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Cold Granite [Epub] ➚ Cold Granite Author Stuart MacBride – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets Winter in Aberdeen murder, mayhem and terrible weather It s DS Logan McRae s first day back on the job after DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets Winter in Aberdeen murder, mayhem and terrible weather It s DS Logan McRae s first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn t get much worse Four year old David Reid s body is discovered in a ditch, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead And he s only the first There s a serial killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood Soon the dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out More children are going missing More are going to die And if Logan isn t careful, he could end up joining them.


10 thoughts on “Cold Granite

  1. Maureen Maureen says:

    Withred herrings than you can shake a fishing rod at, Scottish author Stuart MacBride has kept me guessing pretty much the whole way through Cold Granite.Aberdeen, Scotland is the setting, and in the midst of winter it s a bitterly cold and unforgiving location The icy chills stem not only from the weather though, as there is a monster of a serial killer stalking its streets The disturbing storyline of child abduction and murder, means it s always going to be a difficult read, but gosh i Withred herrings than you can shake a fishing rod at, Scottish author Stuart MacBride has kept me guessing pretty much the whole way through Cold Granite.Aberdeen, Scotland is the setting, and in the midst of winter it s a bitterly cold and unforgiving location The icy chills stem not only from the weather though, as there is a monster of a serial killer stalking its streets The disturbing storyline of child abduction and murder, means it s always going to be a difficult read, but gosh it was so compelling, the characters so realistic.DS Logan McRae is fully challenged with his first case after a year off work on sick It begins with the discovery of the body of 4 year old David Reid, he d been strangled and mutilated, and dumped in a ditch This is just the beginning though, as there arehorrific discoveries to be made, and it s both heartbreaking and gripping at the same time I was holding my breath and hoping for the best whilst dreading what was coming next.Stuart MacBride has constructed a brilliant beginning to the DS McRae series There are some really meaty characters in the form of DI Insch, and DI Steele, their sense of humour was a joy to witness, and they provided light relief from some pretty horrific and graphic details It was hard to put this one down, the sense of the clock ticking before another victim is discovered was palpable Comparisons are bound to be made with Ian Rankin s Rebus who I love but I have to say that Stuart MacBride stands up to the comparison really well A great police procedural


  2. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    Dead things had always been special to him Their delicate coldness The feel of the skin The ripe, sweet smell as they decayed As they returned to God Detective Logan McRae comes back to work after months of recovery from a savage knife attack from a suspect which left him severely wounded His stomach is a mass of scar tissue His mental state is reasonably stable considering that scars on the body tend to leave scars on the mind, as well He works for the Aberdeen police department, locat Dead things had always been special to him Their delicate coldness The feel of the skin The ripe, sweet smell as they decayed As they returned to God Detective Logan McRae comes back to work after months of recovery from a savage knife attack from a suspect which left him severely wounded His stomach is a mass of scar tissue His mental state is reasonably stable considering that scars on the body tend to leave scars on the mind, as well He works for the Aberdeen police department, located in the Scottish Highlands The weather is wet and windy, and because it is wet, the granite hills surrounding Aberdeen seem evendesolate to the eye, and because it is windy, the cold chills the body to the bone It all begins, barely before McRae can warm a seat at the station, with the discovery of a dead child Then another Then another child goes missing The window for a live recovery of a child taken is a very small amount of time, and McRae soon finds himself in a pressure cooker to find something, anything, that will put him on the right trail He also has another case, involving an adult male He has a pretty good idea which of the local heavies has thrown this grotesque artwork into the water, but he needs some evidence to tie the bastards to the crime And no kneecaps Both hairy legs had ragged holes in them where a normal person would keep their knees The flesh was torn and tattered around the joint, yellow bone poking through the mess of hacked up tissue Whoever had done this hadn t been bothered about making a tidy job of it This was unelective surgery by enthusiasm rather than skill As if Logan McCrae s life isn t difficult enough, in walks Colin Miller, local reporter, who has information that will help him with his case The only problem is Miller is ambitious and wants a quid pro quo The type of information that will jam McCrae up with his pocket full of sweets boss DI Insch, the inspector, who had discovered an open packet of winegums in his overcoat and was busily picking off the little bits of fluff and pocket gritAhh yes, do be careful about the tuffs of lint when accepting a piece of candy from DI Insch Another complication for McCrae is watching his ex girlfriend, the medical examiner, walking around like God s gift to all mankindIsobel MacAlister turned up looking as if she d just stepped off a catwalk long Burberry raincoat, dark green trouser suit, cream high collared blouse, delicate pearl earrings, her short hair artistically tousled Wellington boots three sizes too big for her She looked so good it hurtA further problem is, if McRae and the team can not make progress soon, the professionals from down south will be up both their nostrilsIf we don t watch out, Edinburgh are going to take over And we ll all end up looking like sheep shagging, small town halfwitsNeedless to say, all of these elements increase the pressure on an inspector who is trying to shake the rust off before one of his mistakes costs a child his life The people populating this novel are refreshingly not PC The setting is damp and cold, adding hindrances to an already complicated investigation There is a defense attorney who is loathed by everyone but his clients The police officers refer to him as Sandy the Snake or Hissing Sid and much worse The press, through the manipulations of Miller, are creating havoc with the direction of the investigation There are also vigilantes, just to add some extra curry to the mix, who are deciding who is guilty The question is, can McRae set aside the myriad of distractions and focus on the slender stack of clues Can he catch the killer before another young child is taken I m definitely continuing with the series The bungling, the luck, the exploration of human weakness, and the intuitive deductions give this series a feel of a real life, human drama The setting in cold, granite Aberdeen certainly adds some fascinating elements to the plot Stuart McBride is creatively descriptive of rather grotesque situations, so a word of caution for those who like their mysteries softboiled rather than gritty and of the Scotch egg variety If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


  3. Christine Christine says:

    4.5 stars rounded to 5 stars Hot Dog I have myself another fabulous series to dig into I love discovering these older series as there will be books waiting for me whenever I get the urge to revisit the characters In addition, there is something about some of thesevintage novels that you do not see in books published today Some sort of IT factor that is difficult to explain Cold Granite is the debut novel and a great start to Mr McBride s Logan McRae collection The setting is Ab 4.5 stars rounded to 5 stars Hot Dog I have myself another fabulous series to dig into I love discovering these older series as there will be books waiting for me whenever I get the urge to revisit the characters In addition, there is something about some of thesevintage novels that you do not see in books published today Some sort of IT factor that is difficult to explain Cold Granite is the debut novel and a great start to Mr McBride s Logan McRae collection The setting is Aberdeen, Scotland What a totally miserable place It s like chapter 20 and STILL raining At least it finally stops When we reach December Then it doesn t stop snowing I ll say one thing though Mr McBride is such a creative guy that I could not help marveling at how many ways he is able to mesmerizingly describe the never changing weather He makes sure we never forget where we are and how wretched an environment it is Made me feel cozy in my nice warm house with a steaming cup of coffeeDS McRae is coming off sick leave after being seriously wounded during his previous case He s supposed to be easing back in Right For the next 2 weeks, he does not get any time off as he chases down the suspects of multiple abductions and murders Do we have a serial killer Or are these crimes even related The plot is fast moving and complex It seemed like every time I thought I was starting to figure things out, yet another event would occur, messing up my thinking This book totally engaged me with all that was going on The characters are very well written Even all the potential baddies are well drawn, despite the reader not actually getting into their heads Roadkill was my fave, along with Desperate Doug what a loser I loved the cops McRae had my sympathy almost right off the bat His two DI s are a treat DI Insch, who I wasn t sure about at first, eventually won my affection He s a gruff guy, but has a good heart His penchant for eating sugar laden treats is very entertaining, especially to a sugar fan such as myself I learned a lot about English confectionaries, many I would love to try myself I feel bad they are not available to me here across the pond Then there is DI Steel Oh my She doesn t have a huge part in this story, but enough to intrigue me I hope to seeof her tough stuff in future books WPC Watson, assigned to drive McRae around, is a gem Her nickname is Ball Breaker Enough said Oh, and Colin Miller, the hated by his colleagues crime investigator from the local newspaper I loved seeing the evolution of his relationship with McRae.The writing is top notch Period.I am thrilled to have finally discovered Stuart McBride I was totally captivated by Cold Granite and look forward to readingof this series I rate this book 4.5 stars I cannot help but round up to 5 stars despite the fact that gives me minimal room to award future books a higher rating Oh well, it gets what it deserves Needless to say, I highly recommend Cold Granite to all crime fiction thriller fans


  4. Carol Carol says:

    The Hook My GR friend Jean and then Christine both gave Cold Granite rousing thumbs up reviews I trust these women so thought Why not The LineThe lasagne tasted like damp newspaper to himLasange is the Scottish rendition of lasagna, just in case someone wants to correct my spelling The Sinker As Christine said Hot Dog It s a debut and a humdinger Now if you re expecting cream puffs and muffins, forget this one Though there s lots of candy floating around in this police depar The Hook My GR friend Jean and then Christine both gave Cold Granite rousing thumbs up reviews I trust these women so thought Why not The LineThe lasagne tasted like damp newspaper to himLasange is the Scottish rendition of lasagna, just in case someone wants to correct my spelling The Sinker As Christine said Hot Dog It s a debut and a humdinger Now if you re expecting cream puffs and muffins, forget this one Though there s lots of candy floating around in this police department, this is no fluffy police procedural If mistletoe, Christmas Carols, and the spirit of the season is making you merry and bright, wait until the doldrums of January or maybe even February to take this one on It s brutal in its killing and the images and smells of the dead reek off the page, are descriptive, if not a bit gory So why did I like it Well drawn characters, dialog that sounds real though I ve never been at a crime scene like any of these , and a superior officer, Insch, who is well, superior The main character, Detective Sergeant Logan MacRae, is on his first day back after a leave of absence, only to be hit with the mutilated body of a young boy found in a ditch Makes one want to take a couple ofweeks off His ex, not certain you could call her a girlfriend, the pathologist he doesn t want to see, shows up at the crime scene MacRae who d rather be anywhere than here can t help this non professional thought running through his head, Dr Isobel MacAlister thirty three, bobbed hair, brunette, five foot four Makes little mewing noises when the inside of her thigh is nibbled She was dressed immaculately in a fitted grey trouser suit and black overcoat, the effect only slightly spoiled by a huge pair of Wellington boots flapping about up to her knees. Add in Constable Jackie Watson, know as the Ball Breaker who becomes MacRae s charge and you ve got a station house that comes alive and pumps with action My only regret is that there are 10 in this series already and I m really slow to read series fiction Stuart Macbride will get his chance to wow me again


  5. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    My first book by this author and definitely not my last I became quite attached to D.I Logan McCrae and enjoyed many of the other characters too The story was excellent if a little too graphic at times I am quite accomplished at skimming the really upsetting bits so the nasty details did not bother me too much I found it to be quite neatly put together and rather realistic in terms of police procedure etc Another new author Hooray,,


  6. Jean Jean says:

    It s raining it s pouring The old man is snoring.He bumped his head and went to bed,And couldn t get up in the morning English nursery rhyme Detective Sergeant Logan MacRae could only wish for such a case But, no His very first day back on the job after a year of sick leave after being stabbed while on duty is quite grim Stuart McBride s debut novel of the Logan MacRae series begins with Aberdeen police at the scene of a grisly discovery a young boy s strangled, mutilated body lying inIt s raining it s pouring The old man is snoring.He bumped his head and went to bed,And couldn t get up in the morning English nursery rhyme Detective Sergeant Logan MacRae could only wish for such a case But, no His very first day back on the job after a year of sick leave after being stabbed while on duty is quite grim Stuart McBride s debut novel of the Logan MacRae series begins with Aberdeen police at the scene of a grisly discovery a young boy s strangled, mutilated body lying in a ditch The poor wee sod was only three years old It s not long before it s raining missing and dead children.It s been a hot, humid August in Minnesota, and there s nothing like a cold, wet thriller to chill me to the bone Cold Granite certainly fits the bill Aberdeen, the third largest city in Scotland, is known as the Granite City, and statistically is the coldest city in the UK I love a thriller where the weather almost becomes another character, and Mr McBride certainly manages to make Mother Nature a key figure If it s not raining, it s miserably damp and misty If it s not doing either of those, it s snowing.What is most chilling, of course, is the work of the serial killer But is there really only one killer That s what Logan and his team must learn The victims are all quite young, but there are differences between them, and things that don t add up Reading about a child abuser was not really what I had in mind when I was looking for a break from the summer heat, but McBride manages to skirt around some of the nastiest details In addition, he throws in a second case It s supposed to be DI Steele s case, but she manages to pass it on to him, and he ends up trying to solve the murder of a guy who ended up in the drink with his kneecaps hacked off Entertainment at its best There are twists and turns, some of which are predictable, but a few wrinkles surprised me The characters are superb DI Insch, Logan s boss, is a gruff guy with a sweet tooth Man, I hope that guy has a good dentist, a good endocrinologist, and excellent insurance Every time MacRae was around him, Insch was popping some kind of candy into his mouth and offering him a piece too Then there s the aforementioned Steele What a tough cookie she is And I can t forget Constable Jackie Watson, AKA Ball Breaker I loved her Those are just the cops We also see a lot of Colin Miller, the newspaper fella with no scruples and Isobel MacAlister, the pathologist Logan used to date another source of ice in this tale We don t get much background, but the temperature drops every time the two are anywhere near each other Stuart McBride s characters are flawed, funny, and so much fun to read His witnesses, suspects, and killers are very well written also The writing is excellent I so enjoyed the Scottish isms and the bits of humor Don t get me wrong Cold Granite is serious stuff, and much of it is really not meant to be read at the breakfast table But if you ve got a strong stomach, you may very well find it to be your cup of tea They drink a lot of tea in this book and plenty of stronger stuff too I can t wait to readof this series By the way, I read Mr McBride s Goodread s bio It s great for athan a few chuckles Thanks, Chris, for your recommendation It won t be long before I m on to Dying Light 4.5 stars


  7. Brenda Brenda says:

    With DS Logan McRae back at work after spending a year recovering from a near fatal stabbing, he had been directed to ease into the job But when the call came in that a body had been found, and that body was of a child, he found himself lead investigator in a case that would consume him and the local police for the next few weeks The weather in Aberdeen was cruel an icy cold winter had attacked the residents with the bitter wind relentless in its fury The snow removed any chance of finding With DS Logan McRae back at work after spending a year recovering from a near fatal stabbing, he had been directed to ease into the job But when the call came in that a body had been found, and that body was of a child, he found himself lead investigator in a case that would consume him and the local police for the next few weeks The weather in Aberdeen was cruel an icy cold winter had attacked the residents with the bitter wind relentless in its fury The snow removed any chance of finding evidence, the constant rain made everyone s lives miserable He could see this would be one that no one would want to volunteer for Within days there werechildren missingbodies being found A sadistic serial killer was on the loose and the full resources of the law were needed to stop the horror But it seemed the media knewthan the police did Did the department have a leak How could the reporter know immediately they did even sometimes before the detectives knew As the dangers intensified and the suspects multiplied, Logan felt the intense pressure of looming failure would they find the vicious killer beforedied I thoroughly enjoyed this brilliant crime novel by Scottish author Stuart McBride Cold Granite is gripping and intense with a rollicking pace that kept the pages turning until the end I hated having to put the book down, wanting to get back to the thrill of the chase the chills of discovering the answers I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending Cold Granite, and will be getting my hands on 2 in the series very soon


  8. Brenda Brenda says:

    This is Stuart MacBride s debut novel and I was pleasantly surprised how good it was It s not perfect, though, and I ll get to my criticism in a minute.I liked the complex story With toddlers missing, the kneecapped body from the harbor, the bin bag girl, and , this was a busy book, but the story flowed very well I liked DS Logan McRae I could be wrong, but most books set in the UK that I ve read seem to have a lead character who is a DI with a DS sidekick Main character DS McRae was a This is Stuart MacBride s debut novel and I was pleasantly surprised how good it was It s not perfect, though, and I ll get to my criticism in a minute.I liked the complex story With toddlers missing, the kneecapped body from the harbor, the bin bag girl, and , this was a busy book, but the story flowed very well I liked DS Logan McRae I could be wrong, but most books set in the UK that I ve read seem to have a lead character who is a DI with a DS sidekick Main character DS McRae was a nice change I liked DI Insch and his laid back management style I even liked Roadkill and I could just smell his steadings I also liked the humor.Now, critically, at 458 pages, the book was too long There was a lot of repetition that eventually became boring Examples are Insch with his constant eating of sweets and sitting half cheeked on desktops, McRae with his vulnerable abdominal scarring, and the constant denigration of the lawyer I don t need to be constantly reminded of these things, and the book would have benefitted from a strong editing Some characters, like Dr Isobel MacAlister, didn t get as well developed and her history with McRae had no depth.Overall, I enjoyed this book and will continue with the book number 2 I am hoping for growth, both in the characters and the author


  9. Susan Susan says:

    This is the first novel featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae, who is a very human and flawed character When we meet him he has been off work for a year, after being seriously knifed in the stomach We also learn that whatever happened on the day he was injured, resulted in his losing his relationship with pathologist Dr Isobel MacAlister This is unfortunate, as their paths will cross many times in this book In fact, almost as soon as McRae returns to work, the crime rate is about to soar This is the first novel featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae, who is a very human and flawed character When we meet him he has been off work for a year, after being seriously knifed in the stomach We also learn that whatever happened on the day he was injured, resulted in his losing his relationship with pathologist Dr Isobel MacAlister This is unfortunate, as their paths will cross many times in this book In fact, almost as soon as McRae returns to work, the crime rate is about to soar.This is a gritty and hard hitting novel, involving two different investigations, which somehow merge along the way The first involves the fact that little boys are being abducted and killed The second concerns the murder of a gangster, who has ended up in the river minus his kneecaps Thrown into the deep end, McRae finds himself trying to solve the crimes, stay warm which doesn t sound easy in the portrait the author paints of a freezing Aberdeen and try to discover who is leaking information to the press There are some fantastic characters DI Insch, with his constant munching of sweets, slimy journalist Colin Miller, possible future love interest WPC Watson and that isn t even mentioning the criminals encountered Stuart MacBride manages to tie in several storylines in a believable way, has great dialogue and a fast moving plot I look forward to following this series


  10. Rachel the Book Harlot Rachel the Book Harlot says:

    Aye Shame He was fucking tasty in his day Quite the lady killer But we couldn t prove it Detective Inspector Steel There is a lot to like in Stuart MacBride s police procedural, Cold Granite To start with, the story is sprinkled with humorous lines like the one above, delivered by likeable, almost quirky, characters Some moments actually made me laugh out loud, which I found surprising as I didn t expect it to be filled with such dark humor The author does a great job of balancinAye Shame He was fucking tasty in his day Quite the lady killer But we couldn t prove it Detective Inspector Steel There is a lot to like in Stuart MacBride s police procedural, Cold Granite To start with, the story is sprinkled with humorous lines like the one above, delivered by likeable, almost quirky, characters Some moments actually made me laugh out loud, which I found surprising as I didn t expect it to be filled with such dark humor The author does a great job of balancing the humorous moments with theserious, and quite gruesome, aspects of the main story Detective Sergeant Logan McRae, the MC, is also very likeable I liked that he was human sometimes he got things wrong and sometimes he got things right He was also just a man trying to do his job One thing I would have liked, though, was a littleinsight into his personal life We do get a backstory involving a case he worked prior to the events of Cold Granite, but I would have liked to learnabout his family, parents, friends outside of the police force , etc It would have been nice to have seen a bit of interaction with them I think because of this, Logan initially felt like a bit of a void to me But, of course, this changed as the story progressed And I assume we ll getof this in later books of the series Another aspect of the story I liked was the setting It takes place in Aberdeen, Scotland, and the city itself truly becomes like a secondary character The author intertwines the city, the weather, the regional slang, etc with the story, and makes it come alive The main mystery crime was really well done Some things I caught quickly and then had to wait for Logan to catch up, but the main part of the mystery kept me guessing until the very end Just a word of warning that MacBride doesn t hold back when it comes to the horrifying aspects of the murders There are minor descriptions of autopsies, and detailed descriptions of the children s injuries, as well as other horrors endured by these poor kids So just keep that in mind All in all, an extremely enjoyable read Highly recommended for fans of police procedurals Final Rating 4 stars


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