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Ah, Duncan Bone - more Scottish than haggis, more Scottish than tatties and neeps....you get the idea, lol. In all seriousness, the fact that this book was set in Scotland, a place which has a special place in my heart, added to the appeal of reading it. I could visualise where they were, I could HEAR their accents, love it when authors write like this.
This was 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!
Dark is the Grave is book 1 in the DCI Duncan Bone series by TG Reid. The book opens with PC Hazel Garvey having her drink spiked, being abducted and then buried alive – and that is just in the prologue. On Duncan’s previous case he was left badly injured and is still on sick leave due to the bomb blast from that time. On receiving an envelope in the mail, with a USB inside containing a very disturbing video, he is called back to work. Duncan has some shaky moments as things get on top of him and his ability is called into question. However, he is determined to see it through to the end. I really like the characters – Mullens (who provides quite a bit of humour), Walker, Harper, Baxter and the DCI Gallacher. I read the novella What Hides Beneath, which introduces the characters, when I signed up to TG Reid’s website. It was a good read too. Dark is the Grave is a great read and I look forward to reading more when they are released.
What a great book and it's only book 1 in the series! The book grabs you right from the start with PC Hazel Garvey being abducted after a night out and buried alive, and doesn't let up all the way through,
DCI Duncan Bone is at home recuperating after his last case which ended in an explosion. The resulting PTSD means he's living alone, having split from his wife and so doesn't see his son as much as he would like to. He then receives an envelope with a USB containing a video which seems to link back to the earlier case, and is recalled to work.
The story is so well written. The subject matter is high octane stuff, and I quite like the different characters in Bone's team. Despite the grim storyline, there's lots of humourour dialogue to lighten the load, especially with Mullens and his Dad. If you sign up to the author website, you can also get your hands on a free novella featuring Bone and the team and this is also great.
I think we have another great author to add to the ever growing Scottish crime fiction author top table list. Roll on book 2.
What a waste of money. No one - even with post traumatic disorders - could act like Detective Bone. His behaviour is so improbable and unacceptable. No plot. Conversations are all boring and unlikely. Has all the usual team characters in - one who has gone to seed physically, one who is a nerd but can solve any IT, a woman who has physical power that equates to Superhero and a much loved leader who is psychotic and can dish out what he likes, but still be loved. If police superiors really acted like those described in here we would really need to be worried. Why stick the words 'serial killer' in the first chapter and expect that to carry the reader through what is a flat liner of a read. Really poor.
I’m a crime fiction fan, especially if the story is set in Scotland. There is a plethora or good writers contributing to the genre and having just finished Dark Is The Grave, I’d put TG Reid up with the best of them.
The book ticks all the boxes for what a good police procedural should have: lead detective with a compelling back story, a variety of personalities on his team, several “bad guys” who could be responsible for the crimes, and a tight plot with enough surprises to make me turn page after page after page…
The crimes themselves are gritty and Reid pulls no punches conveying the horrors the victims suffered, but nor does he glory in the violence as some are wont to do. Bone is a sympathetic character and I have a soft spot for Mullins who, I’m sure, we’ll hear more about in future books.
I really enjoyed Dark is the Grave and can’t wait to read more about DCI Duncan Bone.