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The Reluctant Detective (The Reluctant Detective Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sinclair Macleod
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"I want you to find who killed my son."
Craig Campbell's quiet life as an insurance investigator is turned upside down when Ann Kilpatrick hires him to find her son's killer. He doesn't believe he can help but reluctantly agrees to investigate.
Before long he is plunged into a world of corruption, deceit and greed. His journey takes him from the underbelly of Glaswegian society to the rural idyll of a millionaire's mansion.
Along the way, a death close to home ensures that he has a personal reason to face the dangers and bring the murderer to justice.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 850 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Marplesi (7 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00440DTPA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Born and raised in Glasgow, I am a proud Glaswegian and Scot. I worked in the railway industry for 23 years, the majority of which were in IT.
A lifelong love of mystery novels, including the classic private-eyes of Hammett, Chandler and Ross Macdonald, led me to write my first novel The Reluctant Detective and five subsequent novels.
I live just outside my native city with my wife, Kim and daughter, Kirsten.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely wouldn't be reluctant to read again! 3 July 2012
By maxine
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I was searching for a new 'detective' read and took up the offer from Amazon. I'm definitely glad that I did. I loved this book! It was easy and quick to read, a great holiday book, and fast paced. It was so good I immediately purchased the next two in the series. Thanks Amazon for your recommendation!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline, promising start 14 July 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. Unlike some of the other reviews I have read I didn't find the characters or the story boring.
I liked the main character and felt he was well written. My only criticism is that sometimes there was too much detail - for example the main character talks about picking up his eye pod "that I had charged earlier". We don't need to know that - it doesn't add to the story - there are quite a few examples of this level of detail throughout the book and sometimes there are detailed conversations that you, as the reader, think will mean something to the story, but they don't go anywhere - for example very detailed ordering of food in cafes etc.
I think the book would have benefited from some editing in this respect and that's the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars.
I have bought the next two books in the series on the basis of this one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 11 Mar. 2012
By Duart
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I normally only read in bed before going to sleep (two or three pages} but I read this book well within a week. It was such a good story that I wanted to see what happened next. I found the area around Glasgow to be very informant
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent debut novel 4 Nov. 2011
By Maz
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I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was well structured with credible characters and an interesting plot. It was good to have a 'normal' guy narrating the story and the Glasgow setting was a bonus for me. I hope this is just the first of a long series!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 17 Sept. 2012
By Andie
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I think this was Sinclair's first detective novel, and I enjoyed it. It wasn't as fast paced or edge of the seat exciting as other thrillers, but it was an enjoyable read and I didn't guess 'whodunnit'. There were a couple of inconsistencies, but if you can get past them the writing and the command of English and grammar was good (right spellings and punctuations, which when wrong can make me want to put a book down!)I would read another of his books.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars amateurish 5 Aug. 2012
By Susie
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This is a straightforward "who done it", which I suppose is a change. However if you prefer a deeper mystery this book is not for you. The characterisation is strictly one dimensional, virtually cardboard cutouts, and the novel reads as if it was produced for a writers group or a school examination. I like a much more complex thriller and will not be purchasing any other books written by this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad editing spoils it 19 Sept. 2012
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This is a pleasant storyline, nothing too taxing, and a good nighttime read. Pleasant main character (the 'reluctant detective') and quite a change from some of the more gruesome thrillers around. But the bad editing and poor typesetting was really irritating - I found it most unprofessional, and could have done a better job of lay-out myself!! Having said that, I'll probably try another one by this author to see how it compares.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Scootish Crime at its best 26 May 2012
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I 'found' Sinclair Mcleod on Amazon and just loved this first book. It is really well written and keeps you on the edge of your seat - and when you think you know whodunnit, you (if you are anything like me) will find out you were wrong! A great read,have just read the second in the series and it is equally as enjoyable.

Main character is likeable and you warm to him - he gets in to scrapes, falls in love, gets badly hurt and solves a murder - all set in Scotland, what could be better?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Easy to read story line, not to many characters to make it confusing, an enjoyable read would recommend it to a friend.
Published 8 hours ago by Ms. E. D. Wilkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by sortoflate
3.0 out of 5 stars easy read
Enjoyable , Craig is an easy to like character and the plot is not too complex but you want to get to the end to find out who the baddies really are
Published 2 months ago by R. McIndoe
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good
Published 3 months ago by Irene
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I liked the descriptions of Glasgow. Story was simple but quite entertaining.
Published 4 months ago by Jayne Glover
3.0 out of 5 stars nice easy read
I enjoyed this book because it was a nice easy read. It was a book that you soon got to know the main characters and it had a good twist to the end.
Published 4 months ago by Jean O
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story
A brilliant story well told plenty of mystery and action very well researched great to read all about the various places in Glasgow looking forward too the next book
Published 4 months ago by mr robert collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book good price
Published 4 months ago by mike r
5.0 out of 5 stars Glasgow
First time I have read this author look forward to next. Felt as if I could go to Glasgow and recognise areas. Story good although I guessed the killer. Read more
Published 4 months ago by violetcas
5.0 out of 5 stars Novel interesting anti-hero detective story set in Glasgow of a few...
Such a clever little book, written in a very flowing style and with a novel anti-hero approach. Will definitely try to read more from this author.
Published 5 months ago by Pete the Pixie
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