
chilling and macabre story, I thoroughly enjoyed it! The feeling of menace
emanating from the dark forest is very real.
I see this is James
Oswald's tenth McLean novel, another author I have not come across before. I
must see if I can obtain some of his past books about this police officer. I
highly recommend this gripping tale.
James Oswaldhas pursued a varied career - from Wine Merchant to
International Carriage Driving Course Builder via Call Centre Operative and
professional Sheep Shit Sampler (true). He is the author of the Detective
Inspector McLean series of crime novels. Currently there are ten books available.
Recently he started a new series featuring Constance Fairchild, whose first
adventure is told in No Time To Cry, published by Wildfire in 2018. The
second book in series was published in 2019. He currently lives in Fife, with
three dogs and two cats. He farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes
disturbing fiction by night. http://jamesoswald.co.uk/
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
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cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.