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A Litter of Bones by J D Kirk - Review

Sunday, September 8, 2019

*I was gifted with a free electronic copy of this book, but was not otherwise compensated for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

I'm really pleased to be able to join in the blog tour for A Litter of Bones by J D Kirk today! Thank you for the opportunity to read this book because I really enjoyed it and would love to read the others in the series. I read this while away on holiday and it was perfect holiday reading and easy to get into.

DCI Jack Logan is a detective in Glasgow, single and a bit world weary. Ten years ago, he was involved in a case featuring a sadistic child killer. Dubbed "Mister Whisper" by two boys who got away, he murdered three boys in a shocking case. Logan helped bring the murderer, Owen Petrie, to justice. Owen is now in a secure hospital, but refuses to disclose the whereabouts of the bones of his third victim, Dylan Muir. Logan visits him a couple of times a month to try to get him to talk, but a new doctor warns Logan off from going again.

Meanwhile, a hundred miles north in the Highlands not far from Fort William, a child goes missing while walking his dog with his dad. The local police receive a letter, very like the letters that Mister Whisper sent to Logan and his team ten years ago. It is so similar that the sender must have inside information. Logan is sent to the Highlands to investigate the crime.

There's a lot of hints that he got the wrong man ten years ago, but Logan refuses to believe that. He's working with some new cops, not all of whom trust him. They have the local knowledge though, so he's got no choice but to make friends.

I didn't guess many of the twists and turns, and I felt like they were revealed in interesting ways. I loved the remote setting - I've been to Fort William myself and it's beautiful and desolate. DCI Logan is a bit of a cliche in parts - he's seen it all, he thinks he knows best, he's a bit of a maverick - but I did find him likeable. I liked the supporting detectives and other officers. I will definitely read more in the series!

Please do check out the other stops on this tour to see what everyone else made of the book!

J D Kirk is a pseudonym for a different author's first crime novel, which was interesting to me - I wonder if I've read any of his other stuff? Here's his bio:

JD Kirk lives in the wilds of Scotland, where he spends his days making stuff up and writing it down. He lives with his wife, two children, one dog, and – if his daughter has anything to do with it – a cat in the very near future.
Having been writing in various genres for over a decade, JD turned his attention to crime fiction in May 2019, and hasn’t looked back. A Litterof Bones is his first crime novel, and the first of his hundred-plus books that his wife could bring herself to read.

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