A Litter of Bones
A DCI Jack Logan Novel #1
Zertex Crime, April 2019
There are eight books in the series – and to date I have read four of them. I bought them for my Kindle as they were all reasonably priced ( Book 8 is due out in a few weeks) and all are around 300 pages in length.
I’ve read the first four to date….and really enjoyed them all…. They are set in Scotland, in and around Fort William and Inverness. I’m originally from Scotland and relatively familiar with the area so that struck a chord with me. Jack Logan is a great character. He’s a Detective Chief Inspector, big, brawny and not to be trifled with. He was married and he has a daughter… but his work has taken precedence at the cost of his marriage.
A Litter of Bones is the first book in the series.
When a young boy goes missing in the Scottish Highlands DCI Logan is sent to take the lead in the case due to the fact that he’d recently had success in apprehending and prosecuting a man who’d kidnapped and killed several children. But when similarities to the previous missing children’s cases surface, it isn’t long before the local press begin to question whether DCI Logan had arrested and charged the wrong man.
Logan has his own misgivings but pushes his colleagues to their limit determined to find the missing boy alive. When one of his Detectives is attacked while checking out an abandoned house and forensics later find indications that the missing boy was indeed being held there…the tension quickly escalates, as hopes of finding the missing boy alive slowly diminish.
I enjoyed getting to know DCI Logan and the local detectives and police. The race to catch the kidnapper kept me eagerly turning pages. I highly recommend this book and the next three in the series… JD Kirk is the pen name of Barry Hutchison who has written a number of children’s books and as he puts it ‘is meantime enjoying murdering people’ in this mystery series.
Check them out! You’ll be glad you did!
Reviewed by guest reviewer Moyra Tarling, September 2020.