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The Blood Tide

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An intercepted drugs drop on Loch Torridon, a man on Erskine Bridge so terrified he prefers suicide and a missing persons inquiry starts the second novel featuring DS Max Craigie of Police Standards Reassurance, a covert group operating out of Tulliallan. When his friend PC Hamish Beatie contacts Max with some obvious concerns which he shares with the team and DI Ross Fraser gives the go ahead for an investigation. What follows goes deeper than the Mariana Trench and is just as dark. 

Wow, this is a buckle up, strap yourself in read right from the start and it’s an absolute belter!! The police team are fantastic characters. Max is brave, dogged, determined with his past as a soldier in Helmand Province still affecting him deeply. DI Ross Fraser is a colourful character with the emphasis on character with the pages being far from dull when he’s on them. DC Janie Calder has a good relationship with Max and I love the banter between them. This is one fast paced thriller, full of danger and excitement revealing brutality and ruthlessness of a group prepared to stop at nothing. The deeper the investigation goes the more the whole thing stinks like a load of rotten fish and the team need all the ingenuity at their disposal to unmask the villains. There are more twists and turns in the storytelling than on a highland road with fantastic locations being used effectively as a backdrop to the gritty proceedings. Brooding over events from his prison cell at HMP Edinburgh is Tam Hardie festering on his loathing for Max which is entirely reciprocated. 

This is a very well written novel, the writing is succinct, it conveys the excitement, danger and tension without being overblown and similarly fills in backstories from Book One without unnecessary repetition. It can be read as a stand-alone but the first in the series is also very good (Dead Mans Grave) and worth reading too. This is a breathtaking, gripping read and a high octane ride to a very satisfying conclusion. I can’t wait for number three!!

Ps. There’s an adorable cockapoo called Nutmeg ❤️

With thanks to NetGalley and especially to HQ, HQ Digital for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.
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This is the next book in the DS Max Craigie series, and it’s a cracker. Max is contacted by an old friend and ex colleague who thinks that there is something suspicious with a suicide he has just dealt with. Max’s’ instincts kick in and he starts to look into the case but before he can find much out thinks take a turn for the worse. 

 A real roller coaster of a read, so well written, it really draws you in from the first page, like all good books do. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on what’s happening, something else happens to shake it all up again. Having loved the previous book, Dead Mans Grave, I was excited to be able to review this book. It carries on seamlessly from the previous book but is a stand alone read too. Janie and Ross, Max’s colleagues in their small unit, are back too, with more details coming out about their back stories and also their allie, their Chief Constable, This police procedural feels real, with a genuine knowledge of the stresses and problems that police officers live with daily, as the author is an ex police officer. The Scottish setting is perfect and portrays realism in the manpower and location problems all forces deal with. Loved it, a definite must read. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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The Blood Tide is proof positive the DS Max Craigie series is truly thrilling. Neil Lancaster has produced a terrific thriller. If you like a gripping plot, read this book. Yes, if you're a fan of Line Of Duty, you'll smile every time you read about someone being bent. But, this series succeeds on its own merits. The Scottish atmosphere is perfectly captured. The characters are engaging. There are twists. There are turns. The page turning will be fast and furious as the reader can't wait to see what happens next. The Blood Tide is extremely entertaining. #TheBloodTide #NetGalley.
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My thoughts about Neil Lancaster’s brilliant follow up to his fantastic Dead Man’s Grave, The Blood Tide is a wonderful Police Procedural mystery thriller, There’s nothing like a good thriller. And I believe, as audiences mature, delivering one that manages to keep them on the edge is quite the challenge. Most thrillers with psycho killers are at some point predictable – and for a thriller reader junkie like myself, the acquired knowledge can immediately join the dots, zeroing in on the killer, their motive, backstory, etc. dousing the thrill altogether. In that sense, writer, Ex police officer Neil Lancaster’s The Blood Tide fares much better, retaining the suspense almost to the very end.The Blood Tide is one of those books that will give you chills through its detailed and layered plot points, which works in its favour. Another thing that works,the books main lead character DS Max Craigie,As this reluctant cop tries to cope with work, a serial killer starts murdering people which blow me away to find out the killers real motivation,is just incredible. Author Neil Lancaster has once again proved that he has a keen eye for content-driven thrillers by flagging off The Blood Tide, which is undoubtedly yet another feather in his cap.The story of Neil Lancaster’s The Blood Tide begins in a remote sea loch on the west coast of Scotland, a fisherman vanishes without trace. His remains are never found.A young man jumps from a bridge in Glasgow and falls to his death in the water below. DS Max Craigie uncovers evidence that links both victims. But if he can’t find out what cost them their lives, it won’t be long before more bodies turn up at the morgue.Soon cracks start to appear in the investigation, and Max’s past hurtles back to haunt him. When his loved ones are threatened, he faces a terrifying choice: let the only man he ever feared walk free, or watch his closest friend die. Neil Lancaster’s The Blood Tide is a brilliant follow up in the DS Max Craigie series which is not only well written but a absolute cracker, and The Blood Tide is one of the best Police Procedural thrillers in scottish crime fiction has ever seen. Hats off to Neil you deserve a whiskey on the rocks with this one. I would like to say thank you to Author Neil Lancaster, Publishers HQ Stories, Finn Cotton and Netgally for giving me a chance to read and review this brilliant book which I’m a huge fan of. What a series. After Dead Man’s Grave And The Blood Tide, I’m definitely pumped up about what Neil has in store next for DS Max Craigie and his team.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐💥💥💥💥💥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
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Phew!  What a ride!

Max Craig is called by an old friend about a strange aspect to a suicide, at the same time as a missing persons report comes in.

Intrigued, he begins to follow up, but what has been set in motion brings forward disturbing echoes from his past.

His team are stretched to the limit and the plot twists and turns beautifully.  The characters are well drawn, the villains being appropriately horrible and the heroes being human and appealing.

A great read and highly recommended.
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