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When a covert police operation in Northern Ireland goes badly wrong, Grace Macallan is reassigned to the newly formed Lothian & Borders Major Crime Team and forced to rebuild her career and her reputation. But when a brutal attack on a prostitute turns into a series of murders, the Major Crime Team is under pressure. 

The tabloid headlines are lurid, and the team badly needs a result. With a new life to build in a new city, a new boss as smooth as an 18-year-old malt and a high-profile lawyer as the chief suspect, Grace begins to wonder if telling the truth is always the right thing to do.

©2018 Peter Ritchie (P)2018 Oakhill Publishing

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Gritty crime story

Plenty of twists and turns and great characters
Usual excellent narration from Sean Barrett bringing all the characters to life

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Interesting

A very slow start almost made me switch off, it’s not until chapter 5 (?) that any local crime is committed, however I’m glad I stuck with the story. Earlier chapters served as useful background which mostly added to the narrative.

The main storyline was well laid out and driven. The conclusion wasn’t obvious and so held interest and attention.

The narrator is excellent too. Everything came together to make a most enjoyable listen which I wasn’t expecting.

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great start to the series.

read by the best narrator ever. looking forward to hearing the rest of the series

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Full of cliches, but still a good story

This first Grace Macallan story has a number of cliches: world-weary crusty old Detective sergeant looking after the vulnerable flawed DCI who falls for her boss fairly quickly into the story and an educated man killing prostitutes but the tale rattles along and I am enjoying it. Sean Barrett's growly voice adds to the action and his women's voices and Belfast accents are well done. I wish the author had not resorted to using the F word as an adjective so often, even the top police officers use it - I suppose it adds to the grittiness of policing in Scotland but I did find it a bit wearing after a while. Having said that, I shall certainly look out for any other books in the same series.