Stuart MacBride

A Dark So Deadly

"By turns the book is macabre, twisted and humorous..."


Welcome to the Misfit Mob…

It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of, but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from.

But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting. O Division's Major Investigation Teams already have more cases than they can cope with, so, against everyone's better judgement, the Misfit Mob are just going to have to manage this one on their own.

No one expects them to succeed, but right now they're the only thing standing between the killer's victims and a slow, lingering death. The question is, can they prove everyone wrong before he strikes again?

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Regular readers will know Stuart MacBride is a favourite author for me, so naturally I have been looking forward to reading this standalone since I first heard about it at Bloody Scotland last year. Featuring, neither Logan MacRae nor Ash Henderson, this book centres around a young DC called Callum MacGregor and the team of misfits he has found himself working with. There's a DI nicknamed 'Mother', the wheelchair bound Dotty, DC Watt and DS McAdams. As you would expect from a writer of MacBride's calibre, each character is perfectly drawn to give the reader an insight into their motivations and personalities. The plotting is intricate and kept me guessing right until a few pages before the author did the grand reveal. (This is the perfect situation for me, enough info to make the connection, but only just before it's revealed.) By turns the book is macabre, twisted and humorous, yet just when you think things can't get any worse for the erstwhile hero, MacBride takes another swing at him in this deliciously noir tale. I loved this book and look forward to hopefully enjoying MacGregor's company again in the future.

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