I started reading in the middle of this series and keep meaning to go back and read the beginning books but to date have not managed that yet. That said, I don't feel I am missing out on any enjoyment not having completed this task. This book, like the previous two gripped me from the start, drew me in and kept hold of my attention nicely throughout. It's quite dark in tone, definitely not your bulk standard police procedural and it was lovely to get my teeth into it. It's a bit convoluted at times and I had to have my wits about me throughout but it all came together brilliantly at the end. So, it's festival time in Glasgow and so the city is gearing up for that with the people getting into the mood for fun and frivolity. What they really don't need is what happens next. A young woman is found in a bit of a state claiming she has been abducted by aliens, she is asking for DI Anderson but he has no idea why. Then Anderson and Costello (yes, I still find myself reading Abbott and Costello - Who's on first base?) get embroiled with the body of a young man stuffed into a tea chest. There's a missing boy, but is it he who they have found. The action then switches to a care home, the same one housing Costello's Fiscal friend's wife, where we meet an ageing opera singer and her son and the people who care for them. And then, it gets even more convoluted and to say any more would be all kinds of spoilery and wrong. I will just mention that all is not right within the Police Force and it soon becomes evident that things are more political than they should be and that the powers that be are doing more to hinder rather than help the investigations. Well, this was a read and a half for me. It had just about everything I want from a book. An interesting case, many threads that meander along merging, crossing and splitting several times before they all come together at the end. It was definitely a story that I am glad I could read practically straight through with not many life interruptions as when I did have to put it down, I pined for the time when I could pick it up again. I did guess a few things along the way but I was never quite there with guessing the outcome but, when it came, although shocking, was extremely well worked out. I do love it when we have opposites teamed together and you can't really get more opposite than our two heroes here. Anderson and Costello are so chalk and cheese but their professional relationship just works. There is enough middle ground to get them through their cases and the fact that they are both a bit anti-establishment means that together they have more common enemies than just the villains they are hunting! The pacing is frenetic, it really does go along at a fair lick but there are the quieter moments which gave me much needed respite to reflect and regroup. There is enough description to enhance the story but not to much that it intrudes. Characterisation is brilliant. We have quite a large cast here in this book but all are very well drawn and easy to connect with on some level. With so many secrets and lies flying about here, I had a big pool of suspects to narrow down and connect together but i never got overwhelmed and every cast member served their own individual purpose. All in all, a thoroughly satisfying read that left me completely satisfied. I always worry when series get this long as sometimes they tend to get tired but I see no evidence of this happening with this series any time soon.
My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
DCI Anderson and DI Costello are investigating the disappearance of a young lady called Paige Riley, and trying to make sense of girl who believes she has been abducted by aliens. As this is happening the body of a man is discovered in a refuse bin. There is also the ongoing search for Paul Kerr whose mother Irene fears that he may be the body in the bin. This was not a story I particularly enjoyed and at times I found the writing somewhat confusing. Having said that I did love the events and residents of Athole House.."home for the retired stars of stage and screen" and in particular the Duchess who was looked after and cared for by her son and care assistant Sandra..."He always dressed the Duchess in the style of the women she admired; Jackie Onassis, the Queen, Walls Simpson..." The intentions of Sandra and the hilarity and sadness of the paying elderly guests were to me the high points in a plot that I found at times very difficult to engage with..."Enjoy the scenery as you fill up your incontinence pads and ring bells that nobody ever answers so you are left to rot and decay in some old stinking armchair, the TV left on, sound blaring and the same episode of Deal or No Deal playing over and over again..." Thanks to the good people of netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written.
The people of Glasgow are gearing up for the annual West End Festival. At the same time, Amy Niven wanders through the parade and into the police station reporting that she had been abducted by aliens the night before. She wants to see DCI Colin Anderson.
What truly happened to Amy? And what about the body in the chest?
As DCI Anderson and DI Costello investigate the case, a body is found. Is there a connection to Amy’s case? Anderson has been tagged as the head of the cold cases unit.
James “Klingon” Kirkton is a local politician who has been assigned to review Police Scotland. He has all sorts of grand ideas, few of which make much sense. He’s always ready to face the cameras though.
While this book appears to be going every which way, it all ties together in the end. This is a fast-paced read with plenty of action and suspense. It is both well written and plotted.
This is my first Caro Ramsay novel, but it won’t be my last. I truly enjoyed the twists and turns in this book.
I want to thank Netgalley and Severn House/Severn House Publishers for forwarding to me a copy of this great book to read.
3.5 stars. There is quite a bit of material to work with here and this is book 8 in the series. The author can't quite pull it off and make this more memorable and a better read. It turns rather Gothic in the end. I can imagine the scene on TV.