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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
Simone Sinna
Jan 29, 2014 Simone Sinna rated it really liked it
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
Sep 12, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 04, 2011 Helen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thriller
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.
Oct 24, 2012 Kelly rated it it was ok
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
Feb 01, 2015 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 7 of the Logan McRae series and the author is back to his best. How do you solve a crime when there doesn't seem to be any evidence? The main plot line revolve around Aberdeen's mother and daughter singing sensations Alison and Jenny McGregor. They have made it through to the final stages of the reality TV show Britiain's Next Big Star, but before the finals they get kidnapped. Video demands come in stating that unless a substantial sum is raised they will both be killed, to prove that they ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Deanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimethriller
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.
Apr 21, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it
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
Feb 22, 2011 Morris rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
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
Jun 09, 2015 Stuart rated it liked it
A wild ride with Logan McRae. The main story involves the very public kidnapping of a mother and daughter singing duo, with the ransom being accumulated online in a kind of crowdfunding effort. The secondary stories involve drug dealers being rounded up and escaping and themselves being beaten up by rivals….. all kind of par for the course in a Logan McRae story. Of course, Logan gets the requisite beatings-up, and there is the usual level of gruesomeness.
It did seem to me that there wasn’t much
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Casting Show

Sergeant Logan McRae hat mehr Arbeit als er schaffen kann. Am brisantesten ist dabei die Entführung von Alison McGregor und deren kleiner Tochter Jenny. Die beiden stehen im Finale einer Casting Show und so ist ganz Aberdeen in Aufruhr als die Entführung bekannt wird. Natürlich setzt die Polizei alles daran, besonders das kleine Mädchen zu retten. Da treten andere Einsätze wie die Verhaftung des Kleindealers Shuggy in den Hintergrund. Was sich allerdings schnell rächt. Noch nicht ein
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
Jan 03, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 Stars

'You will raise money for the safe return of Alison and Jenny McGregor. You have fourteen days, or Jenny will be killed.'

It looks as if the price of fame just got a lot higher...

I've been away from MacBride and his protagonist Logan McRae for too long. Once I got into Shatter The Bones I realised just how much I missed the gritty stories, the crazy cast and the stellar Scottish dialogue. It feels good to be back!

Shatter The Bones is a fantastic entry to the series; number seven and we
Jan 09, 2011 Shona rated it it was amazing
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?

Jan 11, 2012 Kell rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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!
Mar 25, 2015 Eric rated it really liked it
Out of the Logan McRae books, on one hand, this one has been my least favorite, while at the same time, the character development aspect was quite compelling.

In this novel, the main storyline involves the investigation of the kidnapping-for-ransom of a young reality-tv child and her mother.

Again, MacBride introduces more characters and continues to flesh out existing ones.

McRae continues to bicker with his bosses - Finney and Napier - while showing flashes of investigative brilliance. Though,
Riccardo Avesani
Senza infamia e senza lode.

La storia si basa sul rapimento di una madre e della di lei figlia assunte al ruolo di stelle predestinate alla vittoria finale nel Britain's Next Big Star and dell’eroe locale deputato a risolvere il caso. Logan MacRae, appunto. I personaggi che scaturiscono dalla penna di MacBride sono piuttosto controversi. All’ispettrice Steel, lesbica, sboccata, ma estremamente umana tanto da prendere MacRae sotto la propria ala protettrice, fanno da contraltare tutta una batteria
Jan 23, 2016 Gary rated it really liked it
My first dip into the Logan McRae series and although I started with Book 7, I don't think I was unduly hampered in it's enjoyment. Maybe being local to Aberdeen and having knowledge of its geography (clandestine meetings in my local bar, McRae being attacked outside my bedroom window, my workplace under threat, etc!!) helps. McRae is an officer of the old-fashioned sort who meticulously looks at the evidence, slowly piecing everything together with plenty of red herrings along the way (I honest ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Nele rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
May 26, 2015 S.K.Fischer rated it really liked it
I needed to go back in the Logan McRae series as I had missed this one and it holds some key information which is often referred to in the following stories.

MacBride rushed the ending after a significant build up of actions and cast of characters (needed to refer back to names).

Alison and daughter Jenny are kidnapped and the fans are raising their ransom. They are singing stars on a popular T.V. reality competition (celebrity stalkers and paparazzi characters) Alison is also at University ( st
Dec 07, 2014 Lara rated it really liked it
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Colin Mitchell
May 04, 2015 Colin Mitchell rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, sgt-mcrae
Logan Mc Rae is being put upon and blamed once again. Drug seizure leads to yardies and more drugs, Ms Brown badly beaten. Alisonand Jenny McGreggor on reality tv but are kidnapped. Jenny 5 has toes removed and sent to police. Logan tracks them down with hiderance from Supt. Green. but finds the TV producer Mc Guire is responsible and Alison has enlisted students to help kidnap. Logan finds them but no evidence against Alison who is then stabbed to death by stalker student. 3 x students all die ...more
Jan 14, 2014 Charty rated it really liked it
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
Jan 08, 2011 Patsy rated it it was amazing
Love this series, DI Steel is soooo funny.
Aug 13, 2015 Jed rated it it was amazing
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Sian Wadey
Jun 14, 2015 Sian Wadey rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-mysteries
I've always been a massive fan of Stuart MacBride but when reading the blurb for this novel I wasn't as excited as I normally am diving into Logan McRae's Aberdeen.
In Shatter the Bones Alison and Jenny McGregor, the main attraction of the latest reality show 'Britain's Next Big Star', have been kidnapped. McRae and team are doing their best to find out who did it but they keep meeting dead ends. Meanwhile Trisha Brown and her partner Shuggie Webster keep getting into all kinds of trouble.
Oct 26, 2014 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 liked it
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
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Logan McRae (10 books)
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