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Keep the Midnight Out

(DCI Lorimer #12)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  701 ratings  ·  64 reviews

When the body of a red-haired young man is washed up on the shore of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Detective Superintendent Lorimer's tranquil holiday away from the gritty streets of Glasgow is rudely interrupted. The body has been bound with twine in a ghoulishly unnatural position and strongly reminds Lorimer of another murder: a twenty year old Glasgow case that he failed

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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published March 19th 2015 by Sphere
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Ray Palen
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
For those readers who, like myself, are counting the minutes to the next Ian Rankin novel featuring Rebus we may have found a writer that can quench that desire. I confess that Alex Gray and her series featuring DCI Lorimer were not previously known to me but I was lucky to have found them --- and now have a handful of back-reading titles to add to my To-Be-Read Pile.

Set in Scotland and shifting between present day and twenty years prior, KEEP THE MIDNIGHT OUT features two murders, decades apart
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Kathleen Kelly
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great Series! Keep the Midnight Out is the 12th novel in the DCI Lorimer Series. This is the first that I have read in this series, but it did not deter me from reading further. The story actually is told in two parts, the first with the death of a young man, a gruesome cold case, whose was never identified or the murder solved. The second is about the murder of another young man and the similarities are too hard to ignore for DCI Lorimer, as he was the detective on the first.Though I really enj ...more
Val Penny
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Few Scottish authors have matched the quality and quantity of novels produced by Alex Gray over the years. I have read many of the books in her DCI Lorimer series, but rarely in order. This rarely matters because most of her novels work well as stand alones. Keep the Midnight Out is no exception.


Keep the Midnight Out is the twelfth novel in Gray’s long running DCI Lorimer series and it is, unsurprisingly, beautifully written. The book starts with an exciting and gruesome scene when poachers gath
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Joan
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I have enjoyed the Lorimer mysteries and this is a good one. Unlike the usual Glasgow setting, Lorimer and his wife are on vacation on the Isle of Mull. We get a taste of a different part of Scotland. And since Lorimer is on vacation, someone else is in charge of the investigation, and this DI is a woman with a chip on her shoulder - a well drawn character.

Gray has the ability to weave much about Lorimer and his wife into the ongoing police investigation. That results in a good balance of charac
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Patricia
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This is the second DS Lorimer novel I’ve read recently and found it just as compelling and clever as the first. In this, we learn more about Lorimer’s early days as Glasgow police and the early, tragic days of his marriage. Gray does a fine job of filling out the reader’s view of Lorimer and his wife, and handles the heartbreak of lost babies and infertility with sensitivity. The mystery is well-plotted and paced, and thoroughly engaging. Recommended. (Full review at http://itsallaboutthebook.or ...more
Joan
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying the books by this author and this one is no exception. Set on the beautiful island of Mull and again featuring DS Bill Lorimer. He is on holiday with his wife Maggie when he discovers a body. The investigations link up with a similar unsolved case from 20 years ago when Bill was at the start of his police career.
Arthur Okun
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I traveled to the Isle of Mull."which is the second largest island of the inner Herbrides
off the west coast of Scotland." I am very familiar with Alex Gray novels featuring
Detective Superintendent William Lorimer. And his wife Maggie.
And you cannot forget his friend and his profiler and Pychologist Solly Brightman and his wife Rosie who is
a pathologist. This novel is about two murders.Young men.And to add to this mystery twenty
years ago Lorimer was involved of a murder of a young red haired man
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For those readers who, like myself, are counting the minutes to Ian Rankin’s next Rebus novel, we may have found a writer who can quench that desire. I confess that Alex Gray and her series featuring Detective Superintendent Lorimer were not previously known to me, but I was lucky to have found them --- and now have a handful of backlist titles to add to my to-be-read pile.

Set in Scotland and shifting between present day and 20 years prior, KEEP THE MIDNIGHT OUT features two murders, decades apa
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Chris
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Coming to this straight from the second book in the Ann Cleeves “Shetland” series, a comparison was hard to avoid. In this instance we’re largely on the Isle of Mull, Interestingly, the quote from The Times on the front cover promises “Convincing Glaswegian atmosphere…” Once again, a detective has to come from the mainland to take over the investigation.

As with the Shetland book, there’s a promising storyline, this one involving two crimes twenty years apart which are virtually mirror images of
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Jessica Bronder
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DCI Lorimer is on vacation with his wife on the Isle of Mull. Things are going well for them until news that a boy has been found bound and murdered. Of course Lorimer has to check it out and finds it strangely like a cold case of his own from twenty years ago. Of course Lorimer has to go poking his nose in everything and getting on the last nerve of the local detective, Stevie Crozier that has a chip on her shoulder. But they more they looking into the cases it becomes clear that Lorimer may ha ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keep the Midnight Out is the 12th novel in the DCI Lorimer Series. This is the first that I have read in this series, but it did not deter me from reading further. The story actually is told in two parts, the first with the death of a young man, a gruesome cold case, whose was never identified or the murder solved. The second is about the murder of another young man and the similarities are too hard to ignore for DCI Lorimer, as he was the detective on the first.

Though I really enjoyed the murde
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Karen
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: bought-new, keeper
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With this reading project, in some weird, self-flagellating way, I decided to see if I could understand men better, in order to have more success at online dating. So I scanned my shelves for authors or particular books that interesting men on the dating website cited as their favourites, or were in some way connected with, or recommended by, actual men I knew (or would like to know better). Books that I already had, you understand; I certainly wasn't going to go out and buy ne
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Tess
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A friend and fellow insomniac crime novel reader lent me this and I devoured it. The author was new to me but I'll be seeking out more and possibly starting this series from the beginning. The narrative is strong, complex but not too fantastical and no rabbits from hats. There are enough sub plots that keep the possibilities open, explore social context and mores and keep the reader engaged. I find it really well grounded in that respect and feel this elevates it above many formulaic 'whodunits' ...more
Bronwyn Mcloughlin
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this one, although it was nothing particularly stunning. The setting is beautiful and evocatively described, but parts of it were a bit clumsy. I appreciated the nuanced exploration of homosexuality issues and the inability of individuals and society to accept that everyone has value and is different, failing to see the person, only the labels attached. Parenthood, and loss, small communities, relationships, seniority, sensitivity .... got the lot really, but not constructed in an intuit ...more
Nancy
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Midnight doesn’t always happen in the middle of the night. It can also look different to each individual.

It can ruin a favorite holiday location, mess with a town or tear a family apart.

Midnight on the Isle of Mull is all this and more. Can anyone ever keep the midnight out? Detective Superintendent Lorimer and DI Crozier try, but also have to play an ego game while in the process.

Thank you, Ms Gray for another DCI Lorimer novel. I look forward to many more.

***Book provided without charge by PIC
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Dave
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a straightforward Scottish police procedural. Our man Lorimer is on vacation on the Isle of Mull and gets involved in a murder investigation. He wonders about similarities with a similar case back when he first became a Detective in Glascow. We follow Lorimer as he makes ever-decreasing circles towards solving one, or both, murders. It all seemed a little slow and old-fashioned to me, with quite a few Scottish idioms. But, the writing was good and the plot was interesting. I might read ...more
Michelle
My first read from this author. It is #12 in a series but read fine on it's own.
Detective Superintendent Lorimer may be on holidays but when he stumbles across a body, not far from his cottage, he is then drawn into a murder investigation as well as a twenty year old cold case.
I found the story well written with lots of great and interesting characters. It could be a little hard to follow at times though with the local dialect used throughout and the vast number of characters. It was confusing a
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Becky
May 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DI Crozier was one dimensional and badly portrayed. Her reactions were so extreme she came across as cartoonish and her actions at the end were ridiculous.

Police officers do not think " it would be illegal to go in there without a search warrant but I'm going to do it because I want justice ". They would recognise that breaking and entering would wreck the case and prevent justice.

Obviously the main detective of the series saved the day for her.

I doubt I'll read any more of this series.
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Suzanne
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DCI William Lorimer works the streets of Glasgow in a hard hitting Series. With his now friend, and profiler, Solomon Brightman, they try to solve the grizzly murders found in the Scottish city .. Really strong characterisation and the storylines are all different and well paced. The personal lives of these two men are also really well developed, and their continuum comes across as 'thought out' and not just as an afterthought. Only a few more and I'll be up to date on the whole Series. ...more
Readsandeats
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a slow starter and I did think of DNFing it but kept going. It picked up about half was through and became a page turner.
I loved the setting of the Isle of Mull, I was able to picture various places.
The characters were well written and those from Mull did have the feel of highland people to them, which was good.
Jenn
Mar 28, 2021 rated it liked it
I’ve decided I don’t enjoy books about: snow, kidnappings without deaths, boats, fishing and being lost in snowy climates. This had two of those - boats and fishing. But I struggled through as I enjoyed the characters and their interactions. I had guessed whodunit but couldn’t tell you why it what gave it away. I could explain it at all.
Kirstin
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Bought while I was on holiday on Mull in the summer and have to say the setting on Mull is probably the only thing going for this book. It was a rather mediocre crime story as such and the characters rather one dimensional so I don't think I will be reading any more of this series. ...more
Suzanne Oliver
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant book by Alex Gray..I especially loved this as Mull is one of my favourite spots in Scotland. Great storyline, really enjoyed the twists and turns..and again kept me guessing right until the end. Another series to add to the must read list.
Sadie Thain
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haven't read any of the other books in the series but was able to read as a stand alone book. Enjoyed every moment of the book. Kept me interested. However did find that there was too much happening in the last few chapters. It was like everyone needed an ending. ...more
R.L.
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
This story was enjoyable and anyone who loves murder mysteries set in Britain would like it. The descriptions are especially well-done - not overly much. The body on the beach, the detective trying to take a holiday...all the interplay between characters, was good.
Graham
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first time reading an Alex Gray novel and I enjoyed it immensely. I shall endeavour to read some more.
Fionna Cairney
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant book loved it kept me intrigued til the end
Rosemary
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
really,enjoying the alex gray,books,featuring superintendent Lorimer. Love all the images of the Scottish Isles.
Gary Van Cott
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. While I think there are some issues with this book, it was close to a 4.
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Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. She worked as a folk singer, a visiting officer in the DSS and an English teacher. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing.

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