Latest Reads: Out In The Cold Stuart Johnstone.

Intuition is everything in the police force, something that Sergeant Don Colyear knows better than most.

When a superior officer’s decision not to respond to a routine disturbance has fatal consequences, Colyear finds himself sent away from Glasgow to work in a remote Highlands town.

But it isn’t long before he discovers something strange about the town. A string of teenage disappearances seems to have been ignored by the authorities. And when a groundsman from the local sporting estate is gruesomely murdered, Colyear suspects that long-held secrets could be coming to the surface.

I was rather a fan of this novel- I do like a good Scottish setting, that plus the small town vibe and an interesting, relatable and darkly humorous main protagonist made this an excellent read.

There’s also of course the intuitive undertone to it that you would think might offer our Sergeant Colyyear an edge but somehow gets him into as much trouble as it gets him out of..

Therein lies one of the main hooks in this read for me – it is a crime novel plus, offering a decently unpredictable mystery, a group dynamic of vibrant characters and some really great writing but also an extra layer. I loved that aspect of it especially given the subtle way it was embedded into the story.

Overall a great read, memorable and clever. I hope there’s more to come.


You can purchase Out In The Cold (Allison & Busby) Here.

Happy reading!

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