When millionaire Leo Speight is found poisoned, Scotland's toughest cop is called in to solve the high-profile case...
Skinner joins his old team in a complex murder investigation in the twenty-ninth gripping mystery in Quintin Jardine's bestselling crime series. Praise for Jardine's compelling novels: 'A masterclass in how murder-mysteries ought to be written' Scots Magazine
When millionaire Leo Speight is found poisoned at his Ayrshire mansion, Police Scotland has a tough case on its hands. Speight was a champion boxer with national hero status, and a long list of lovers and friends stand to benefit from his estate. Did one of them decide to speed things up? Or was jealousy or rivalry the motive?
The Security Service wants to stay close to the investigation and they have just the man to send in: ex-Chief Constable Bob Skinner. Skinner might have retired from the police, but solving crimes is in his blood. Combining forces with DI Lottie Mann and DS Dan Provan of Serious Crimes, he's determined to see Speight's murderer put away for a long time. But there's a twist even Bob Skinner couldn't see coming...
Available in audiobook
Before I start I will say this is one of my all time favourite crime series. I have read every single Bob Skinner book in order. This however is the first time I decided to get the book on both Kindle and Audio. It was great being able to flick from one to the other. I sat reading and when I had to get up to do things, I just turned it over to audio.
The narration of the book was done magnificently. The different characters and their accents were brilliant.
I will also add that for the best experience, read this series in order. It's so much better having a back story to the many many characters there are.
So book 29, wowzerzzz… I loved this book just as much as I have all the others, I love the character of Bob Skinner, for me he's the Scottish Alex Cross. He's a first class Character with lots of baggage. He's the sort of man you want on your side and not against you.
I'm loving how now in later books, the other characters are playing bigger parts in the story, although Bob Skinner is still around as he is now working for the Security Service.
Millionaire Leo Speight is found poisoned Lottie Mann and Dan Proven are to head the team into finding his killer.
Lottie is struggling with personal issues and despite this she still manages to be a great detective. She has her long time partner Dan watching her back at all times, in work and out. When you also have Big Bob on your side, any little problems can soon be ironed out.
I'm loving how in these books the centre stage is not all for Bob Skinner, in his last book the character focus was all around Commander Neil McIlhenney and in book 27 the focus was around Bob's eldest daughter Alexis Skinner, this time around the character focus is more around Lottie Mann and Dan Proven. It's great being back with characters that feel like old friends.
I did say in my review for book 27 that a spin off series featuring Alex Skinner would be awesome. I still think that.
I am lucky enough to have just received an ARC of book 30, so I can't wait to dive into that one now I have finished this one.
An OUTSTANDING series, where the quality of writing and storytelling has just gotten better. Sometimes with long running series you can start getting a bit bogged down with them, they start to fade off the more books are written. Well that's certainly not the case with this series.
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