Dead Man’s Grave: The first book in a gripping new Scottish police procedural series for crime fiction and mystery thriller fans (DS Max Craigie Scottish Crime Thrillers, Book 1)

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Dead Man’s Grave: The first book in a gripping new Scottish police procedural series for crime fiction and mystery thriller fans (DS Max Craigie Scottish Crime Thrillers, Book 1)

Dead Man’s Grave: The first book in a gripping new Scottish police procedural series for crime fiction and mystery thriller fans (DS Max Craigie Scottish Crime Thrillers, Book 1)

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Looks like someone did open the Grave though, as Tam Hardie’s decomposing body is discovered beneath the heavy slab of granite covering the grave, in what turns out to be a centuries old feud. I loved the main character although I did have a problem with the author using similar names for most of the female case, ie Janie, Jill, Jean, Jeanette. The head of Scotland's most powerful crime family is brutally murdered, his body is dumped inside an ancient grave in a remote cemetery.

Quickening his pace, he missed his footing and his boot caught the corner of something hard and flat that was almost entirely covered by weeds and thick moss. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Being put on leave, he has all the time he wants to do his own investigation, as he is so certain that no-one can be trusted within the police force because everybody is a potential rat and he is the only one who gets the clear picture. However, he’ll need to dig really deep to tackle this investigation, that exposes corruption, which extends to senior officer level within the Scottish Police Service.EXCERPT: His attention shifted as his eyes moved to a gravestone that stood proudly erect a few metres ahead of him, it's inscription still fairly clear. For the majority of this story, he’s paired with Janie Calder, a university graduate on the fast-track promotion career path, who is seen as a bit of an oddball for her academic interests and achievements as well as her avant garde musical tastes. The tale features police corruption, organised criminal gangs, disturbing violence and retribution, with it all culminating in a rollicking good read.

Before too long it becomes crystal clear that Tam’s murder is part of an ongoing blood feud involving the Hardie’s, and despite the police’s arrest of the perpetrator the family will stop at nothing to achieve vengeance against their enemy. It remains tense and high octane until the end, suspend some disbelief and just go with the flow for an exhilarating finish.Still muttering suppressed oaths, feeling suddenly a little guilty about blaspheming on consecrated ground, he looked at the memorial with renewed interest. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harper Collins UK Audio via Netgalley for providing an audio ARC of Dead Man's Grave by Neil Lancaster for review. Of course, such an eerie stone could be used in a historical novel, maybe supernatural, possibly even a pandemic story (perish the thought). He chose to transfer to Police Scotland and the Serious and Organised Crime Unit from the Met, and his wife, less keen on the move, chose not to join him. A stroke of luck for Max and Janie on their way back to Glasgow means the investigation into Hardie’s death might be wrapped up sooner than anyone expected, but Max is convinced there’s more to the killing than just some ancient family feud.

During his career, he successfully prosecuted several wealthy and corrupt members of the legal profession who were involved in organised immigration crime. I'm not usually a fan of novels based around organised crime and gangs, but Dead Man's Grave is so much more than that. When Max reports to the sons of the crime boss about his findings they don't seem surprised by any of the news. Given what occurs, the horrific body count that follows this act, Craigie is to find himself wondering if it would not been better if that grave had been left well alone, as he finds himself in grave danger and shunned by Police Scotland. He has a strong personal moral code and is not afraid to stand up against higher authorities for what he believes in.

It’s not your standard “man killed, find killer” fare as the killer is found quickly and this is just the appetiser. At the heart of it, it's a multi-generation feud of Scottish crime families, corrupted police, a gripping tale, and good action.

When Tam Hardie goes missing, the job of liaising with the family is handed to DS Max Craigie, not long arrived with Police Scotland from his last job in the Met, and Janie Calder, a rookie DC. I say I started writing a procedural, but as often happens, it soon began to morph, and by the end of the book it was a full-on conspiracy thriller with bent cops, evil gangsters and a determined, hard-case of a good cop battling the odds. There are innocent victims in the book, but that added fuel to the already raging fire in Max’s belly and made me all the more invested in seeing justice being done.It was also longlisted for the 2022 McIlvanney Prize and shortlisted for Best New Series at the Dead Good Reader Awards.

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