PATHS OF THE DEAD (Rhona Macleod #9) by Lin Anderson, is a very complex story line involving ritualistic killings at various neolithic stone circles in Scotland. Additional plot points include online gaming, clairvoyance, domestic abuse, rape, drug use, and extreme violence.
It is gruesome, gritty reading at times, full of twists and turns, forensic details, police procedures (or lack of, in some cases), and very complex and (at times) self-destructive personal tendencies of some of our main characters.. The descriptions of the neolithic circles in Scotland and a bit of their historical background was fascinating - a great ‘sense of place’ which I am very interested in. I also liked the cover art.
The forensic skills of Rhona and Chrissy, the police procedures and workings of the squad, the steadiness of DI Bill Wilson - when added together, produce this excellent, suspenseful, interesting Scottish noir.
Lin Anderson is one of Scotland's natural treasures - don't be fooled by comparisons, her writing is unique, bringing warmth and depth to even the seediest parts of Glasgow. Lin's Rhona MacLeod is a complex and compelling heroine who just gets better with every outing (Stuart MacBride)
The next novel in the Rhona MacLeod series.