So, Christmas is coming, and if you pick up Frank’s latest DCI Andy Gilchrist outing, you’ll be getting a festive bonus because, as well as this latest gripping instalment, he has added a delightfully seasonal short story at the back of the book, featuring one detective inspector, a lost cat, a sick child, lots and lots of snow – and some Christmas magic, of course.
But if it’s crime you’re after, then start at the beginning! St. Andrews, Scotland: Renovation works on the famous Old Course golf course uncovers the remains of a body in a shallow grave – two bullet holes in the skull. DNA confirms the victim as Rab Shepherd, the missing brother of Scotland’s late crime patriarch, Jock Shepherd. But Rab pulled out of the family business over twenty years ago and moved to Australia where he allegedly lived an honest and wealthy life. This body confirms otherwise.
Why was Rab killed? And who would risk killing him, knowing he was big Jock’s brother?
So – two for the price of one: a dark, gripping murder story and afterwards, a Christmas tale to warm your heart. Perfect reading for the festive period!