Dark Blood


This book is great. The plots are as intertwined as ever, DI Steele is astonishingly more belligerent, Logan is more world-weary, embittered, and outspoken than ever before and the delightful DI Beattie is even more of a wet sponge than could be thought possible.

With a serial character there comes a point in the series where you sit down and almost start over again. Blind Eye was the culmination of the previous four books in the series, and did that brilliantly. Dark Blood, is the aftermath and the beginnings of the next explosion waiting to happen.

At this point in a series you can feel a little dismayed at the change of pace, but rest assured you shouldn’t feel that way.I for one can already see some of the smouldering embers that will eventually light the blue touch-paper in the future books.

With that said, I shall be diving into Shatter the Bones as soon as possible because I can’t wait to see what happens next…

Blind Eye


This has to be the best of the Logan McRae books thus far. It’s a great story as always, with a fab mix of plot lines, made all the better by the brilliant DI Roberta Steele.

If my sexual orientation were different, she’d probably be my soul mate.

Flesh House

After a month of selecting cosy crime and easy reading books, I decided to throw myself back into some gritty ‘hard boiled’ fiction, with DS Logan McRae of the Granite City, on the tail of ‘The Flesher’.


Gruesome as ever, whilst being at times both humorous and heart wrenching it will keep you gripped to the end.

(Although I do advise reading on an empty stomach if you don’t fancy seeing your lunch again.)

Books of 2012 – The Final Tally

I finished the year with a not insubstantial total of 124 books read, and in no particular order here are my top ten books from that list.

Birthdays for the Dead by Stuart MacBride

666 Charing Cross Road by Paul Magrs

Bryant and May investigate The Victoria Vanished by Christopher Fowler

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Halfhead by Stuart MacBride

Taken by Robert Crais

Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham

The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo

Let’s start all over again in the morning shall we?



Without the B, Stuart MacBride writes slick, gruesome thrillers featuring DS Logan McRae.

I’ve read several of these, so you’d think I’d be used to the level of blood, guts and gore that spout from each vein of violent prose, but oh no, this novel is far more disturbing.

The bleak future setting, with its inhumane justice system, combined with the fantastic plotting and fabulous writing, make this one novel that will certainly create a few sleepless nights.

Go. Get it. Then enjoy.

Magnificently Mesmerising MacBride

I’ve always loved the books of Stuart MacBride, I have every single Logan MacRae book, most of which have been delightfully defaced in someway by old Beardy Boy himself, along with Halfhead, Sawbones, and the Twelve days of Christmas collection. Yes, it would be fair to call me a fan, and so yes, as such I grabbed my copy of his latest standalone novel Birthdays for the Dead, as soon as it came out.

This is what I have to say.

With its immediate hook catching you, this is one book you won’t want to put down until you’re done. I didn’t think MacBride could get any better. I was wrong.


Detective Constable Ash Henderson has a dark secret…

Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her thirteenth birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last.

The tabloids call him The Birthday Boy. He’s been snatching girls for twelve years, always in the run-up to their thirteenth birthday, sending the families his homemade cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.

But Ash hasn’t told anyone about Rebecca’s birthday cards – they all think she’s just run away from home – because if anyone finds out, he’ll be taken off the investigation. And he’s sacrificed too much to give up before his daughter’s killer gets what he deserves…