Dead and Buried by Quintin Jardine

Quintin Jardine is the author of two much-acclaimed and best-selling series of detective novels.  I much prefer his Bob Skinner books.  The author was born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland and educated there and then read law at  Glasgow University, Scotland. He proceeded to have an eventful career as a journalist, government information officer, political spin-doctor and media relations consultant.  Only after all this, did he  start writing crime fiction.


In this book, which is one of his Bob Skinner series, a serial killer, stalker, spy and a forty year old mystery make this a fast-moving crime thriller.  I really enjoyed it and found it a very good read. There was a little bit of everything going on culminating in the main investigation. It was good to see Bob Skinner actually accept that he  infallible.

As in any murder mystery, the murder is rarely cut and dried, motive and means, cause and effect. It follows its own twisted logic.  In this novel, Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner has a failed marriage on his hands, a death on his conscience, and very little time to deal with them.

In fact, he is facing the biggest challenge of his career. So he goes to the very top: to the  Prime Minister to avoid himself becoming collateral damage.

In Edinburgh, Skinner’s daughter, Alex, is being harassed by a stalker. Skinner desperately wants to protect her.  Then when a bookmaker has taken one gamble too many, he pays his debt in a gruesome fashion. It could be an underworld revenge, or worse.  Also, a casual call sets Skinner on a personal mission that quickly points to a bigamist at work.  There are four crimes and Skinner and his people must solve them.

dead &buried

This is yet another great book in the Bob Skinner series.   As I lived in Edinburgh for many years, I followed the four different story lines to the exciting conclusion.

Bob finishes his quest to unearth the plots.  I really did enjoy this novel and am ready to read my next  Quintin Jardine novel, as long as he keeps producing this series.  Which I think just keeps getting better.  I highly recommend this book.

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  1. Reblogged this on wkwriters and commented:
    I really enjoyed this book. I think Jardine is a terrific writer


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