Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy for inviting me to take part on this BLOG TOUR for CARE TO DIE by TANA COLLINS
Struggling with his demotion back to DI and his concern for the grieving DS Andrea Fletcher, Jim Carruthers is thrown in at the deep end when the body of an old man is discovered stabbed to death in a nature reserve- a ball of cloth rammed into the back of the victim’s throat. The only suspect is a fifteen-year-old neighbour who is known to the police for antisocial behaviour. But the teenager has an alibi.
When a second elderly man is also found dead at the same locale, with the same MO, Carruthers starts to wonder if they have a serial killer on their hands.
On discovering that the first victim, Ruiridh Fraser, has an estranged son living in Iceland, Carruthers flies out to interview the man, now convinced that the reason behind Fraser’s death lies in his past.
But what does the disappearance of a twelve year old boy forty years before, the brutal murder of a former journalist and a bitter local dispute about a nature reserve, have to do with the investigation?
Can Carruthers and Fletcher solve the case while battling their own demons?
And are they hunting for one killer or more?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Firstly I have to say that this is the second book in the Inspector Jim Carruthers series and I haven’t read the first book, Robbing the Dead, but I really thoroughly enjoyed this one as a stand alone novel.
What an opening! I haven’t really ever given much thought to the person that finds a murder victim but this was really a very shocking discovery. Oh my how would you deal with such trauma! It really is a hard hitting scene and it made for perfect reading.
The body count soon escalates from one to two elderly gentlemen both murdered in the same violent way and both having a signature trade mark to ensure that there was no mistaking that it was the same person doing the killing. But there are secrets from the past that are shocking and disturbing and someone is determined to silence it once and for all.
I loved the working relationship between Inspector Jim Carruthers and Andrea (Andi) Fletcher. There is a back drop story for each of them that in a way gives them that cement as neither of them has had an easy ride. Not that they whinge, they are more right lets go forward and help each other than anything. As a working pair they are extremely likeable and I definitely want more.
This is a brilliant story line that has in recent years been very topical and Tana Collins captures the essence of it all perfectly in this book. It makes for a hard read at times because of the topic but packs a shocking punch without being too graphic. The story is intense, heart breaking and sensitive. A perfect writing balance.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tana Collins is an Edinburgh based crime writer and author of the best selling Jim Carruthers detective series, set in Fife. Her debut novel, Robbing the Dead, published 14th February 2017 by Bloodhound Books, was described as ‘A police procedural that delights the reader with its strong sense of place. Tartan Noir at its best,’ by crime writer Sarah Ward. It was a top 10 kindle bestseller for Scottish Crime and Thrillers and has already racked up 60 reviews on Amazon.
Care to Die, which is the follow up in the series to Robbing the Dead, is being published on 1st June 2017. Peter Robinson writes of it “A finely plotted mystery. Tana Collins racks up the suspense on this one. DI Jim Carruthers is a cop to watch.”