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A Winter Grave: a chilling new mystery set in the Scottish highlands

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It’s against this backdrop that we meet Addie, a meteorologist who checks mountain top weather stations in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, but she’s unprepared for her latest discovery - the body of a man entombed in ice. In other hands, all the detailed scientific information in the novel – not to mention the underlying political message – could have become heavy-handed. Various wars sparked by the resulting wave of migration are taking place, and in Glasgow racial unrest is rife. A well-crafted plot, with action and intrigue, twists and red herrings, and a nail-biting climax, make this is another Peter May winner. Das Buch (englische Ausgabe) ist gut zu lesen, kann aber meiner Einschätzung nach nicht mit den Büchern der Enzo Files oder der China Thriller mithalten.

A Winter Grave takes place in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands; one that is in the grip of an ice storm. But why, they both wonder, was a journalist with no hill-walking experience take the difficult trail up to a high peak? A dead body encased in ice, multiple murders, and political corruption combine with addiction and a family drama that is irresistible - a one sitting read for me!A young meteorologist climbs to a weather station above the village of Kinlochleven in the Highlands, between the mountains of Glen Coe and The Mamores Ridge. Set against a backdrop of a frighteningly plausible near-future, A WINTER GRAVE is Peter May at his page-turning, passionate and provocative best.

The year is 2051, and while the landscape at high altitudes may not have changed much, it is a different story when the action switches back to Glasgow. What follows is a story that take place in both 2051 and 2023 the changes in times were sometime jarring but once I got use to it I settled into the story. The dead man is investigative reporter, George Younger who has been missing for three months after going missing on a supposed walking holiday. Initially reluctant, he eventually does go which begins the reader’s initiation into possibilities of future travel and its dangers. Detective Inspector Cameron Brodie has a lot on his mind when asked to volunteer to travel to the West Highlands to investigate a body found in the ice, to establish whether a crime had been committed.In this standalone novel, Cameron Brodie, a cop has just been handed a bad prognosis from his doctor.

The amazing standard of writing made me feel as though I was there in the snow, hail, blizzards, up the mountains.What May does with out being preachy, is to get you to focus on the possible outcomes of global warming. Hailstorms flew out of the darkness like sparks, deflecting off the windscreen… He could barely see the road ahead of him, hail blowing around and drifting like snow on the recently cleared tarmac. All of it occurring some years into our self-determined future (The author’s anticipation of the abuses made possible through AI, is both prescient and terrifying). But certain incidents add an atmosphere of menace, and then there’s another murder, which won’t be the last before Brodie departs the Kinlochleven.

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