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A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride

A Dark So Deadly

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May 2017 Book of the Month.

Author famous for his excellent Logan McRae series presents a new police constable, one DC Callum McGregor. He is a man under internal investigation as he has accepted the blame for a major criminal being acquitted. We discover how and why along with learning a fair bit about the man’s dreadful childhood and his girlfriend problem. So lots of back story. There are chunks of radio conversations too and each chapter has obscure quotations. This bulks the tale out to over six hundred pages and detracts a little from the excellent yarn which shows much of the behind scene politics of a minor section of the police, to whit a unit of drop-outs or outcasts. These are officers who are unwell, have behaved inappropriately or are being investigated, as is our hero. The plot involves a serial killer who mummifies the victims. Initially there is some confusion as to whether the mummy is stolen from a museum. It is gruesome, exciting and unpredictable with a mounting body count. This drop-out unit initially investigating a theft has never handled a murder case before but Callum leads them into the investigation with great aplomb despite being physically assaulted. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Stuart MacBride you might also like to read books by Tony Black, David Peace and P. J. Tracy.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Linde Merrick - 'What a spellbinding thriller Stuart MacBride has given us with this!  It's such a real page-turner, with the tension and excitement building to an unexpected climax, that I had to read it straight through.'
  • Chris Parfitt - 'A book that will grip you and make you want to read just one more page...'
  • Sabine Little - 'Grumpy, cynical police officers with an axe to grind, pulling together to catch a serial killer - an intriguing plot with lots of twists and turns.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'The slapstick humour of the team investigating a number of serial killings left me feeling confused and lacking confidence in what I was reading.'
  • Rafe McGregor - 'MacBride skilfully avoids the serial killer clichés and although this is a chunky novel, I breezed through it effortlessly – a sure sign of a pacey, page-turner of a murder mystery.'
  • Tanya Thurling - 'Surely nothing could ever be as good as Logan and Steel right? Wrong. The Misfit Mob are just as great. So great in fact I'm really hoping he writes more books with these characters.'
  • Judith Waring - 'WOW! Stuart McBride does it again! I love, love, love, this guy, he is such a brilliant writer, such an artist, he literally paints the images and atmospheres with his words and he does it all so effortlessly.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'This has to be the best thriller I have read this year, it has a slightly dark humour, that will have the reader giggling and the most likeable characters you could wish to meet…'
  • Evelyn Barrett - 'Fans of Stuart MacBride and his Logan McRae series won't be disappointed by this standalone story.'
  • Linda Haw - 'Another winner from the pen of Stuart MacBride. Very well written, full of twists to keep you guessing to the end, which will come as a surprise.'
  • Judith Sharp - 'Wow, this is a big book 608 pages but the action doesn't let up for a second.  It is Tartan Noir with extra Noir and brilliant dark humour on the side.'
  • Fran Woodrow - 'Lots of trademark quirky characters, dark humour and twists mixed in with a good story – a winner for me.'
  • Nicola Crisp - 'It's got drama, it's got humour, it's got flashbacks, and it’s got twists and turns, plus fascinating facts about smoking kippers. It had me totally hooked, to the point of nearly being late for work!'
  • Lisa Keast - 'Outstanding, gripping thriller. A very cleverly written story of a serial killer, police and the victim. Would recommend to everyone. My new favourite author.'
  • Les Wood - 'At first glance this looks like quite a challenge being 608 pages long but it stays the pace and leaves you ready for more Callum.'


A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride

Gripping standalone thriller from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series. 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?


Praise for Stuart MacBride:

'Dark and gripping. A riveting page-turner' Independent on Sunday

'MacBride is a damned fine writer' Peter James

'A satisfyingly compelling thriller' Sunday Mirror

'Skilful storytelling ... strong characterisation ... both intriguing and engrossing' Guardian

' MacBride's thrillers just keep getting better' Express

'Exciting ... a guaranteed bestseller' Literary Review

'Unmissable ... Superb storytelling' Sun

'Crime fiction of the highest order' Mark Billingham

'A terrific writer ... Logan McRae is a delight' The Times

About the Author

Stuart MacBride

Stuart MacBride was born in Dumbarton, near Glasgow and moved to Aberdeen at the age of two. After dropping out of university to work offshore he went to work for himself as a graphic designer, eventually becoming studio manager for a nationwide marketing company. He gave it all up to have a go at becoming an actor, until it became clear to him that he was never going to be good enough to make a decent living out of it. Whilst progressing through a whole new career in the IT sector ending up as project manager for a global IT company, he also wrote in his spare time.

Stuart MacBride is the author of several bestselling novels featuring DS Logan McRae, including Shatter the Bones, which reached No. 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list.

The McRae novels have won him the CWA's Dagger in the Library, the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel, and Best Breakthrough Author at the ITV3 crime thriller awards.

Stuart's other works include Halfhead, a near-future thriller, Sawbones, a novella aimed at adult emergent readers, and several short stories.

He lives in the north-east of Scotland with his wife, Fiona and cat, Grendel.

Maxim Jakubowski's view on Stuart MacBride...

BLIND EYE is the 5th and latest volume in the increasingly popular series of Aberdeen thrillers with DS Logan McRae at the helm. In turns grim, gritty and gruesome, but also with mordant humour and sparkling dialogue between his warring cops, this is Tartan Noir at its very best, and literally begs for a TV adaptation. Not all Scottish cops are as polished as Ian Rankin’s Rebus, and MacBride’s coppers would jump out of the screen.

Author photo © Paul Levitton

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20th April 2017


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608 pages


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