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 judgment, 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?
"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)
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By Andromeda's Twin on 24-04-17
I loved this book, I loved the plot, I loved the characters, I loved the narration, I really appreciated that it was so long, I did not want it to finish.
Steve Worsley's performance was brilliant as always.
If you like the Logan McRae stories, I reckon you'll love this, unless you're a stickler for realism, then perhaps it's one to give a miss, if, like myself, you love it when fiction is, for once, stranger than truth, then give it go.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
By Patricia on 25-04-17
MAGNUM OPUS - OVER 21 HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT
I was entertained, intrigued, scared and in suspense for every minute of this book. the narrator is excellent. the story was unusual and full of twists and turns. well done Mr McBride. Does it really have to be a stand alone? I enjoyed it every bit as much as a Logan Mcrae book.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By 6catz on 24-04-17
Deranged and Murder-ey
If you could sum up A Dark So Deadly in three words, what would they be?
Macabre, Clever, Hilarious
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Meet the Misfit Mob: a senior officer with coronary problems, a haiku-spouting detective sergeant with terminal cancer and a literary bent, a couple more with anger management issues, a recently disabled female DC who calls her wheelchair Keith, and our hero, Callum MacGregor, wrongly accused of corruption, which is just the first and least of his problems.
MacBride packs a lot into this one, and this is the first time I've balked at a few of the plot twists, which were a little hard to swallow, but who cares? The cast is entertainingly quirky, the hero a classicly imperfect good soul in the mold of my beloved Logan MacCrea, the story is character driven, and while the horror is worthy of the latest M Night Shyamalan movie the oh-so-Scottish humor and dialogue kept me listening nonstop and laughing out loud.
True MacBride fans will also savor the nuggets from other books that pop up with a wink and a nod: the return of Alice, (yay!!) mad profiler from the Ash Henderson novels; a band called Halfhead; a records keeper named Winston Smith (check your Orwell), an oil painting of a pear tree (12 Days of Xmas). As His Beardiness Himself would say, it's all deranged and murder-ey. A bit more scrambled than usual but still tasty. Loved it.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful
By Donna on 24-05-17
Scotland, present day, police procedural, humor, unusual murder, lots of interesting characters. Not especially bloody, I will read more by this author. The narrator adds a rich reading.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful