The Relentless Tide by Denzil Meyrick (D.C.I. Daley 6)
Books / January 22, 2019

Read October 2018 Book 6 of the DCI Daley Investigations. When a team of archaeologists find the remains of three woman on a remote Kintyre hillside , it quickly takes a turn for the worse when they realise the women were killed less than 20 years ago. It becomes apparent that they are the missing victims of the ‘Midweek Murderer’, a serial killer who was at work in Glasgow in the early 90s. A tale of death, betrayal, Viking treasure and revenge. These books , for me are real great adventures, on the (quiet?) island of Klintoch. Meyrick really knows how to set the scene and transport you to the island, its like your there, luckily you dont have to go by boat with DS Scott! Its another great read in the series, full of twists and surprises until the end. As usual, Daley is supported by his DS, Brian Scott, Brilliant character , Annie from the hotel ,Hamish and DS Scott’s unflapplable wife Ella who all add to a well written tale. You could pick this up as a standaone book but you would be cheating yourslef out of the other 5 before this. Daley at his Brooding best,…

Bloody January by Alan Parks (Detective Harry McCoy 1)
Books / January 22, 2019

Read Decemeber 2018 This Debut Novel By Alan Parks Bloody – Brutal , Brilliant, one of my books of 2018. 1970s Glasgow, Detective Harry McCoy, a troubled soul is assigned a new partner , very much wet behind the ears, much to his dislike, together they investigate a rare and Random shooting of a teenage girl in broad daylight in the middle of a busy Glasgow street by another teen who then turns the gun on himself.. but why? What follow is Brutal; it’s bloody; it’s an absorbing, dark, powerful tale of the times it was written about,  but it’s also streaked with humour and the writing is absolutely fantastic ; you would never believe this was a debut I can not wait for the next book called February’s Son, Published on the 31st January 2019 5 stars

Streets of Darkness by A.A. Dhand (DI Harry Virdee 1)
Books / January 22, 2019

Read Decemeber 2018.

The first Book by A.A Dhand. my first word is Outstanding. I Loved every page.

Introducing D.I Harry VIrdee, a tough uncompromising cop who has trouble sticking to law when it comes to bringing down the bad guys, Currently under suspension, he is asked by his boss to go undercover when local MP and Businessman’s Shakeel Ahmed’s body is found.

I have never been to Bradford and have never read anything quite like this. It has a very different feel from a standard crime procedural, I think maybe for me because it’s introducing a culture and ways of life I knew nothing about.
At times its very dark, a hard hitting violent tale of Race, politics. Drugs. Families, Murder, Religion , you name it , it’s here and the book absolutely whistles by, easy to read, tense, action at every turn, possibly my book of the year for 2018,

Fantastic, I can’t wait to get started on Girl Zero and have also now bought City of Sinners, Book 3 in the series

I highly recommend A.A. Dhand , a fresh new voice in crime fiction, to everyone and in particular fans of David Mark and anyone who wants something a little different from the usual

Every Night I Dream of Hell by Malcolm Mackay (Glasgow Underground 5)
Books / January 21, 2019

The 5th book in the Glasgow Series by Malcolm Mackay and my favourite so far. As with the first 4 the writing is immaculate, superb stuff. Page turning,Brutal Violent stuff. This time around a character, hard man Nate Colgan from the Glasgow trilogy is the main Protagonist. In the earlier 3 books Nate is a hard man who sorts problems for the organisation but other than knowing he is someone to fear there isn’t much about him. In this the character is really fleshed out and he’s a broken soul, a depressed man who is feared by all around him but you get a sense he doesn’t want to be but it’s his job. It’s what he does best it’s all he knows. I really took to him in this book. Certainly more than Callum in the first stories or the 2 young lads in book 4. This one is set after the first 3 book, without spoiling anything the head honchos of the crime organisation are now under lock and key but still just hanging on to power of their broke organisation. Enter a small gang from Down south looking take over, that small gang is joined by Nate’s…

The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham (DI Tom Thorne 11)
Books / January 18, 2019

Following the events of book 10 Tom Thorne returns , Reduced to uniform, working the streets, with his new slightly unhinged partner DC Treasure, we have , what seems a depressed, angry , bitter Thorne now  living with a new partner , Helen, another police officer and her son, Alfie. Thorne isn’t happy at all; brooding and moody, out of the limelight of the MIT and shunted aside though not a demotion in rank but no longer a Detective. Called to a Suicide whilst on the beat, an old couple overdosed on insulin, Thorne’s old Detective light goes off and he’s sure there is more to this suicide. With that he takes his hunch to the higher ups and is laughed out the building, told to forget who he was and leave the investigations to the real detectives. Infuriated by this brush off, Thorne turns vigilante on us, determined to get to the bottom of the suicides he realises there is a “cluster” of suicides amongst the older aged in London, not one but 5 or more. Not caring who he brings down, threatening both his relationship and friendships., Thorne calls on help from his old team who can’t say…