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In Plain Sight

(Detective Clare Mackay #2)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  37 reviews
A child's life is at stake. Which of the residents of St Andrews is hiding something – and why?

When a baby girl is snatched from the crowd of spectators at a fun run, the local police have a major investigation on their hands. DI Clare Mackay and her team are in a race against the clock when they learn that the child has a potentially fatal medical condition.

As Clare

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Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Expected publication: February 20th 2020 by Canelo
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Gail C.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars rounded to 5.
This is the second in the new Scottish police procedural series featuring DI Clare MacKay. While the mystery stands alone and is complete within this book, the background stories within the novel are largely carry-ons from the first book in the series. For anyone looking to start a new series, they will benefit from reading the first book in the series before starting this one as much of the character development is in the first novel.
The central story of this book is a
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Xavier Hugonet
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
In Plain Sight is the second book in a Scottish police procedural series by Marion Todd, featuring DI Clare Mackay in St Andrews.

Following the events from the first book, DI Mackay has apparently definitely left her old life in Glasgow behind. She got comfortable with her team, bought a cottage, and brought a dog in it. Relationships hinted at by the end of the first book have evolved, but this novel can be read as a standalone, as the author brings us up to speed on everything important. We
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Janice Lombardo
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was happy to see that the DI Clare MacKay series by Marion Todd was alive and well in a second book!

A super read for all! This time, Clare and her DS, Chris West, are the stars in a mad dash to find a sick abducted baby. The parents of the baby, Kevin and Lisa, come across as a bit circumspect - mainly Lisa. Lisa's sister, Ashley, had been imprisoned once and also had other priors. Suspicions arise already.The reader is also treated to minor plotlines of protest and personal encounters. Yes,
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Sue Plant
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this brilliant second book by marion todd...

an up and coming writer that weaves a spell around st andrews and the local community....

a fun run to raise money for charity is the start of this book and its not long before mischief is afoot....first there is the protesters who lie down on the start line and disrupts the race and then a cry goes up

a baby is missing...the family were there to see this brilliant day in and watching
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Michelle
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Plain Sight by Marion Todd is the second book in the Detective Clare McKay series set in St Andrews and what a great book this is.
Parents Lisa and Kevin Maxwell are at a local fun run with their daughter Abi, when at the start of the run as they are enjoying themselves, for a minute they take their eye of their daughter. When they realise that their daughter Abi has been abducted. Detective Clare McKay and her Partner Chris West are called in to investigate. It is a race against time to find
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Elaine Tomasso
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Canelo for an advance copy of In Plain Sight, the second novel to feature DI Clare Mackay, set in St Andrews.

Lisa and Kevin Maxwell take their eye off baby Abi for a minute and she disappears. Clare was due to take part in the fun run they were watching so is quickly able to organise a search but to no avail. She quickly realises that Abi was selected and the knowledge that Abi is seriously ill adds urgency to an already difficult case.

I thoroughly enjoyed In
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Angie F
I found this police procedural enjoyable but not terribly exciting. In spite of the fact that the plot centred around the abduction of a baby I thought it lacked tension especially when you consider the fact that little Abi has a life threatening medical condition. However I really liked several of the characters and would like to read more about them especially Clare, Chris and young journalist Lyall. In my opinion their personalities saved what could have been a humdrum, mundane story.
Steph  Sheppard
In Plain Sight – Marion Todd
This is the second in the Scottish Police Procedural series and based in and around the Dundee area featuring Detective Inspector Clare MacKay Detective Sargent Chris West and the rest of her team. I can honestly say that it's equally as good as the first See Them Run, in fact it may be slightly better. As always, I advise everyone to begin with the first book in this and any other Detective/Police series as I think that they are full of what I consider to be crucial
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Hazel
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Text Publishing, for the ARC.

This is #2 in the DI Clare Mackay series and I enjoyed it just as much as #1 - See Them Run. Although you can read this as a standalone I would thoroughly recommend you read Book #1. Set in St Andrews, Scotland. This is well-written and fast-paced, conveying the urgency of a busy police investigation with excellent dialogue. Like Book #1, we understand that Clare's Station is small, and when a big case takes off then an outside
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Sue Plant
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this brilliant second book by marion todd...

an up and coming writer that weaves a spell around st andrews and the local community....

a fun run to raise money for charity is the start of this book and its not long before mischief is afoot....first there is the protesters who lie down on the start line and disrupts the race and then a cry goes up

a baby is missing...the family were there to see this brilliant day in and watching
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Janet
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I had to give this book 5 stars the same as Marion’s first which I raced through!

Thank you to NetGalley and Canelo for an advance copy of this book to review.

This is the second in a series, See Them Run being an outstanding debut. Saying that, you do not have to have read the first one but I would recommend you do if you enjoy this.

A young family with their baby are at the seaside waiting for a fun run event to begin. There is a lot of commotion with some protesters blocking the start and when
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Tracy Wood
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A local fun run isn't supposed to be either frustrating or dangerous but for DI Clare Mackay, who is ready on the start line it suddenly becomes both. A peaceful protest preventing the beginning of the race is pushed to the side when a mother screams out in fear as she realises her baby has disappeared.

The second in what promises to be a very good series this is a brilliant book; a first class police procedural with no hyperbole, it follows the clues, taking small steps even though all
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Liz
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars, rounded up
In Plain Sight is the second book in the Clare MacKay series. I had not read the first book, but didn’t feel at a loss.

This straightforward police procedural takes place in St. Andrews, Scotland. I can’t say I got a real sense of place in this book.

A baby is snatched from her pram during a fun run. The book handles the search for the missing girl. The search has an extra component as the child suffers from a heart condition and could die if she goes without her medicine
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Kat
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yayyyyyy what a brilliant read and a great follow up to book one this is a real winner !!
So the brilliant Marion Todd does it again and writes another excellent police procedural in the DI Clare Mackay series and in my opinion I think it’s even better than the first book.
We start with the abduction of a baby from her pram in broad daylight while everyone is distracted by the start of a fun fun being disrupted by protesters, but matters are complicated by the fact the baby has a serious heart
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Ali Kennedy
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is the second book in a series it works very well as a standalone, fast paced police procedural.

The author alludes to the character's (DCI Clare Mackay) past and what has brought her to live in St Andrews - enough to make me want to go back to book one and to also make sense of where we are at in the bigger context of Clare's life.

We get into the action very quickly, as the main characters are introduced at a charity race right at the start and a child is then kidnapped at this
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Janet
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A child’s life is at stake. Which of the residents of St Andrews is hiding something – and why?
When a baby girl is snatched from the crowd of spectators at a fun run, the local police have a major investigation on their hands. DI Clare Mackay and her team are in a race against the clock when they learn that the child has a potentially fatal medical condition.
As Clare investigates she realises this victim wasn’t selected at random. Someone knows who took the baby girl, and why. But will they
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Agnieszka
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
A baby girl is snatched from her pram in broad daylight.
Her parents had only taken their eyes off her for a minute to watch the charity run.
So the race to find her starts, intensified by the fact that she has a serious life-threatening medical condition.

I didn't realise this was the second book in the DI Clare MacKay series, but it reads fine as a stand-alone novel.
I liked that it was set in Scotland, a change to the usual setting.
After reading the blurb, I was expecting a thrilling race
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Lel Budge
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#2 in the Detective Clare Mackay series, but can also easily be read as a stand-alone.

A very young child has been abducted while her parents were watching a commotion at a charity fun run.

Detective Clare Mackay was about to take part in the run so was on the scene immediately, but no sign of baby Abi.

When they find out Abi has a heart condition and needs regular medication to keep her alive, this becomes a tense race against time.

Can they find Abi before it’s too late?

This is a clever, well
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Andrea Pole
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
In Plain Sight by Marion Todd is the second book in a series focused on DI Clare Mackay, although I venture to say that it works brilliantly as a standalone. That said, I am intrigued enough by DI Mackay to add the first book to my TBR to fully flesh out the background of the St Andrews based detective.

A six month old infant is reported missing and DI Mackay and her team find themselves in a race against the clock to find her. The urgency to find the child is exemplified further when it is
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Kim
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don’t watch a lot of TV but when I do it is almost always British crime drama; Vera, Endeavour, Hinterlands, Unforgotten, Midsomer Murders, and when I digress it is to Professor T - you get the drift. “In Plain Sight” follows the formula and was a terrific crime drama that held my attention and kept me on the couch, kindle in hand until the last page was swiped.

Solid plot, interesting characters, tedious but necessary details with a few current affair situations tying everything together. I
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J Fearnley
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5*

As a charity race begins a group of protesters lie down on the route and halt the race D I Clare Mackay, who was taking part, makes her way to the front of the runners to sort things out. Then a woman screams – her baby has been taken! So begins a race against time when it emerges that Abigail, the missing child, has a heart condition and may not survive more than 48 hours without her medication.

What I like about this book, as well as being such a good read, is that you get a police
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J Fearnley
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-4.5*
As a charity race begins a group of protesters lie down on the route and halt the race D I Clare Mackay, who was taking part, makes her way to the front of the runners to sort things out. Then a woman screams – her baby has been taken! So begins a race against time when it emerges that Abigail, the missing child, has a heart condition and may not survive more than 48 hours without her medication.

What I like about this book, as well as being such a good read, is that you get a police
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Lisa Porter
I really enjoyed this book, it was the first I've read by Marion Todd and I initially started it not realising it was the second book in a series, that being said it was enjoyable on it's own and I didn't feel lost having not read the first book.
I also loved that it was set in Scotland and the descriptions of places I'm familiar with.
I thought the premise was really interesting and hooked me in right away, but I'd say there were some pacing issues, the build up was quite slow and I felt the
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Emma
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Plain Sight is the second book in the DI Clare Mackay series. I loved the first book and couldn’t wait to get started on this one. A baby is stolen from it’s pram during a fun run in St Andrews. Clare and her team are on the case, with many hurdles and heartbreaks on the way. Marion Todd’s characters are very well written, each developing more with each book. There is a real kindness in her writing, which compliments the darkness of the stories. Brilliant stuff. Marion is one of the best new ...more
Samsbookspot
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
In plain sight by Marion Todd is the second book in the series which focuses on DI Clare Mackay, even though this is the second book in the series it can be read as a stand-alone.
A baby is snatched from her pram during a fun run, so this book is based on the search for her.
I found this book a quick enjoyable read, however if you are looking for a fast paced thriller then this book is not for you. This book moves at a steady pace and has no shock twists or turns.

I want to say thank you to
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bev allman
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in literary heaven, a second novel by my fave new author Marion Todd who wrote See Them Run which I reviewed earlier. This second novel doesn't disappoint in fact I think it better than the first. DI Clare Mackay is back with her team which includes DC Chris West when a baby girl is abducted at a charity fun run. It soon becomes apparent that the kidnapping was planned when various secrets come to light. To make matters worst, the baby has a congenital heart condition and without medicine ...more
Martha Brindley
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-2-20
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new crime series. Set in Scotland. this is book two in the Detective Clare Mac Kay series. For background detail, I would read the first novel. This is cleverly written and grasped my attention from the first chapter. Clare is about to take part in a fun run, when a baby girl is abducted. The child has a heart condition and it is a race against time to find her before it is too late. A good solid read with plenty action. Thanks to Net Galley ...more
Angie
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marion Todd is firmly establishing herself on the Scottish crime fiction scene with the first two novels in the DI Mackay series. With "In Plain Sight" she's played another blinder. In this second installment, DI Clare Mackay is authoritative and in control from the outset (loved the opening line!). The plot is engaging, exciting and tense throughout. I also enjoyed the character development of the main players. Short chapters make it easier to sell yourself the "just one more chapter" lie in ...more
Samsbookspot
In plain sight by Marion Todd is the second book in a series which focuses on DI Clare Mackay, even though this is the second in the series it can be read as a stand alone.
A baby is snatched from her pram during a fun run, so this book is based on the search for her.
I found this book a quick and enjoyable read, however if you are looking for a fast paced thriller then this is not the book for you. This book moves at a steady pace and has no shock twists and turns.
Meredith
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not read the first book in the Di Claire Mackey series, but I really enjoyed the second one, “In Plain Sight”. Having three kids of my own, a story of a missing child drew me in, tore at my heart, and had me turning the pages wondering how the story would end. Well written and easy to read, I can’t wait for the next one in the series to be released.
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Marion grew up in the City of Dundee, now home to the magnificent V&A Museum. Always a keen writer, she has had point-of-view pieces published in the Dundee Courier and short stories in My Weekly magazine. She won first prize in the Family Circle Magazine Short Story for Children Competition in 1987.

More recently, Marion has turned her hand to crime fiction and was one of only six commercial
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