In a famous Scottish town, someone is bent on murder-but why?
On the night of a wedding celebration, one guest meets a grisly end when he’s killed in a hit-and-run. A card bearing the number’5’ has been placed on the victims chest. DI Clare Mackay, who recently moved from Glasgow to join the St Andrews force, leads the investigation. The following night another victim is struck down and a number’4’ card is at the scene. Clare and her team realise they’re against the clock to find a killer stalking the streets of the picturesque Scottish town and bent on carrying out three more murders.
To prevent further deaths, the police have to uncover the link between the victims. But those involved have a lot more at stake than first meets the eye. If Clare wants to solve the case she must face her own past and discover the deepest secrets of the victims-and the killer.
This is the first in a new series introducing Detective Inspector Clare Mackay. She has transferred from Glasgow where she was a top Detective with an excellent record, until one day she was called out to an armed robbery. Being fire arm trained she was there, a young lad came out of the store pointing a fire arm at Clare, despite having a vest on she knows that a shot to the head would kill her, despite being told to drop the weapon it was still pointed at her. Clare shot the boy, killing him. It turned out the weapon wasn’t real. It was judged as an authorised shooting when investigated. But it changed Clare and her life, her relationship with her boyfriend.
She is now in St Andrews trying to put the incident behind her, but that seems easier said than done. She is called out to a murder where a guest at a wedding was hit by a car deliberately, and left with a card with the number 5 on it, on investigating they found he was known to sleep around despite being married, it wasn’t a happy marriage. The one thing no one knows about is what he does every Thursday. Then a second person is killed an owner of a local Brewing Company and known by DCI Gibson who has come to help manage the case as well as to see whether Clare can handle the case or does she want lighter duties. I found that a little patronising. The second body has a card with the number 4 on it are these crimes linked if so how? They find out that murder number two also goes somewhere on a Thursday is this the link? If so what and where is it too? Then the case takes a different direction!
Clare and the DCI have a face off on several different issues one of them him still doubting her capable of running this case, despite having had counselling, and being found fit for duty, he also doesn’t like the way she treats Jennifer Gilmartin the wife of the second victim but also a personal friend of his.
I liked the pace of this story it flowed nicely, no unnecessary bits which sometimes get added to bulk a story out. Most of the story is police procedural, quite meticulous on the details all the way through the investigation it felt very authentic. Clare knows there is a serial killer on the loose but it takes a while to find the link. It’s a race against time before the next person is killed.
This is really well written police procedural, I like Clare she seems fair to her other colleagues Jim is the sergeant she knows she can rely on. Chris not quite as reliable turning up at the first crime scene stinking of whisky, he had been drinking despite knowing he was on call. Clare lets it slip once but makes it perfectly clear that she won’t tolerate it again.
I think in time we will get to know the characters more but I found this to be a good start to a very promising series. I can highly recommend this. Great relatable characters can’t wait to see more of them and to get to know them all a bit better. Great start.
I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I would like to thank #netgalley and #Canelopublishers for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.