Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride
Any account of child murder, whether it’s ripped from the headlines or found between the covers of a mystery novel, is disturbing . MacBride’s debut novel, set in Aberdeen, Scotland, and featuring DS Logan McRae is certainly not for the faint of heart. A child murderer is at large and his indignities to the bodies of these little souls is truly gruesome.
If DS McRae thought that he’d be able to ease back into work after a year on sick leave, he had another thing coming. The strangled and mutilated body of a four-year-old boy has been found in a ditch and they’ve pulled out all the stops to find his killer. But David Reid’s body won’t be the last one they find.
It’s hard to imagine that anyone could find anything to laugh at in a novel such as this, given its subject matter, but MacBride is able to slide in bits and pieces that do make the reader laugh out loud. DS Logan himself can be a load of laughs, as he slogs his way through the bitterly cold December in Aberdeen, cursing at Angus Robertson and his six-inch hunting knife which were responsible for his year of sick leave. Meanwhile, it seems that his superior’s major preoccupation is with his role in the upcoming Christmas panto, which inspires some very creative insults from DS Logan.
Colourful, complex characters, an atmosphere of cold, dark and death, and a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It doesn’t get better than this when it comes to a mystery!