A Winter Grave: a chilling new mystery set in the Scottish highlands

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A Winter Grave: a chilling new mystery set in the Scottish highlands

A Winter Grave: a chilling new mystery set in the Scottish highlands

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I don't remember Peter May previously setting any of his novels in the future, but correct me if I am wrong. Ultimately the book which was supposed to be a page turner, ended up being heavy and failed to leave a real impact.

And for those here on GR who read Dutch: I reviewed Firemaker, The Killing Room (De moordkamer) and Chinese Whispers (De seriemoordenaar). A young meteorologist takes a work based trek up a mountain and is faced with a dead body, frozen in ice. May paints a clear, poetic, and tragic picture of the wreck of a man he has become, but several things in his life are also about to change. I have always enjoyed this authors writing and even though I wasn’t fully convinced by this novel I still enjoyed it. There’s humour although this rightly diminishes as danger levels rise, there’s plenty of tension, excitement accompanied by a building menace and peril.

Younger’s body has been kept in a refrigerated cabinet of a local hotel, and pathologist Dr Sita Roy, has uncovered some very interesting facts about him, something which puts herself and Brodie in danger. It’s 2051 and despite climate activists clear warnings, vast quantities of the planet are now under water with some countries having entirely disappeared resulting in refugees seeking homes wherever there is land. Three months earlier, award-winning Scottish Herald investigative journalist, Charles Younger, the bane of corrupt politicians, went missing near Loch Leven. Someone is trying to conceal some extremely crucial information in this Highland village, something that cost George Younger his life.

Initially reluctant, he eventually does go which begins the reader’s initiation into possibilities of future travel and its dangers.From the twelve-million copy bestselling author of the Lewis trilogy comes a chilling new mystery set in the isolated Scottish Highlands.

It’s not just the weather that provides the chills in ‘A Winter Grave’ - this is a remote Scottish Highland village, cut off by extreme weather conditions, no means of communication, a killer that clearly knows the landscape, and uses it to his advantage, a rollercoaster of emotions for Brodie and Addie, lots of twists and turns, utter fear at times, and a completely gripping storyline. Thus, he has to trudge valiantly through waist-high drifts of necessary detail, power through violent, punishing storms of cultural alteration, be constantly assaulted by an insistent hail of “ifs”, then carried away by, and survive, a tsunami of his own creation, made up of both ocean and discovery. While initially these threads may have felt a bit disparate, they came to flow well together for me, filling in aspects of the story as and when needed for the sake of all the characters involved. He has a business purpose and a personal one as the individual who discovered the body is his estranged daughter, Addie.Warnings of climate catastrophe have been ignored, and vast areas of the planet are under water, or uninhabitably hot. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Quercus Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of A Winter Grave by Peter May for review.



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