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  • Another thrilling read by Marion Todd

    To those of you who regularly read my reviews, it will come as no surprise to hear that I have been anxiously awaiting In Plain Sight, which is the second book in the DI Clare Mackay series. You may also recall that the first book in the series, See Them Run, received a review from me that was exceptionally positive and that the bar had been set high for the follow up in the series. So all of this hype means that I could have only set myself up for disappointment right? Wrong! In Plain Sight is an enthralling read, which held me in suspense as Marion put me in the passenger seat and transported me back to the town of St Andrews to witness Clare solve her latest case. What a ride! Marion has crafted a chilling plot that would be any parents worst nightmare. You divert your gaze for just a moment and in a split second your whole world is ripped apart. This story sees Clare pulled into one of the worst types of cases, the kidnap of an innocent baby. Where does she even begin? But as Clare delves deeper into what happened to Abi, she quickly discovers a world of lies and deception. Certainly not as innocent as the baby she is racing against the clock trying to save! Given the circumstances of the story, it sounds odd to say it but it was really great to catch up with Clare again. Her character is so vividly created that it almost feels like you are catching up with an old friend. The characters of Abi’s parents Lisa and Kevin have been beautifully crafted and will have you guessing about their motives and just how naive someone could be? Chris’ character continues to compliment Clare very well, their banter and the way they bounce off each other really helps to round out the story. Once again Marion drew me into the story and had me invested in its plot and characters, this she does expertly, through flawless and engaging writing. Slowly building the tension throughout, Marion takes her time in setting things up and has you second-guessing everyone along the way until the big reveal. Her thorough research for plotlines shows in the way that she nails (as far as I can tell) the police procedural aspect of the story so realistically. So much so that, I found myself wondering, not for the first time, if Marion had actually been a member of the police force at one point. Maybe she was in a past life… In Plain Sight can be read as a stand-alone, but I don’t recommend you start with this one, as you would be doing yourself an injustice by not reading See Them Run. So how does In Plain Sight stack up against See Them Run (which was in my top books for 2019)? Honestly, folks, it is hard to pick the winner out of these two in this race! They are two truly great reads. I am thrilled to say I am calling it now that In Plain Sight will definitely be following suit as one of my top books in 2020! I am so ready for book three now Marion and I will be impatiently waiting for this! It was an absolute please to read and review In Plain Sight which I cannot recommend highly enough. Thank you to NetGalley, Canelo and Marion Todd for allowing me to read an advanced copy of In Plain Sight which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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  • Excellent Second Book in Series

    This is the second in the new Scottish police procedural series featuring DI Clare MacKay. While the mystery stands alone and is complete within this book, the background stories within the novel are largely carry-ons from the first book in the series. For anyone looking to start a new series, they will benefit from reading the first book in the series before starting this one as much of the character development is in the first novel. The central story of this book is a child abduction that takes place just as Clare and the community is getting ready to participate in a fun run for charity. To complicate matters, an environmental protest group lays across the starting line in protest of the company that is funding the run. Clare points out that their protest made the abduction easier, although she doesn’t really thing they were part of a grand plot. From that point in the story, it is a straight police procedural, with Clare and her officers following leads to try and locate the baby. To increase their concern, they learn the baby has a heart defect and requires medication. The powers that be feel a Detective Chief Inspector needs to be brought in, and they tap Anthony McAvetie, with whom Clare and her sergeant have a negative history. This increases the tension, although there is little information provided in this novel about the specifics for the ill feelings. It also complicates matters that McAvetie’s primary focus is on obtaining the new Superintendent position, and to that end pushes to have Clare reach a quick solution to the kidnapping. When McAvetie determines Clare isn’t moving fast enough to insure he gets the promotion he calls in a second DI. There is a brief exchange of tension between the new Di and Clare, but they soon start moving together to work toward the return of the baby. Along the way there are several deaths as Clare and her officers begin to close in on the perpetrator. Overall, this is a good police procedural, well written and well plotted. The pacing is good as information helps propel you through the book. As with the first novel in the series, this book is one where it’s easy to find yourself continuing to read “just one more chapter” or to rush back to it if life has interrupted your reading. There are two small improvements I would recommend. First, highlighting more of the personalities of the secondary characters to enrich the background of the story. Second, there is a rather abrupt ending in the final chapter that, while perhaps slightly foreshadowed could have added more to the story if there had been more of a buildup. As written, the struggles Clare apparently has in her personal life are treated more as an afterthought than a well developed part of the story. I recommend this book and this series to anyone who likes police procedurals with the caution that to maximize enjoyment they should be read in order. My thanks to Canelo Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an Advanced Digital Read copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Great read

    Great second book in this Scottish detective series. Read both books in a week. Looking forward to the next one in the series. Cheers!

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  • Scottish Detective

    A good story line as a reasonably realistic crime thriller.

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  • The title didn't really describe the book at all!

    Not quite as good as her first book in this series, but okay. As little slow in getting to the exciting part. Missed the mark a bit on this one!

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