What Lies Buried by Margaret Kirk #bookreview @HighlandWriter @orionbooks

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on Margaret Kirk’s second novel, What Lies Buried on my blog today.

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A missing child. A seventy-year-old murder. And a killer who’s still on the loose.

Ten year-old Erin is missing; taken in broad daylight during a friend’s birthday party. With no witnesses and no leads, DI Lukas Mahler races against time to find her. But is it already too late for Erin – and will her abductor stop at one stolen child?

And the discovery of human remains on a construction site near Inverness confronts Mahler’s team with a cold case from the 1940s. Was Aeneas Grant’s murder linked to a nearby POW camp, or is there an even darker story to be uncovered?

With his team stretched to the limit, Mahler’s hunt for Erin’s abductor takes him from Inverness to the Lake District. And decades-old family secrets link both cases in a shocking final twist.

MY THOUGHTS

What Lies Buried, Margaret Kirk’s second novel tackles some hard-hitting and dark themes. In the opening, we are faced with the discovery of a decade’s old corpse, linked back to World War Two. But although the case is intriguing enough, the police have a much bigger problem on their hands. A young girl, ten-year-old Erin, is missing and hasn’t been seen for several days and she is their top priority. The police are no closer to finding out what happened to her, and they have very few leads to follow. But soon they begin to realise that they are facing a much larger and scarier problem.

What initially intrigued me when I was reading was the discovery of the corpse in the opening pages. I wanted to know who this person was who had been found and the reason why they had been killed and abandoned there. And then we have the missing girl, and the very few leads the police are following. I was just captivated by this story, and I had to find out how things were going to unfold, especially given the fact that the police didn’t seem to have a clue as to what was happening.

What I really like about Margaret’s writing is her ability to create atmosphere and the landscape where she sets her story, which she does so well. I found this as well in her first novel, Shadow Man. Inverness is brought to life, and Margaret’s description of the weather made me feel as though I was there and experiencing it for myself.

There is another interesting element in this book, which comes in the form of vigilantes. We get to read snippets of the conversations these people are having with each other, and it makes for quite scary reading. These are people who feel that they could do a much better job than the police, and they are keen to apprehend the person responsible for Erin’s disappearance themselves. And as the case grows darker, they are even more determined to carry out their plans.

What Lies Buried is another terrific addition to the DI Lukas Mahler series. Very clever and well thought out, I was on tenterhooks as the novel raced towards its climax. I can’t wait to read more.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 13th June 2019

Print length: 320 pages

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Shadow Man by Margaret Kirk Book Review

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Two sisters

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.

Two murders

On the other side of Inverness, police informant Kevin Ramsay is killed in a gangland-style execution. But what exactly did he know?

One killer?

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?

MY THOUGHTS

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.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 2nd November 2017

Print length: 352 pages

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