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Stuart MacBride is on my very short list of favorite authors that includes the likes of Adrian McKinty, Tana French, and Stuart Neville. His iconic hero, Logan MacCrea, deserves a novel’s length time off after what he’s been through, but holy mother of pearl, I miss him. Thank God for this trip back to his world of characters, this time the charge being led by the indomitable and hilarious Roberta Steele. The plot is vintage MacBride, but for me the real treat is his use of language and drive-off-the-road humor. “Everyone should have someone to love . . . To trust . . . Someone that doesn’t need shearing three times a year . . . “
What a breath of fresh air after searching through so many tedious, formulaic “thrillers.” All hail his beardiness!!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Great production beginning to end. Wonderful narration and would be hard to go wrong with the material provided. The characters are wonderful. I have read or listened to all of MacBride’s books and it is interesting to see life from Steele’s perspective. I laughed out loud and uncontrollably more times during this book ..... not sure if it is a good thing or very, very scary to share MacBride’s sense of humour. Great book can’t wait for the next installment
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Another triumph by Stuart MacBride,
Colourful characters, laugh out loud humour and wonderfully dark undertones. Beautifully read by Steve Worsley as usual. Do not hesitate, buy it now!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The odd thing is that I didn't give this book the best chance because I was in a foul mood when I started listening to it. Half an hour later my troubles were forgotten. This is a gloriously entertaining piece of Tartan Noir from Stuart McBride featuring a lead character who feels like a genuine force of nature.
Readers of the Logan MCrae series will well remember the rather unfortunate Detective Inspector Roberta Steel who was thrown under the bus, discredited and demoted to Detective Sergeant. Steel is every bit of Scottish Detective curmudgeon, irreverence, anti-establishment sentiment and downright rudeness ever written all piled into one big bitter pile of spite. It's a brilliant and darkly humorous move that bundles all that and a strong desire for justice up into a horny married lesbian copper responsible for two young daughters.
She crashes about with the best of intentions dragging poor Tufty her partner with her intio scrape after scrape. The humour is constant though possibly a little juvenile for some.The thing that I love most about McBride is the writing style. The narrative gives even rooms and inanimate objects character. I think it's probably the first time I've ever actually felt sympathy for an interrogation room. The dialogue is brisk and has that almost Pulp Fiction nuance of not being afraid to go off on a tangent, just like people do.
All this chaos and depth needs a good performance. Steve Worsley is a great fit! Maybe his ladies don't sound the most feminine but he launches himself into the whole thing with gusto and certainly gives the impression he's enjoying this particular script.
This really is a book I would thoroughly recommend. The story and characters made me both laugh and excited. I mean it when I use the term noir above though, this isn't for the super-sensitive or the politically correct. It really does describe some very tough situations but the humanity of the characters shines through and the scene where Roberta declares that she was *trying* to be nice made me laugh out loud but showed she has a heart in there.
An extremely good use of a credit with the fudge-flavoured wombles a bonus!
16 of 19 people found this review helpful
I’m new to MacBride and was pleasantly surprised to laugh out loud so often during a crime novel. Much owing to the great timing of Worsley’s delivery. Not your typical characters either, nicely rounded without laboring the point. Only downside was that the crime plot formula was predictable, but it was made up for by the writing. I recommend it!
I was a bit dubious as to how I would I enjoy this book without Logan in it.
Simple answer. Just as much as all of his other books. The storyline keeps you interested the whole way through.
I have to say the scene in the school gym had me laughing , poor bugger.
Great narration as always by Steve Worsley . I will be looking for more titles narrated by him.