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Cold Grave [Kindle Edition]

Craig Robertson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A murder investigation frozen in time is beginning to melt.

November 1993. Scotland is in the grip of an ice-cold winter and the Lake of Menteith is frozen over. A young man and woman walk across the ice to the historic island of Inchmahome which lies in the middle of the lake. Only the man returns.

In the spring, as staff prepare the abbey ruins for summer visitors, they discover the body of a girl, her skull violently crushed.

Present day. Retired detective Alan Narey is still haunted by the unsolved crime. Desperate to relieve her ailing father's conscience, DS Rachel Narey risks her job and reputation by returning to the Lake of Menteith and unofficially reopening the cold case.

With the help of police photographer Tony Winter, Rachel prepares a dangerous gambit to uncover the killer's identity - little knowing who that truly is. Despite the freezing temperatures the ice cold case begins to thaw, and with it a tide of secrets long frozen in time are suddenly and shockingly unleashed.
Craig Robertson is the author of the acclaimed Random, Snapshot, Cold Grave, Witness the Dead, The Last Refuge and the forthcoming In Place of Death (September 2016).
Praise for Craig Robertson:

'Robertson is doing for Glasgow what Rankin did for Edinburgh' Mirror

'A revenge thriller with a twist' Sun

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'The delight about Robertson is the way he slots in so neatly between the more visceral and blackly funny Stuart MacBride and the generally safer confines of Rankin's Rebus, so what you get is a good solid police procedural underpinned by an adept feeling for the realm of human relationships and the darker recesses of the human psyche.' Eurocrime

'Hot on the blood-soaked heels of Robertson s previous hits, Random and Snapshot, Cold Grave takes a spine-tingling setting and an original storyline and adds something more. In Scottish crime fiction, we have an abundance of maverick sleuths and jaded old hands, but there s a gap in the market for a hot new crime-fighting couple. Narey and Winter have just claimed it.'

'The cold climate of Scandinavian crime fiction is invoked by the publishers of Craig Robertson's highly persuasive novel, and not without justice. It is November 1993, and Scotland is suffering under an ice-cold winter, with the Lake of Menteith froze over. A young man and woman are able to walk to the historic island of Inchmahome located in the middle of the lake. But only the man returns. Spring arrives, and as the Abbey prepares for summer visitors, the body of a girl is discovered with her skull crushed. In the present day, retired detective Alan Narey finds he cannot forget the unsolved crime…'Barry Forshaw, Good Book Crime Guide --Daily Record



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 897 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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A former journalist, Craig Robertson had a 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper before becoming a full-time author. He interviewed three Prime Ministers, reported on major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. He was pilloried on breakfast television, beat Oprah Winfrey to a major scoop, spent time on Death Row in the USA and dispensed polio drops in the backstreets of India.

His gritty crime novels are set on the mean streets of contemporary Glasgow. His first novel, Random, was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA New Blood Dagger, longlisted for the 2011 Crime Novel of the Year and was a Sunday Times bestseller. He is also the author of a series of novels featuring crime scene photographer Tony Winter and Detective Sergeant Rachel Narey; Snapshot, Cold Grave and Witness the Dead.

Craig also has a weakness/fascination/obsession with black pudding and has travelled across Europe in search of the perfect pud. This admittedly strange pilgrimage included being a judge at the world black pudding championships in France.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Robertson goes from strength to strength... 17 Jun. 2012
After the intensely hard-hitting novel `Random' featuring a serial killer in Glasgow, Craig Robertson is compounding his place in the Scottish fiction crime genre with this second novel (the follow-up to `Snapshot) featuring the police scene of crimes photographer Tony Winter. In this novel there is a subtle shift slightly away from Tony to the main police protagonist D.S. Rachel Narey who has her own particular relationship with Tony but is characterised as an exceptionally focused and, for the most part, by the book police officer. However, what Robertson captures brilliantly in this book is the impact of her father's (himself a former police officer) Alzheimer's which colours her actions throughout, both as a police officer and a daughter, being emotionally wrought by the deterioration of her father but with a single-minded determination to bring his last unsolved murder case to a conclusion which has always been the chagrin of his life post-police. This unsolved murder case forms the basis of the book, leading Rachel to operate outside her usual moral and professional boundaries to attain justice for the victim and to put to bed this case that has so haunted her father and to what extent this case impacts on her other personal relationships. It's emotional stuff and despite my usual scepticism of a male author being able to effectively characterise women, Robertson accomplishes this with aplomb. This story is balanced effectively with the Tony and Uncle Danny show as they become involved in a connecting story line involving a community of travellers with a nicely balanced injection of humour amongst the bloodletting and counterbalanced again by Tony's dark preoccupation with the photographs he takes for his day-job and that pervade his psyche. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile crime thriller 29 Jun. 2012
This book features Tony Winter and Rachel Narey teaming up again. Winter is a civilian photographer who sometimes takes photos for the police of crime scenes and is fascinated by all thinks blood and death. Narey and Winter are continuing their relationship but they are still trying to conceal it from their colleagues.
The case featured in the novel is a cold case, a young girl brutally murdered on an island which was only accessed due to the river being frozen. Rachel is motivated to solve the case as it remains her father's only unsolved case and he has now been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and she is determined to solve it for him.
The novel moves quickly and it speeds up as we reach the conclusion and I have to say I found the ending surprising and of course the case comes full circles, it is again set in Scotland, as well as the island Inchmahome and takes in the travelling community as well. The dialogue is realistic and the depiction of the relationship between Narey and her father is both enlightening and endearing.
All in all a good thrilling read, with plenty of twists and turns, a worthwhile crime thriller.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Narey than Winter 28 Jun. 2012
By Curiosity Killed The Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
In the spring of 1994, a body was found on the island of Inchmahome in the middle of the Lake of Menteith, following one of the coldest winters in living memory. The case was never solved yet nearly 20 years later DS Rachel Narey is determined to close this one cold case. It was her father's; the one he never forgot and now he is losing his memory. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's he has moved himself into a care home and she feels the one thing she can do for him now is solve his case. He won't let it be the thing that lingers in his memory. Keeping the investigation off the books, she ropes in photographer Tony Winter and his uncle to work back through the evidence.

The wintery setting of Scotland in the grip of snow is something quite different to all the Scandinavian fiction you may be used to. Whilst snow is not uncommon it's still a thing to be celebrated whilst being an annoyance. Something that no one is ever quite prepared for so I really enjoyed the setting which also moves away from urban Glasgow to the more rural area around Callander and Stirling.

It's a much slower paced novel than its predecessor, Snapshot. There are some touching moments where Narey deals with her father's illness and struggles with her reasons for digging around in the case. However I didn't really care for any of the victims enough for it to be gripping. The main characters' motives are pretty selfish and there isn't really much time given to develop those that aren't going to live beyond the pages of this instalment. I felt a little sorry for the girl from the lake, no one really wanted to know what her story was. It was a little too fact based for my liking and not enough emotion.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars could not put it down. 5 Jan. 2013
Only just found this author ,thought it was very good and could not put it down ,like the twist and turns, did not expect the killer to turn out to be who it was-a very good read,was upset have to wait until June for Lost Girls.I wish when people do reviews they would not give so much of the story away puts me off buying books when i know so much of the story line.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 8 Feb. 2013
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Enjoyed reading this. Book. Couldn't put it down wanted to find out what happened next would defiantly recommend this book .
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