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  • Dark, gritty and different

    I have read and enjoyed a few books by Mr MacBride but this one has me in a quandary as whilst it had me on the edge of my seat at times, there were also times when it didn't. For the majority of the book it appears to be your 'usual' hunt for a killer story with excellent characters, intriguing plot and twists but then it develops into something else which, I can only say, had me reading with my mouth hanging open and wondering if I had stumbled into an alternative universe. I can't go into detail here as it will give the game away but what I will say is be prepared!! This is a dark and gritty read that you definitely need to keep your wits about you and your mind open and I must thank Random House UK / Transworld Publishers via NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this in order to share my thoughts.

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  • Oh dear!

    I've read and thoroughly enjoyed all Stuart Macbrides books so I was eagerly awaiting the release of this one. I struggled to read it, I didn't find it gripping like his other books, I found it long winded, a little boring and more than a little obsurd and was relieved to finally reach the end! I persevered in the hope it would improve but sadly not. Sorry to say that I was very disappointed with this one.

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  • I love Lucy

    Stuart MacBride is one of my absolute favourites and as always I started reading when I got it and tried to avoid reasons to put Lucy’s adventures down. Thanks as always, Stuart and I’m so sorry about Grendel

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  • Amazing

    Stuart just gets better. This is probably the biggest twist I have ever encountered in a book, and I cannot wait for a sequel or 7. Read it. Now.

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  • Brutal & Exceptional

    Stuart MacBride's latest crime novel set in Oldcastle, No Less The Devil is the third I've read that has the Oldcastle link. I've previously read Birthdays for the Dead and The Coffinmaker's Garden. This new book features new detectives DS Lucy McVeigh and her physically unfit partner, DC Duncan 'the Dunk' Fraser. The Bloodsmith killed his last victim 17 months ago but since then no leads have materialised, so the police are not proceeding with Operation Maypole. DI Alasdair Tudor takes it up, handing it down to McVeigh and the Dunk who start looking at the case afresh. Added to this are the problems resulting from the release of 27-year-old Benedict Strachan who was jailed sixteen years earlier for the murder of a homeless man and he is asking for McVeigh's help. There is such a lot to learn about Lucy who is seeing a therapist for PTSD and has a traumatic past. The tale is a complicated blend of satire, darkness and humour and the startling twist at around 80% through is likely to split readers. Though unsettling, this entertaining, mocking, dark and highly amusing thrilling crime read is certainly the kind of thing Stuart MacBride excels at. A special thank you to Random House UK, Bantam Press, Stuart MacBride, NetGalley and Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read. This review is my unbiased opinion.

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