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Monday 25 April 2022

‘Echo of the Dead’ by Alex Gray.

Published by Little Brown,
3 March 2022.
ISBN: 978-1-40872574-O (HB)

After a busy winter in Glasgow, DSI William Lorrimer is taking time off and, along with his friend Daniel Kohi, he heads to the beautiful Scottish Highlands and the mountain village of Glencoe.

The breath-taking descriptions of these mountains and its surrounding scenery had me wanting to climb aboard a plane and go visit, however the story kept me reading.

Lorrimer and Kohi comes across a body as they start to climb. Soon after, and as another body is found, and the PM results come back from the first corpse, we know a killer is out there, but why kill mountain climbers?

Lorrimer speedily drafts his team in from Glasgow and a murder hunt is underway. Then he discovers that a dark secret haunts this area, which is steeped in much history, and the team must take this into consideration. So, are these murders connected?

Soon after, when a teenage girl goes missing, the heat is truly turned up.

The characters in the village are colourful and clear and delightful, people one would like to get to know. The plot too, is totally intriguing. This is the nineteenth in Gray’s, DSI William Lorrimer series. Gray is a Sunday times best seller and rightly so, she is a great storyteller.

I have read some, but not all, so I was familiar with the character, however the book could easily be a standalone. If you enjoy police procedural investigations, I recommend you put this on your list.

Reviewer: Linda Regan

Alex Gray was born 27 May 1950, Glasgow.  She was brought up in the Craigbank area of Glasgow and attended Hutchesons' Grammar School. She studied English and Philosophy at Strathclyde University and worked for a period in the Department of Health & Social Security before training as an English teacher.  In 1976 she lived in Rhodesia for three months, during which time she got married, and she and her husband returned to Scotland. She continued teaching until the 1990s, when she gave the profession up and began to write full-time. Alex is a member of the Femmes Fatales crime writing trio, together with Alanna Knight and Lin Anderson. Her novels are all set around Glasgow and featuring the character of Detective Chief Inspector Lorimer and his psychological profiler Solomon Brightman.

Linda Regan is the author of six police procedural crime novels. She is also an actress. She holds a Masters degree in critical writing and journalism, and writes a regular column, including book reviews, for three magazines. She also presents the book-club spot on BBC Radio Kent. She is an avid reader and welcomes the chance to read new writers. 

  To read a review of Linda's most recent book
The Terror Within
click on the title.

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