12 August 2022


  • this edition read on my Kindle (Amazon)
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08Q4C4GKD
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Carpetless Publishing (January 31, 2021) 
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • Highlands & Islands Detective Book 10 

Synopsis (Amazon)

A remote island community starts its new life. A dead body leads to locked doors and closed mouths. Can Macleod and McGrath find the killer hell bent on destroying paradise?

Leaving behind the city of Inverness, Seoras and Hope travel to the fledgling paradise of Morning Light to investigate a body found in the idyllic town square. When the Mayor tries to run roughshod over Macleod’s investigation, the determined pair find a wall of silence and an underlying current of deceit and mistrust. Can Macleod find who controls the villagers’ tongues before more permanent measures are taken against those who speak out?

A generous dose of fear is the key to a happy town!

My Take

When the call comes in about a dead body in th town square of a gated community on a remote island, Macleod and McGrath are away at a conference being told about new procedures for officers addressing other and their subordinates. It is almost too much for Macleod who feels it will all lead to disrespect, at least for senior officers.

So Constable Ross has to lead the investigation and ventures on to the island at the beginning of a storm, which effectively cuts off communications and turns it into a locked room mystery. As the deaths begin to mount, it becomes obvious that they need reinforcements from the mainland, if anybody is to survive. It also becomes obvious that things in this community are not as they should be. There is evidence that the community is being used for criminal purposes, and that not everybody there is what they seem.

This becomes a particularly violent scenario, and Macleod feels he is being stretched to his limits.

My rating: 4.4

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