Twenty years ago, Jackie Galloway was a senior cop with a bad reputation. Then he ended up on the wrong side of the wrong people, and his career was ruined. Sacked and with no pension, he ends up eking out his last days on Scotland’s Black Isle, his mind lost to dementia, supported only by his long-suffering wife, Bridie.
Then Galloway is found dead. The police assume the death to be accidental, until Bridie Galloway reveals that her husband has been receiving apparently threatening letters containing only the phrase: ‘NOT FORGOTTEN. NOT FORGIVEN.’
DI Alec McKay is struggling to come to terms with life without his estranged wife Chrissie, and is living in isolation on the Black Isle. As a junior officer, McKay had been allocated to Galloway’s team and has bad memories of the man and his methods. Now he finds himself investigating Galloway’s death.
But when suspicion falls on him and more police officers are murdered, the pressure is on for McKay to solve the case.
Why would the killer seek revenge twenty years after Galloway left the force?
As McKay fights to link the events of past and present, he realizes that time is rapidly running out…
I’m not sure I should say this about a crime book but, I adored it. Why? I loved the fabulous setting which brought so much atmosphere to the story and I absolutely adored DI Alec Mckay.
DI Alex Mckay is such a brilliant character. He is a bit of a cantankerous old so and so but he brings a bit of humour into the story from being set in his ways and his off hand remarks. I could easily visualise him in my head and think he is crying out to have his crime series on television. Certainly can’t wait for more in the series.
The story line of police officers being murdered certainly held my interest. I wanted to know as much as the police why someone would go around killing them and especially why these certain individuals. I have to say you could have blown me over like a feather when all is revealed. No way in this world did I ever get an inkling of who the killer was and it certainly made for a jaw dropping moment. I have no doubt unless you are Columbo that this story will shock and surprise you.
Death Parts Us is a highly entertaining and gripping read. Scotland’s Black Isle is very much brought to life by the author and I felt like I was stood next to the characters absorbing everything that was around them. Great book and highly recommended.
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 5/5 stars.
Death Parts Us is available to purchase from Amazon.
Alex Walters is the author of the DI Alec McKay series set in Scotland’s Black Isle—Candles and Roses and Death Parts Us. He has also written three books set in and around Manchester—Trust No-One and Nowhere to Hide featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan, and Late Checkout, which introduced DCI Kenny Murrain. As Michael Walters, he also published three crime novels set in modern-day Mongolia, The Shadow Walker, The Adversary and The Outcast, which are currently being reprinted in new reedited Alex Walters editions. Alex has previously worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking and now, alongside his writing, runs a consultancy working mainly in the criminal justice sector with police, prisons and probation. After many years in Manchester he’s in the process of moving to the Highlands with his wife, occasional sons and too many cats.