Struggling with his demotion back to DI and his concern for the grieving DS Andrea Fletcher, Jim Carruthers is thrown in at the deep end when the body of an old man is discovered stabbed to death in a nature reserve- a ball of cloth rammed into the back of the victim’s throat. The only suspect is a fifteen-year-old neighbour who is known to the police for antisocial behaviour. But the teenager has an alibi.
When a second elderly man is also found dead at the same locale, with the same MO, Carruthers starts to wonder if they have a serial killer on their hands.
On discovering that the first victim, Ruiridh Fraser, has an estranged son living in Iceland, Carruthers flies out to interview the man, now convinced that the reason behind Fraser’s death lies in his past.
But what does the disappearance of a twelve year old boy forty years before, the brutal murder of a former journalist and a bitter local dispute about a nature reserve, have to do with the investigation?
Can Carruthers and Fletcher solve the case while battling their own demons?
And are they hunting for one killer or more?
This is the second book in the series featuring Jim Carruthers. Personally I feel this works easily as a stand alone so it isn’t paramount to have read Robbing The Dead which is the first in the series before reading this one.
I absolutely loved how the story starts off with a young girl discovering the body of a man. The author makes sure to grab the readers attention right from the off and she didn’t let go until the very last page.
The story line in Care To Die is very much a harrowing one. I won’t go into it to much as with it not going into any great detail in the book description, I don’t want to give to much away. I would rather the reader discovers it for themselves.
I like how we get more background to the main characters in this novel. Even though the story does focus mainly on the case, there was enough of Carruthers and Fletchers personal lives to really start to get a feel for them and I definitely felt a connection to the through out the story.
Care To Die is a great follow up to a strong start in a new crime series. Gripped from beginning to end, this is a definite page turner of a read. Can’t wait for more in the series.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Care To Die is available to purchase from Amazon.
Tana Collins is an Edinburgh based crime writer and author of the best selling Jim Carruthers detective series, set in Fife. Her debut novel, Robbing the Dead, published 14th February 2017 by Bloodhound Books, was described as ‘A police procedural that delights the reader with its strong sense of place. Tartan Noir at its best,’ by crime writer Sarah Ward. It was a top 10 kindle bestseller for Scottish Crime and Thrillers and has already racked up 60 reviews on Amazon.
Care to Die, which is the follow up in the series to Robbing the Dead, is being published on 1st June 2017. Peter Robinson writes of it “A finely plotted mystery. Tana Collins racks up the suspense on this one. DI Jim Carruthers is a cop to watch.”