Good, old fashioned storytelling and a very satisfying read.

If you enjoy reading intricate and interesting mysteries then try Whirligig by Andrew James Greig which is available on the BorrowBox e-library. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed this book and gave it 5-Stars.

More than one killing
Murders – long in the planning – are happening in a small town in the Highlands of Scotland. The first of these is the rather macabre killing of an estate gamekeeper who has been snared in a wire noose operated by an elaborate clockwork mechanism, suspended from an oak tree (known locally as The Hanging Tree).

More deaths follow, each more inventive than the last, and there are plenty of suspects. The local police force, led by Detective Inspector James Corstophine, is hardly equipped to deal with one murder, let alone several in short order. Now he has to manage a complicated multiple-murder investigation as well as the political pressures that inevitably accompany it.

In due course we discover the killings relate to events 20 years earlier and what could only be called an official cover-up. And Corstophine won’t let the matter go, despite all the pressure from his seniors, so the story has a great ending with a big surprise.

Low-key but gripping
This book doesn’t ramp up the tension to grab you by the throat but it is a page-turner. The chapters track the days and times as things happen, and matters conclude within a relatively short period of time. Corstophine is a sympathetic character – a good cop, whose career has stalled because he won’t play office politics. And the story grips you because it’s well told and pulls you in slowly but surely. It’s very satisfying to read.

This is Andrew James Greig’s debut novel. Published earlier this year it was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Scottish Crime Book of the Year and longlisted for the 2020 CWA John Creasey New Blood Award. We’re not sure if it’s the first book of a planned series about Corstophine. But whether it is a standalone novel or not we’ll be looking for more books by this author.
Review by: Bunny and Cornish Eskimo