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Dead Man's Stone: A DCI Bone Scottish Crime Thriller Paperback – 17 April 2022
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Some secrets are worth killing for
When DCI Duncan Bone is contacted by a terminally-ill psychiatric patient and given clues linking a forty-year-old unsolved murder to high-profile public figures, he finds himself locked into a conspiracy at the very heart of the Scottish criminal and political establishment.
With his bosses stonewalling the investigation, lives under threat, and his career on the line, Bone faces a race against time to hunt down a group of men who will stop at nothing to cover their murderous crime.
Can DCI Bone catch the killer before the killing starts again?
Set among the dramatic hills and glens of Scotland's Campsie Fells, Dead Man's Stone is the third in a series of edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers that will keep you guessing right up to the nail-biting, heart-stopping climax.
Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, J.D. Kirk, Val McDermid and Stuart MacBride.
Also available in Kindle Unlimited.
What Readers are saying about the DCI Bone Scottish Crime Thriller Series :
"A brilliantly written thriller set in beautiful Scotland. A great read very highly recommended."
"I have found my new favourite author. If you are going to read this then make sure you have time to finish it in one go as you will not want to put it down before you know how it ends."
"This book is fantastic! It grips you from the first page to the last. A go-to for crime fiction lovers. Can't wait for the next one!
"I think we have another great author to add to the ever growing Scottish crime fiction author top table list."
"Fast moving, strong storyline with great interaction and banter between the police characters. Realistic and gritty, but with humour throughout. I’ll most definitely be back for the next one. Loved it!"
"A brilliant brilliant series. I love all the characters and would definitely recommend to other avid crime readers like me."
"An incredible police thriller, with all the elements that make these kinds of books fabulous reading. A damaged detective, a case that pushes all his buttons and more mind games than you can poke a stick at. Fabulous read, I can't wait to read the next book in the series!"
- ASIN : B09XZMC97V
- Publisher : Independently published (17 April 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8803219323
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.54 x 20.32 cm
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The book opens with a horrific prologue that has the reader hooked right away. The deeper the detectives dig, more secrets are uncovered, and witnesses start dying in suspicious circumstances before they can shed any light on what happened. Can DCI Bone and his team find the killer before anyone else has to die?
The characters are well drawn and easy to distinguish; they all bring different skills to the team. The humorous dialogue, which can occasionally be a bit clunky, offsets the grim nature of the crimes they encounter on a daily basis. There is just enough background about their home life to make them well rounded and believable. It’s good that Bone is getting help, as he is much calmer and easier to work with this time round.
The setting in the striking scenery of the Campsie Fells is unusual, and makes a change from the big towns and cities in other detective novels. When I was a child, in the 1960s, it was a favourite place for my family to go for a picnic in the summer. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dead Man’s Stone, the third book in the series, and am looking forward to book four, The Killing Parade, when it comes out later this year. This series just keeps on getting better. I am reviewing this as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT
It soon becomes clear that there is something wrong here, especially when it comes to light that the authorities were quick to dismiss the death of a young boy years ago as a suicide. Other killings take place which are all linked giving Bone and his team more to work with.
There are issues here with cover-ups at the highest levels and people are eager to ensure that the investigation is halted before it's really begun.
I love this series and the whole setup of the team, the different personalities and the banter that ensues. It allows for some welcome relief and Mullen and his father are a delight as usual. The descriptions of the locations are excellent and give a real sense of the environment in which the story is set but for one of the deaths, perhaps too descriptive! Thanks Tom, that will live with me for a while!
I'm thoroughly looking forward to the next one and long may this series continue.
Due to Bone’s mental health, his boss allows him to look into a cold case but insists it’s on greatly reduced hours.
Being typical Bone, it’s not long before he and the team are not only investigating the cold case but recent murders too - could they be linked?
It’s great to have Bone back and also a much calmer character. DI Rhonda Walker and her partner now have a baby and DS Mullen has to deal with his fathers antics now he’s in a care home!
An excellent storyline with some pretty gruesome murders! I love all the characters in this team, you can feel the camaraderie and respect between them all. A fantastic thriller to sink your teeth into! I cannot wait for the next book in this brilliant series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 May 2022