The Loch of the Dead
A CASE FOR FREY & McGRAY
The Scottish Highlands, 1889.
When a young heir receives a sinister death threat, Inspectors Frey and 'Nine-Nails' McGray answer a desperate plea to offer him protection.
The detectives travel north to the remote and misty Loch Maree, site of an ancient burial ground. They must stay with the mysterious Koloman family - any one of whom might...more
This new investigation of my favorite detective duo since Holmes and Watson takes us to a very remote region of ...more
I was sent an early copy of this book from Oscar de Muriel via his publishers for my independent honest review.
I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the first three in the Frey and McGray series and then along comes book four which in my opinion takes this authors writing to another level. It is an accomplished and expertly researched ...more
Visit the locations in the novel
This writer just gets better and better
A ten star read - full of meat, blood, bats and a mysterious Scottish island
Oh and some of the funniest lines in a book - you might not want to eat "blasted herrings" ever again! Oh and the Scottish humour, the banter between the Frey and McGrey - I had tears streaming down my face.
Then BAM! out of the darkness came the gothic and dark tones.
The mix of all this books ingredients is very moreish. Gothically, deliciously ...more
"D'ye think the worst's passed?"
"Yes, I think so."
He smiled. "Yer a fucking terrible liar, Percy."
(view spoiler)[In simple terms, yes, I loved the mystery and the characters in this fourth installment of Frey & McGray mysteries. The continuous dread and fear that the characters somehow won't survive the case? Haha, I love that reader pain, and yes, this one ...more
"...I skimmed through the first pages, full of regional maps.
'Edinburgh is certainly a long way from your home. You could have requested anybody else' help. Why did you come ...more
This has to be one of the best crime mystery thriller story I’ve read in years up there with the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and I’ve said it since the strings of ...more
Our intrepid Inspectors are helped to assist Millie Fletcher who works for the Koloman family (a wealthy family who live in an isolated area in the Highlands). As a young woman she was forced to give away her child, her son was fathered by one of the Kolomans and now the family want him to return as heir to his father's estate. However, ...more
By no means is it 'high literature'. But it ticks so many of my boxes... I love detective mysteries, I love historical settings, I bloody LOVE Scotland, and hoo boy do I love a hint of the supernatural.
Plus I've had difficulty wanting to read so far this year. I've wanted a book that hooked me enough to resist the temptation of podcasts, and twitch streams, and YouTube etc. - when I saw this recommended to me, I knew this stood a great chance.
Even though I guessed a little ...more
A woman pleads for help as her illegitimate son receives an anonymous death threat - right after learning he is to inherit the best part of a fortune. In exchange for their help, his mother offers McGray a cure for his sister who is locked in an asylum.
As McGray goes to collect the boy, his guardian is brutally murdered.
A fantastic historical fiction with a good dollop of paranormal.
I love this series, I've love the relationship/banter between ...more
I should make it clear that my review is based on the unabridged audiobook, so some of my comments might not be relevant to the paperback or Kindle version. However, the only comment on the narrator is that you can clearly tell when one day’s recording ends and ...more
Meanwhile, Frey has a visitor. She wants to talk to McGray and says she has a cure for his sister. Luckily for her, she has another more routine police issue that Frey can help with; her love child has been declared the only heir of his father and she fears for his life.
Frey is duly sceptical, as always, but his Uncle ...more
Miss Millie Fletcher is the mother of Benjamin,who is the heir,to this estate. However,Benjamin has been brought up in complete ignorance of his family history and believes he was a foundling ,who had the good fortune to ...more
Possible Spoilers, but not many...
The Past: Millie Fletcher was assaulted by Maximilian Koloman, and gave birth to his son, Benjamin. Maximilian died of what they preferred to call “a gentleman’s disease.” The family sent Benjamin away to live with a priest in Thurso and gave Millie a position as a servant in their manor.
The Present: The manor is now occupied by Konrad Koloman, his wife, Minerva, and twin daughters ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was engrossing, suspenseful, intriguing, and a bit creepy. Despite it being the fourth book in a series, it worked quite well as a stand-alone book, but it also made me want to read about the other cases of Frey & McGray.
In this book, McGray hears of the healing waters of a small spring in remote Loch Maree in the HIghlands of Scotland. A prospective client offers to bring McGrey to these waters, which he believes may heal his ...more
It just showed everything I liked about this series. The two main characters are great, all the side ...more
Publication Date: 31st May 2018
I'm always excited to find there's a new Frey and McGray book to devour. I seriously love this series so much. Not only are these books fantastic historical crime thrillers with a penchant for name dropping famous historical characters (I'm looking at your Bram Stoker), they're also hilariously funny too. Take this excerpt for example 'Konrad took his time to do his ...more
Frey and McGray, a detective double duo, respond to a call for help. The heir to a large manor house (and the fortune within) has been threatened, and the team arrive to protect him. On the banks of an ancient burial ground, where the waters are rumoured to cure illness, the guardian of the heir is brutally murdered. Frey and McGray must ...more
Inspectors Frey and ‘Nine -Nails Herson, are asked by a woman to help her illegitimate son, who has had death threats after being bought into his father's Family the Kolomans.
In exchange for their help, she offers a cure for Inspector Herson's sister, who is in an asylum after killing their parents and trying to kill him. The cure is a spring on the remote island Loch Maree.
The Island has a long dark history, but the reality and the family currently ...more
Rarely am I able to find a mystery where I can't figure out who the culprit is and for the first time ever this story had me so paranoid that I didn't even have a guess. It was engaging and the best mystery I have read in a while.
The characters are normally the most ...more