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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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  • Another great entry in this Scottish police series

    In Plain Sight is the second book in a Scottish police procedural series by Marion Todd, featuring DI Clare Mackay in St Andrews. Following the events from the first book, DI Mackay has apparently definitely left her old life in Glasgow behind. She got comfortable with her team, bought a cottage, and brought a dog in it. Relationships hinted at by the end of the first book have evolved, but this novel can be read as a standalone, as the author brings us up to speed on everything important. We even get to learn a bit more about Clare Mackay’s past. Freshly back from a vacation in France, DI Mackay plans to spend the last day of her holiday participating in a charity run along the beach. However, before the race can start proper, screams from a woman in the public alert her to a new case. A baby has been kidnapped. As the investigators learn the baby has a heart condition requiring constant medication, a new race against time begins for DI Mackay and her team. Once again, Marion Todd leaves us no time to breathe. The investigation begins with the usual assumptions for a baby kidnapping, having the protagonists meet sad cases of child deprived mothers, before the investigation quickly starts making unexpected turn and twists. Shifty parents, relatives, and connections muddying the waters. A new DCI is sent to oversee the case. It could have been DCI John Luther but, as he wasn’t available, DI Mackay, lacking luck in the DCI lottery, finds herself, and teams brought from all stations around, monitored by an useless tool. On top of this, in the name of better police-public relations, a young reporter is imposed upon her to shadow her every move. The latter, however, might prove to be a bit more useful. This time around, it’s easier to guess what is going on in the personal lives of DI Mackay’s subordinates before her, than it is guessing what’s going on with the very complex case. The book, bringing us to the shadowy underbelly of fife, proves to be as much as a page turner than the first entry. Character development abounds, and I‘m eagerly waiting for the already planned sequel. Thanks to Canelo and Netgalley for the ARC provided in exchange for this unbiased review. My review of book one, See Them Run, is available on GoodReads.

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