All That’s Dead by Stuart MacBride | #20BooksofSummer

Author : Stuart MacBride
Title : All That’s Dead
Series : Logan McRae #12
Pages : 437
Publisher : Harper Collins
Publication date : May 30, 2019


Inspector Logan McRae was looking forward to a nice simple case – something to ease him back into work after a year off on the sick. But the powers-that-be have other ideas…

The high-profile anti-independence campaigner, Professor Wilson, has gone missing, leaving nothing but bloodstains behind. There’s a war brewing between the factions for and against Scottish Nationalism. Infighting in the police ranks. And it’s all playing out in the merciless glare of the media. Logan’s superiors want results, and they want them now.

Someone out there is trying to make a point, and they’re making it in blood. If Logan can’t stop them, it won’t just be his career that dies.


Few things get me as excited as the arrival of a new Logan McRae book so as soon as my pre-order arrived, I dropped everything and settled in for what I was sure would be an entertaining afternoon.

On his first day back at work after a year long absence, Logan McRae is hoping for a nice and easy ride but luck is not on his side. High-profile and anti-independence campaigner Professor Wilson goes missing from his home and that’s just the start of a major shit-storm all over the place. Social media goes mental, there’s a war brewing between between factions for and against Scottish Nationalism and the media is having a field day.

Gee, I wonder where Stuart MacBride got his inspiration from 🤔. All That’s Dead is extremely politically tinted, if you hadn’t guessed that yet, and thus sadly incredibly apt in this day and age. This may not be to everyone’s liking and I dare say the author took quite a risk putting this out there. Personally, it didn’t bother me at all. It makes for a great story and ultimately that’s all I’m ever looking for.

I always worry slightly about how much Logan McRae can actually be involved in an investigation, being that he now works for Professional Standards. I shouldn’t have though, because he’s not on the fringes of this one at all. Logan McRae is tasked with keeping an eye on the investigating Detective King and this puts him smack-bang in the middle of it all. There are some surprises, some twists, many dubious decisions and quite frankly, if I were the big chief who gets a say in these things, I’d fire pretty much the entire force.

The Logan McRae books are always a treat but even though I found this one a fabulous read and it had me hooked as these books always do, I also felt it was missing something. It’s hard to explain but there’s a special kind of Stuart MacBride magic that seemed to be lacking this time around. Many of the characters that normally bring a brilliant kind of dark humour to the table were now just plainly getting on my nerves. I missed that particular way Stuart MacBride has of combining the darkest of crimes with a healthy dose of chuckles, even sometimes at the most inappropriate moments.

Was this the best book in the Logan McRae series? I’m sorry to say that no, it wasn’t. Although I also fully admit that my expectations are always insanely high. But I did still enjoy it immensely and if Stuart MacBride decides to carry on with this series, I’ll still be every bit as excited as I used to be.

Can’t leave without mentioning that for a The Hobbit fan like myself, seeing “Tuftin Oakenbeard” pop up in the middle of a page genuinely made me laugh out loud.

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Book 1 from my 20 Books of Summer list.

  13 comments for “All That’s Dead by Stuart MacBride | #20BooksofSummer

  1. June 10, 2019 at 11:00 am

    I have never read any of his books but I do have this in my pile!!! Hopefully will get to it over the Summer months.. Great review as ever Eva x

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    • June 10, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you, loveliest! 😘. Hope you get around to it in Summer and that you enjoy it!

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  2. June 10, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Sorry to hear this one didn’t quite hit the spot….yet another series I have to catch up on….somehow 😅

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  3. June 10, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Great review. I know exactly what you mean. Something just wasn’t quite right this time for me either. Very topical, very relevant but I only loved the second half, the first half I couldn’t settle.

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  4. Yvo
    June 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Eeehmm I don’t think I’ve ever read his books before? xD I do have a copy of Cold Granite on my kindle if I remember correctly… A shame book twelve wasn’t your favorite, but there’s to unlucky thirteen being lucky. 😉 Fab review! xx

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  5. June 11, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I loved the first several books in this series but just as you found with this one, some of the characters began to irritate me – they became too much like caricatures of themselves. I’m stunned that Logan is now in Professional Standards! There must have been a mix-up in the selection process surely… 😉

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    • June 12, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Yes, caricatures, that’s exactly it. It felt somehow that he was trying too hard and it didn’t work.

      There’s definitely been a mix-up, even more so with Steele 🤣

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