March 04, 2021

A Litter of Bones

 

By JD Kirk
Crime

My Review


Ten years earlier, DCI Jack Logan captured child serial killer Owen Petrie, dubbed 'Mister Whisper'. But now another child has been taken — with startling similarities to the original case. With Mister Whisper currently incarcerated at Her Majesty's pleasure, did DCI Logan make a huge error all those years ago? Is the real killer still at large? Logan must pull out all the stops to save the child and put an end to the killings once and for all.

I was really impressed with A litter of Bones, the first book in the DCI Logan series. Whilst the story is quite horrific in places, it's counterbalanced with the perfect amount of humour (the sheep incident had me literally laughing out loud). 

Although quite a quick and easy read, I felt the main characters were fully developed and believable. I enjoyed the camaraderie between Logan and his team as the case progressed. However, descriptions of animal torture, cats in particular, were gruesome and upsetting. As a cat lover myself and a cattery owner, I found it unpleasant.

Set in Scotland, the plot has enough twists and turns to keep the reader fully engaged. The pacing is excellent and without unnecessary 'padding'. Overall I thought it was a very promising start to the series.            

Book Source: Purchased copy
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Buy From: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Zertex Crime (15 April 2019)
ISBN-13: 978-1912767120
Genre: Crime

The Blurb


Was the biggest case of his career the worst mistake he ever made?

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?

The Author



JD Kirk is the pen name of multi-award-winning author, screenwriter, and writer of comics, Barry Hutchison.

Born and raised in Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland, Barry/JD (take your pick) wanted to be a writer from the age of nine, when a kindly librarian wrote his name on the spine of a notebook in which he’d written a terrible short story, and put it on the shelf.

Since then, he has written over 140 books for children as Barry Hutchison, over 15 books for adults as Barry J. Hutchison, and is now thoroughly enjoying murdering people as JD Kirk.

Barry still lives in Fort William with his wife and two children.

He has no idea what the JD stands for.

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