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  • JUST AS GREAT AS THE LAST

    LOVED IT FROM START TO FINISH. The location descriptions are perfect

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  • OK but stop trying to kill off the main characters

    I said in my review of the first of these that the characters had a comic book like ability to recover from serious injury. That remains the case here, and stretches credulity to the limits. It's a pity because the storyline, as with the first, is not bad at all, and the characters, though a little bit overdone, are also well drawn. If the author thinks that having his main characters in hospital or in mortal danger throughout his books is a necessary thing to build tension, I'd suggest a rethink.

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  • A little predictable

    I found early parts of the book needlessly wordy to the point of becoming tedious. I found myself skipping pages and being none the worse for it. The ‘play’ between the two main characters was pretty predictable and done a hundred ways before. One of the lesser characters was a gross exaggeration of the type of person he was being portrayed as, I found myself saying ‘oh come on’ actually out loud. Look, having said all that I did read to the end and would try another book by this author.

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  • The bothy

    Good book lots of suspence need to read another one

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  • I didn't want to put it down!

    The Bothy quickly became one of those books I didn’t want to put down. It was exciting and easy-to-read; the author’s writing style placed me in the story right along with the two detectives and their investigation. Macleod is an interesting character: almost as if he was frozen in time when his wife took her own life – both emotionally and historically. He still deeply loves his dead wife and has only recently begun to release himself from the tragic relationship. At the same time, the world, social norms, and mores have long moved on without him, and although he is aware of the changes around him, he remains an anachronism in his way of thinking about men and women and modern relationships. DC McGrath is helping him catch up with the times, but his very attitude will help them with this case. The plotline with the Carlton family and their religious belief in a total patriarchy was fascinating. I liked how Hope and Macleod balanced out each other’s reactions to the whole bizarre family situation. Several great suspects took prominence at different stages of the case, and I’ll have to say my money was definitely on one of the red herrings through most of the book. I enjoyed finding out that it was someone else entirely. I did have a couple of story continuity issues, which is why I rated this book four stars and not five. In one instance, the detectives race off from a suspect’s home because another suspect’s car has been found and that person has gone missing. They get ambushed inside a dark bothy, and a scuffle ensues, yet both detectives feel their attacker is the man whose home they had come from in the first place. Another problem arose when Hope followed a suspect into a hidden passageway with a trapdoor located in a closet under a stairway. The suspect just went through the trapdoor but was somehow able to replace a vacuum cleaner back on top of the opening? I enjoyed the first book in the series, Water’s Edge, but I liked this one even more! I’m so glad there are already more books in the series available. I recommend THE BOTHY, book two in the Highlands & Islands Detective series, to mystery readers who enjoy stories of good detective work set in remote, wild locations such as the Scottish Highlands can offer.

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