Cold Granite (Logan McRae #1)
Stuart MacBride’s Number One bestselling crime series opens with this award-winning debut. DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets.
Winter in Aberdeen: murder, mayhem and terrible weather…
It’s DS Logan McRae’s first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn’t get much worse. Three-year-old David Reid’...more
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But the book is not really about that. Instead it’s about the case he catches on his ...more
McRae is a likeable protagonist with a genuine back story: allusions to his professional and personal life pre-novel make this clear. He is haunted by an injury sustained in a previous case and is burned from the breakdown of a relationship.
The star is presented as fundamentally human. He has hope, ambition and refreshing optimism when it’s warranted, despite his demons. H ...more
I really enjoy reading Crime fiction and this book definitely is high on my list of ones I have enjoyed. Its set in Aberdeen, the Granite City, which I ...more
Over the last couple of years, favorites like Lawrence Block's The Burglar Who series, the series by Spencer Quinn featu ...more
Gritty Scottish police procedural set in the granite city (Aberdeen). My heart sank when I read the opening of this book and realised it was dealing with the distasteful topic of the death and mutilation of very young children. However, after the prologue there was no further description of the actual killing or mutilation of children and the body count wasn't too high.
Logan McRae has just returned to work after almost being stabbed to death. He's thrown into the deep end when the body of a youn ...more
Now for anyone unfamiliar with these books, they are not set in the bright lights of London, Edinburgh or even Glasgow. They are set in the Scottish city of Aberdeen, maybe not the most fashionable of locations but they do seem to lend the stories a harder edge. In Cold Gr ...more
This is book one in the Logan McRae series. DS McRae has just returned to work after a year off. He gets swept up into a case(s) involving murdered and assaulted children. He is just trying to find his footing again, with a new partner of sorts, WPC Watson (as an aside, he is attracted to her but this is not a romance). Th ...more
What drew my attention about this book, in the first place was the fact that it's set in the gloomy, grey city of Aberdeen. And indeed, the descriptions of the city and its famous weather are accurate enough and strangely vivid. However, it's hard to imagine such a small city being riddled with crime and serial killers ...more
On his first day back from extended medical leave, DS Logan just wants to get through his first day and hand responsibility back to his new DI. Desp ...more
I got this as a 'Free Friday' on Nook and when I finally got around to reading it, I found I had a hard time putting it down.
As a matter of fact I found myself finishing it up at 11:30 on a snowy night long after my spouse had gone off to bed.
Nook has a word lookup feature linked to Merriam dictionary, but unfortunately, about ...more
The novels, too, take place in Scotland. I'll grant you, Stuart MacBride does warn you you're in for a dismal climate change. Tartan ...more
Rarely realistic police procedural: cops that work several cases at once, never able to completely dedicate themselves to one, breaking the tension with drinking and small amusements in the midst of terrible cases, dealing with pressure from superiors and press and private lives... Interesting tidbits of Scottish justice system and police procedure, grim image of Aberdeen. Great setting, dark and cold as only Scottish winter can be. I loved the language.
Great characters, including bosse ...more
I really enjoyed this debut.
Serial killer/abuser of children. Cops are stymied and the bodies keep mounting.
Logan McRae has been out for year recovering from his last case and this is the one he catches on his return. Actually he works on several different cases. But this is the one he keeps coming back to. How could he not?
Aberdeen is portrayed as possibly the bleakest place on earth - always raining or snowing.
But the author assures, in his acknowledgement, that this is all make-believe a ...more
Loved it so much more then any Rebus I had previously read. Logan McRae is a fantastic character. I don't really care if a book is saying anything about the state of the nation or how crap wars are, I just want a good story with characters care about.
This is definitely a book ...more
Quite frankly, Cold Granite is one of the best crime thrillers I've read. Stuart MacBride is a master, from plotting, to pacing, to characters. The first novel of this series is dark, gritty and depressing; it's also thrilling, hooking and a morbidly enjoyable punch to the gut. If you're planning on reading a MacBride book - which I highly recommend - then be warned, you're in for a ride that will leave you feeling guilty and disgusted with yourself for ...more
For a start, DS Logan is a really interesting character. He's not the typical hard-bitten, sour, and frankly revolting guy lots of people ...more
Cold Granite is very dark, but there are humorous passages in spite of a very dark subject matter. I'm looking forward to the second installment.
I really enjoyed Cold Granite, an easy read that kept me glued right to the last page.
I particularly liked the characters and their quirks, together with the well researched practices and process of the Scottish justice system. Clearly DS Logan McRae (the lead character) has a background which hopefully will come out more as I progress through other titles in the series.
I would have given this five stars, but I felt the ending was a little weak and could have been better weaved in e ...more
The weather is grim. The city of Aberdeen is portrayed as grim. The crimes committed are very grim. The police procedure throughout the book is pretty grim. So, did I enjoy it? You bet I did, even though some of the subject matter appalled me.
I enjoyed the eye for detail in the plotting, the interweaving of various different strands to form a complex few days in the life of Detective Sergeant Logan McRae, and above all the characters developed throughout the book, all of them being believable ev ...more
I really enjoyed the mystery itself, and especially liked Logan McRae. He's smart, but respectful to his peers and bosses, and doesn't mind poking fun at himself. He's just come back from a long sick leave, th ...more
The life and times of a bearded write-ist.
Stuart MacBride (that's me) was born in Dumbarton -- which is Glasgow as far as I'm concerned -- moving up to Aberdeen at the tender age of two, when fashions were questionable. Nothing much happened for years and years and years: learned to play the recorder, then forgot how when they changed from little coloured dots to proper music ...more