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The Peat Dead

(Inspector Angus Blue #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize - Scottish Crime Debut 2019

“A mystery so redolent of its island setting that you practically smell the peat and whisky on the pages.” – Douglas Skelton

“This atmospheric crime novel set on Islay gripped me from the start. A book that shows decades-old crimes cast long shadows.” – Sarah Ward

On the Scottish Hebridean
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published April 17th 2019 by ThunderPoint Publishing Limited
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May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in paperback, it's excellent, so real life like. Scottish Hebridean Island of Islay, with unexplained death, maybe more than one, a bloodbath. CID need to take a look. The bodies could be very old Middle Ages, Dark Ages. The SOCOs had all done their archaeological training, but what the police really needed was an expert Dr Hendricks, who is specialised in the archaeology of crime scenes. Five dead bodies are buried under peat. The job for Inspector Agnes Blue is to piece together in ...more
Anne Campbell
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful depiction of a Hebridean island (Islay) and a very plausible plot. Good to have characters that aren’t too off the wall. The conflict between justice and the abuse of power by the state is well presented. Very poignant flashbacks bring home the casual brutality of those in power. Hope to see Inspector Blue again soon.
David Gilchrist
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, the way the story unfolds was really good. Not too keen on the frantic pace of the last third of the book. A book that will stay in the memory, I will read more from this author if he writes more.
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this book set on the Scottish Island of Islay. What a well constructed and believable plot.
Inspector Blue is sent over from Oban to investigate when a number of bodies were uncovered in the peat bog. It transpires they were buried during the wartime. However there are those who do not want these crimes uncovered and will go to extreme lengths to prevent the truth coming out. It resonates with political events even today which is quite chilling. I could see this as a TV dram
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I chose this book as I love a good peated whisky. Its a simply written, engaging criminal romp around Islay. Loved the characters, even if they were a bit stereo typical. The twist of history and a nod to a changing world we are currently living in. I can imagine this being televised and think it would make a great mini series.

Also note, you could play a form of whisky bingo (drink a dram each time a distillery is mentioned)...but you'd be pretty drunk, pretty quick.
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Peat Dead is a crime novel set on the Hebridean island of Islay, which is pronounced as if there is no ‘y’ there in case you don’t know. It follows Inspector Angus Blue as he tries to discover what happened to five bodies discovered in a peat bog. As he and his team start to investigate, it becomes clear that, although the deaths of these people may have happened many years ago, there are those who would still like what happened to them and why to remain a mystery. And Inspector Blue and his ...more
Vivien Martin
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read! I enjoyed the mix of chilling political agenda, a brutal historic crime and the authentic island setting. Well-written, it gripped me from the word go. Realistic characters and an intelligent plot, very pertinent to today's unsettled political climate. The book's premise that past actions carry present day consequences is spot on. The past doesn't always remain buried - even though there are those who will do anything to try and ensure it does! The author obviously knows the island ...more
My second Christmas gift of a novel taking place on Islay. The earlier book I read taught me a lot more about Islay than this one, which didn’t have as many insights. As far as crime fiction/thriller, it was ok. Bodies uncovered from a WWII-era crime lead to coverups, assassinations, and shoot-outs in modern day. It needed some strong editing, both for the copy and content (e.g., What happened to Tatiana? That scene made no sense). Reading it over a week, I had a bit of a hard time keeping track ...more
Edith McEwan
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant holiday read while staying on mainland across from Islay. The book is written with feeling and knowledge of the island setting, people and recent history. I loved the way the dialogue was constructed because it authentically (IMO) captured some of subtle difference in relationships/mutual regard between the islands and central belt. Been recommending this one to friends and family. Hopefully there will be further adventures with Inspector Blue.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a surprisingly enjoyable read. It cleverly blended two mysteries -- one from the 1940s and the present day one, set off by the past one. I also enjoyed the whiskey tasting notes liberally mixed into the narrative!
Fiona MacBain
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoying this intriguing crime thriller set on a small Scottish island. Loads of atmosphere, a diverse cast of characters and a gripping story, with brilliant grisly detail and some flashes of black humour. An excellent read, very well written.
James Cumming
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
The Peat Dead

Sorry to say I didn't really enjoy this, found it a bit wishy-washy, it was the constant first name calling, very old fashioned.
Sylvia Warhurst
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good story, believable and well written. Excellent quality pure white paper and clear black font makes easy reading for me, I didn’t need my reading specs
Mo Macquarrie
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Good story based on an very interesting idea, but, sadly became rather unbelievable & far fetched in the end! ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good read! Could do without the single malt reviews every second chapter...
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good read with an interesting conspiracy theory at the heart of it, I’d read more from this author
Duncan Maccoll
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scottish
Absolutely brilliant.
Elizabeth Pugh
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant debut novel from one of Scotland's brightest! There's plenty to keep the tension going after a modest start - just when I was thinking "not enough bodies" the count started to rack up! Then there's the question of who is going to get to whom first. Themes of justice and the putting to rights the wrongs of the past are central; then there's the pursuit of justice and "collateral damage" - who's to blame for that, and was it worth it?
This is a thinker's novel but pacey and holds interest
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