OUR LITTLE SECRETS by Peter Ritchie (Detective Grace MacAllan Book 5)


At a dark place in Edinburgh’s heart, secrets refuse to lie dormant.

At Police Scotland HQ, Grace MacAllan has pitched up in Counter Corruption. But the demons of her past are never far behind.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh’s gangland is in turmoil. As a new breed of upstarts challenges the old criminal order, their battle for territory causes serious havoc.

Into the war steps DI Janet Hadden. Ambitious, hard bitten and addicted to risk taking, she knows how to throw opponents off balance. But when she’s thwarted, Hadden seeks help from a notorious underworld fixer, a man who keeps secrets but always extracts a price.

Beset by violence and double-crossing, Grace is soon embroiled in a savage game of cat and mouse with colleagues and criminals alike. With all sides driven by dark desires, theirs is an endgame that will take Grace down unless she holds her nerve.


I have to start by saying this is the first book in this series that I have read, also the first book by this author. So all characters are new to me. I do normally like to begin a series with book one and work my way through them, getting to know as much about the characters and their development.

This book is quite a gritty read, with the Edinburgh underworld, with a plot that certainly keeps you on the edge of your seat.

I think this could possibly be read as a stand-alone novel as there didn’t seem to be a great deal of Grace MacAllan in this one, and as I didn’t know any of the characters from previous books, I wasn’t sure if any of them were regulars or not. But it seemed to be a definite good read on its own. Grace did appear towards the end of the book, with choices made that I don’t know if they are in character or not so may have to get hold of the previous books in the series.

This author certainly seems to pull you into the story right from the get go, which for me is always a good sign. Dominic Grainger is the criminal head of a gang, but he has got into debt using all his and his brother’s money on gambling, unbeknown to them. He is now desperate to get it back. DI Janet Hadden is looking for promotion she get’s involved with the gangster Dominic Grainger. Seems she wants promotion even if it means crossing some grey areas to get there. So getting Grainger to co-operate with her what could go wrong.

A DI and the head of a crime gang, both are taking risks Grainger if his gang finds out he is working with a copper, and Hadden if found out she is working with a kingpin. Things are bound to end with violence, the plot and suspense is as high as you would expect.

The story is fast paced, action packed, with some great characters that I found believable and relatable. The story is at times quite violent but it is what you would expect when reading a novel with these characters.

I love the names of some of the character’s Davy ‘Tonto’ McGill and ‘Pete the Pole’. The picture of Tonto chasing Pete down the street wielding glass an axe you get this is going to be gritty and dirty. I didn’t like DI Janet Hadden she is the type of person who would walk over you if you were hit by a bus, or she would throw you under the bus if it meant her furthering her own career.

Overall a great read and I for one will be looking for the rest of the books in this series.

I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

I would like to thank #netgalley and #Black&Whitepublishing for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.


Peter Ritchie is a retired senior police officer. The real world authenticity in his novels comes from vast experience gained working in CID, murder squads, Serious and Regional Crime Squads, NCIS London and Europoort.

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