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This crime novel is set in my home town so this was part of the attraction in reading it Having been away for 14 years, it was lovely to hear the dialects and phrases used by folks living in the Highland of Scotland as well as bring back memories of well known pubs and streets That apart, I really enjoyed the book, there were some good characters and the plot kept me turning the pages. What a fabulous debut novel this is And well worthy of that cover quote from Scottish crime queen Val McDermid Shadow Man won the Good Housekeeping First Novel Award in 2016 and after reading it I can quite understand why It takes a lot for me to take a chance on a new police procedural series so if you re like me and looking for a debut that brings something a little bit special to the genre then you need to check out Shadow Man It s a beautifully written book that deserves a huge amount of What a fabulous debut novel this is And well worthy of that cover quote from Scottish crime queen Val McDermid Shadow Man won the Good Housekeeping First Novel Award in 2016 and after reading it I can quite understand why It takes a lot for me to take a chance on a new police procedural series so if you re like me and looking for a debut that brings something a little bit special to the genre then you need to check out Shadow Man It s a beautifully written book that deserves a huge amount of success.Set in Inverness, this atmospheric mystery started to raise my blood pressure within the first few pages although possibly the reference to my least favourite road in the UK, the A9, could have been a contributing cause to that I have to admit to having had some very scary journeys on that road But, having lived in that picturesque part of Scotland for some months, it was refreshing to discover a police procedural set within the area and it was brought to life perfectly by Margaret Kirks expressive and descriptive narrative.Ex Met detective Lukas Mahler was an intriguing character with the author drip feeding us his backstory whilst still managing to hold back enough so that the reader is keen to uncoverinformation about him His work and personal life were evenly balanced so that we were able to build up our opinions of him based on a wide range of interactions And I really liked him His was a rather methodical approach to solving the mystery of who murdered daytime television star Morven Murray but he wasn t above bending the rules when it suited him either especially when his police senses got that tingle There was actually an old fashioned murder mystery feel to Shadow Man as it built up its list of suspects to be investigated but the inclusion of the seedier side of the criminal fraternity in Inverness kept it current and culturally relevant Which leads me onto saying how much I enjoyed the authors use of the Scottish Yes No referendum as a backdrop here, weaving the threads of the passionate political debate into the plotline, touching all the characters and creating discussions just as it did back in 2014.This really is a top notch crime thriller, full of intricate twists with a disturbing insight into the mind of a cold blooded killer through an unnamed narrator I did work out who was responsible but that didn t impact on my enjoyment one little bit I became completely gripped by both the characters and the storyline and was very disappointed when it came to an end Scottish crime fiction has a new rising star and I can t wait to see what Margaret Kirk comes up with next for DI Mahler Highly recommended by me Well written and intriguing debut here from Margaret Kirk set in Inverness, one of the main strengths of this novel is that setting and putting it firmly into the minds of the reader, using the character driven narrative to keep things engaging.Mahler is a police detective I got right on board with Challenged in some but not all of the usual ways, he is a little like a fish out of water, dealing with two murders and a mother who is mentally unstable The mystery elements are strongly atmosphe Well written and intriguing debut here from Margaret Kirk set in Inverness, one of the main strengths of this novel is that setting and putting it firmly into the minds of the reader, using the character driven narrative to keep things engaging.Mahler is a police detective I got right on board with Challenged in some but not all of the usual ways, he is a little like a fish out of water, dealing with two murders and a mother who is mentally unstable The mystery elements are strongly atmospheric, with a few little twists and turns along the way the supporting cast all come with their own little foibles and overall this was an extremely steady and confident start to a new police procedural series.The ending works well both as a conclusion and a continuation, there are some characters other than Mahler that I m hoping to meet again in book two I have no problem recommending this and I will absolutely look forward to the next story and revisiting Inverness once.Smart and compelling, top notch crime fiction Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com I ve definitely found a promising new series in The Shadow Man Because the characters seemed to well rounded and convincing, I thought this might be a well established series, but it seems to be either a stand alone or hopefully the first in a new series If so, I ll certainly be reading.The Shadow Man effectively combine mystery, grittiness and police procedure with just the right pacing and level of drama.The characters are great I really liked Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com I ve definitely found a promising new series in The Shadow Man Because the characters seemed to well rounded and convincing, I thought this might be a well established series, but it seems to be either a stand alone or hopefully the first in a new series If so, I ll certainly be reading.The Shadow Man effectively combine mystery, grittiness and police procedure with just the right pacing and level of drama.The characters are great I really liked protagonist DI Luke Mahler and Anna, who wasn t part of the police but who we also followed as the case unfolded I liked that there were two main characters who showed different perspectives to the investigation The characters were well rounded and interesting too, and it was interesting to read a good portion of the story from the perspective of someone who had nothing to do with the police The Shadow Man features lots of seemingly unconnected people who all came together as the novel continued, which I also really liked The setting is also great pre Scottish referendum Inverness and I liked the atmosphere that the setting conjured up It s a testament to Margaret Kirk s writing that I could really imagine myself there, seeing as the only place I ve ever visited in Scotland is Edinburgh.Overall I d highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a great new Detective series which is both entertaining and realistic I d definitely like to readabout Luke and Anna Many thanks to Orion for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review Shadow Man by Margaret Kirkwood is published by Orion Books, 2nd November 2017 and I received an advanced reading copy in return for an honest review.When I was approached by the author and asked to review a crime book set in Inverness I immediately said yes I live in Avie which is 25 miles south of the city of Inverness but I was actually born in Inverness and growing up on the Isle of Lewis, Inverness was the equivalent of the Emerald City of Oz to us Beautiful, shiny and full of peopl Shadow Man by Margaret Kirkwood is published by Orion Books, 2nd November 2017 and I received an advanced reading copy in return for an honest review.When I was approached by the author and asked to review a crime book set in Inverness I immediately said yes I live in Avie which is 25 miles south of the city of Inverness but I was actually born in Inverness and growing up on the Isle of Lewis, Inverness was the equivalent of the Emerald City of Oz to us Beautiful, shiny and full of people So a dark subject matter in my favourite Scottish city Bring it on Like many crime novels we have a victim or two and a main police detective So far, so cliched you may say but not so What I really loved about our main character, Detective Inspector Lukas Mahler, is that he isn t the stereotypical tortured detective who connects all the dots straight away while drowning some inner misery in drink drugs chocolate maybe that one is just me and I actually felt like he could be someone from your circle of friends that you go to the pub with While the book moves along at some pace, we see a little of his homelife and background but the whole story isn t revealed in this book and it s nice that his tortured past isn t dumped on us in one go taking away from the main story You feel like you are still using all your attention on the crime s committed and working out that puzzle.But if you re anything like me, you won t see it coming I was genuinely thrown by the revelation of the culprit and I felt that it could have been any number of the main characters Those characters were all really well developed and by the end of the book felt as familiar as the landmarks of Inverness that were so accurately described The settings and geography of the area are all laid out so that someone with no knowledge of the environment would be able to envisage it all quite nicely.I haven t gone into any detail about the actual storyline of the book here, except to say it s a crime novel, and I don t intend to, but trust me when I say it is a great book which will keep you reading and thinking right to the end.I m really looking forward to readingfrom Margaret Kirk in the future and would highly recommend this book to fans of Peter May, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid etc All of my reviews can be found at Man is the start of what I hope will be a thrilling new crime series This was a really enjoyable read and I m sure that Margaret Kirk is a name that we ll be hearing a lot from in the future DI Lukas Mahler has transferred from the Metropolitan police to the local branch in his hometown of Inverness Police informant Kevin Ramsay has been killed in a brutal attack Lukas heads up the inquiry to find his killers b All of my reviews can be found at Man is the start of what I hope will be a thrilling new crime series This was a really enjoyable read and I m sure that Margaret Kirk is a name that we ll be hearing a lot from in the future DI Lukas Mahler has transferred from the Metropolitan police to the local branch in his hometown of Inverness Police informant Kevin Ramsay has been killed in a brutal attack Lukas heads up the inquiry to find his killers but a short while after he arrives in Inverness, TV star, Morven Murray has been found murdered in her hotel room on the morning of her wedding day Inverness has never known anything like it Are the police dealing with one killer or two DI Lukas Mahler is a fantastic new addition to the crime writing world He was an intriguing character to get to know and I m keen to find outabout him, Margaret Kirk certainly has me hooked I m interested to find outabout his past work with the met, which I hope will feature in later books His mother s story was also a good sub plot and I found parts of it heartbreaking at times Margaret Kirk s writing is outstanding I particularly liked the description that she uses for Inverness, a part of Scotland which I have always wanted to visit This is an excellent debut novel from Margaret Kirk, an author who I will definitely be looking out for in the future Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy to read Thank you netgalley and Orion publishing for the pleasure of reading this arc in exchange for my honest review Detective Mahler is on the case of a murder of a local tv darling The case is impeded by the sister, the fianc , other conniving coppers and Mahler s personal problems with his mother After reading perfect remains and the buzz around that I was hopeful that Shadow Man would be of the same level and without a doubt it s exceeded that.For me personally being from Inverness I could en Thank you netgalley and Orion publishing for the pleasure of reading this arc in exchange for my honest review Detective Mahler is on the case of a murder of a local tv darling The case is impeded by the sister, the fianc , other conniving coppers and Mahler s personal problems with his mother After reading perfect remains and the buzz around that I was hopeful that Shadow Man would be of the same level and without a doubt it s exceeded that.For me personally being from Inverness I could envisage the places and put myself in the locale and this made it muchenjoyable for me I need book 2 very soon please I was pleasantly surprised by this one Although I was a little worried by the hallmarks of a budding romance novel tall, handsome, damaged hero, short, pretty, damaged heroine the mystery did take center stage There were several twists, and although you will eventually figure out who the killer is, there are some red herrings dragged across the path Ms Kirk has a nice turn of phrase, and can inject bits of humor into the story of a couple gruesome murders without it seeming forced I loo I was pleasantly surprised by this one Although I was a little worried by the hallmarks of a budding romance novel tall, handsome, damaged hero, short, pretty, damaged heroine the mystery did take center stage There were several twists, and although you will eventually figure out who the killer is, there are some red herrings dragged across the path Ms Kirk has a nice turn of phrase, and can inject bits of humor into the story of a couple gruesome murders without it seeming forced I look forward to the next installment 3.5 stars `DOWNLOAD EBOOK ↙ Shadow Man ⇸ Two brutal killings rock Inverness, and bring ex Met Detective Inspector Lukas Mahler the biggest challenge of his careerThe body of the queen of daytime TV, Morven Murray is discovered by her sister, Anna, on the morning of her wedding day But does Anna know about the murder than she s letting on Police informant Kevin Ramsay s murder looks like a gangland style execution But what could he have stumbled into that was dangerous enough 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