Monday, 11 April 2022

A Litter of Bones - J.D. Kirk - DCI Logan Book 1

A Litter of Bones
DCI Logan Book 1
ISBN 9781912767120

I picked this up for a few reasons, but mainly because authors Alex Smith and JE Mayhew have both recommended the author and series. I am a big fan of Smith’s DCI Kett novels and Mayhew’s DCI Will Blake Series. And having ripped through both of their series and slowing working through all of Mayhew’s others works I decided to give this one a try. It definitely is a Scottish Detective Mystery, and I can see the comparisons with both Smith and Mayhew’s works. I would set this story right in the middle, Smiths are darker and more brutal, and Mayhew’s typically focused a little more on the mystery. This one is a good mix of both. 

The description of this novel is:

“Ten years ago, DCI Jack Logan stopped the serial child-killer dubbed 'Mister Whisper,' earning himself a commendation, a drinking problem, and a broken marriage in the process.

Now, he spends his days working in Glasgow's Major Investigations Team, and his nights reliving the horrors of what he saw.

And what he did.

When another child disappears a hundred miles north in the Highlands, Jack is sent to lead the investigation and bring the boy home.

But as similarities between the two cases grow, could it be that Jack caught the wrong man all those years ago?

And, if so, is the real Mister Whisper about to claim his fourth victim?”

It has a lot of action, some misdirection, and some very interesting twists. I had figured out about 90% of it before the reveals, but even after I had it solved it was fun watching Logan figure it out and put the pieces together. The characters are believable. And the events unfortunately are also. Logan is called back into a case he thought was long since solved. And new clues lead to serious consequences for many. Great characters, excellent pace, a well written thriller.

J.D. Kirk is a pen name and also like Mayhew and Smith he publishes under various names. Kirk publishes children books as Barry Hutchison, and other adult fiction as Barry J. Hutchison. He is coming up on 175 books across the three pen names. I did not know that or I might not have picked up this first one. For friends call me a ‘completionist’ in that when I find an author I like, I try to read everything they have published. Before I even finished this novel I had picked up book 1 in the spin off Robert Hoon series and the next few in this one. I am aiming for a book a week until I finish this series and then will see where it goes. Back to this story, if you love crime procedural books, or books along the lines of the TV Series The Commander or Wired in the Blood, this would be a great story to pick up. An excellent mystery and I love that it is set in Scotland! An excellent read in what looks like an excellent series. I highly recommend it.

Books by J.D. Kirk:
The Bone House

DCI Logan Series:
The Killing Code
Blood and Treachery
The Last Bloody Straw
A Whisper of Sorrows
The Big Man Upstairs
A Death Most Monumental
A Snowball's Chance in Hell
Ahead of the Game
An Isolated Incident
Colder than the Grave
Come Hell or High Water
City of Scars

Robert Hoon Thrillers:

Contributed to:
Everyday Kindness: A Collection of Uplifting Tales to Brighten Your Day

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