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

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A twist on the tale of embittered veteran cop taking on shady forces and murder whilst dealing with the harsh elements of a future that has thrown Scotland into a much colder climate. Ultimately the book which was supposed to be a page turner, ended up being heavy and failed to leave a real impact. No torn-clothed mothers, dead-eyed and directionless, dragging behind them their emaciated children. He has received a death sentence of his own, and has something personal he has to get out of the way before he departs this earth for good. It wasn’t until now, with his own death imminent, that he had been moved, finally, to drag all the skeletons from the closet, and lay them out to be judged.

And Brodie is determined to take what may be his last opportunity to tell his daughter what he has been silent about for the ten years since her mother’s death. Interspersed throughout Brodie’s narrative are flashbacks to 2023, when he first met Addie’s mother, gradually revealing what has weighed so heavily on Brodie’s conscience for a decade. We now get to meet police detective Cameron Brodie who has been sent to investigate the body on the mountain.He has also won several literature awards in France, received the USA's Barry Award for The Blackhouse, the first in his internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy; and in 2014 was awarded the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year award for Entry Island. He has plans to have conversations with his estranged daughter who is based in the remote Highland village. Melting ice has stopped the warming effect of the Gulf Stream, resulting in northern Europe, including Scotland, being hit by raging blizzards and ice storms. A good read but I think it was more about me not getting absorbed by the novel than it not been a good book. Brodie hasn’t long left on this earth but in the time remaining he wants to lay to rest the ghosts of the past, attempt a reconciliation and, perhaps, receive forgiveness.

The plot is compelling and complex; the characters are complicated and authentic; the emotions are intricate and raw. I wasn't keen when I started this book which is set partly in the present time and partly in 2050, a very different world where the UK is partially submerged in water and suffering from extreme weather conditions. With comms and the internet still down, and the Ice storm having cut off the village, Brodie continues to investigate this puzzling murder. There’s more going on here, Brodie is estranged from his daughter who just happens to be married to the local police officer. This book is set in 2051 and climate catastrophe has arrived as it has long been predicted it would.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. What is discovered puts the lives of Sita and Brodie in extreme jeopardy and leads to several more deaths. 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. Il mix di futuro distopico, emergenza ambientale, ambientazione in Scozia (che però è diventata tipo Venezia), detective puro e duro con passato famigliare à la Mankell, descrizione naturalistiche come sempre mozzafiato .

Glasgow detective Cameron Brodie volunteers to fly out to investigate Younger’s death, but his ulterior motive is something else all together.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. A young meteorologist checking a mountain top weather station in Kinlochleven discovers the body of a missing man entombed in ice. Suffice it to say that this is food for thought, and if you care about the future of the world, this book is essential reading, because it is a stark reminder of what ought to be being considered. Set in 2051, so not that far in the future, the world has undergone massive climate and political change. For those who like action, there’s plenty of it and for those who like intrigue, there’s plenty of that as well.

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