If you’re a sucker for a great police procedural, and the odd serial killer, then The Murder List is perfect for you. Set once again against the atmospheric backdrop of St Andrews, the tenth in the brilliant DCI Andy Gilchrist series is just as engrossing, gruesome and dark as the previous books in the series. Beginning with the shocking opening of an elderly woman’s corpse found crucified to the floor of her home, Gilchrist is soon on the hunt for a vicious serial killer; you’ll be burning through the pages to find out the truth.
T. F. Muir has a real talent for crafting page-turning narrative and compelling characters who are equal parts grit and vulnerability, something central to making a police procedural like this both something new and familiar all at once. This is irresistible tartan noir, with plenty of action in pubs (a setting that, given our current circumstances, feels quite nostalgic.)
'Gripping and grisly, with plenty of twists and turns that race along with black humour.' Craig Robertson
St. Andrews, Scotland: When an elderly woman's naked body is found in her home, crucified to the floor, DCI Andy Gilchrist and his associate, DS Jessie Janes, find themselves in a hunt for a brutal serial killer. As the body count rises, suspicion falls on Tap 'Dancer' McCrear, a career criminal recently released from prison after serving fifteen years for a murder he swore he never committed.
As Gilchrist begins to uncover the terrifying truth behind each of the killings, his worst fears are realised when he learns that McCrear is killing everyone involved in his murder trial... for it was Gilchrist who arrested McCrear all those years ago.
High-flying Detective Superintendent Rommie Frazier, who leads the multi-constabulary task force searching for McCrear, clashes with Gilchrist over the detail of the investigation, and demands his removal. But Gilchrist won't leave without a fight, for he knows it is up to him to find Tap McCrear... before his own name is struck off the murder list.
PRAISE FOR T.F. MUIR:
'Rebus did it for Edinburgh. Laidlaw did it for Glasgow. Gilchrist might just be the bloke to put St Andrews on the crime fiction map.' Daily Record
'A truly gripping read, with all the makings of a classic series.' Mick Herron
'DCI Gilchrist gets under your skin. Though, determined, and a bit vulnerable, this character will stay with you long after the last page.' Anna Smith
'Gripping!' Peterborough Telegraph