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Shatter The Bones (Logan McRae #7)

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From the author of Cold Granite and Dark Blood, the new Logan McRae thriller takes a look at the terrors of reality television celebrity

You will raise money for the safe return of Alison and Jenny McGregor. If you raise enough money within fourteen days they will be released. If not, Jenny will be killed.

Alison and Jenny McGregor—Aberdeen's own mother-daughter singing sens
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by HarperCollins UK (first published January 1st 2011)
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Not really sure I liked this one, but the end was fast and furious with retribution doled out to the bad guys.

The first half of the book was very slow, and the Aberdeen police looked more like the Keystone Kops, running around trying to find clues to the missing singing sensation and her daughter. It got worse when a higher-up gets involved. About halfway through, though, things got better and started falling into place, and lots of bad guys get their comeuppance, all through the work of DS Loga
Here's the thing. You hoard a book because it's a favourite series, and there's no sign of the next one yet. But then there are noises about the next one, but that's not out for ages, but you can't wait any longer so you read the one you've had tucked away. Then you've not got that little thing of joy hidden away in the bookcases anymore. So now you're stuck in that horrible no man's land, because the next book's not out for ages, and you've given into temptation. It's a nightmare.

Mind you, that
So much fun to read, the pages just fly by! Do wish McBride would give poor Logan a bit of a break though! Still, great story, good twist at the end with plenty of funny interludes, especially from Steel, who I've grown to like more and more over the series. Looking forward to the next installment already.
Simone Sinna
This was the only book of the Logan McRae I hadn’t read and is now the only one I have in a paper copy (the rest being on the iPad) but after doing a Masterclass with the author I felt I needed a signed copy. The Master class was on research for crime fiction, a topic he had been given and was unimpressed by: he answered it with typical Scottish dour tongue in cheek in one sentence: talk to a cop. But then (after a cop in the audience looked a little taken aback) he proceeded to fill three hours ...more
I had a really rough time getting into this book. Really rough. As in, if I hadn't been reading this as one half of a joint review, I probably would have stopped at the 15% mark. But I soldiered on. Or something. My issues were twofold. Or maybe three. Let's see...

Part 1: I had a really hard time believing that a police force could be THAT incompetent. I mean... HOLY SMOKES! Between the genuinely stupid mistakes some of the police dudes made (err... I can't remember where all the DIs and DSs get
This is another one of those series that I savour and only allow myself to read a book now and then as a treat so that I don't suddenly find myself at the end, craving another book.

MacBride writes edgy, cutting books. The dialogue is witty and smooth...priceless humour often to be found amidst a lot of violence and brutality. Every installment in this series seems to get better and better.

In this book, DS Logan McRae and the rest of the team fight against time to keep Alison and her daughter Jen
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I could not wait for this to come out and although it is available in hardback, I prefer to wait for the paperback. So, I was delighted to see it sitting on the shelf of my local library this week. I love Stuart McBride books, and in particular, the Logan McRae series. Once again, he has produced the goods. Logan is involved in a kidnapping case, a mother and daughter, who are rising stars in a talent show, similar to Britain's Got Talent, and are on course to win the show, when they are kidnapp ...more
One of the better entries in the Logan Macrae series so far. Very enjoyable, but I have to wonder how much more torment the author can put his hero through. Soon people will avoid being his friend like they avoid getting too close to Angela Landsbury. Anyway, thoroughly entertaining, riveting and full of suspense.

I started reading this series due to the setting, Aberdeen, as I was curious to see the streets I walk each day through the eyes of a crime writer. I was not disappointed.

While much of
This was a first reading for me, though I'd read all the previous novels in the series more than once. And as I was on holiday at the time, I was able to read it all in pretty much one long sitting. I found it as much of a page-turner as the earlier books but I was much less interested in the victims of the crime as I absolutely abhor anything to do with reality TV talent shows.

I also felt that we're reaching the realms of the unbelievable as far as Logan's many injuries are concerned - he reall
Yet another Logan adventure where nothing seems to go right.
Violence, laughter, murder, love all mixed into one story.

Alison and her daughter are deemed to be the next big reality series winners, only they go missing, kidnapped for a ransom.

Will they be found before they are murdered? Will the Police find the kidnappers before it is too late? or will they make ma mess of the investigation yet again?

MacBride just keeps getting better and better! Although I managed to work out part of it (I pride myself on usually being able to do this – I’m very observant!), it still managed to surprise me, which is exactly what I want from crime thrillers. This latest installment taps into the reality TV/talent show phenomenon and is really quite gruesome in parts, but never gratuitously so. Love it!
a bit of a disappointment. Kept on reading to find out "who did it", but in the end neither the characters nor the plot could keep my interest.
The Logan McRae books are a series which someone should make into a TV series, there must be talks ongoing already, if not it's criminal.
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This felt like earlier books in the series. Full of black humor, incompetent policing and the favorite duo of MacRae and Steele. What really made this book for me was the overall consistency. The characters felt true to their strengths and weakness without tipping over into outright caricature. Yes, Logan suffers but it didn't seem gratuitous as it has in some of the other books. Yes, the crimes and descriptions are as gruesome as ever but again it felt more grounded in reality. The story of a c ...more
Love this series, DI Steel is soooo funny.
Another excellent book in the Logan MacRae series--as usual, Logan is up to his ass in alligators. With the, let's call them what they are--decidedly odd--secondary characters, this fast-paced, dark and brutal walk through a few days in the life of Det. Sgt. MacRae is not for the faint of heart as he and his team are on the trail of a group who've kidnapped a local TV celebrity and her young daughter and are holding them for ransom.

Meanwhile, Logan's bosses have got him working on o
Balthazar Lawson
This is the seventh book in the Logan McRae series. The reason I read this series is for the characters, with all their flaws, as much as for the crime investigation story.

But this book is a bit of a let down, in a big way.

The writing has become very formula driven with only the crime being different and how we are introduced to the crime is totally frustrating. The crime is revealed only a little bit at a time, but if I were a police investigator involved in the case I would have known everythi
Oct 10, 2012 Paula rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Brit Mystery fans

Good reading, as always. The story is about the kidnapping of a mother and daughter singing act set to win Britain's Next Big Star and how our hero and the Aberdeen police solve the crime. This is certainly a timely plot line, given the huge popularity of these talent shows. MacBride's characters are always believable and interesting. Unlike the previous book, Dark Blood, the plot doesn't hare off in so many directions, making it a more interesting and absorbing read. Inspector Steel is still
''You will raise money for the safe return of Alison and Jenny McGregor. If you raise enough money within fourteen days they will be released. If not, Jenny will be killed.'Alison and Jenny McGregor – Aberdeen's own mother-daughter singing sensation – are through to the semi-finals of TV smash-hit Britain's Next Big Star. They're in all the gossip magazines, they've got millions of YouTube hits, everyone loves them.But their reality-TV dream has turned into a real-
Book Addict Shaun
After finishing this book I think I can now say that Logan McRae has overtaken Tom Thorne as my favourite fictional detective. And I think that this is one of the best McRae novels so far, and another long book. I always say however that I wouldn't want to lose the comedy or the scenes with Steel so can put up with the length of the book.

The storyline in this book didn't really grip me or have me interested in who the kidnappers were, it was the other storylines that I enjoyed. From Logan being
Allan Nail
MacBride gets darker, and better, with each installment of his Logan MacRae series. Shatter the Bones is damned good.

OK, I'm a sucker for procedurals, and I consider myself an aficionado. This series, unlike most which start off great, proceed solidly, then taper off to mediocre, seems to be getting better and I find that remarkable. Listen to me; I need to tone down the praise. But I seriously was going to pre-order the next volume (due out in September), when originally this was supposed to be

SHATTER THE BONES is the seventh book in the Detective Inspector Logan McRae series. Set in Aberdeen, the stories are permeated with the problems that a bad economy dumps on the locals. The one bright spot around which all of Aberdeen gathers is the telecasts of a major reality show: Britain’s Next Big Star. This most recent round of the show has reached the semi-finals and Aberdeen is as one in the collective excitement surrounding local stars, Alison and Jenny McGregor. The mother/daughter sin
The seventh book in the Logan McRae series opens quite explosively. It’s an exciting and fast-paced novel with a celebrity abduction angle intermixed with a few other cases. Some of the celebrities may sound a bit familiar - but I am sure their real-life counterparts are nothing more than coincidence! Still, it’s an exciting book and moves along steadily. This is due, in large part, to the more centralized nature of the plot. The plot does take a few predictable paths, but the surprises lurking ...more
Finally! DS McRae becomes DI McRae... wonder how long this lasts.

There's a version of Idol/Voice/NextBigThing singing competition on, and the top contenders - a mother/daughter team singing in honor of their husband/father who was killed in Iraq - have been kidnapped. Since they're from Aberdeen, of course Grampian's finest get to deal with it. This time, there's national pressure as the nation rallies to raise the ransom money, as well as holding endless rallies and releasing cover versions of
I rate this ebook 4.5 stars. It is the story of Alison and Jenny McGregor a mother and daughter act who are contestants on a talent show. They are abducted and held for ransome. It is up to the usual characters in the Grampion Police to find them.
As with previous books in the series, there are several investigations running concurrently, all convoluted cases as usual.

DS Logan MacBride is back on track and DSI Roberta Steel is her fiesty and vivacious self. She has Logan's back when he stumbles b
Lari Don
I loved the first few Logan McRae books, for their convincing North East of Scotland setting and dialogue, and for their humane and humourous attitude, as well as the excellent action and memorable characters. I started to lose interest a few books in, when the gore started to smear everything else too thickly and I felt really yucky reading them. I stopped halfway through Flesh House. However, I decided to give it another go with Shatter the Bones, and I'm really glad I did. Still not for squea ...more
Gordon Johnston
Another solid Logan McRae book. Starts slowly and builds to an ending that feels a little too fast if anything. The essential elements of McBride's series are all in there, the familiar characters, the useless top brass and the visiting idiot. McRae is in the now familiar series of awful situations, and the dark humour is as compelling as always.
Roger Thornhill
Found this book hard to get into, although the last half was more captivating. I think the first half would have benefited from reading at one sitting. The story switched from place to place in a confusing way with little or no separation between the various situations which only added to the confusion. I found the ending to be quite captivating
Brilliant! I really enjoyed this book and read it in a couple of days, couldn't put it down.

The main storyline is the kidnapping of a recently famous mother and daughter, in which of course recently promoted DI McRae saves the day. I lenjoyed how the author linked each part of the story very well. The characters are very believable and it is very easy to visualise what it would be like if made into a tv programme (hint hint please!). You get to see a slightly different side to McRae in this boo
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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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