Liz Currently Loves…The Missing and the Dead by Stuart MacBride.


Publication Date: Available Now from Harper Collins

Source: Purchased Copy – Hardback.

One mistake can cost you everything…
When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right? What Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae gets instead is a ‘development opportunity’ out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire. Welcome to divisional policing – catching drug dealers, shop lifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal.
Then a little girl’s body washes up just outside the sleepy town of Banff, kicking off a massive manhunt. The Major Investigation Team is up from Aberdeen, wanting answers, and they don’t care who they trample over to get them.

A new Logan McRae book is always a pleasure to look forward to and an even greater pleasure to read and “The Missing and the Dead” is no exception to this rule – once again I was spilling my coffee whilst laughing at the many hilarious yet heartwarming interactions between Logan and Steel (who is quite possibly my favourite character in Crime Fiction ever, only given a run for her money by Jane Casey’s Derwent), sitting on the edge of my seat whilst awaiting results and in this case, thoroughly loving the nitty gritty policing environment Logan finds himself in.

In this instalment the case against a serial killer goes horribly wrong after Logan chooses to accept the importance of saving a life over that of procedure and he finds himself in the back of beyond removing cows from the road and attempting to get the drug dealers under control. When a young child’s body washes up, he finds himself both thrust into the centre of and left on the sidelines of another MIT investigation.

My pure adoration of these stories probably comes from the authors inate ability to create a perfect yin/yang of ironic humour and emotional resonance – whilst also writing a gritty and realistic police procedural. In “The Missing and the Dead” I was fascinated by the many things going on in the background, the things the police on the ground are dealing with, some of them funny some of them not so much, many threads all held together by Logan and co.  We have new characters and well loved ones all mixed up here, the whole thing was highly addictive and so terrifically good.

Its Logan’s 9th  full outing already. How did that happen? Anyway I’ve been in it from the start and honestly these just get better and better. I always say when I’ve finished that it was my favourite then Mr MacBride writes another and, well, you get the picture…I’m not sure what is next for Logan but I DO know that I’ll be right there with him all the way. If you like your books to tug at your heartstrings whilst making you laugh out loud and often sit on the edge of your seat, then these are for you. Authentic, eminently readable and top of the game when it comes to British crime fiction.

Highly Recommended.

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