A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride

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Welcome to the Misfit Mob…

Gripping standalone thriller from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series.

Welcome to the Misfit Mob…

It’s where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can’t get rid of, but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it’s his job to find out which museum it’s been stolen from.

But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting. O Division’s Major Investigation Teams already have more cases than they can cope with, so, against everyone’s better judgement, the Misfit Mob are just going to have to manage this one on their own.

No one expects them to succeed, but right now they’re the only thing standing between the killer’s victims and a slow, lingering death. The question is, can they prove everyone wrong before he strikes again?

My Review

I struggled to get into it at first particularly keeping track of the different characters and different strands of the story. But it did picked up very quickly and kept me totally entertained and gripped to the point of not wanting to put it down. Halfway through, I actually thought that I’d figured out who the killer was but WOW, how wrong was I?! And then the twists and turns really began.

There’s a serial killer loose mummifying bodies whilst there are other strands of sub-plots that all combine together but at times I lost track of which killer we were following! I’m glad I don’t live in Stuart MacBride’s imagination – it’s a pretty gruesome place! This could be one of the most twisted books I’ve ever read (and i have read a fair few!), and while disturbing in content, it is an excellent piece of entertainment and clever writing with the way the plot intertwined with different crimes and characters.

I did workout that the frequent italics were previous events, conversations or internal meanderings, which once sussed made sense!

I wish this wasn’t a standalone and we could see more of the Misfit Mob’s cases and the characters in this book are worthy of their own series!!

All in all I thought the story was pretty far-fetched but gripping, sharp and very funny! It is a Very long, door stopper of a book so not a quick read and I think the size of the book is what helps to make it so great and not rushed.

I would highly recommended this book too readers who like a complex thriller full of action and suspense.

This was my first book by MacBride, it certainly won’t be the last, I’ve heard good things about the Logan series, so I think I will check those out next 🙂

A Dark So Deadly was published on 20 April 2017 in the UK and can be purchased now from

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