The mysterious drowning of Ranald Buchanan, an acclaimed Gaelic fisherman-poet, on the first night of the literary festival hardly sets the right tone for the celebrations. For one thing, it rekindles age-old fears about the Selkie, the seal-man who claims his victims and drags them beneath the waves. Torquil McKinnon, recently promoted to the rank of inspector in the Hebridean constabulary, soon has his hands full. Not only has his old flame, crime writer Fiona Cullen, returned to the island for the festival, but also it appears there is a serial killer on the loose.
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The Gathering Murders based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is the first crime thriller in the detective series featuring Inspector Torquil McKinnon. The Gathering is actually a literary festive. All the best writers, poets. musicians are invited to attend. It's quite an honor to win an award, McKinnon is also entered into a couple of the contests... for playing his bagpipes. It starts out busily enough. Because so many attend this festival, the department of law is being overrun with the need for security and hopefully keeping crime at bay. A local poet is found with his head caved in. Accident? Murder? While McKinnon starts his investigation, another victim is found. And this victim has a personal tie to him. McKinnon suspects they have a serial killer on their island, so he immediately locks down the island .. a move not everyone is happy about. Can he solve the mystery before the killer strikes again? Or will more bodies fall victim to The Gathering Murders …? The story premise is a good one .. the mystery kept me guessing. Some of the characters don't exactly feel credible .. some came off as caricatures rather than characters. This was an okay read. Thanks to the author / Sapere Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Great Book. It’s always exciting to find a new Author that can grab your attention, with a thoroughly well written and entertaining story. Keith Moray has done a fabulous job with this story, and especially since I had no idea who the killer was, until the end of the book. The plot certainly grabbed my attention at the beginning, and I thought it was quite clever the way the Author kept us guessing. A great group of characters as well. The Literary Festival for writers was being held on the island of West Uist, and it should have been a spectacular event for the public, to rub shoulders with several Authors. However, it hasn’t exactly turned out as planned, when one of the writers turns up dead. Not that the police see too alarmed about the death, as it looks like a very unfortunately accident. It isn’t until a second writer is killed, that they are put on high alert. Especially since there is no doubt that the second death was the result of the victim being murdered. Stopping everyone from leaving the island is the most obvious decision for the police to make. So, Inspector Torquil McKinnon and his team will need to work quickly in finding who is responsible. Especially before anyone else is targeted and end up dead. I can tell how much I’m enjoying a book, when I don’t move for hours when I’m reading it, and this is certainly one of those stories. It’s well worth a read.