Today I’m sharing my review for The Blood Acre by RJ Mitchell as part of the blog tour hosted by Emma at Damppebbles Blog Tours who I kindly thank for the invite.
About the book
Fresh from his exploits in The Shift, Constable Angus Thoroughgood finds himself assigned to Community Policing in the crime-ridden Briarknock area of Glasgow – an area known for its horrific drugs problem, violent petty crime, and unemployment. It’s also home to The Creepers, a notorious team of housebreakers whose reign of terror must come to an end. However, it’s not just The Creepers that Thoroughgood must contend with. Working with his partner Harry Currie, the Scottish detective must battle corruption within the force and work to stop a plot that would destroy cities across the North of England, discovering a fabled piece of Glasgow criminal folklore along the way – the Blood Acre.
This is my first introduction to Thoroughgood and I can’t believe I’ve not come across these books before. The Blood Acre is book 5 in the series, I believe, and thankfully it can easily be read as a stand-alone but it has made me want to go and read the others now.
Constable Angus Thoroughgood finds himself being paired up with Constable Harry Currie and the pair are assigned to community policing the crime-ridden Briarknock area of Glasgow. This is an area known for its petty crimes, drugs and more recently The Creepers, a gang that break into houses and they don’t let anyone get in their way.
I was intrigued to see how these two would work together, both have different ideas on policing and with Currie being older and close to retiring it was obvious there could be a few bumps in the road. I enjoyed the dynamics though and getting to know them and how they worked.
I’ve only been to Glasgow a couple of times but through the authors writing I felt like I knew the place and could easily visualise it as I was reading. The whole book actually comes to life and some scenes are quite vivid and with local dialect I felt like I was there inside the story.
I’m not going to give anything away about this story, it’s definitely one that I’ll be recommending though. With shortish chapters, fantastic writing that draws you into the story and characters that feel real, this was a gritty and gripping read and I’m looking forward to catching up.
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