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1.0 out of 5 stars close to very boring, 8 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Close to the Bone (Logan McRae, Book 8) (Hardcover)
In spite of being a very elderly lady I have always enjoyed Stuart McBride and his bloodthirsty books. They have been clever,
funny and impossible to put down. Oh that I could say that about this one. It is a cliche and a parody of all his other books. No Police force would continue to employ Inspector Steele in these days of political correctness. The story was confused and messy and I think it Mr McBride has been influenced by all the programmes about witchcraft and magic which are on tv at the moment.

Please Mr McBride, reread your earlier books, see how good they were. I thank you for all the pleasure my family and I had reading them.
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Initial post: 5 Nov 2013 06:25:38 GMT
Phone_Junkie says:
Well Ione, I`m getting along a bit, also like his books--except the horrid Steele. The woman/author is obsessed with her bra straps always being out of line, I am not female but feel sure at her age she would know how to attach this relatively simple device to her person. She is selfish, spiteful and her insidious behavior towards her colleague is extremely annoying. More so that Logan never has the guts to fight back. I have been hoping this woman might get bumped off in the line of fire but on she plods.

Posted on 16 Jul 2014 19:04:54 BDT
Kerensa says:
Couldn't agree more. I found this book tedious, the characters unlikeable and Steele unbelievably smutty with vile eating habits and a weird bra strap obsession (she should have been bumped off early on). It seemed more obsessed with having to churn out 'witticisms' in dialect from its characters' mouths on every page, rather than advancing a rather weak plot in the first place to a tedious and again somewhat unbelievable denouement, a method actress??, really! First I've read of his, forced myself to finish it, won't ever read any more, and am (intelligent) crime fiction fan.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2015 04:51:58 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jan 2015 04:54:08 GMT
Zangiku says:
i don't much like her either but in fact bra straps are exceptionally tricky, if not actually perverse, & successfully defy most women for life!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2015 07:12:18 GMT
Phone_Junkie says:
lol @ Zangiku, but this woman is obsessed surely. I don`t wish to appear rude but they only defied me when I was 16/17 years old ( smiley inserted here ) Hope you are not offended, was not my intention.

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 01:50:47 GMT
JAYESSE says:
I'm half way through this book and am reading them in order at the moment and loved them each and every one but....Steel
I get it, she is humour and she been humour and idleness to the point of the readers despair and then she pulls it back with some redeeming act that saves Logan in some way so all is forgiven. But not here...I have just read the sequence where they go to the ex porn director's studio and frankly I was appalled. It wasn't funny,it wasn't even amusing,it was awful.her character has become a clown ...and not a funny one.
I do hope Macbride pulls back from this for her and writes her with shading again because for me he's spoilt it.
It contrasts so much with an earlier passage that moved me to tears when Logan is visiting Samantha...
Ps. Another elderly lady here !

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2015 08:14:21 GMT
Phone_Junkie says:
JAYESSE-- I`ve given up on him, so never been to scene you refer to. I`m working my way through; J A Kerley, Gregg Hurwitz, Michael Robotham, Linwood Barclay, Paul Finch, et al. So far not an annoying character in sight. Found, John Vernon other day, worth a go from his first book, Think of a Number, very clever work indeed. Cheers

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2015 16:34:35 GMT
I couldn't agree with you more, she's a tired old woman, an anachronism and would have been fired a long time ago. I didn't read Close to the Bone because of her. I have just read his very latest, I can't even remember what it was called. It's very long, rambling, far too many characters and Steel is as annoying as ever. I finished the book because I had nothing else to read, but that is the last one. The first three books were brilliant and Steel was funny but we but enough is far too much

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2015 02:50:08 GMT
JAYESSE says:
Thanks for the recommendation ...Robotham I've not read or Hurwitz and I'll have a look but have downloaded the Verdon to give it a go.
If you like Kerley give Michael Marshall a look 'The Straw Men'....maybe Lee Weeks (a bit different) and Craig Russell who writes cracking crime featuring Fabel but also does noir set in the 50's (the Lennox stuff that is totally different from the Fabel but good in it's own right). Weird, spooky crime is John Connolly....
As I said tho' thanks for the ideas ! Cheers !

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2015 22:01:29 GMT
Phone_Junkie says:
Read all of John Connolly books, great author, like a spooky Richard N Patterson. I have Straw Men and Weeks somewhere but I have books all over the house, even the huge drawers under 3 beds are full of paperbacks. One night the beds will drop through the ceiling. My daughter says it`s a fire hazzard. Never head of C Russell. Truly hope you enjoy Verdon, I`ll feel guilty if you don`t. Richard Montanari writes wicked murder books but much the same. THEN, Tesco re published The Violet Hour, written some years ago, his finest work, imho of course. Cheers
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