While Inspector Jim Carruthers and team are busy investigating a series of art thefts, they receive an anonymous tip-off about the body of a young woman on a deserted beach. The bizarre clues to her identity and what might have happened to her include a strange tattoo, a set of binoculars and a slab of meat left on the cliffs.
The team’s investigations lead them to a local shooting estate and its wealthy owner, Barry Cuthbert. However, Carruthers suspects Cuthbert is not all he seems and the DI soon starts to wonder if the cases of the missing works of art, the dead woman and the estate are connected.
When the body of a young gamekeeper is pulled from the sea, tensions boil over. The trail of clues lead the team to the unlikely location of Tallinn and into the sinister world of international crime and police corruption.
Needing answers, Carruthers must look further afield than Fife. However, the closer he gets to the truth, the more danger he finds himself in. Since everyone who crosses the vengeful killers seems to end up dead, can Carruthers solve the case with his life intact?
Also available in the Inspector Jim Caruthers series:
Robbing The Dead
Care to Die
Mark of the Devil is the third book in the Inspector Jim Caruthers. I wouldn’t say it was essential to have read the first two in the series but some readers may benefit from having read them.
The story had me gripped from the off. You can’t beat a discovery of a body to have you racing through those pages which is exactly what the author had me do. The whole setting as always just captures your imagination and the story very much came a live in my head.
Jim reminds me a bit of Taggart. He’s a bit of a stickler and prefers his own company. He certainly comes across at times as being a grumpy old Scotsman. A very loveable one as the reader can’t help but take him into their heart.
The story line certainly takes some twists and turns as I would never have envisioned what was in store for me from the beginning of the book. The case that Jim and the team find themselves working on certainly runs a lot deeper and sent shivers down my spine.
Mark Of The Devil is yet another great read in the series. Dark, chilling and had me enthralled through out. If you haven’t read any of these books yet, would highly recommend giving them a go.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Edinburgh based Tana Collins is the author of the popular Jim Carruthers detective series set in Fife. Her debut novel, Robbing the Dead, published February 2017, became a No 1 Amazon bestseller for Scottish crime fiction. Care to Die, the follow up in the series, also became a Top 10 Amazon bestseller. Published on 1st June 2017 Care to Die was described by Peter Robinson, author of DCI Banks, as “A finely plotted mystery. Tana Collins racks up the suspense on this one. DI Jim Carruthers is a cop to watch.” In September 2017 having won one of the coveted Spotlight places at Bloody Scotland Tana supported Lynda La Plante on stage.
Her third novel, Mark of the Devil, is to be published 24th April 2018. Author Leigh Russell writes of it, “A cracking read. The suspense never lets up.”
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