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No Stranger to Death: A Scottish mystery where cosy crime meets tartan noir: Borders Mysteries Book 1 by [O'Kane, Janet]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
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About the Author

Janet O’Kane went straight from Enid Blyton to what her Mum liked reading: crime novels. And despite occasional dalliances with other types of fiction, that’s where she has happily stayed. Her career before turning to writing full-time included selling underpants to Roger Moore in Harrods and marketing nappies for Boots. It was when she helped run a GP surgery that she decided a doctor would make an excellent main character for a crime novel. Janet lives in the Scottish Borders with her stonemason husband and two cats and a dog. When she isn't at her day job, managing a charity chop, she's working on her third book.

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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
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Immediately struck by the professional presentation of this book, I found 'No Stranger to Death' to be a fascinating read, and one that held my attention from start to finish. This is a crisp, clean, polished product that's obviously been edited with painstaking care from start to finish and in my view stands head and shoulders above many titles I've read from some of the biggest publishing houses. Highly recommended, for this reason alone.
I was intrigued by the author's style, which I found very interesting. With the possible exception of a memorable action sequence (unspecified, in order to avoid a spoiler) I'd say that O'Kane uses quite a slow pace throughout. The build-up of tension and suspense might possibly be too subtle for some tastes, but I felt that O'Kane more than adequately compensated for this by using a series of twists and turns that generally worked well and kept the storyline sharp. The complex plot of this story must have taken an enormous amount of research and planning, and O'Kane could probably have written several books on the strength of her outlining for this work alone.
The writing of this novel must have involved an enormous amount of hard work. The book crosses over several genres and will appeal to a wide readership in a variety of settings. It could be good for holiday reading and at the same time it's a substantial book that'll sit comfortably on the bedside table and hold the occasional reader's thoughts and interest on an ongoing basis.
And I defy anyone to reach The End without a considerable sense of surprise.
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No Stranger to Death is another self published novel that I have really enjoyed. The main character is a GP, an outsider in a village where it seems that everybody has a secret including herself. The chapters are very short and I found that through most of the book I told myself 'just one more chapter'
I did guess who it was, but it wasn't long before the end and it wasn't exactly like I thought it would be.
This book is the start of a series that has great potential and I can't wait for book two, especially after the very last sentence.
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Loved this book - I don't often do thrillers/cop stories
This one is up there.
Hope she writes some more.
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Enjoyable read
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I'd like to thank the Author Janet O'Kane for sending me a signed copy of this book. However it was far to nice to spoil or get grubby reading it, as I wanted to put it with my signed book collection.. (lol... I now have 2) So I also purchased the kindle edition, so i could take it out and about to read, because once i started this book I just didn't want to put it down. i feel privileged to have been asked to read this book. And i'm hoping beyond hope that there will be a lot more books to come from this author. Janet has written a great book, and sometimes as a reader you have to be glad that certain authors took the time to write a bloody good book. For a first book, it was fantastic.
It was a great change for the main character to be a Dr, rather than the norm - detective-.
Zoe Moreland, is a GP she has recently moved to a village in the Borders region of Scotland, hoping for a fresh start and a quiet life. But Unfortunately for her, that's not what she gets! Early one morning while out walking her dog, Zoe finds a body in the remains of the previous nights bonfire, But Zoe doesn't want to get involved, and is reluctant to report it. But she does, and then things start to move, village gossip, police questions and people not being what they seem to be helps this story progress, with its twists and turns it certainly makes you want to keep reading.

I really did like some of the other characters in this book, and especially Kate, Zoe's friend. I think this could be a life long friendship made. Zoe seems to be quite a private person only really opening up to Kate. Which is where you begin to get a proper look into Zoe's past.
I really do think this could be the start of a fantastic series of books, and look forward to reading more.
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I really enjoyed it - I loved the plot as it developed and it was a real good 'who dunnit' mystery. The main character is strong and the story develops well around her as she becomes involved in a series of murders and attempted murders in the small village she has recently relocated to in the Scottish Borders. I'm already looking forward to the sequel.
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I expected this book to be a Scottish Borders version of Midsomer Murders but I quickly realised it was to be a far darker and more gripping experience.
"A Scottish village. A burning corpse. And a doctor who must discover who’s killing her patients before she becomes the next victim."
There are several intricate plot strands running through the story and the author skilfully knits them into a credible and shocking tale. The main character is an intriguing figure - we are drip fed clues to her background that explain the defensive barriers she has built up around herself. I enjoyed the way she stood up for herself in spite of her doubts and insecurities and this meant I was rooting for her 100% throughout the book.
Most of the plot was tied up satisfactorily by the end of the book but with one of the best cliffhanger endings I've read recently the author has me eagerly awaiting the sequel.
I recommend No Stranger To Death to fans of crime fiction with a difference - a main character unconnected to the police - and readers who enjoy trying to solve an intricate puzzle.
My copy was purchased from Amazon Kindle store.
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