In Deep Water by Tana Collins #BookReview #InspectorJimCarruthers5 #Bloodhound #5*

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Accident or Murder?

When local fisherman, Robert Paterson goes missing it is assumed by DCI McTavish that the man has fallen victim to another tragic fishing accident.

However, things don’t add up for Inspector Jim Carruthers. Why did Paterson take his boat out at night when he would normally fish during the day? Has he taken his own life or has something more sinister taken place?

Then a bloodied body shows up on the uninhabited Isle of May. Carruthers is shocked to find it is not that of the fisherman. He suspects the two events are connected. But how?

A journalist who had been investigating the two cases disappears. As Carruthers tries to uncover what she discovered more questions arise.

Has someone been leaking information to the press?

If so, why?

And, will the journalist be found alive?

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Exciting & Unpredictable!      stars 5

Being Scottish, I do love a great Scottish crime novel and this is a superb series!

Inspector Jim Carruthers is having a quiet day, but not for long. When a local fisherman – someone Jim knows – is reported missing then a boat is found with no-one aboard, his superior assumes it’s just another fishing accident. But Jim senses there’s something more going on and he’s doggedly determined to get to the truth. When the body of a man with severe injuries turns up on the Isle of May, it’s assumed it’ll be the missing fisherman – but it’s not. So who is it and what is happening on the east coast? And where is the journalist who’s poking her nose in getting her information?

This is another gripping tale involving Jim Carruthers and his team, and this one showcases the beautiful east coast of Scotland. The author has certainly done her research on the Isle of May and it makes for fascination reading which balances with the horror of the crime. Mixing in a little about the private life of the team and their relationships with each other strengthens the details of the investigation and it all adds up to an absolutely cracking read, and one which I have totally enjoyed. Recommended to all lovers of an exciting and unpredictable crime thriller and earning all five shiny stars!

My thanks to the publisher for my arc copy of this novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime thriller, police procedural
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodhound Books
  • Publication Date: 24 August 2020
  • Links: Goodreads
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Author Bio

Tana Collins

Tana Collins is now an Amazon Top 10 bestselling author with her Inspector Jim Carruthers series set in the picturesque East Neuk of Fife.

The first four books in the series have garnered legions of fans, selling copies in excess of 100,000 worldwide and receiving critical acclaim along the way.

She was born in Yorkshire but grew up in rural East Sussex where she spent most of her childhood running around in woods creating stories and having adventures. She did a BA at the Polytechnic of North London before moving to Canada to do a Masters in Philosophy. In 1991 she moved to St Andrews where she did an MPhil in Logic and Metaphysics. In 1996 she moved to Edinburgh which is where she still lives.

Her debut novel, Robbing the Dead, set in fictional Castletown in Fife, was published on 14th February 2017 and became an Amazon No 1 Bestseller for Scottish Crime Fiction. The follow up in the series, Care to Die, was published 1st June 2017 and became a top ten bestseller. Mark of the Devil, the third in the series was released in 2018 and the fourth, Dark is the Day, was published in 2019. The fifth, In Deep Water will be published 24th August 2020.

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