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

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The story blends climate change, political intrigue and instability, coverups, domestic troubles, and a police procedural with danger, mysteries and murder. It is chilling and atmospheric, where you feel the raging snow storms, darkness, and ice pellets pounding the body and buildings. However, the investigation is just an ostensible reason; primarily he wishes to reconcile with the woman who discovered the body, his estranged daughter, Addie. Although this is set in 2051, the only thing different about life is some select technology that is very subtle and made me really enjoy that aspect of the book.

Brodie seeks to find his estranged daughter and make things right while solving a dissapeance in the northern climes of Scotland. 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. I have always looked forward to a new a new thriller by Peter May and out today 19 January is his new standalone novel A Winter Grave (Riverrun) and based in the Scottish Highlands and there is clear climate warnings through this brilliant and very readable thriller.He has a business purpose and a personal one as the individual who discovered the body is his estranged daughter, Addie. My thanks to Quercus Books for providing a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Then, the climbing over of them and the crawling under, all while painstakingly creating a distinctive, remarkably unremarkable, world.

What May does with out being preachy, is to get you to focus on the possible outcomes of global warming. A dying detective travels to a northern outpost to investigate the death of a man found in the snow. We now get to meet police detective Cameron Brodie who has been sent to investigate the body on the mountain. But now we learn that global warming has taken a dreadful toll on the planet and wholesale changes have taken place, more changes than I could have thought possible given the length of time elapsed. Nearing retirement and recently in receipt of a devastating health diagnosis, he surveys the ruin which climate change has wreaked on the city since it hosted the COP 26 summit.The descriptions of the lonely, beautiful place Brodie visited and of the people he met there are wonderfully described, and I was surprised to discover that I now cared about the fate of this man; I wanted him to find answers, to resolve the unresolved. It’s not just the weather that provides the chills in ‘A Winter Grave’ - this is a remote Scottish Highland village, cut off by extreme weather conditions, no means of communication, a killer that clearly knows the landscape, and uses it to his advantage, a rollercoaster of emotions for Brodie and Addie, lots of twists and turns, utter fear at times, and a completely gripping storyline. Readers follow him as he conducts the investigation in the present and also delve deeply into his past, learning how he got to his troubled present. But evidence uncovered during his autopsy places the lives of both Brodie and Roy in extreme jeopardy.

I would like to thank both Netgalley and Quercus books for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The amazing standard of writing made me feel as though I was there in the snow, hail, blizzards, up the mountains.When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BBC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane fifteen years that followed, became one of Scotland's most successful television dramatists. But, THIS author, refreshingly, leaves behind all that has become common and cliched about our near-future. There’s more going on here, Brodie is estranged from his daughter who just happens to be married to the local police officer. Set in 2051, so not that far in the future, the world has undergone massive climate and political change. Alongside an absorbing and action-packed crime story, and the depiction of the potential impacts of climate change on the world, is Inspector Cameron Brodie’s deeply personal story, told through flashbacks to 2023.

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