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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)

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They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. I’m afraid I’m badly out of step with most other reviewers here, but I really didn’t think Dead Man’s Grave was much good. The location is at the bottom of Woodhouse Road on the right hand side near to where the railway went through. 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. 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.

When the head of one of Scotland’s most notorious crime families is found brutally murdered, the police are bound to be in for a rough ride, as DS Max Craigie and DC Janie Calder soon discover. now just Tam) and the current head of the family swears vengeance and death on everyone in the killer’s family. Been off work for 3 months after surgery, surrounded by dozens of books that I pick up and put down, nothing gripped me.

The hero, Max Craigie, is a bit of an author-insert, not that that’s always a bad thing: ex-military, ex-Met and now working in for Police Scotland after his involvement in a fatal shooting down south. Intriguing is most definitely the operative word, with the creepy setting adding a kind of tension to the chapter, a foreboding or sense of apprehension that only grows the more we read, one which we soon learn is highly justified.

He pulled his old clasp knife from his Barbour pocket, extended the worn blade and began hacking away at the vegetation. A very gripping crime thriller that sometimes made me think of Ian Rankin's Rebus, and at other times Line of Duty. It's fast-paced, stylishly woven and thoroughly atmospheric with some beautiful scenic descriptions and never a dull moment. 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. Neil acted as a surveillance and covert policing specialist, using all types of techniques to arrest and prosecute drug dealers, human traffickers, fraudsters, and murderers.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. With rising excitement, he got to his feet and began to scrape the thick moss from the large, flat granite surface. A former Black Watch soldier himself, he may come across as a gruff character at times, but there is a heart of gold in there and he is as set on rooting out corruption as his colleagues. It has four nationally rare plants, Spanish catchfly, Boehmer's cat's-tail, Breckland Wild Thyme and spring speedwell. This is very much a plot driven book and fairly fast paced at that, what we get in character development happens on the fly.

Tam Hardie Jnr is determined to find his father’s killer and send a message to everyone in the criminal underworld that it’s business as usual for the Hardie family; cross them at your peril.

The head of Scotland’s most powerful crime family is brutally murdered, his body dumped inside an ancient grave in a remote cemetery. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. What is obviously a joke or banter is invariably followed by a description of someone chuckling or of a smile spreading across their face to make sure we’ve got the point – and ruining any lightness which may be intended.

In the grave is the recently missing Tam 'Peeler' Hardie, the elderly head of Scotland's biggest crime family, controlling and distributing heroin and cocaine from their Glasgow base. He becomes embroiled in an investigation into Scotland’s toughest gangland family which reveals deep corruption within Police Scotland.We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. Though complex, this is a cracking start to this new series, a police procedural of exceptional quality, with an array of characters that fit their roles perfectly.

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