Good Reading : March 2015
The Missing and the Dead Stuart MacBride The latest offer ing from the bestselling tartan-noir series featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae provides readers with all the ingredients that have made the series such a success. Multiple plot strands might confuse those new to the series, but loyal readers will appreciate the layers of complexity to the story as well as the return of DS McRae’s long-time for mer partner, the crude and mouthy DCI Steel. The story opens with McRae’s apprehension of a vicious killer, but with the attention comes a ‘development opportunity’, which sees McRae back in unifor m and in charge of a rural divisional team in the backwaters of Aberdeenshire. The discovery of the body of a young girl in a disused bathing pavilion breaks into the routine tedium of divisional policing and sparks a chain of events that spirals rapidly out of control, threatening to strike too close to home for McRae. This is the ninth novel in the series, but it’s possible to read and enjoy the story as a standalone; Logan McRae is an approachable and likeable character who, unlike many in this genre, is not a loner – although his patchy love life may belie this observation. He is a team player and an instinctive old-school copper, and it’s the glimpses into the dynamics of police on the beat that makes this an accessible and enjoyable read. ★★★ Harper Collins $29.99 Reviewed by Maryanne Hyde GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING MARCH 2015 46 CRIME FICTION WOM word of mouth RATINGS ★ ★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★ RG Moriarty Anthony Horowitz Followers of the Sherlock Holmes canon will be intimately familiar with the ‘deaths’ of Sherlock Holmes and his arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty, in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Final Problem, when they toppled down the Reichenbach Falls and ‘drowned’ near the little Swiss village of Meiringen. Anthony Horowitz picks up the tale a few days thereafter when a Pinkerton detective, Freder ick Chase, meets Detective Inspector Athelney Jones of Scotland Yard (who played a minor role in Doyle’s The Sign of Four), while both are looking over a corpse fished from a brook fed by the Reichenbach Falls. They ultimately join forces in an attempt to identify and capture an American criminal mastermind, Clarence Devereux, who they know was attempting to conspire with Moriarty to take control of all of London’s criminal activities. Their pursuit of Devereux through the alleys and docklands of London has them following a bloody trail of torture and murder that culminates in a rather surprising, but not unthinkable (if you spotted the clues scattered throughout in the best Holmesian tradition) finale. Here we have a Sherlock Holmes tale without the physical presence of Holmes or Watson, although their shadows loom large throughout. Indeed Horowitz has replicated these same characters in the personas of Jones (the Holmesian detective) and the sturdy, plodding Chase. This is a darker London than Doyle’s, with violence that is much more graphic, but Horowitz remains true to the canon and delivers a very satisfying addition to it. ★★★★ Orion $29.99 Reviewed by Leslie Lightfoot The Missing and the Dead Stuart MacBride TTseries featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae provides readers with all the ingredients that have made the series such a Moriarty Anthony Horowitz FFcanon will be intimately familiar with the ‘deaths’ of Sherlock Holmes and his arch-enemy, About Stuart McBride Stuart MacBride grew up in the Scottish town of Abderdeen, where, in an uncanny coincidence, his ‘Logan McRae’ novels are also set.