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I'll Keep You Safe

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Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own the Hebridean company Ranish Tweed. On a business trip to Paris to promote their luxury brand, Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair, and then looks on as he and his lover are killed by a car bomb. She returns home to Lewis, bereft.


Niamh begins to look back on her life with Ruairidh, desperate to
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Published January 11th 2018 by riverrun (first published 2018)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, scotland
”Harris Tweed is the only cloth in the world to be defined by an Act of Parliament and is described in the 1993 Act as follows: ‘Handwoven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.’”

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If you are wearing tweed and it was not made on an island off the coast of Scotland, you probably aren’t wearing real tweed. No offense to the Irish, but tweed begins and ends with the Scots as fa
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-books
This is the first time Peter May has let me down. I enjoyed the setting and most of the story but that was such a weak ending! The explanation for what happened to Ruairidh was just plain silly.

I am giving it three stars because I kind of liked much of the book but it has to lose those other two stars for the parts I did not like. Sorry Mr May. I usually like your books so much - but not this one:(
Niamh had lived all her life on the Isle of Lewis and had known Ruairidh Macfarlane since her school days. When they became husband and wife, Niamh couldn’t have been happier. They were partners in their business of Ranish Tweed, as well as life partners. Niamh accompanied Ruairidh on business trips often – it was the trip to Paris which changed her world forever.

The evening of their arrival in Paris, Niamh confronted her husband with her suspicions of his affair with a Russian designer – his d
Nina Rossing
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, 2018
Parts of this book is solid Peter May excellence, and the Hebridean setting is gorgeous as ever. BUT I'm utterly disappointed in the identity of the killer. I crossed my fingers that May would not veer down the road I was suspecting he chose, but such luck, and that made the book fail miserably.
If you want to read the book, do not read on:
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Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Peter May is one of my favourite authors, I find his writing a perfect blend of well crafted plots, great characters and the right measure of descriptive text that sets the scene.
Ruairidh Macfarlane and his wife Niamh own a successful textile business in Scotland called Ranish Tweed. While visiting Paris to attend a textile fair, Niamh is told that Ruairidh is having an affair with a designer named Irina. An argument occurs when Niamh confronts Ruairidh and when he leaves in a car, it explodes
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is little that banishes the January blues quite as effectively as a new book from the popular, and diverse,  crime novelist Peter May. It is with some pleasure that the Raven can declare that I’ll Keep You Safe, another Hebridean outing and laced with a touch of the Parisian, accompanied by leftover Christmas chocolate and a wee dram was, by and large, a real new year treat…
For my review I will only dally fleetingly on the plot of this one, as there are neat little twists and tricks, heral
Janelle Janson
Thank you so much to Quercus Books for providing my free copy – all opinions are my own.

Ruairidh and Niamh Macfarlane own a successful textile business in Scotland called Ranish Tweed. While visiting Paris to attend a textile fair, Niamh gets privy that Ruairidh is having an affair with a designer named Irina. She confronts her husband who then leaves and gets into a car which explodes right in front of her! After the explosion, Niamh is questioned by Paris police officer Sylvia Braque, who isn’
"I'll keep you safe" by the inimitable Peter May begins in Paris and ends in the atmospheric Hebrides for which he is famous.

The protagonist is forty-year old Niamh (pronounced Neave) Macfarlane. She, with her husband Ruairidh, are attending a textile fair in Paris. Together they own a successful textile business based on the Isle of Lewis named Ranish Tweed. Their childhood friendship had blossomed into a deep love that culminated in them getting married ten years previous.

While in Paris, Niamh
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so pleased to be back with Peter May on the island of Lewis, the setting of his wonderful Lewis trilogy. I could read forever his beautiful descriptions of the raw beauty of this rugged, windswept island and it's gritty people.

In this novel May introduces us to the tweed industry through Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane who are not only partners in marriage but also business partners in Ranish Tweed, a company producing the finest tweed by age old processes for the high-end fashion market. In
Elizabeth Hippolytepooch1home
This book has way too many unlikely plot twists and ridiculous coincidences. I usually really enjoy Peter May's Scottish mysteries, but this one is too much. I suspended disbelief and suspended it some more but by the end I was just getting more and more irritated.

I usually enjoy Peter May's Scottish musteries but thia one is just too full of unlikely plot twists and too many coimcidences. I kept teying to suspend disbelief but by the end I was just getting more and more irritated.
JanetMelvin Crawford
Feb 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Peter May is one of my favourite authors and, in general, I highly rate his books. I think his best is "The Lewis Man". Unfortunately, I think May's latest offering may well be his worst. Three-quarters of the book was taken up with flashbacks and family background and the denouement of the story was squashed into the final quarter. And what a denouement! You couldn't come up with a more ridiculous ending if you tried! I can only think Peter May had a book contract to fulfil and his heart just w ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scottish-authors
This was my first book by Peter May and it was quite the revelation. Categorised as a thriller, it was so much more. Whilst the story revolves around the the murder of Ruairidh Macfarlane this involvement only happens at the beginning and the end of the book.

For me, the book is more of an anatomy of life in Lewis, an obscure island of the coast of Scotland. The population's lives on Lewis is very different from that found on the mainland. The land is rugged, for the most part, the weather is fou
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was my first Peter May read. It has a great premise but its not your typical crime thriller. A womans husband is killed from a car bomb, who appears to be having an affair. The intrigue begins into a whodunit, mystery into the past and some psychological themes thrown in. Haflway through the novel I realised this wasnt going to be a typical police procedural or crime novel. It really plays out like a family drama mystery with a daytime soap thrown in. The last 100 pages or so is when the cr ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lewis and Harris is actually a single island, the third largest in the UK, in the Outer Hebrides. This is the setting of several Peter May crime novels. This is one of my favorite. The highlights of this book for me were the details on the handwoven tweed industry on Harris, and the details of life on Harris and Lewis. Ruaridh and Niamh MacFarlane revitalize a local tweed when they buy it from the aging owner. It is a huge struggle and their income depends on the vagaries of the international fa ...more
This is a slow burn of a novel that rewards the patient reader. There's a murder mystery at its heart but the author uses chapters that revisit the past so we understand how the MC's arrived at their present day situation.

Through descriptive passages it's also an ode to the Hebrides, its history & the people who live in this beautiful yet challenging place. It's more of a literary novel than this author's popular Blackhouse series but the last few chapters will have you flying through the pages
Chris Conley
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Peter May writes incredibly complex and satisfying mysteries. I have never been to Scotland but every time I read one of his books I feel as if I have been there. This story has incredible twists and turns. The resolution is amazing.
Thomas Strömquist
My immediate thought upon reading and finishing this is that it's unfairly low rated on Goodreads, because it's a great and absorbing story that branches out in directions you don't expect and with a good set of interesting characters. And then we come to the resolution and I'm sorry to say I added to the mid-level rating... Now, it's not awful, but: the suspension of disbelief we've asked for kind of like increases by the page until it's a bit much - and the sweetness is a bit much, and the "bu ...more
Alex Cantone
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, mystery
Niamh drew her parka around her, protection from the chill blowing from the north. There was a change in the air. She could feel it. Something different, almost indefinable. Summer was finally gone and autumn, ephemeral and capricious, had turned its face towards winter.

I’ll Keep You Safe is a standalone novel following the same vein as the author’s “Lewis Trilogy”, but here the Hebridean Islanders are young husband and wife team Ruairidh (pronounced Rory) and Niamh (pronounced Neave) Macfarlane
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back to the island...

Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane are the owners of Ranish Tweed, a successful cloth manufacturer. They are in Paris for a trade show, when Niamh receives an anonymous email accusing her beloved husband Ruairidh of having an affair. She finds herself torn. Part of her can't believe it, but when she sees Ruairidh with the woman, Irina, she follows them. Suddenly to her shock and horror the car they are in explodes, killing both occupants instantly. The police quickly determine th
This is the first Peter May novel I've read but it certainly won't be the last - the island setting and all of the little details of life on that island contribute so much to the overall impression of the novel, as do all of the little anecdotal stories that complement the plot. The characterisation is marvellous. 4.5 stars
Rachel Hall
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hugely absorbing and readily entertaining, I’ll Keep You Safe, sees Peter May return to the Hebrides with his latest standalone crime thriller complete with an atmospheric sense of place and some truly evocative writing. However, despite losing mystery in a sweeping and expansive tale that explores the lives and histories of married couple, Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane, co-owners of a successful textile manufacturing company in the Isle of Lewis, I was less convinced by some haphazard plotting ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, crime
I'll Keep You Safe is about three friends and how jealousy tore them apart. Niamh Macfarlane received an email saying her husband Ruairidh was having an affair with Irina Vetrov before they went to Paris for the International Fabric Fair. At first, Niamh did not believe it. However, in Paris Niamh confronted Ruairidh who denied it and then walked out of the hotel and soon after was blown up with Irina Vetrov in her car outside their hotel. The readers of I'll Keep You Safe will follow the twist ...more
David Gilchrist
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5 for me. I struggled with this book, nice twist at the end (Though hardly Credible), did have the culprit spotted before hallway though this book. I found the flow of the story disjointed by the red herrings being planted, they did take away from the book.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
My interest in Peter May's books began with the Lewis Trilogy. I have now read seven of his books and when the next book comes out, I will read that. I enjoy his atmospheric descriptive writing. My favorite books by him are in the Hebrides Island where this book mainly takes place. I knew very little about the islands until I started reading his books. I now would like to visit them.

Besides the wonderful writing about the Hebrides in this book, part of the story was about the textile industry th
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great book from the wonderful Peter May. Just gripping from the first page until the last.
The first book I read by Peter May was Black House, the beginning of his Lewis trilogy, and I fell in love with Lewis and Harris Island of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. I even have Peter's photography book, The Hebrides, narrated by Peter and photography by David Wilson, that goes with this trilogy. The picture that Peter paints in his novels of this wild, windy land where rain pummels its residents often and thoroughly, but where the sun can shine at the next moment, making the water sparkle ...more
Dale Harcombe
Niamh and her husband Ruairidh Macfarlane started up Ranish Tweed. Despite a couple of initial dramas this cloth produced in the Hebrides has become greatly sought after. While the couple were on a business trip to Paris, thanks to an email supposedly from ‘a well-wisher,’ combined with the recent strange behaviour of her husband convinced Niamh he was having an affair. When Ruairidh takes off in the car with the Russian designer Irina and the car is blown to smithereens in front of her eyes, Ni ...more
Andy Weston
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: scotland, crime
Though this is a return to the Hebrides for May this isn’t a patch on his earlier trilogy. There is a good story in there somewhere, but the book is about 250 pages too long. One of the greatest crime mystery writers, Georges Simenon, managed to write his wonderful books in about 100 - 150 pages, and they certainly weren’t short on descriptions.

There are so many irrelevancies going on here that it becomes a type of soap opera. Character descriptions go too far, into which Beatles films they’d s
Bill Lynas
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I'm not a big fan of Peter May's novels I do love his superb Lewis Trilogy, & I was looking forward to this return to the same setting of the Hebrides. Having said that, almost a third of I'll Keep You Safe is set in Paris before we arrive on those wonderful & remote Scottish islands.
Like May's previous Hebrides set stories this is heavily weighted towards characterisation & locations rather than just the crime itself &, as always, he excels in both these areas.
There are a few overused
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Bountiful Outer Hebrides atmosphere, with a Paris car bomb and puzzling mystery thrown in, spun across well-constructed past and present timelines for the protagonist.

The conclusion didn’t do the rest of the book justice as it was one part “Really? That was no mystery, isn’t there more?” and one part “I didn’t see that coming”.

But the more surprising part is thrust upon you with an awkwardly explained set of happenings that mostly fail the credibility test and then get uncharacteristica
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