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Cold Granite (Logan McRae #1)

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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’

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With DS Logan McRae back at work after spending a year recovering from a near-fatal stabbing, he had been directed to ease into the job. But when the call came in that a body had been found, and that body was of a child, he found himself lead investigator in a case that would consume him and the local police for the next few weeks. The weather in Aberdeen was cruel – an icy cold winter had attacked the residents with the bitter wind relentless in its fury. The snow removed any chance of finding ...more
Sep 10, 2016 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author and definitely not my last. I became quite attached to D.I. Logan McCrae and enjoyed many of the other characters too. The story was excellent if a little too graphic at times. I am quite accomplished at skimming the really upsetting bits so the nasty details did not bother me too much. I found it to be quite neatly put together and rather realistic in terms of police procedure etc. Another new author. Hooray,
Rachel the Book Harlot
"Aye? Shame. He was fucking tasty in his day. Quite the lady-killer.
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
Description: 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’s body is discovered in a ditch, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he’s only the first. There’s a s
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Excellent reading. Excellent combination of police procedures and forensics coming together to make for a cracking crime thriller. After reading other reviews I expected this book to be more graphic and gruesome and whilst the storyline centres predominantly on the hunt for a child serial killer, it's not as graphic as other similar novels I have read.

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
Aug 07, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-lit
I have found another new author Scottish born Stuart Macbride kept me turning the pages & could not put down Cold Granite tells the story of DI logan Mcrae who is investigating the brutal murders of a 3 year old boy who was found on the river Don the setting is in Aberdeen Scotland the little boy is tortured some of this story was graphic to say the least but its what these killers do & makes it real soon another little girls body is found exactly the same way & its up to DI Logan Mc ...more
My reaction to Cold Granite is ambivalent. Although I read the book with enthusiasm, I found it frustrated me in certain aspects, thus lowering my overall rating of it.

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
Bree T
Aug 10, 2010 Bree T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction
This is Stuart MacBride’s first novel and as debuts go, it’s pretty tightly done. Detective Sargeant Logan McRae is back reporting for duty after a year off on sick leave. He was stabbed, multiple times (23, apparently) in the abdomen by a murderer nicknamed the “Mastrick Monster”. It took seven hours for a surgeon to sew DS McRae’s inside’s back together and he bears hideous scars and suffers from searing pain.

But the book is not really about that. Instead it’s about the case he catches on his
Logan McRae is back after being on sick leave for over a year after nearly dying after an attack. The first day could have started better when the news that a little boy that has been missing have been found dead in a ditch. And, soon everything it will just get worse whenanother child goes missing.

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
Simon Taylor
Aug 28, 2013 Simon Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stuart MacBride’s stunning debut novel Cold Granite propels DS Logan McRae into the detective hall of fame in no time at all.

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
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A police procedural of the more or less hard boiled type. Set in Aberdeen, Scotland.[return][return]Detective Sergeant Logan MacRae has returned from recovering from near-fatal stab wounds to the Grampian Police Force to face immediately a dead child and the possibility of a serial paedophile killer. Other dead children appear as well as a puzzling adult corpse, causing more than a little confusion within the police ranks. In addition, it s clear that someone inside the Grampian Police Force is ...more
I saw The Bearded Wonder (Stuart MacBride) speaking at an event in Dundee, A Million for a Morgue, a few months ago. He was engaging, hilarious and I vowed to read his series. I learnt for example that the main character Logan is named after his nephew who lives in Canada (I think) and how many swear words on average are in his books (a fair few).

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
Oct 22, 2008 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
MacBride, Stuart. COLD GRANITE. (2005). ****. My wife, Betsy, met Mr. MacBride when we were attending the recent Bouchercon in Baltimore. She was impressed by his comments on one of the panels and thought she’d give his book a try. When she finished it, she told me I had to read it. It was terrific! Well, it’s an excellent first novel, a combination thriller cum police procedural. MacBride is from Aberdeen, Scotland, and this is where the novel is set. If you’ve ever been to Aberdeen, you would ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Monnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the fact that I never read more than one book at a time - ever - my goal is to have a really good book series waiting in the wings just in case I finish a book but don't have another that interests me. That's complicated a bit because I also hate re-reading a book, no matter how excellent it was (the only exception to that rule was the James Bond series by Ian Fleming).

Over the last couple of years, favorites like Lawrence Block's The Burglar Who series, the series by Spencer Quinn featu
Oct 25, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime

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
Jan 14, 2015 Neil rated it really liked it
At the end of last year I read Stuart MacBride's novella Sawbones, and up until that point I had forgotten what a wonderful crime writer he is. So I promised myself that I would dig out the Logan MacRae series and re-read them.

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
Jul 01, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First time I've read a book by this author and I loved it. Admittedly it is very gruesome, with unnecessarily detailed descriptions of autopsies but the author tempers this with some great banter between the wonderful characters and a wicked sense of humour. Can't wait to read the second in the series. I just love Logan, the hero copper whose imperfections make him very endearing and DI Insch is hilarious.
John Wiltshire
Apr 20, 2015 John Wiltshire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm currently rereading the whole series. As with lots of books, they're even better a second time. I'd forgotten what a delightfully slow build this first one is. I'm nearly 30% in and we still haven't actually met DI Steel yet. She's lurking and been mentioned a couple of times, and when you know what a force of nature she is once she arrives on the scene this tactic is quite amusing. PC Rennie isn't in the novel yet either. Logan is arriving back to work after nearly a year off sick (after be ...more
Trev Twinem
Feb 03, 2016 Trev Twinem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is where it all started The first in the DS McRae series and the reader is introduced to Detective Sergeant Logan McRae newly returned to active duty after a serious stabbing incident, which we learn a little about as the story proceeds. The bodies of a number of children are discovered, mutilated and sexually abused and in the gritty atmosphere of a dark and constantly rainy Aberdeen Logan must find the killer before the body count mounts. As in all Stuart Macbride books the humour is dark ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listening to this on audio was a real treat and despite the dark and nasty subject matter being investigated by DS Logan McRae I really enjoyed this story.
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
Jan 19, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
First of my holiday reads.

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.
Stuart MacBride was born Feb 27 1969 in Dumbarton, Scotland and raised in Aberdeen. His careers include scrubbing toilets offshore, graphic design, web design and IT/computer programming. He's won Best Debut Novel, 2006 (for Cold Granite) and numerous other International Thriller Awards and now lives in north-east Scotland with his wife, Fiona and their cat Grendel.

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
Aug 27, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, united-kingdom
COLD GRANITE is one of those debut books that come along and slowly cause a stir of comment and discussion in crime fiction forums. So much commentary just makes you want to get that book that everyone is talking about, but at the same time you often wonder if there's a chance that it's all noise and not much substance. COLD GRANITE is all substance.

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
COLD GRANITE (Police Procedural-Scotland-Cont) - VG
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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.
Jul 15, 2015 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set in Aberdeen and featuring a great new detective whom I became rather fond of as the book progressed. This is the first in the series and sets you up nicely with relationships in the police station, the past relationship, the glimmer of a new relationship and really nice friendships with the other police persons involved in the story. The autopsy scenes are positively gory but the crimes are realistic feeling and the villains and slippery characters were great. ...more
Aug 27, 2016 Bill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
An excellent debut novel from Stuart MacBride and the start of a very good series (if this one is any indication.) A Scottish thriller and crime procedural with plenty of dark humor sprinkled throughout.

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
Jon Recluse
May 18, 2013 Jon Recluse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An excellent example of no frills Scottish noir; fast, nasty and with a streak of truly black humor.

I will be reading more of this series.

Highly recommended.
Jul 05, 2015 Katerina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cold, rain, miserable policemen, child molesters. A nice and likeable main character but no Harry Holle, and DCIs eat way too much candy and smoke too much, it's not healthy for investigations.
Juicy Fruit
Mar 19, 2012 Juicy Fruit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I admit, I really enjoyed this book. It's hard to tell why - after all, it follows the police procedural recipe to the letter and it's quite full of cliches and predictable events.

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
Apr 08, 2014 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished Cold Granite from Stuart MacBride. I picked it up on offer for my Kindle one month when another Stuart MacBride book, Birthdays for the Dead was the monthly read.

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
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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
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“Where Insch was bald, Steel looked as if someone had sellotaped a Cairn terrier to her head. Rumour had it she was only forty-two, but she looked a lot older. Years of chain smoking had left her face looking like a holiday home for lines and wrinkles.” 4 likes
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