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Broken Skin I really love this series set in dark, grimy Aberdeen with great characters and this third episode is no exception Not only does DS Logan McRae have a lot on his plate, but he s stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to serve two masters, the grumpy, irascible DS Insch and the indolent, work shy DI Steel First there is a serial rapist on the loose, the police even have a pretty good idea who he is but he always has an alibi and catching him is proving impossible Then there is the large I really love this series set in dark, grimy Aberdeen with great characters and this third episode is no exception Not only does DS Logan McRae have a lot on his plate, but he s stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to serve two masters, the grumpy, irascible DS Insch and the indolent, work shy DI Steel First there is a serial rapist on the loose, the police even have a pretty good idea who he is but he always has an alibi and catching him is proving impossible Then there is the large series of burglaries needing to be solved, a ten year old highly dangerous murderer who is approving impossible to catch, what looks like an accidental BDSM death of a porn star and a much loathed lawyer nicknamed Sandy the Snake who gets beaten up Along with DC Rennie and DC Rickard, Logan takes on everything thrown at him with little complaint and mostly gets on with it, steering a careful path in keeping out of Steel and Insch s lines of sight Logan s girlfriend PC Jackie Watson is also grumpy most of the book, outraged that the rapist has so far got away with it and her obsession with the case is threatening her relationship with Logan However, it s not all grim and gritty with lots of humour woven into the many layers of the book DS Insch s theatre group s rehearsals of the Mikado are fair game as is Logan s fear that, when the corpulent Insch gets upset and turns purple, he will finally blow a gasket Poor DC Rickards gets much ribbing over his far reaching knowledge of BDSM and a lot of very sexually inappropriate comments from Steel and Logan learnsabout the BDSM scene and the porn film industry than he ever wanted to know For a clever detective Logan makes quite a few blunders, but finally has a lightbulb moment towards the end of the book satisfactorily tying up some loose ends 4.5 Nearly Bouncing Back From A Transfer, Detective Sergeant Logan McRae Is Still Looking At Nothing But Dead Ends His Only Chance Of Escaping His Current Post Is To Get Noticed Not That Any Of The Cases He S Working On Are The Type That You Want To Get Noticed For For Starters, Someone Dumped A Dying Man Outside The Hospital McRae S Boss DI Roberta Steel And Her Team Can T Get An ID On The Man, The Person Who Dropped Him Off, Or The Car McRae S Second Case Is Hardly Any Better It Involves A Knife Wielding Eight Year Old Who Is Not Only Still At Large But Getting All Kinds Of Sympathy In The Newspapers That Kind Of Press Does Little For The Department S Accusations Against Robert Macintyre, Aberdeen S Star Soccer Player And Another Media Darling WPC Jackie Watson, McRae S Girlfriend, Is Convinced Robert Is A Serial Rapist, But They Can T Even Hold Him Let Alone Charge Him When The Whole City Thinks He S Being Framed Catching These Perps Is Thankless Work, And Even If He Does, It Seems Like McRae S Chances Of Getting Off Steel S Team Are As Bad As Aberdeen S Without Their Leading Goal Scorer With His Third Masterful Installment In A Series That Combines Fast Paced Suspense With A Dark, Distinctly Scottish Sense Of Humor, Stuart MacBride Has Firmly Established Himself As A Major Crime Writing Talent This one was a real page turner and the best of his books I have read so far In the manner of most Scottish crime books it was dark and gritty and frequently bordering on gruesome but it was also funny in parts and very easy to read Logan McCrae is your typical dour Scotsman, taking everything on the chin and in this book there is a lot for him to take Some of it is his own fault as he continues to have very poor taste in girlfriends and is also apparently unable to leave his phone turned off This one was a real page turner and the best of his books I have read so far In the manner of most Scottish crime books it was dark and gritty and frequently bordering on gruesome but it was also funny in parts and very easy to read Logan McCrae is your typical dour Scotsman, taking everything on the chin and in this book there is a lot for him to take Some of it is his own fault as he continues to have very poor taste in girlfriends and is also apparently unable to leave his phone turned off when he is trying to have a day off But of course these are the things which make for a good story and this one is very good I am looking forward to seeing what happens next Three little maids from school are wePert as a school girl well can beFilled to the brim with girlish gleeThree little maids from schoolYum Yum, Peep Bo, Pitti Sing in Gilbert Sullivan s Opera, The Mikado I grew up in a household where we listened to Gilbert and Sullivan operas Quirky, I know, but my dad liked them, and we kids got a kick out of them Dad even took me and two of my sisters to see a movie version of The Mikado When I read Stuart MacBride s third Logan McRae novel,Three little maids from school are wePert as a school girl well can beFilled to the brim with girlish gleeThree little maids from schoolYum Yum, Peep Bo, Pitti Sing in Gilbert Sullivan s Opera, The Mikado I grew up in a household where we listened to Gilbert and Sullivan operas Quirky, I know, but my dad liked them, and we kids got a kick out of them Dad even took me and two of my sisters to see a movie version of The Mikado When I read Stuart MacBride s third Logan McRae novel,Broken Skin , I cringed every time I read a scene where DI Insch directed a bunch of misfits trying to stage this two act classic comic opera I d recommend reading MacBride s series in order so that you know who s who I do think that this is my favorite of the three books I have read so far Insch, for the uninitiated, is a gigantic man who indulges in sweets every chance he gets He is not a patient man He wants things done right, yesterday His favorite pastime, besides eating candies, is the theater The author manages to work in aspects of Insch and his protagonist McRae s cases into the theatrics Yum Yum My mother was a fan of mysteries, but she wasa Jane Marple Hercule Poirot type of reader She would not have enjoyed the bawdy language of these Scotsmen Nor would my father, who leaned towardintellectual pursuits Indeed, MacBride is irreverent, crude, blatantly stereotypical in his portrayal of anyone who is overweight, or homosexual, or a drunkard, or a criminal you get my drift And yet, I frequently found myself laughing out loud because the guy just has a way of phrasing things in a way that I could hear the Scottish dialect, and it felt very real The crimes themselves are downright nasty McRae, Insch, and DS Steel, a chain smoking lesbian who sounds like a classic tough gal right out of the role playing butch femme days, find themselves up to their eyeballs in awfulness with an overwhelming assortment of cases There s bondage, domination, and sadomasochism gone wrong, pedophilia, pornography, and rape Logan finds himself like the rope in a tug of war between Insch and Steel, but he soldiers on Three little maids No, there arethan three rape victims, and when a popular local football player is the prime suspect, the police once again must face their chief legal nemesis, Mr Sandy Moir Faruharson That pretty much guarantees that this will not be pretty But none of McRae, Insch, and Steel s cases ever are, and rape and sexual assault are certainly most ugly crimes Then there is a child murderer to catch What Steel s unit continues their chant at morning role call We are not at home to Mr F k Up But, as in the two previous books, these guys solve cases like the Keystone Kops, sort of by trial and error We also have Logan s live girlfriend Constable Jackie, who seems to be up to something suspicious, and Rickard, dubbed Spanky by Steel His character adds valuable information as well as humor to the saga As I ve learned from the previous tales, the story is long, but this one held my interest quite well The sad events, the drinking binges, the botched arrests, the messed up relationships, and the off color humor werethan enough to hold my interest Broken skin, broken bodies, broken lives and, I expect in the next one at least one broken relationship As I said, this was my favorite of the series so far.4.5 stars 3.75 stars Broken Skin contains everything I ve come to expect from the Logan McRae series entertaining and likeable characters, dark humor, and entertaining crime solving This installment didn t feel as seemingly lighthearted, if you can call it that, in the dark humor department as the previous books, but it still had its momentsLaz she said, grinning as soon as she clapped eyes on Logan, This no a bit fresh for one of your corpses Thought you liked them a bitripe Loga 3.75 stars Broken Skin contains everything I ve come to expect from the Logan McRae series entertaining and likeable characters, dark humor, and entertaining crime solving This installment didn t feel as seemingly lighthearted, if you can call it that, in the dark humor department as the previous books, but it still had its momentsLaz she said, grinning as soon as she clapped eyes on Logan, This no a bit fresh for one of your corpses Thought you liked them a bitripe Logan didn t rise to it He was found outside AE last night, bleeding to death No witnesses Something horrible s happened to his backside Oh aye The inspector raised an eyebrow Medical horrible, or I was hoovering naked and fell on a statue of Queen Victoria horribleFans of Detective Inspector Steel will be happy to know that she s back in all her glory Detective Inspector Insch also gets quite a bit of page time Both are extremely fun in their own way, but DI Steel always steals the show Her interaction with Logan, and Logan s reaction to her when they work a case together, is priceless As usual, Logan is workingthan one case This time, however, it felt like there was a little too much going on Things felt a bit scattered and not as cohesive as in previous books Also, some of the outcomes felt a little too coincidental and far fetched I had a hard time with some of Logan s actions and decisions As has been the case with both Book 1 2, Logan can sometimes be self absorbed and not as empathetic as he should be Here it was a littlethan usual Also, as has been my complaint in the past, I cannot understand how he could miss such obvious clues I just want to shake him at times, and say But, I guess this is something I will have just have to get used to when it comes to Logan Despite those minor issues, I still enjoyed Broken Skin very much It s not my favorite of the series so far, Book 2 Dying Light holds that honor, but it was still a good read and a great addition Recommended for fans of the series Final Rating 3.75 stars 3.5 sWhen the attractive young woman he d chosen as his next victim fought back, he was shocked to discover he d been set up PC Jackie Watson had set out to catch the serial rapist and it seemed she had done just that So why and how did it all go wrong In the meantime, Jackie s boyfriend, DS Logan McRae had headed to the hospital a body had been dumped outside A E but had breathed his last With the investigations dipping into the seediest parts of Aberdeen, both DI Steel and DS Insch were 3.5 sWhen the attractive young woman he d chosen as his next victim fought back, he was shocked to discover he d been set up PC Jackie Watson had set out to catch the serial rapist and it seemed she had done just that So why and how did it all go wrong In the meantime, Jackie s boyfriend, DS Logan McRae had headed to the hospital a body had been dumped outside AE but had breathed his last With the investigations dipping into the seediest parts of Aberdeen, both DI Steel and DS Insch were at their wits end The resources of the team were stretched to the limit night bled into day and again into night and the alibis and innuendos proved nothing and solved nothing As Jackie kept a dogged eye on her suspect, totally convinced he was guilty, Logan had no idea which way to turn his gut feeling was strong, but he needed the evidence The cases mounted as did the bodies would McRae live up to his solve rate Or would he fail miserably this time Broken Skin by Stuart MacBride is the 3rd in the Logan McRae series and it didn t seem a lot different to the first two There were several cases running parallel in this novel and I did find it a little difficult to keep them separated But it s gritty and tense a definite thriller a little over the top though with the amount of detail on the drinking, smoking and eating If you like dark and gruesome, go for it Broken Skin by Stuart McBride.Just a note to readers This book is also under the title Bloodshot Detective Sargeant Logan MacRae is on the outs in a place where he doesn t want to be At one end D.I Roberta Steel is in charge and he s at her discretion and at the other end DI Insch has him at his beck and call Logan wants to be near either one of them, but to get back to his usual post at headquarters before his demotion the choice is anything but his Personally I d take Insch over Steel Broken Skin by Stuart McBride.Just a note to readers This book is also under the title Bloodshot Detective Sargeant Logan MacRae is on the outs in a place where he doesn t want to be At one end D.I Roberta Steel is in charge and he s at her discretion and at the other end DI Insch has him at his beck and call Logan wants to be near either one of them, but to get back to his usual post at headquarters before his demotion the choice is anything but his Personally I d take Insch over Steel any day A dying man has been dumped by the emergency His wounds are anything except self inflicted and definitely not commonin fact never before seen At the same time a serial rapist is at large and their only suspect is a beloved soccer star who has an air tight alibi for when all the assaults took place The newspapers take pride in degrading any move the police make in apprehending this celebrity It appears to be a lose lose situation for the police.Then there s the 10 year old murderer A seriously dangerous child that Logan wants to not just apprehend if that s possible but delve into his background and find the reason behind these crimes.It s not just the story that keeps me on this award winning series it s the life of DS Logan MacRae His comrades, good bad indifferent, and is love life with Jackie Watson My personally choice isof Logan working with Duguid who is now down in the cold case files cellar and less of DI Steel In Broken Skin by Stuart MacBride, we find Detective Sergeant Logan McRae being buffeted between two duelling Detective Inspectors, Insch and Steel Neither is a smooth option as both are impossibly demanding and extremely competitive Insch on the one hand is fuelled by sugar induced stress and anger, Steel by nicotine cravings, sarcasm, swearing and sex Logan McRae basically lives on a razor s edge trying to please both and solve the never ending pile of crime so that each can outdo the other In Broken Skin by Stuart MacBride, we find Detective Sergeant Logan McRae being buffeted between two duelling Detective Inspectors, Insch and Steel Neither is a smooth option as both are impossibly demanding and extremely competitive Insch on the one hand is fuelled by sugar induced stress and anger, Steel by nicotine cravings, sarcasm, swearing and sex Logan McRae basically lives on a razor s edge trying to please both and solve the never ending pile of crime so that each can outdo the other.He lurches through an unfolding nightmare of a serial rapist who is possibly the local football club s hero, a gang of eight year olds swarming innocent bystanders and escalating to knifing senior citizens and cops, and a dead porn star whose proclivities included bondage, domination and sadomasochism MacBride s stellar descriptive style, dialogue and dour humour keep the plot moving at a riotous pace Logan becomes increasingly exhausted and desperate as he tries to solve the crimes along with trying to figure out his live in girlfriend, PC Jackie Watson of ball breaking reputation, who he suspects is having an affair.I think I picked up contact sugar and nicotine highs resulting in reading into the wee hours I ve now crashed but it was so worth it Absolutely brilliant There is not another author around at the moment with better one liners A wry, dry and witty combo of clever, make you smile quips that make sarcasm seem like compliments and no one is immunecharacters, events and places, a cop their share of McBride s humour The storyline is fast paced 3 concurrent intriguing cases , authentic police work and so distinctly Scottish Logan McRae is fast becoming one of my favourite detective series Highly recommend this series. If I wasn t sure of it before, I m sure of it now Stuart MacBride is one of my favourite authors.I was pulled into his Logan McRae series due to the location Aberdeen I adore police procedurals, being unable to say no when someone suggests a good one that needs reading Most of the British books in this category are based in London I do not object to this location, but having one set in Aberdeen screamed to me on so many levels I would finally recognise locations I would be able to walk d If I wasn t sure of it before, I m sure of it now Stuart MacBride is one of my favourite authors.I was pulled into his Logan McRae series due to the location Aberdeen I adore police procedurals, being unable to say no when someone suggests a good one that needs reading Most of the British books in this category are based in London I do not object to this location, but having one set in Aberdeen screamed to me on so many levels I would finally recognise locations I would be able to walk down the street and think that is where the event happened Thus, I wasthan willing to jump into the series I had high hopes, you see Not just because I would be able to recognise locations but also because the books have quite high ratings The reviews are mostly positive Quite often, when this is the case, I m let down Not with this one This series surpassed my expectations Book one, Cold Granite, blew my mind, and I knew I neededBook two, Dying Light, wasn t quite as good, yet I was still in love with the series Book three, Broken Skin, came to surpass book one.I admit that I didn t feel this way throughout the entirety of the book There were a few moments in which I considered the book to be four star material yet these moments were almost non existent I m merely really cruel with my ratings, at times, hence why I decided to give this one a full five stars after all, it had everything I wanted.As with the first two books, MacBride had me giggling throughout I said in my review of book one that he had created some of my favourite characters well, now I can say that DI Steel is my new favourite character of all time Her lines kill me Honestly, I m sharing ninety percent of what she says with my friend I could write an entire list of five star lines from this woman alone She is, dare I say it, my spirit animal Everything that leaves her mouth is pure gold Not that she was the only one to leave me giggling The humour has been increasing tenfold between each book and Broken Skin is the peak of humour in the first three books If the humour continues at this rate well, I fear the rest of the series will kill me I really shouldn t be laughing as much as I am.Of course, I love the characters forthan just their humour There s so many layers to them In this one we re given some fun new characters don t worry, I won t mention the jokes related to them but you should be ready for them anyway along with seeing some of our regular characters developing They way in which they progress throughout the books is wonderful As I ve said before, MacBride manages to create very real characters and watching them throughout the books is equal to seeing them develop in life It s wonderful to see where characters are heading, and I cannot wait to see what comes in the next books.It goes without saying that the crime aspect was also wonderful As always, he makes it all very real through showing us the how the police have a crazy workload They re not only looking for a killer, they re also looking for a missing child whilst trying to work out who is to blame for burglaries and a bunch of other interesting stories The aspects that are connected are beautifully interwoven Those that are not linked together stand proud alone Everything has its place Everything fits Everything is brought to a great conclusion.Honestly, I could gush about this one so much It is easily my favourite to date Don t worry, though, I ll hold back on babbling anyI know that if I continue I ll start giving spoilers Just know this book was brilliant in so many ways.My only issue, now, is that I don t have book four sitting at my bedside It s sitting down at the family home rather than up here in Aberdeen with me I m not sure if I can wait until my journey home in August to read it I may very well push MacBride s Ash Henderson books to the top of my to read list we ll see.But yeah, read this It sthan worth it


About the Author: Stuart MacBride

Aka Stuart B MacBride The life and times of a bearded write ist.Stuart MacBride that s me was born in Dumbarton which is Glasgow as far as I m concerned moving up to Aberdeen at the tender age of two, when fashions were questionable Nothing much happened for years and years and years learned to play the recorder, then forgot how when they changed from little coloured dots to proper musical notes why the hell couldn t they have taught us the notes in the first bloody place I could have been performing my earth shattering rendition of Three Blind Mice at the Albert Hall by now appeared in some bizarre World War Two musical production did my best to avoid eating haggis and generally ran about the place a lot.Next up was an elongated spell in Westhill a small suburb seven miles west of Aberdeen where I embarked upon a mediocre academic career, hindered by a complete inability to spell and an attention span the length of a gnat s doodad.And so to UNIVERSITY, far too young, naive and stupid to be away from the family home, sharing a subterranean flat in one of the seedier bits of Edinburgh with a mad Irishman, and four other bizarre individuals The highlight of walking to the art school in the mornings yes we were students, but we still did mornings was trying not to tread in the fresh bloodstains outside our front door, and dodging the undercover CID officers trying to buy drugs Lovely place But university and I did not see eye to eye, so off I went to work offshore Like many all male environments, working offshore was the intellectual equivalent of Animal House, only without the clever bits Swearing, smoking, eating,swearing, pornography, swearing, drinking endless plastic cups of tea and did I mention the swearing But it wasmoney than I d seen in my life There s something about being handed a wadge of cash as you clamber off the minibus from the heliport, having spent the last two weeks offshore and the last two hours in an orange, rubber romper suit body bag, then blowing most of it in the pubs and clubs of Aberdeen And being young enough to get away without a hangover.Then came a spell of working for myself as a graphic designer, which went the way of all flesh and into the heady world of studio management for a nation wide marketing company Then somefreelance design work, a handful of voiceovers for local radio and video production companies and a bash at being an actor with a small a , giving it up when it became clear there was no way I was ever going to be good enough to earn a decent living It was about this time I fell into bad company a blonde from Fife who conned me into marrying her and started producing websites for a friend s fledgling Internet company From there it was a roller coaster ride in that it made a lot of people feel decidedly unwell from web designer to web manager, lead programmer, team lead and other assorted technical bollocks with three different companies, eventually ending up as a project manager for a global IT company.But there was always the writing well, that s not true, the writing only started two chapters above this one I fell victim to that most dreadful of things peer pressure Two friends were writing novels and I thought, why not I could do that Took a few years though


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