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For Their Sins: A Gripping Crime Thriller (The DI Alec McKay Series Book 5) Kindle Edition
In the depths of a cold Scottish winter, an unidentified body is found in the heart of a solstice bonfire, apparently burned alive. Over a tense Christmas, a retired businessman goes missing, his body eventually found hanging from a tree in the coastal town. Another associate is found brutally murdered in his remote Highland home.
DCI Helena Grant wants to spend a romantic Christmas with her new partner, the crime writer Bill Emsworth. In her absence, DI Alec McKay and his team struggle to investigate the killings, their work hampered by staff shortages and hostile weather. As he tries to connect the murders, McKay discovers that the victims have links to a notorious investigation, the subject of a ‘true crime’ exposé written by Emsworth.
When another local businessman disappears, McKay fears that Emsworth, and even Helena herself, maybe in danger.
It seems the real answers lie deep in Grant’s own past, and, with the killer closing in, her future becomes increasingly perilous . . .
About the Author
- ASIN : B09C6NNHNC
- Publisher : Bloodhound Books (8 March 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1092 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 265 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 151,295 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This story is poignantly set during the current world-wide pandemic, and the author tries to take into account the restrictions that are in place in Scotland during the period he is writing about, without it detracting too much from the actual story. It is very well done and makes this very real in our current circumstances. The characters are extremely engaging – even Alec McKay with his dour sense of humour and, sometimes, irritating ways. However, he gets the job done, regardless of his questionable way of going about it, and it is a joy to work with him to reach the conclusion and see justice done. There is a great relationship between Alec, Ginny Horton and Helena Grant – they work together so well and it’s a pleasure to join up with again – meeting old friends in familiar circumstances. As usual, the plot is fast-paced and has many twists and turns to keep you guessing as to what may happen next and why. On this occasion, I had a deep-down suspicion about one of the characters and was actually amazed to see that my gut feeling had been correct, although I wasn’t able to work out why. The exciting ending was full of fear and heart racing moments when it seemed that everything was going to go dreadfully wrong and kept me turning the pages eagerly to get to the conclusion. I love this series of books and I really hope we will hear more from the Black Isle in the not-too-distant future.
Extremely inclement weather and reduced police resources over the festive period, combined with lockdown procedures, greatly hamper the investigations and it transpires that this is just the beginning of a series of horrific murders with no straightforward link.
Alex Walters has cleverly utilised the weather and social distancing requirements to bring a sense of isolation and bleakness to a story which will keep the reader hooked until the very surprising conclusion.