My rating: 3 of 5 stars
by Alex Gray
on Tour: March 20 - April 20, 2017
Synopsis:DCI Lorimer is back in the next gripping atmospheric police procedural by international bestselling author Alex Gray.
When Chief Inspector Lorimer returns from holiday on the island of Mull, he feels a welcome sense of calm. But that doesn’t last long. Kelvin Football Club’s new star midfielder is found brutally stabbed to death in his own home, and with his wife apprehended trying to leave the country, a seemingly straightforward new case begins. But the grisly murder of a referee after a Kelvin match throws light on some dark secrets. And when the newest player who signed to the club becomes the latest victim in a string of killings, Lorimer knows there’s a serial killer on the loose—one that’s only beginning to show his true colors.
As lies emerge and tensions build, Lorimer must discover the truth before one of the players or managers become the next Kelvin fatality.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery & Detective
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Number of Pages: 368
Series: A DCI Lorimer Novel
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
This book would probably have been a lot more fun to read if I had liked football. But, sports of any kind is just not my thing. Fortunately, the case is interesting enough, even if I have to admit that I sometimes struggled with the story, especially during whenever there is a match going on in the story. On the plus side were the side stories, a stray kitten found by Lorimer's wife and a tragic car accident that one of the characters is in involved in interesting enough to counterweight the matches.
The book starts off with the wife of a football player being arrested for the murder of him. But, is she really guilty? She isn't saying anything to her defense, but there is no physical evidence to bind her to the crime. But, he was found in a locked house that's not broken into and she is the only one besides the murdered man that has a key and she has no alibi. Then, a referee gets killed and that's just the start, could she be innocent and there is someone out there killing people connected to the Kelvin Football Club?
I did like the story in The Riverman better (the previous book), I found reading about football players just not that interesting, however, the story got a bit better when the killer started to pick them off one by one. But, what's the motive and who is it?
In the end, I have to say that the book is OK, much thanks to the side stories, and the fact that I like the characters. The case was not altogether bad, but it will probably appeal more to football fans than to someone that basically allergic to it...;)
Read an excerpt:
Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. After studying English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde, she worked as a visiting officer for the Department of Health, a time she looks upon as postgraduate education since it proved a rich source of character studies. She then trained as a secondary school teacher of English.
Alex began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles, and commissions for BBC radio programs. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers' Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing.
A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, she is the author of thirteen DCI Lorimer novels. She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.