FIRSTLY I WISH TO THANK HELEN CLAIRE AND BLOODHOUND BOOKS FOR INVITING ME TO TAKE PART ON THIS BLOG TOUR FOR ROBBING THE DEAD BY TANA COLLINS AND SUPER EXCITED TO BE FIRST UP AGAIN!
In a small Scottish university town, what links a spate of horrible murders, a targeted bomb explosion and a lecturer’s disappearance? Is a terror group involved? If so, who is pulling the strings? And what does something that happened over forty years ago have to do with it?
Having recently returned to Castletown in the hope of winning back his estranged wife, DCI Jim Carruthers finds himself up to his eyes in the investigation.
Struggling with a very different personal problem, DS Andrea Fletcher assists Jim in the hunt for the murderous perpetrators. To prevent further violence they must find the answers quickly. But will Jim’s old adversary, terror expert McGhee, be a help or a hindrance?
The first in a new series featuring DCI Jim Carruthers
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When the body of a young RAF man is discovered murdered all sorts of theories are at first thrown around. A lot of the local lads are not best pleased because they are been bypassed for the men in uniform that have a lot more spending power for the ladies of the small Scottish University town. This is a quick paced story that rapidly develops with further murders and attempted murders. The only thing is how the heck can they all be connected?
What a cracking story, a promise from a son to his mother, lives ruined and vengeance that has grown over years. Nothing will stop the end game for a man on a mission, not when he has waited all this time. Wow Tana Collins really breathed life into these characters. I don’t think that I have ever taken to a detective pair as quickly as I did to DCI Jim Carruthers and DS Andrea Fletcher. They both have their own personal problems but are a perfect team. Some of the team made me cringe, well one particular but it makes all for realistic reading.
I read this story in one and I hadn’t a clue where it was going to go but it mixed history with modern day and came up with a belter. I felt so emotionally involved with all the characters both good and bad, you had to feel for them all. An heart breaking story from the past that just continued to claim more innocent lives. I am so looking forward to more books in this series.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tana Collins is a Yorkshire born crime writer who was brought up in rural East Sussex.
She did a Social Science Degree at the Polytechnic of North London in the mid 80s where she wrote her final year dissertation on the right to free speech before studying for an MA in Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario and an MPhil at St Andrews.
It was Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks series that got her obsessively reading crime fiction and seeing an exhibition on the life of Ian Fleming that strangely motivated her to start writing all things crime. A few days later she woke up in the middle of the night with a title, within a couple of hours she had an opening scene, by breakfast a setting and by lunch time a lead detective. ‘Robbing The Dead’ was born and ten arduous years later finally completed. ‘Care to Die’ was written as the follow up and ‘Mark of the Devil’ as the third in the Inspector Carruthers series.
For the last 20 years Tana has been living in Scotland working as a Massage Therapist and more recently as a Stress Management Consultant. Her novels are all set in the East Neuk of Fife which is an area of Scotland close to her heart.