Malice in the Highlands

Malice in the Highlands

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by Graham Thomas
     
 

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INTRODUCING ERSKINE POWELL OF SCOTLAND YARD

Crime, investigation, punishment. They're all in a day's work to Detective Chief Superintendent Erskine Powell of New Scotland Yard. As a member of the Yard's Murder Squad, Powell tracks miscreants all over London.

Now, seeking distance from the criminal constituency--and the bureaucratic drudgery of the

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INTRODUCING ERSKINE POWELL OF SCOTLAND YARD

Crime, investigation, punishment. They're all in a day's work to Detective Chief Superintendent Erskine Powell of New Scotland Yard. As a member of the Yard's Murder Squad, Powell tracks miscreants all over London.

Now, seeking distance from the criminal constituency--and the bureaucratic drudgery of the Yard--Powell embarks on a salmon-fishing competition in the Scottish Highlands. There, in the castle-dotted countryside along the picturesque River Spey, he seeks peace and seclusion. But a cold-blooded murderer soon turns Powell's haven into a busman's holiday--and a quiet anglers' paradise becomes just as deadly as the mean streets of London.


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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Malice in the Highlands introduces both Erskine Powell, the likable chief superintendent from New Scotland Yard, and the debut effort by Thomas, a Canadian biologist. Powell's much-anticipated Highland fishing holiday is interrupted by the disappearance of Charles Murray, the new owner of Castle Glyn Estate. What follows is a wonderfully atmospheric read, in which a well-rounded cast of characters with a plethora of motives combines to create an exciting andtoo rare these dayssmartly logical murder mystery. As if this wasn't enough, Thomas is a truly exceptional prose stylist, from his use of the local vernacular to the vivid imagery that consistently reinforce characters and plote.g., Thomas describes a minor character as "[p]inched and slightly astringent in appearance, with wire-rimmed spectacles and sartorial tastes tending toward the funereal," or a corpse in the River Spey with "its bloated face horribly lacerated and cast a ghastly gray." It's a nearly perfect combination of language, characterization, description and, of course, whodunit. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307557735
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/04/2009
Series:
Erskine Powell Mysteries Series
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
704,874
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

Anne Perry
"A story that carries you along, set in beautiful country - vividly and realistically brought to life. You reat it - and are there!"
Susan Allen Toch
"Graham Thomas knows his Highlands, lochs, glens, and salmon fishing - and I followed the ingenious twists and turns of this tidy plot, I felt I had been transported back to chillingly beautiful, remote country. With its accuracy of detail, 'Malice in the Highlands' is fiercely intelligent mortal mystery."

Meet the Author

Graham Thomas, a biologist by training, lives in British Columbia with his wife, their two children, and a Gordan setter named Laddie. Malice in the Highlands is his first novel.


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Malice in the Highlands 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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altreco More than 1 year ago
Graham Thomas' first novel is a carefully thought out murder mystery in the highlands of Scotland. Well told with detailed characters and settings. I was shocked and pleased I didn't know "who done it" until the reveal. An enjoyable tale; I'm looking forward to Erskine's next outing, this time in Cornwall.
Lugaid_Llyr More than 1 year ago
Am currently half way through this book and am still waiting for something to happen that peaks my interest. The plot seems thin and the writing unfocused. More intent on describing the scenery and the fly fishing than the mystery. Will force myself to finish in the hopes that I am wrong but will probably not read another in this series. Instead I'll stick to Reginald Hill, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell et al.