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Sins of the Dead

(Rhona MacLeod #13)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  27 reviews
While illegally street racing in the underground tunnels of Glasgow, four Harley-Davidson riders make a horrifying discovery: a dead man left in the darkness, hands together on his chest as if peacefully laid to rest. The cause of death is unclear, the only clues being a half glass of red wine and a partially eaten chunk of bread by his side that echo the ancient religious ...more
Hardcover, 467 pages
Published August 9th 2018 by Macmillan
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Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's always a joy to read the latest addition to Forensic Examiner Dr Rhona MacLeod series set in Glasgow by Lin Anderson, one of the finest in the Tartan Noir genre. Ellie, DS Michael McNab's girlfriend, participates in illegal Harley Davidson motorbike street racing with 3 other women at the closed up old railway tunnels at night, when they come across what seems like a body of a young man that has committed suicide, a ritualised death with wine and bread close by in a long abandoned car. The ...more
So today’s post is kind of a doubleheader. First up is my review then I’ll close with a short rant which may stray close to spoilerish territory so just a heads up.

When forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod gets called, it’s rarely good news. This time a body has been found in one of Glasgow’s tunnels. And it’s immediately clear the killer has gone to great lengths to get their message across. The second body turns up near Rhona’s home. Same careful display, same props, same lack of forensics……there
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A spine-tingling prologue once again demonstrates why Lin Anderson is not only Queen of Scottish Noir but also the queen of the #Killerhook openings. Immediately drawn into the story, I wanted to know who the man plagued by sleep paralysis was; whose nightmares are just about to come true and who is the strange student sitting in on Rhona MacLeod’s Forensic classes…The inclusion of sleep paralysis was of particular interest to me as I have lived with this condition for over 20 years and this is ...more
Mary Picken
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have got to the point with Lin Anderson’s Rhona MacLeod series where each one of these books is eagerly anticipated. I think she’s one of the best crime writers out there. Each book comes with its own surprises, and I never fail to learn something about Scotland and often, Glasgow.

Sins of the Dead is no exception. From the outset, my imagination was captured by the idea of waking nightmares. Sleep paralysis which causes physical and mental symptoms of fear and claustrophobia, only, in this cas
J.L. Slipak
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is a bit of a different review for me. There's actually twelve books prior to this one in the Rhona MacLeod Thriller series, twelve that I haven't read. So... why request a book for a series that I haven't read? It's simple actually. I was told how fantastic it is and how it can actually stand as a standalone. I thought, great! And here we are. Sadly, this was not really the case.

There were many references to past investigati
Karen Hollins-Stallman
I am a big fan of british/scottish mysteries and read some of the earlier books, when I had the chance to read an advanced copy of this book I jumped at the chance.

The sins of the dead are all consuming . . .

While illegally street racing in the underground tunnels of Glasgow, four Harley-Davidson riders make a horrifying discovery: a dead man left in the darkness, hands together on his chest as if peacefully laid to rest. The cause of death is unclear, the only clues being a half glass of red w
Karen Keane
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
On the whole I thought the book was well researched with very believable protagonists but after a great build up I couldn't fathom out a motive for the crimes and it left me feeling a bit flat. It probably would have been better if I had read other books in the series as I loved the characters of Rhona McLeod and DI McNab and would have liked to have known their back story. I will definitely give book no 1 a go.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I joined this series 13 books in, and it took a minute for me to adjust to the vast array of characters, but once I was plugged into the story it was smooth sailing. I’ve long been a fan of the British police procedural, as I think it’s the modern equivalent of a Poirot novel, with careful detective work and deductive reasoning usually being a huge part of the plot. The contemporary elements of suspense and forensics are an added bonus.

This is a wonderful procedural, I’m happy to report, While t
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Sins of the Dead – Keeps you on edge.

Rhona MacLeod is back and gives us a thrilling ride that keeps the reader on edge all the way to the end. The blurb calls this the best Scottish Crime series since Rebus, personally I think it is better. For a start we do not have to put up with a drink addled defective detective, and it is not in Edinburgh. So, win, win in my book!

Lin Anderson knows how to hook a reader, from the opening sentence, through every chapter there is something to keep you reading.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SINS OF THE DEAD by Lin Anderson is the 13th title in her Rhona MacLeod series.
Ms. Anderson is a brilliant author of crime thrillers and founded the annual ‘Bloody Scotland’ crime writing festival. She has been called ‘Queen of the Tartan Noir’. (I love that title!)
Rhona MacLeod is a very respected forensic scientist working in Glasgow. Her current case revolves around a young man (dead) found in an underground tunnel with the only clues being a half-filled glass of wine and a chunk of bread. Th
Mo Macquarrie
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story featuring Harley-Davidsons with their riders, Glasgow and the Highlands, racing bikes in tunnels and, of course, a few murders! The book is the latest in the series about the forensic scientist Rhona Macleod and, although it can be helpful to read the series in order, each book can easily be read as a stand alone. The tension between Rhona and the demoted DS McNab is palpable which gives an interesting dimension to the tale as does the tangled love lives of some of the othe ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback
I picked this up on a whim, so jumped right in at instalment 13. There were references to the previous 12 books throughout, but not in too intrusive a way. I enjoyed this for the most part, although the main female characters, Ellie and Rhona, often behaved in bafflingly foolish ways. (If Rhona had gone on drinking and eating things that magically appeared in her kitchen and then feeling very ill afterwards without making the connection for one more day I might have had to stop reading!) It was ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love a good crime thriller, this book is for you.
Rhona MacLeod, forensic scientist, works in Glasgow and lectures at Glasgow University. While working with the police on a case, suspicions are pointing to the murderer being one of Rhona's students attending her classes. Is Rhona safe ?
I really liked the fact that this story was set in Glasgow, where I know and have visited most of the landmarks mentioned - Glasgow University, Sauchiehall St, Park Circus, Kelvingrove Park, Byres Rd, Ashton
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime_fiction
She does it again: Lin Anderson has written another well put-together rollercoaster ride of a novel, which makes it very inconvenient to have to go to work. and eat. and all those other things getting in the way of reading it! Especially when she leaves our heroine Rhona drugged and captured by the bad guy for several chapters, with no news! As always it's about grit, forensics and friends who will stick their neck out to find & save you even when you don't necessarily deserve it. And true t ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always a four star, for the sense of safety Lin Anderson's writing always gives - which cannot, not ever, be said for the story, of which this is a tense, dislocating, informative and well scene-placed example as all her novels, although ... ah, but no spoilers.

What shifted it into a five star was Rhona's observation towards the end: "You are what you do in any given circumstances. Not what you think you might do."
So true.
John Knight
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very complex and ingeniously plotted. My first encounter with this author, and am very impressed. Hope to read more by her. However, in the case of Rhona, it is difficult to believe that such an intelligent person failed to recognise the warning signs that she was being set up until late in the narrative.
Alison Cairns
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best yet. I love to follow the stories of Dr Rhona Mcleod. This one is very close to home. Whya re these very creepy murders happening? Who is the real intended target? Really got too close for comfort and I was screaming at my book! I think these would be a brilliant TV series. Fingers crossed someone realises this!
Sarah Boon
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
As this is the first book in the series that I've read, I'm really behind on who's who so it was hard to get a handle on all the characters. I think I'll have to go back and start at book 1 (instead of jumping in at book 13).
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Was hooked in from the very first few pages. It really circles around the killer who wants to harm Rhonda MacLeod through leaving various clues of different associated murders. Rhona’s relationship with DS McNab features strongly throughout the book. Definitely well worth the read.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant read.
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
not like Ian Rankin.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Had to buy book 1 Driftnet as never read any of the others. Gripping read.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always a great read Author Lin Anderson
Maureen Macartney
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots of twists & turns in this mystery.
E Cheong
DNF. Too draggy ...
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tartan-noir
Wonderful work as ever from Lin Anderson! Delighted to find out Rhona’s latest chapter... can’t wait for more! Fab Scottish writer
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous rollercoaster of a novel

Just brilliant, I thought I had figured it out half way through, then again at three quarters...nope I was completely wrong!
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Lin Anderson was born in Greenock of Scottish and Irish parents. A graduate of both Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities, she has lived in many different parts of Scotland and also spent five years working in the African bush. A teacher of Mathematics and Computing, she began her writing career four years ago. Her first film, Small Love, which was broadcast on STV, was nominated for TAPS writer of t ...more

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