Keep the Midnight Out
by Alex Gray
on Tour May 7 - June 8, 2018
When the body of a red-haired young man is washed up on the shore of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Detective Superintendent Lorimer’s tranquil holiday away from the gritty streets of Glasgow is rudely interrupted. The body has been bound with twine in a ghoulishly unnatural position and strongly reminds Lorimer of another murder: a twenty year old Glasgow case that he failed to solve as a newly fledged detective constable and which has haunted him ever since.
As local cop DI Stevie Crozier takes charge of the island murder investigation, Lorimer tries to avoid stepping on her toes. But as the similarities between the young man’s death and his cold case grow more obvious, Lorimer realises that there could be a serial killer on the loose after all these years.
As the action switches dramatically between the Mull murder and the Glasgow cold case twenty years earlier, Lorimer tries desperately to catch a cold-hearted killer. Has someone got away with murder for decades?
I have enjoyed the Lorimer mysteries and this is a good one. Unlike the usual Glasgow setting, Lorimer and his wife are on vacation on the Isle of Mull. We get a taste of a different part of Scotland. And since Lorimer is on vacation, someone else is in charge of the investigation, and this DI is a woman with a chip on her shoulder - a well drawn character.
Gray has the ability to weave much about Lorimer and his wife into the ongoing police investigation. That results in a good balance of character development and plot progression. Gray also includes a good amount of description, characteristic of British (or Scots) mysteries.
The mystery is a good one too, dealing with sexual preferences and how parents deal with something they don't understand. There are a few big red herrings that make trying to figure out the villain a good challenge.
There are flashbacks to a twenty year old case, an early one of Lorimer's that may have relevance to the current one. The flash backs are well done and includes how Lorimer and Rosie Fergusson came to know each other. A plus as we get to know Lorimer and his wife a little more in each succeeding novel.
I recommend this book to mystery readers who enjoy a well crafted novel with a good balance of description, character development, and plot progression.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: May 8th 2018
Number of Pages: 368
Series: A DCI Lorimer Novel, #12 (Stand Alone)
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Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. After studying English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde, she worked as a visiting officer for the Department of Health, a time she looks upon as postgraduate education since it proved a rich source of character studies. She then trained as a secondary school teacher of English.
Alex began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles, and commissions for BBC radio programs. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers' Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing.
A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, she is the author of thirteen DCI Lorimer novels. She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.
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