The #Bookvent Calendar 2018: Day 9

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2018 

My ninth #bookvent selection is a book by one of my absolute favourite authors. It is part of a very long running series which blends dark and hard hitting stories with an undeniable Scottish humour. Which is also dark. But I like dark. I read the first nine books in this series in around two weeks over one Christmas and I’ve not looked back since. With a central protagonist who has been through the shite more times than one of Wee Hamish’s corpse chomping piggies, and a cast of characters who will have you howling with laughter whilst simultaneously praying for their safety, my day nine #bookvent choice is …

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The Blood Road

by Stuart MacBride

What drives someone to murder?

The No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author returns with the much anticipated new Logan McRae thriller.

Some things just won’t stay buried…

Logan McRae’s personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he’s policing his fellow officers.

When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the driver’s seat of a crashed car it’s a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago, they buried him. Or they thought they did.

As an investigation is launched into Bell’s stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what’s so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead?

But the deeper Logan digs, the more bones he uncovers – and there are people out there who’ll kill to keep those skeletons buried. If Logan can’t stop them, DI Bell won’t be the only one to die…

Oh my gawd. How I love Logan McRae. Since I first read Cold Granite I have been hooked on this series and I sit and stalk Amazon every October/November, ready to preorder the next book in the series. There is something very special, and incredibly funny, about the team of Logan and Steel and this time, with the hierarchy very much reversed, their most unconventional partnership is one top, side splitting form. Add into the mix comedic double act Simon Rennie and Tufty Quirrell and there are so many scenes which had me laughing out loud it was almost impossible to find the right words for review. But this isn’t all about the laughter. There is a very dark heart to this book and the return of the ‘already dead’ DI Ding-Dong Bell, is only the beginning. Those light-hearted moments stave off some of the darkness which would otherwise make it too hard a book to read, but without trivialising the main story in the process. There is a delicate balance here but Stuart MacBride is a master at ensuring that neither part out guns the other. He also excels at character and there are some truly memorable ones in the action here. Add in perfect pacing, tension and moments of great jeopardy and you have a heady mix of bookish loveliness. I loved it. And yes … I do have book 12 on order already. It’s out at the end of May apparently (in case you were wondering …)

If you want to read my review of The Blood Road in full it is available here. You can bag yourself a copy of the book by following one of these wonderfully handy retail links:

Amazon UK ~ Amazon US ~ Kobo ~ Waterstones

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Happy #bookvent reading all

JL

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