Having read book one in Neil Lancaster's new series, DS Max Craigie, I was privileged to receive an advanced copy of THE BLOOD TIDE and looking forward to reading this novel.
Neil's writing is sharp, witty, full of Scottish humour. I loved the characters connection within the team which is full of laughs and witty dialogue.
I would recommend this novel.
I give a 4 star rating.
I WANT TO THANK NETGALLEY FOR THE OPPORTUNITY OF READING AN ADVANCED COPY IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
Second in the series featuring Max, Janie & Ross.
A mixture of corruption in the the higher level of Uk policing and security mixed with drug smugglers, throw in a few murders along the way and you have the basis for an excellent book with a fair few twists along the way.
A five out of five without any hesitation.
This kept me hooked form the off and can't wait for the next installment.
Thanks Netgalley and the Publisher. I really really enjoyed this book, fast paced, great characters and a great storyline. Would recommend to other readers
Cracking! This gripping and brilliantly police procedural will (hopefully) set the standard for crime fiction for years to come. Vicious criminals and realistic coppers set against a bleak Caledonian landscape. Terrific stuff. Highly recommended.
The Blood Tide is the sequel to Dead Man's Grave and again features Max Craigie. If you want an experience more thrilling and with greater acceleration, I suggest you strap yourself on to the side of a Saturn 5 rocket! It was blistering and sometimes you had to concentrate hard on your own breathing. This novel deals with high level corruption and drug smuggling and it's a dog eat dog world. Additionally, Max Craigie's nemesis escapes form his prison cell with revenge first and foremost on his mind and there's a bloody confrontation brewing. This novel was hard to put down, I have the stiff neck to prove it. I don't know where Neil Lancaster will go next with Max Craigie as there really is no hint within The Blood Tide of more water under the bridge. It's a five star review from me and I thoroughly recommend it.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for this ARC.
I really enjoyed this book and think it is a great follow on from Dead Mans Grave. I thought it got off to a fairly slow start, and I couldn't imagine how the separate story threads would come together. But the more I read everything started to fall into place and at times I felt like I was unwrapping layer after layer of secrets, deceit, and lies. I love the main character and his work colleagues, and particularly like reading of their working rapport and the little glimpses the author gives into their personal lives. Here they investigate widespread corruption and not just within the Police Force. This is a very well written book, I loved that it was told through different characters which, for me, added depth to the story. The author certainly knows how to connect with his readers and to hold that connection from the first page to the last. The last part of the book was absolutely riveting and it raced towards a thrilling final conclusion I would never have guessed! Overall, this was a very engaging read, and I hope there is another book to follow, I am really enjoying this series so far, and I would recommend this author and his books.
Very gritty crime thriller. The story was good but the huge amount of bad language spoilt it for me.
Do police inspectors really talk to their teams like that?
Scottish Police procedural featuring DS Max Craigie and his team in the Police Standards Reassurance dept who have been given a wide brief to investigate corruption within Police Scotland.
Story starts with a suicide and dives into the murky world of drug smuggling/distribution and the associated violence in that world.
Well written, fast paced with lots of twists and turns including the involvement of an old enemy.
Thanks to Harper Collins and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in return for a fair review.
4 Stars ⭐️
DS Max Craigie and his two colleagues are now working under the auspices of the Chief Constable as they try to uncover corruption within Police Scotland. So when a friend of Max's contacts him with concerns over a recent suicide their next investigation begins, but it soon becomes clear there is far more to discover than first met the eye. As a case from the past also brings danger to those he loves and values the most, Max can only watch as things begin to disintegrate around him.
The second Max Craigie novel continues on from where book one ended and is just as breathtaking as the first. The three main protagonists are back, along with the stunning countryside, to weave another tension filled story to keep any reader engrossed from beginning to end. Max himself is a great character and I hope there will be more outings for him and his team in the future.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. This is crime writing of the highest quality but to get the full impact you do need to read the previous book first.
A new author for me, and one I'll look forward to reading again. DS Max Craigie and his team specialise in looking into corruption signing the police find themselves drawn into a conspiracy of drug related deaths, hardened criminals, corruption in law enforcement and ultimately revenge after looking into two suspicious suicides. I couldn't put this one down.
Three and a half stars.
A police officer witnesses a suicide, but the man who committed suicide says that he is being forced to commit suicide in order to protect his family, and he references that they have accomplices in governmental agencies and were responsible for a recent murder at a loch. The policeman is sufficiently convinced that the man is being coerced by persons unknown that he records the conversation carefully in his statement to PIRC (the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner) and calls his old friend DS Max Craigie to discuss it and invite him over for a dram while he (Max) is touring the Highlands on his holiday.
When Max arrives to see his friend however he finds him hanging from the bannisters of his home, his police notebook has disappeared, and his witness statement has no references to coercion or any other murders. As the member of a small (three person) team with the long-winded title The Police Standards Reassurance Team, Max is responsible for identifying and tackling corruption and this stinks to high heaven.
So this is a police procedural with a difference, in so far as the reader knows who committed the murders, the mystery is who is the mysterious person feeding them information. I enjoyed the pace and plot of this novel, the first I have read by Neil Lancaster. However, I did have some concerns that there seemed to be a lot of coincidences/strokes of luck where someone not only could make the necessary connection but then off-the-cuff provide chapter and verse about the person and their associates (being deliberately vague). There were at least two separate instances where that happened. Also, I still can't wrap my head around how the final 'thing' happened and how they found out. Maybe I need to reread the book ...
Overall, another Scottish detective series to add to my growing list - what is it about Scottish murder mysteries?
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
What can I say, other than is is without doubt, one of the best books I have read this year.
No real need to add anything further.
Gripping story line, excellent characters. What more can you ask for.
As Neil Lancaster hoped, #TheBloodTide is a "right old ripper of a story"!
An absolutely brilliant follow-up to Lancaster's debut, #DeadMansGrave, #TheBloodTide continues to show the work of DS Max Craigie and his team take down corruption at the highest levels. Intricately plotted and thought out, this novel will leave you desperately trying to cancel any plans so that you can carry on reading.
I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Neil Lancaster, I predict big things from this writer and I feel very lucky that I have been able to read #TheBloodTide ahead of its release in February 2022. I cannot wait for the next DS Craigie instalment and to see what case he will tackle next.
This is a superb read which should be a television series. Written by a former member of the police, it uses his inside knowledge to great effect. Max, Jane and Ross are the lead detectives responsible for bringing to justice corrupt officers. The context is the importation of drugs from Colombia and the local warfare of the drug lords as they try to take over each other’s network. The story also benefits from the author’s familiarity with the Scottish landscape which is used to good effect. It starts with the execution of importers by others wanting their business. Then it moves on from suspense to suspense. This really is a carefully conceived, well delivered riveting story. You will be hooked from page one. I strongly recommend it.
Thank you to #NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy of #TheBloodTide by #NeilLancaster
This is the second book in the DS Max Craigie series and the pace has not let up.
A rollercoaster of a book with twists and turns as Craigie along with his team Janie and Norma and boss Ross investigate when a policeman commits suicide shortly after attending the scene of a jumper.. Craigie is convinced it was murder As the pieces slot together they realise that the treachery runs deep within the force. A superb read.
I would highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
One of my favorite things about reading crime fiction is getting in at the start of a new series and the DS Max Craigie series is definitely one I am going to follow. The books feel both authentic and sympathetic and Neil's love for Scotland really shines through. There is a great sense of menace here too, and the book is beautifully paced. Highly recommended
The DS Max Craigie series is only at book 2, but already I’m hooked!
The Scottish setting with its descriptions of land and sea, add much to the proceedings, where this time around, we have a man who’s so terrified of someone, that he prefers to leap to his death from the Erskine Bridge, and a drugs drop that doesn’t go according to plan on the remote Loch Torridon. How the two are connected, we have yet to find out, but the reader is guaranteed an exciting storyline, just dripping with tension.
This novel is certainly for those who like their police procedural's with a sense of foreboding, as the narrative is dark, gripping and exciting. There is not only a great sense of place but also of characterisation. Neil Lancaster really understands how to create an elaborately involving story and skilfully combining the multi-layered elements to create an electrifying climax. Completely riveting!
The Blood Tide by Neil Lancaster
Yet another great book in the DS Max Craigie series , and as the first one , a brilliant story.
DS Max Craigie along with his colleagues DI Ross Fraser and DC Jainism Calder head up the new team that was set up by the chief of police Scotland to which the small team report directly to with the sole purpose of investigating and catching corrupt police officers.
The plotline keeps you interested with a few unexpected turns in the story. Great characters including DI Fraser and Janism Calder who all make for a great team.
Looking forward to the next one and it would also make a brilliant tv series .
A fast paced, engaging and heart in the mouth book. Lots of different strands. There's the good guys, the bad guys, the bad good guys and... well you know what I mean
Loved it, couldn't put it down.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I read a free advance review copy of the book. This review is voluntary, honest and my own opinion.
I enjoyed this fast-paced, twisty thriller, and it was good to meet again the characters from Neil Lancaster's earlier book. My only criticism is that Max and his colleagues are all a bit too god to be true, but that didn't stop me spending a whole day reading this book - more please!