Welcome to the Misfit Mob. It’s where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can’t get rid of, but wants to : the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it’s his job to find out which museum it’s been stolen from. But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting.
First let me say, I am a huge Stuart MacBride fan. His Logan McRae series is one of my most favourite things ever. Like right up there with wine and boots. That’s saying something.
So when I first heard that he’d written a stand-alone, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would I miss the characters I’ve loved for so long? Would it be as brilliant as everything else I’ve read by him?
The answer is : of course it’s as bloody brilliant! And actually, the Misfit Mob made for a nice change from the usual characters. We’re still in a dark, gloomy, wet and slightly depressing area of Scotland. We still have a host of fabulously realistic characters. And of course, the humour.
The Misfit Mob is made up of officers that Police Scotland can’t get rid of. If you think that knowledge creates some kind of bond between them, you’d be wrong. What it does provide, is banter and lots of chuckles.
DC Callum MacGregor’s life has been going downhill for a while now, and it’s not getting any better. For reasons you’ll have to discover yourself, he’s not exactly accepted. But things will soon become a whole lot more interesting.
This is a long book but at no point does it ever become boring. There’s a fabulous backstory that will leave you itching to find out more. There’s a serial killer with one of the most innovative ways to murder someone that I’ve ever read. There are twists and turns and I was so utterly engrossed that I stayed up way too late to finish.
So, no, I shouldn’t have worried. Stuart MacBride knows exactly what he’s doing and I can’t wait for his next book. Whether it is another Logan McRae, another Misfit Mob maybe or something else, I’ll be first in line. I’ll be using elbows, people. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
(Note : Since writing this review, it’s been revealed a new book is coming in November and it’s a Roberta Steel spin-off! I may have wet myself. Or scratched my boobs, in honour of the fabulous lady *ahem* herself. My elbows are greased! Is it November yet? How about now?)
Many thanks to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley for my advanced copy, which I chose to review.
A Dark So Deadly will be published on April 20th. That’s TODAY! Go get it RIGHT NOW!