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A Winter Grave: a chilling new mystery set in the Scottish highlands

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A dying detective travels to a northern outpost to investigate the death of a man found in the snow. Brodie must face up to the ghosts of his past and to a killer determined to bury forever the chilling secret that his investigation threatens to expose.

But now we learn that global warming has taken a dreadful toll on the planet and wholesale changes have taken place, more changes than I could have thought possible given the length of time elapsed. I’m not sure it needed the family backstory (it jumps back in time to tell the story of his wife’s suicide) but it does come together in an exciting climax and satisfying ending. He has plans to have conversations with his estranged daughter who is based in the remote Highland village.

Then, the climbing over of them and the crawling under, all while painstakingly creating a distinctive, remarkably unremarkable, world. It’s a difficult story to sum up and also a hard book to rate as I had such mixed feelings about the various elements here. He has received a death sentence of his own, and has something personal he has to get out of the way before he departs this earth for good. Suffice it to say that this is food for thought, and if you care about the future of the world, this book is essential reading, because it is a stark reminder of what ought to be being considered. There’s humour although this rightly diminishes as danger levels rise, there’s plenty of tension, excitement accompanied by a building menace and peril.

This book is set in 2051 and climate catastrophe has arrived as it has long been predicted it would. I just found it really hard overall to get into the story and feel any certain way towards any of the characters. He has a business purpose and a personal one as the individual who discovered the body is his estranged daughter, Addie.For those who like action, there’s plenty of it and for those who like intrigue, there’s plenty of that as well. In 2003 I read Firemaker, the first thriller by Peter May, and although the details are a bit fuzzy, I still remember how impressed I was with this book.

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