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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Skinner yet, 2 July 2013
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This review is from: Pray for the Dying (Bob Skinner Mysteries Book 23) (Kindle Edition)
I admire the hard-to-love Bob Skinner, and have enjoyed his unlikely rise through the ranks of the Edinburgh constabulary. With many others, I wondered how Jardine would keep his saga of violent, clever, witty detectives with larger-than-life personalities going now Skinner has been promoted beyond harm to Chief Constable.

Well done, Mr Jardine, for slinging him sideways and slightly upwards, to become the temporary CC of Glasgow, How he got there combines the best and worst of policing, with a touch of the Secret Service and betrayal thrown in, while keeping the main players' lives and loves in focus to maintain the soap opera element and keep it going in Scotland - and, now, in London too.

But the best thing about this novel is that Jardine has ditched the egregious Aileen; the worst is that he has brought back Sarah, Skinner's second wife, whom I find bland, boring, and with an unforgiveable American accent. She is no bitch, though, and after Aileen, that's a blessed relief.

OK, so much of this tale is recycled, but with many surprises to keep it fresh. When I want to rail against the bluff and competent Skinner, whose macho construction models so much of the worst of powerful men, I find I just chuckle and regain my balance - his naivety is disarming.

So, for all Skinner, policier and British detective story fans, it's good to know Skinner is still alive and well - and living in Glasgow.
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