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After an incident makes remaining in Glasgow impossible, Police Sergeant Don Colyear is sent to work in a remote Highlands town. His new inspector wants him gone and the locals wonder why he’s even there. Still, Don makes a go of things, striking up a good working relationship with rookie officer Rowan Forbes. As Don starts to investigate petty crimes, it soon becomes clear that there is something off about the town. A string of teenage disappearances has not been given due attention. Then there’s the gruesome murder of the groundsman of the local sporting estate. Could the incidents be linked? As Don delves further into the town’s secrets, it’s not long until his own life is at risk.

©2020 Stuart Johnstone (P)2021 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Absolutely Brilliant!

This has to be one of THE best stories I have listened to in years...witty, clever and extremely well written. I just hope that Stuart has spent the lockdown writing numerous sequels.
I had started to become frustrated with the endless crime stories that have the usual jaded detective, with failed marriages, drink problems and anger issues, repetitive, boring and predictable with lazy writing and unimaginative characters. This definitely breaks with the tired old formula. His development of the story keeps you guessing and leaves you wanting more. The humour is clever and kept me chuckling during my boring drives to work. Please get another published quickly!

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Great narration

Interesting story line although slightly implausible. Not sure where Strathardle would really be - definitely not the real Strathardle near Pitlochry. I suspect Fort William would be too too far away, maybe Acharcle or Ballachullish? Excellent narration by David Monteath.

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Buy this now, it's fantastic

I had high hopes for this book and I was delighted beyond my expectations with the storyline, and David Monteath, of course, was his usual brilliant self.
This will hopefully be the first of many books by Stuart Johnstone, it was everything you would expect from the description and then some.
Buy it now, if you love Scottish Crime along the lines of J D Kirk and Denzil Meyrick.

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A great listen

I really enjoyed this book, although it was written in the first person which is unusual and took a bit of getting used to.

The book was brought to life by the brilliant David Monteath.

I would recommend it to people who like crime novels. It did make me laugh out loud with some of the dialogue.

I hope he writes some book book about Don.

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Unusual, absorbing and quirky police procedural

This has a strong and appealing main character and a quirky attitude; the plot develops gradually and satisfyingly along multiple strands, with interesting characters and some nice tricks of narrative shifting between past and present. Some flashes of humour lighten serious things, and there’s some enjoyable uncertainty about exactly what we’re dealing with. I was intrigued throughout, and look forward to a sequel.

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Different, fast moving, really enjoyed it

Slightly different angle on the Scots cop thing, great story brought to life by the amazing performance of David Monteath

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Highly recommend

Thank you Stuart for writing this book and David for reading it. Very exciting with an unexpected twist , please hurry and write another book. In a difficult world this was exactly what I needed, a great read.

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The previous 5star ratings set high expectations - but it tuned out to be an above average detective story.

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Formulaic

well read but a very unoriginal story. There are too many unoriginal Scottish crime books today and they all become a bit samey