Just before her wedding day, Morven Murray, queen of daytime TV, is found murdered. All eyes are on her sister Anna, who was heard arguing with her hours before she was killed.
On the other side of Inverness, police informant Kevin Ramsay is killed in a gangland-style execution. But what exactly did he know?
As ex-Met Detective Inspector Lukas Mahler digs deeper into both cases, he discovers that Morven’s life was closer to the Inverness underworld than anyone imagined. Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, is Lukas hunting one killer, or two?
Shadow Man is the start of a brand new crime series set in Scotland. This was a really enjoyable read, and I’m sure that Margaret Kirk is a name that we’ll be hearing a lot from in the future.
DI Lukas Mahler has transferred from the Metropolitan police to the local branch in his hometown of Inverness. Police informant Kevin Ramsay has been killed in a brutal attack. Lukas heads up the inquiry to find his killers, but a short while after he arrives in Inverness, TV star, Morven Murray has been found murdered in her hotel room on the morning of her wedding day. Inverness has never known anything like it. Are the police dealing with one killer or two?
DI Lukas Mahler is a fantastic new addition to the crime writing world. He was an intriguing character to get to know, and I’m keen to find out more about him. I’m interested in finding out more about his past work with the met, which I hope will feature in later books. His mother’s story was also a good sub-plot, and I found parts of it heartbreaking at times.
Margaret Kirk’s writing is outstanding; I particularly liked the description that she uses for Inverness, a part of Scotland I have always wanted to visit.
This is an excellent debut novel from Margaret Kirk, an author who I will definitely be looking out for in the future.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy to read.
Publication date: 2nd November 2017
Print length: 352 pages