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Candles and Roses

(DI Alec McKay #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  932 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Who will live and who will die?

DI Alec McKay is a man haunted by the loss of his daughter. As he obsesses over a missing person case that is going nowhere, McKay’s investigation is interrupted when bodies start appearing on the Scottish Black Isle. Soon McKay and his team start to identify a disturbing pattern behind the killings.

Why are candles and roses placed around the

Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Bloodhound Books
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Linda Strong
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This is a new series that introduces the reader to DI Alex McKay. And the opening chapter is one you won't want to miss.

McKay has some issues ... he lost his own daughter and his relationship with his wife is deteriorating at a rapid pace. He hasn't been able to stop thinking about a missing young woman who reminds him so much of his daughter.

It's not long before McKay and his team have their hands full .... the body of a young woman is found. She's surrounded by candles and roses.

Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Candles And Roses is the first novel in the DI McKay Series and as first novels to a new crime series goes, it’s a pretty darn good one.

McKay I took to straight away. I’m not sure if he is supposed to a bit of a tyrant or not, but I loved his character. Like a lot of crime detectives, his personal life is not the easiest of ones yet he doesn’t let it interfere with his work. He has great rapport with other members in the team and I for one think he would be great to work alongside.

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Joanne Robertson
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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Who will live and who will die?

DI Alec McKay is a man haunted by the loss of his daughter. As he obsesses over a missing person case that is going nowhere, McKay’s investigation is interrupted when bodies start appearing on the Scottish Black Isle. Soon McKay and his team start to identify a disturbing pattern behind the killings.

Why are candles
Caroline Vincent
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
DI McKay Series Book #1

It’s raining and you’re soaking wet – dying to get away from the street. You’re so glad to be out of the cold that you ignore the disturbing flash of foreboding just before you are drawn in and realise it’s too late. You are never to be seen alive again, your body will be laid out between candles and roses. You have become another lost soul.

Alex Walters’ crime debut is an intriguing detective novel, set in the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands. We meet DI Alec McKay who
Misfits farm
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Young girls are going missing. DI Alex McKay has his own problems to deal with at home- demons of the past and a tumultuous relationship. A pattern is starting to emerge of the girls and their backgrounds. Their final resting places are surrounded by the candles and roses of the title- so who cares enough to do this? A fast paced crime book set in the north of Scotland with a very likeable detective- humour, sincerity (and lack of!) and dogged determination make him come to life. Excellent ...more
Fran Tracey
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this brilliant Scottish crime thriller young women go missing – and then turn up dead, ritualistically surrounded by candles and roses. The women share something in common – estranged from their families, leading somewhat chaotic lifestyles, drifters, almost. McKay is the detective tasked with discovering who killed them – a man with his own demons – a man who lost his own daughter to suicide– a loss that haunts him and his wife Chrissie and is having on-going repercussions on their marriage. ...more
Chris Nolan
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a tremendous start to a new series by Alex Walters, set in and around the Moray Firth. The lead detective is having problems in his marriage and his partner has moved to Scotland to escape troubles in her past which are hinted at and which will, hopefully, be explained further in future novels. The writing is excellent, the description of the locale is vivid and the central story is compelling. The candles and roses of the title are placed by the bodies whose deaths Alec is investigating ...more
Mel Ann
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A real hold fast!

In the begining, it has you thinking that these murders are happening too fast and too close together. Then the author catches you in a mind grip.

DI Alex Mckay has more to worry about than just his career. It seems that he is projecting his emotions from his personal life onto this current case.

When Lizzie Hamilton became a misper, there was no doubt in DI Mckay's mind that she fell victim to something sinister. One year later the demise of three women who share similar
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
This is the first book in the D.I McKay series and it’s a great start. I very much liked the character of McKay whose home life is rather troubled. However he manages to keep his personal troubles from affecting his work. It’s also good to have him as part of a team that work together well. I liked the setting in the Black Isle in North East Scotland. It definitely adds to the atmosphere. A number of bodies of young women are discovered laid out surrounded by candles and roses. It seems that ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
A very readable book and definitely potential for me to give 5* to the next one in the series which I have on my TBR.
Colleen Maclennan
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quite liked this book and detective MacKay who managed to discover who was killing young girls.
Susan Hampson
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-reads
What a belter of an opening chapter, don't think for a minute that this is going to be a get to know the characters kind of opening because it isn't, it's a let mejust show you what you are letting yourself in for kind of opening and boy this doesn't disappoint! I felt like one of Alex Walters victims as before I knew what was happening he had taken my breath away. I was the silent witness in this story where I had a tremendous feeling of sadness to the killings, more than normal somehow. It was ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book gets straight into the action with the first murder on a rainy night in Manchester and the grim discovery of the body soon after by a young couple. The body is buried with candles and roses laid out around it and DI Alec McKay is sent to investigate who could have done this and the bit I enjoyed the best, why.

From the characters of the victims and those who knew them, to the settings where the murderer displayed them, to the young girl and her boyfriend who discovered the body and the
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a very well written novel. I had never read any of Alex Walters books previously so am pleased to say that I did enjoy this - even although I guessed the ending several chapters before it was actually revealed. However, there was a twist so I can't claim to have solved it completely.

There were plenty of surprises and questions to be answered and I liked the characters, who were human and interesting. I am going to add the next DI Alec McKay to my wish list as I think I would like to
Terry  (TBC)
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A good rolling police thriller. Tough mix of police officers and guessing game of who did it.
Bodies turn up, suspicions arise.
DI McKay has missing person case that is going nowhere, when bodies start appearing on the Scottish Black Isle.
Candles and roses placed around the bodies. A shrine but DI Mckay has to work out why and who. All the while his personal life is confusing around him.
Candles and Roses is the first book in a new DI McKay Series.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Bloodhound Books. I enjoyed this read and look forward to reading more in this series.
Sue Gale
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An interesting book that draws you in and keeps you spellbound until the final word.A book of many threads that are skillfully drawn out and all solved by the novels end - a definite,must read
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I downloaded a free Kindle copy of Candles and Roses from Amazon, not knowing what to expect since I've never read anything by Mr. Walters before but, hey, its free, so no harm, no foul.

DI Alex McKay is a competent, deadpan, almost grouchy detective; he is in the throes of mourning the loss of his only child, a daughter, and his marriage is on the skids. When he and his team are called to investigate a series of bizarre ritualistic murders in which the bodies are laid out with candles and
Evelyn Grabas
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whereas I found the book to have a good plot, I also found it to be a difficult read. I am an avid reader and pretty much inhale books, but not this one. I found myself putting it down and having to force myself to pick it back up and continue reading. That is generally not like me. But I struggled to the end, which I found extremely disappointing. It gives you a killer, maybe, because it then goes on to point out how it could be someone else and leaves you to your own conclusion. And that is ...more
Judith Baxter
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another author today who is new to me. Alex Walters writes about DI Alex McKay and this is the first book in the series.

The story is set in the Highlands of Scotland. On a bright sunny, relatively warm day a young couple is walking in a Celtic place of pilgrimage that lore has it had health-giving properties. They were looking for some place of privacy where they could be alone. But instead, they discovered a makeshift grave and a body surrounded by candles and roses.

This was only the first of
Jennifer Moville
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was kindly sent this book to read and review.

McKay is a crime detective but somehow he manages to keep his personal and work lives seperate. But his work life is about to become busy - very busy.
Young women are being found murdered and their bodies are found surrounded by (cue the title) candles and roses. It soon becomes obvious there is a serial killer on the loose and McKay has to find out who it is.
i loved how the novel kept you gripped throughout. I had no idea who the killer could be.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a fairly pedestrian whodunnit, which I found quite hard to get into. Some of the early chapters are a bit backwards-and-forwards and the story/characters were not interesting enough for me to persevere. However, after much putting it down and picking it up again, persevere I did. The story gathers some pace in the second half of the book and we learn more about the previously one-dimensional characters and their backgrounds. However, looking forward to the end, what an anticlimax it was. ...more
Ellen White
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A new series with Alex McKay, losing one’s daughter, has his marriage spiraling downhill.A case that is still unsolved, ten years later.Lizzie, working after midnight, awaiting a cab, then what happened .
Scottish Black Isle, bodies are appearing surrounded by candles and roses. Serial killer they know but why the ritual. His team mates like him, he gets the job done. Some cases still haunt him. Good plot, and good beginning.
John Thys
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gripping thriller

This is the first book by this author that I've read so I found it took a bit of time to get into all the characters which is no fault of the author may I add the D I which is one of the main characters is getting over his own personal problems plus his caseload of murders are very complex overall a very good read and a gripping thriller I will look forward to reading the next book written by Alex Walters
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
The first of his DI Alex McKay serial killer series. I read this, because I'm going on a retreat he runs with his wife later this month. It was an enjoyable read with entertaining characters, but lacked originality, I thought. And why didn't the detectives check where the candles and roses had been purchased? I'd have thought this would have been one of the first things they did. An inconclusive ending, which was a bit frustrating. Great setting (The Black Isle), though!
Joyce Rigg
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved this book when I started reading it. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one day. Sadly the book isn’t finished. Did his publisher tell the author to send what he had and forget to ask for the rest before he published it? So disappointing, everything just left in the air. The first 95% of the book was well paced, What happened? Don’t think I will risk getting the next in the series in case it happens again.
Dave Bate
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
New author to me but love this genre, This book didn't disappoint neither did the main character, semi grumpy DI Alec McKay. Good storyline and loved the constant amusing asides generated in the 'talkie' bits. This deserved a 4.5 stars, ie 9 out of 10, look forward to the following volume in the series
Andrew Lone
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A new author for me and I really enjoyed CANDLES and ROSE'S
DI Alex McKay is troubled over a open case from a year back and he is unsettled over then a body in a shallow grave is discovered near a local landmark on the BLACK ILSE which becomes a complected case
ALEX writes a very gripping thriller which I enjoyed a LOT and will recommend to others
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the story and I thought the twist was well - thought up. My only niggle was the proofreading -- there were several places where homophones had crept in, or words were missing and that really spoilt it for me. If I could be sure that problem was sorted in the next in the series I'd definitely read it.
Gwen Samson
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Good book

This was a good book but was a bit difficult for me to get into it. Do not know why because it is a good storyline and well written. Good main characters and believable plot. Worth a read.
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