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
Popular Answered Questions
More lists with this book...
But we couldn't prove it." - Detective Inspector Steel
There is a lot to like in Stuart MacBride’s police procedural, Cold Granite. To start with, the story is sprinkled with humorous lines like the one above, delivered by likeable, almost quirky, characters. Some moments actually made me laugh out loud, which I found surprising as I didn’t expect it to be filled with such dark humor. The author does a great job of balancing t ...more
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’s body is discovered in a ditch, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he’s only the first. There’s a s ...more
It has the right amount of detail, good strong characters and a few good twists and turns along the way. Ultimately the book ends up winding a fe ...more
Firstly, some positives - the descriptions of Aberdeen and its wintry climate were well-drawn. I could almost shiver with the bleakness of the weather and the dreariness of those grey buildings. Although almost stomach-churning at times, the descriptions of the death scenes were graphic and intense, and I could almost smell the st ...more
But the book is not really about that. Instead it’s about the case he catches on his ...more
I read book nine in the series recently and I liked it so I decided to read the series from the beginning. It was a very grim book, I have previously statedthat I don't like reading books that dealwit ...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
It had everything you could want from a police procedural - mystery, thrills, action, superb characterisation, dark humour.
There were twists and turns and plenty of suspense.
I felt like I was in the investigation with the team sharing the ups and downs. It is very violent and quite sickening in places so don't expect the nasty bits to be gloss ...more
This is the first book i have read by this author and it's also the first in the series.
An enjoyable and gripping read that is full of surprises, especially towards the end. Looking forward to reading the next one.
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
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
MacBride, Stuart – 1st in series
Harper Collins, 2005- Hardcopy
DS Logan McRae nearly died in the line of duty and is now back after a yearlong recovery. However, his first day back isn't the gentle return he'd expected as the body of a murdered four-year-old boy has been found. As more children go missing and their bodies found, the question is whether all the cases are related. It doesn't help that someone is leaking information to the press.
There’s a lot going on in this one and some very interesting foreshadowing of both past and future events that are sure to be revealed in the next books in the series. Anyway, I am looking forward to reading more of DS Logan McRae. 4.5 Stars, but since I have a feeling this could be a pretty spec ...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
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
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