The Bookvent Calendar 2019: Day 9 – Part 1 …

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2019

Today my #bookvent is split into two because I really couldn’t decide between them and I figured – my bookvent, my rules, so I don’t have to. Both books represent something different from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, with the first book of the two coming from the Islands. Although this book is well into the particular series it comes from, this was my first meeting with the protagonist. With a story that sees the action move back and forth between Skye and Afghanistan, and story which is a dark and thrilling as it is emotional, my day nine-point-one #bookvent choice is:

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Time For The Dead by Lin Anderson

Time for the Dead is a gripping crime novel by Lin Anderson and sees forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod discover that a terrifying war is unfolding on Scotland’s Isle of Skye.

When forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod returns to her roots on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, a chance encounter in the woods behind a nearby activities centre leads her to what seems to be a crime scene, but without a victim. Could this be linked to a group of army medics, who visited the centre while on leave from Afghanistan and can no longer be located on the island?

Enlisting the help of local tracker dog Blaze, Rhona starts searching for a connection.

Two days later a body is found at the base of the famous cliff known as Kilt Rock, face and identity obliterated by the fall, which leads Rhona to suspect the missing medics may be on the island for reasons other than relaxation. Furthermore, elements of the case suggests a link with an ongoing operation in Glasgow, which draws DS Michael McNab into the investigation.

As the island’s unforgiving conditions close in, Rhona must find out what really happened to the group in Afghanistan, as the consequences may be being played out in brutal killings on Skye . . .

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Reading this book has made me realise, again, what a complete and utter clod I am. How have I only just really come to this series? I’d always advocate reading a series from the start, and to be fair, with this book, that is certainly a good idea as it gives a way a few details as to what happened in the last book and why Rhona came to be staying on Skye in the first place, but it can be read as a stand alone too. I was immediately drawn to the character of Rhona, and Lin Anderson has created someone who is complicated, intelligent, skilled and much respected, but who is going through a very tough time mentally. Skye is meant to be the start of her recuperation, but she cannot stay hidden from the world for long, drawn into an investigation which is perplexing but also very time sensitive. With scenes taking place in Afghanistan, Lin Anderson takes us right to the edge in terms of understanding the suffering one of the characters is going through, handling a complex and emotional situation in a very skilful and understated but effective way. She had me intrigued, thrilled, one edge and emotionally drained, and that was just in the first few chapters. And then there is Blaze … he is a star in his own right. A real life rescue dog from Skye, his cameo will have all dog lovers going aww, and believe me, he is every bit as cute, adorable and maverick in real life.

If you don’t see me about next year, it’s because I am neck deep in books catching up with Rhona and her colleagues. If, in the meantime, you’d like to read my full review, you can find it here.

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Happy #bookvent reading all

Jen

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