The Devil's Cut by Andrew James Greig
From the author of Whirligig:
Shortlisted for The McIlvanney Prize 2020
Longlisted for The CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger
When a distillery owner’s body is discovered on a remote Scottish mountain, forensics confirm that he died of natural causes. DI Corstorphine’s concerns are raised, however, when the dead man’s eccentric sister receives a message, apparently from beyond the grave.
The police are dismissive until it appears that the devil itself is intent on attacking other family members. Why is his daughter kept locked and sedated in her room in the baronial mansion? Who or what is stalking his son as he scatters his father’s ashes on lonely summits? And what insanity is behind the horrific attacks in their small Highland town?
DI Corstorphine and his team don’t know what they’re really facing until it’s too late.
This is the second book in the DI Corstophine series and having read and loved Whirligig I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of The Devil's Cut.
The Devil's Cut starts in very much the same way as Whirligig, with a bang, which leads DI Corstophine and his police officers with an investigation to contend with. I loved that the familiar police crew are back with a host of new characters to get to know. The characters all have their faults which makes them realistic, relatable and unpredictable.
The McCoach family own the local distillery but when Jack suffers a fatal heart attack during a lonesome hill walk only his sister has cause for concern and believes that the whole family are at risk of becoming the next victim. With a host of catalytic converter thefts happening in the area, possibly relating to drug crime, a suicide, a local peeping Tom; Frankie and Corstophine have their hands full but agree to investigate Jack's death to rule out foul play. In true Greig style this leads to a twisty plot full of action, suspense and more murder.
The Devil's Cut is a twisty police procedural, it is fast-paced and such a page-turner. I was hooked. Many thanks to Love Book Tours for inviting me to join the blog tour, to Fledgling Press for a gifted copy of the book and to Andrew James Greig for another stonking read. I can't wait to see what Corstophine and Frankie encounter next.
Born in London, moved to historic Monmouth as a young teenager and escaped as soon as I could to the bright lights of Bristol where I combined the careers of sober aerospace engineering and libertine sound engineering for as long as I could juggle these disparate and separate worlds.
Now living happily in central Scotland, where I enjoy writing books, playing music and exploring the great outdoors with my best friend who happily is my wife.