Book Review of Cold Granite

Cold Granite
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Excellent: "just" a good, old-fashioned police procedural, but could serve any writer, in any genre, as a masterclass in narrative, pacing, characterisation and sense of place. The crimes under investigation -- the murder of small children -- was handled with due respect for its horror and heartbreak, but also with the flashes of dark humour that I'm sure police investigators must use to cope. I particularly liked the way that MacBride has his team juggle the investigations of 4+ cases: much more realistic than stories in which an inspired Lone Wolf has the luxury of concentrating on one case, to the exclusion of everything else.

MacBride must VERY popular with Aberdeen Tourism Board: how many ways can you describe rain? (Until it starts to sleet ... ?) Great sense of place, however: Aberdeen is like a character in its own right