DCI Andy Gilchrist is assigned to the hit-and-run case and soon discovers that Magner's murky past is very much seeping into the present. How did he acquire his wealth? How his first wife die? And why did his business partner commit suicide?And was Magner a serial rapist in his youth? Or was he something far worse?
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By Simon on 04-03-16
Not for the Squeamish
It has to be said that none of the Gilchrist books have exactly been for the squeamish, the plots have tended towards relatively gruesome crimes. However, in The Meating room T F Muir really goes for broke in attempting to wrest the crown of psycho capital of Scotland towards St Andrews and away from Glasgow and Edinburgh. It quickly becomes obvious that this is a story of the macabre, the description of the book’s second crime scene is genuinely disturbing making this poorly suited to reading with your supper!
If, like me, you can get over that then this is the most action-packed of the series to date and the ending is a breathless scene-switching caper that does take just a little suspension of belief. Muir really puts his characters through their paces and isn’t scared to let a little tragedy into their own personal worlds.
In all this one ups the ante in many ways but still retains the excellent characters that Muir has built for the series. Once you understand Jessie she becomes more real and Gilchrist, well he’s still the maverick, still gets into silly scrapes and is still entertaining because of it. The narration from David Monteath is as good as ever.
Still happy to recommend this series!
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