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A Winter Grave: a chilling new mystery set in the Scottish highlands

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Detective Inspector Cameron Brodie has a lot on his mind when asked to volunteer to travel to the West Highlands to investigate a body found in the ice, to establish whether a crime had been committed. Readers follow him as he conducts the investigation in the present and also delve deeply into his past, learning how he got to his troubled present. A young meteorologist takes a work based trek up a mountain and is faced with a dead body, frozen in ice.

This was a compelling police procedural containing a worrisome warning about climate change and a devastating future that could be approaching. A chilling book, perhaps best read in summer as the descriptions bring to life the deep, deep cold of post climate change Scotland.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels. While initially these threads may have felt a bit disparate, they came to flow well together for me, filling in aspects of the story as and when needed for the sake of all the characters involved.

The Blackhouse was published in English by the award-winning Quercus (a relatively young publishing house which did not exist when the book was first presented to British publishers). However, the investigation is just an ostensible reason; primarily he wishes to reconcile with the woman who discovered the body, his estranged daughter, Addie. It’s against this backdrop that we meet Addie, a meteorologist who checks mountain top weather stations in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, but she’s unprepared for her latest discovery - the body of a man entombed in ice. Timings around the effects of climate change have been truncated, as has the speed of technical advances, so it takes a while to get used to what is supposed to be happening.Three months earlier, award-winning Scottish Herald investigative journalist, Charles Younger, the bane of corrupt politicians, went missing near Loch Leven.

Das Buch (englische Ausgabe) ist gut zu lesen, kann aber meiner Einschätzung nach nicht mit den Büchern der Enzo Files oder der China Thriller mithalten. Many areas of the world are under water; others too hot to be habitable, and if you think that there's a refugee problem now, just wait . Ferocious storms have become a frequent occurrence for the residents of Kinlochleven, resulting in power cuts and the loss of communications with the outside world for days at a time.

But making their way through the snow and ice, the International Hotel where they were staying, loomed large. The body has been identified as missing journalist Charles Younger but now the question is what happened to Mr Younger was it an accident or was it fowl play.

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