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Cold Granite

(Logan McRae #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  19,062 ratings  ·  1,304 reviews
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. Four-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he's only
Mass Market Paperback, 584 pages
Published December 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2005)
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Mystereity Reviews I wouldn't say it's too gruesome. It's mostly a straightforward police procedural and any gory parts were at a minimum.…moreI wouldn't say it's too gruesome. It's mostly a straightforward police procedural and any gory parts were at a minimum.(less)
Laura Green Well, I've answered my own question by looking at Stuart MacBride's website! Cheeky devil wrote it that way - 'Mind you, I wanted Cold Granite to read…moreWell, I've answered my own question by looking at Stuart MacBride's website! Cheeky devil wrote it that way - 'Mind you, I wanted Cold Granite to read as if it was from the middle of a series (lots of events from the past that are never explained) so you should be able to dip in and out in any order you fancy.' Well done him, it worked, and got me hooked.(less)

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Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With more red herrings than you can shake a fishing rod at, Scottish author Stuart MacBride has kept me guessing pretty much the whole way through Cold Granite.

Aberdeen, Scotland is the setting, and in the midst of winter it's a bitterly cold and unforgiving location. The icy chills stem not only from the weather though, as there is a monster of a serial killer stalking its streets. The disturbing storyline of child abduction and murder, means it's always going to be a difficult read, but gosh i
Jeffrey Keeten
”Dead things had always been special to him. Their delicate coldness. The feel of the skin. The ripe, sweet smell as they decayed. As they returned to God.”

Detective Logan McRae comes back to work after months of recovery from a savage knife attack from a suspect which left him severely wounded. His stomach is a mass of scar tissue. His mental state is reasonably stable considering that scars on the body tend to leave scars on the mind, as well. He works for the Aberdeen police department, locat
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Liz 5, Mike/Sharon/Sandy 4
4.5 stars (rounded to 5 stars)

Hot Dog! I have myself another fabulous series to dig into. I love discovering these older series as there will be books waiting for me whenever I get the urge to revisit the characters. In addition, there is something about some of these more “vintage” novels that you do not see in books published today. Some sort of “IT” factor that is difficult to explain.

Cold Granite is the debut novel and a great start to Mr. McBride’s Logan McRae collection. The setting is Ab
The Hook My GR friend Jean and then Christine both gave Cold Granite rousing thumbs up reviews. I trust these women so thought “Why not”?

The Line - ”The lasagne tasted like damp newspaper to him.”
Lasange is the Scottish rendition of lasagna, just in case someone wants to correct my spelling.

The Sinker - As Christine said “Hot Dog”. It's a debut and a humdinger. Now if you're expecting cream puffs and muffins, forget this one. Though there's lots of candy floating around in this police depar
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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,
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“It’s raining; it’s pouring. The old man is snoring.
He bumped his head and went to bed,
And couldn’t get up in the morning.” (English nursery rhyme)

Detective Sergeant Logan MacRae could only wish for such a case! But, no! His very first day back on the job after a year of sick leave after being stabbed while on duty is quite grim. Stuart McBride’s debut novel of the Logan MacRae series begins with Aberdeen police at the scene of a grisly discovery: a young boy’s strangled, mutilated body lying in
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
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Stuart MacBride’s debut novel and I was pleasantly surprised how good it was. It’s not perfect, though, and I’ll get to my criticism in a minute.

I liked the complex story. With toddlers missing, the kneecapped body from the harbor, the bin-bag girl, and more, this was a busy book, but the story flowed very well. I liked DS Logan McRae. I could be wrong, but most books set in the UK that I’ve read seem to have a lead character who is a DI with a DS sidekick. Main character DS McRae was a
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae, who is a very human and flawed character. When we meet him he has been off work for a year, after being seriously knifed in the stomach. We also learn that whatever happened on the day he was injured, resulted in his losing his relationship with pathologist Dr Isobel MacAlister. This is unfortunate, as their paths will cross many times in this book. In fact, almost as soon as McRae returns to work, the crime rate is about to soar. ...more
Rachel the Book Harlot
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
"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 balancin
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 Mcrae to bring ...more
Louise Wilson
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
DS Logan Rae #1

This is first book in the DS Logan Rae series. He has his hands full trying to find a missing toddler. Set in Aberdeen where the scenery is beautiful but the subject matter is not. A serial killer needs to be caught and quickly before another child is taken. The press are also causing problems, they are getting information (leaked to them) and getting to the crime scenes at the same time as the police.

This is the second time that I have read this book. It's a hard book to read abo
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
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 has been found dead in a ditch. And, soon everything it will just get worse when another 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 stated that I don't like reading books that deal 
Cold Granite
4 Stars

Following a year of recuperation, DS Logan McRae is hoping for a slow return to the Aberdeen force. However, with the discovery of the body of a 3-year-old boy, McRae is thrust into a heartbreaking and horrific investigation. As the bodies begin piling up and several children go missing, the press is convinced that a serial killer is on the loose, and McRae will have to use all of his wits and experience to uncover the truth.

***Warning***: This book contains graphic and distu
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
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's been long enough since I last read this series that I now have to start over to catch up - good thing they're good books!

There's a few British procedurals out there, so it takes a bit to stand out from the pack. Stuart MacBride has managed to do it, though; set in Aberdeen, Scotland, Cold Granite comes roaring out of the gate. It's a full-throttle start to the series, with missing and murdered children, a protagonist who's just come back to work following a rooftop showdown with a psychopat
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
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This crime debut written in 2005 by Stuart Macbride. DS Logan McRae is back to the force.

11 days of the worst murders in Aberdeen- The Granite City-. Murders that claim the lives of few innocent children.

The characters are realistic. Logan is lonely, workaholic, alcoholic, smart, and independent. His superiors are at their wit’s end.

The setting is cold, rainy, snowy, sleet and fog.

The murders are gruesome , dark, and bleak.
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read and enjoyed three novels and one short story from Stuart MacBride's Logan McRae series over the past few months, I decided it was time I got my act together and read the first book in the series, Cold Granite.
Detective Sargeant Logan McRae has just returned to work for Aberdeen police, following a year's medical leave after a confrontation with a notorious serial killer. It's not a gentle reintroduction, by any means. A child's decomposing remains are found in a ditch near the River
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stone Granite was a first class read. Moreover, it was a great first book and has caused me to put many of MacBride's later books on my "to read" list. It features a young detective named Logan MacRae and is set in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The book is pretty gritty in that it contains pretty gruesome details about the murders of children. As such, it is clearly not for the squeamish and I would warn you off if graphic detail bothers you. For those morbid souls, like me, who believe that such detail e
Sep 06, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Simon Taylor
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
This wasn't a bad book but I can't say I was blown away either. Logan McCrae is a DS in Aberdeen, Scotland (where it rains incessantly, apparently) who is newly returned to duty after being nearly fatally stabbed in the line of duty several months prior to where the story picks up. He's back on the job just in time for a wave of child abductions and murders to grip the city in fear and horror. That should've been the basis for a tight and suspenseful story but it felt like it meandered around a ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The start of this book was very slow (to me) with many crimes and characters to keep up with; along with, the main character's history and personality being established. This is one of the few books that surprised me when the main killer was discovered. I say "main killer" because there are several crimes going on at one time - all could be connected. Praise for Stuart MacBride in writing in this manner; it made the story extremely interesting once I got along in it. You start out assuming one t ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Patricia Furstenberg
Gripping, dark, unputdownable. Loved the humorous scenes. Stuart MacBride is my new favorite author!
Detective Logan McRae is a likable character but I won't be reading anymore of this series. It's not that the book is poorly written but the content was just to grotesque for this reader. I was compelled to finish it but felt sick to my stomach doing so because of the extreme descriptions of violence in the book. Just not my cup of tea but I gave it four stars because it is well written and character driven. ...more
Bree T
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, crime
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
The Cats’ Mother
Cold Granite is the first in the DS Logan McRae series, set in cold, wet, depressing Aberdeen. I have had this author on my radar for years, and picked this paperback up at a book fair ages ago, but never got round to it, due to predominantly reading ebooks recently. It’s dark, with horrific things happening to young children and some pretty awful violence inflicted on adults too, but it is also an excellent police procedural with some fascinating characters.

The body of a young boy has been foun
Rob Twinem
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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