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Thunder Bay: an exciting and atmospheric crime thriller

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When reporter Rebecca Connolly is told of Roddie Drummond’s return to the island of Stoirm she senses a story. Fifteen years before he was charged with the murder of his lover, Mhairi. When he was found Not Proven, Roddie left the island and no one, apart from his sister, knew where he was or what he was doing. Now he has returned for his mother’s funeral – and it will spa

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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published March 7th 2019 by Polygon
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Lainy
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - 1.5 days

Pages - 320

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When reporter Rebecca Connolly is told of Roddie Drummond’s return to the island of Stoirm she senses a story. Fifteen years before he was charged with the murder of his lover, Mhairi. When he was found Not Proven, Roddie left the island and no one, apart from his sister, knew where he was or what he was doing. Now he has returned for his mother’s funeral – and it will spark an explosion of hatre
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Mary Picken
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Thunder Bay, the prose is what lifts this stunning thriller from the norm to an exceptionally well told story, where the characterisation is razor sharp, the setting is pitch perfect and the plotting beautifully structured.

Thunder Bay isset on the small fictional Scottish Island of Stoirm, not a big island, but onewith enough isolated pockets to ensure that not everyone will always knoweveryone else’s business.

Thunder Bay is one of those pockets. Not many people gothere. Island lore has it th
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Jen
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shocking confession given the number of times I have ventured north of the border to various crime festivals and the number of times I have listened to Douglas Skelton on various panel events, but I have never read one of his books before. I know, I know. But when I was offered the opportunity to read a copy of this book courtesy of the lovely folks at Polygon I jumped at it. It sounded like exactly my kind of book. And I was right. It totally was.

Now I can't compare this to any of the author's
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Suze Bickerton
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Before I share my thoughts on the  book, can we just talk about the cover? Isn't it fabulous? Anyone who knows me will tell you that I adore anything purple, but that aside, it's so atmospheric. Love it.

Anyway, moving on. Roddie is returning to Stoirm for his mother's funeral. He left fifteen years earlier after being found Not Proven for the murder of his girlfriend Mhairi. For those of you not familiar with Not Proven, it's a uniquely Scottish verdict, technically a form of acquittal, but ofte
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Lynn
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed most of this, but the great family secret that drove Rebecca’s father away was a bit hard to believe (not as something that might happen - I’m sure it has done - but as something that someone generations removed might carry so personally), and I didn’t really like the resolution of the central story. Loved the setting, though. Took me back to afternoons spent with friends in Hebridean hotel bars, waiting for a storm to clear so the ferries could resume.
Annette Smith
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, mar-2017
Disappointing.
Sharon
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
They say never judge a book by its cover but in this instance, I think it is perfectly acceptable to do so! The cover of Thunder Bay is dynamite, luring you in like a siren song and then when you open up and start reading you will be well and truly mesmerised and trapped!

The prologue sets the scene for the reader and warns them that a dark but compelling read lies ahead. There is something about the Scottish islands that set off a dark fear inside of me; Douglas Skelton paints a picture of the f
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Pam Fox
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thunder Bay has easily been my most anticipated book of all time, and I don't say that lightly. I read and adored The Janus Run by Skelton and, although I knew this was a different type of book, I knew it would be a cracker.
Well, thankfully, Skelton did not disappoint. From the moment I saw this book I loved it. The cover is one of the best I've seen in a while, it's purple and atmospheric and turbulent and... did I mention purple (I love purple). There's a great tag line and an intriguing quote
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Matt Bendoris
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thunder Bay is a huge departure from Skelton’s norm as he tackles the seedy underbelly of a mythical Scottish isle, as seen through the eyes of a local newspaper reporter Rebecca Connolly. As a former editor Skelton details the harsh realities of working on a local paper in the 21st Century, better than any author I’ve read. His story begins slowly, as he sets the scene, and builds to a crescendo of mayhem surrounding a classic whodunit plot. I didn’t guess the end and I don’t imagine many will. ...more
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