A Winter Grave: a chilling new mystery set in the Scottish highlands

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A Winter Grave: a chilling new mystery set in the Scottish highlands

A Winter Grave: a chilling new mystery set in the Scottish highlands

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Thus, he has to trudge valiantly through waist-high drifts of necessary detail, power through violent, punishing storms of cultural alteration, be constantly assaulted by an insistent hail of “ifs”, then carried away by, and survive, a tsunami of his own creation, made up of both ocean and discovery. The three stories, of climate, of crime, of family, work out along side each other, though the climate story really hasn’t worked out at all! Truth to tell, the James Bond glasses still grated on me and in limiting the cast to just a small number of players the author creates a place that feels somewhat unreal, a contrived space where everyone seems to hide from sight.

Most of this gripping, thought-provoking story is set in the near future, almost 30 years from the present, in the Highlands of Scotland.In Scotland the melting ice caps halt the Gulf Stream effect which means it is frequently hit by brutal snow and ice storms.

This chance discovery leads to a rollercoaster of secrets and intrigue and the body count starts to mount in this bleak and remote landscape. However, the investigation is just an ostensible reason; primarily he wishes to reconcile with the woman who discovered the body, his estranged daughter, Addie. No torn-clothed mothers, dead-eyed and directionless, dragging behind them their emaciated children. May is neither reassuring nor particularly apocalyptic, not bothering, thank god, with the word “apocalyptic’s” now widely accepted and worn out characteristics.Set against a backdrop of a frighteningly plausible near-future, A WINTER GRAVE is Peter May at his page-turning, passionate and provocative best. Younger’s body has been kept in a refrigerated cabinet of a local hotel, and pathologist Dr Sita Roy, has uncovered some very interesting facts about him, something which puts herself and Brodie in danger.

While initially these threads may have felt a bit disparate, they came to flow well together for me, filling in aspects of the story as and when needed for the sake of all the characters involved. But here in Scotland, a body has been found frozen in the ice near Loch Leven, that of one Charles Younger, an investigative journalist with the Scottish Herald who had been reported missing three months earlier, and Detective Inspector Cameron Brodie volunteers to travel there along with the doctor who will do the post mortem, Dr Sita Roy.I just found it really hard overall to get into the story and feel any certain way towards any of the characters. A Winter Grave is the latest standalone thriller by prolific author Peter May, and it was intense, gritty, fast-paced and chilling (in both senses of the word! Younger was no walker making his discovery on a mountain-top near the Highland village of Kinlochleven unexplainable.

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