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No Stranger to Death: A Scottish mystery where cosy crime meets tartan noir: Borders Mysteries Book 1 Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
This one is up there.
Hope she writes some more.
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.
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was surprised by the culprit of the evil murder. Plenty of twists and turns. Looking forward to book 2.Published 3 months ago by bear 100
Well worth the read a good book many twists and turns, keeps you guessing to the end.Published 3 months ago by Bookwormiow
This book is set in the Borders yet does not go into any great detail about the surroundings it is in. Read morePublished 3 months ago by sandy
Brilliant read, had to buy the follow up......Too soon a death which was equally good. Can't wait for Borders Mysteries book 3.Published 6 months ago by mos
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and quickly went on to read the second. I thought I had decided on who was the murderer only for it to twist and someone else came forward. Read morePublished 8 months ago by judy
An exciting murder mystery, in which Dr. Zoe rapidly becomes embroiled. Having moved to the Borders with her much loved canine companion, Mac, Zoe soon makes friends with Kate. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a doctor, Zoe Moreland is certainly no stranger to death as the title of this book says. However, even she is unprepared for finding a body under the smouldering remains of a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Portybelle
Dr Zoe Moreland has just moved to the Borders to escape from her past. She thinks life will be quieter and calmer here in this small village however, one morning whilst taking her... Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. J. Mackenzie
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