Step aside Inspector Rebus, there's another crime solver stalking the not so mean streets of Edinburgh's New Town. This one comes with calculator, accountancy tables and a broken marriage. When Sandy Gray's father's murdered body is left in an Edinburgh tourist spot and the police investigation stalls he wants to know the reason why. He enlists the help of his erstwhile and much more worldly-wise friend Billy. Together they share the pursuit that moves the action from Scotland's Capital to the Border Country. This is a story that keeps the reader guessing and amused right until the end.
A decent crime solving thriller!
"Death of a Grey Man" written by Robert Leslie and published by Austin Macauley is an interesting and intriguing crime solving book set in Edinburgh. Told in the first person by the main protagonist Alexander Gray (Sandy) this book will keep you reading till the end with Sandy's funny dry humour and witty sarcasms. When told his fathers death was in fact murder and realising his life is now at risk Sandy embarks on finding out who killed his father and why. Billy, his friend and ever present side kick is a great character that I found very amusing.
"Death of a Grey Man" has the elements of a cozy mystery but set in a large city and since there's no major violence or unnecessary sex or language in the book this will suit a large genre of readers.
I thought the way the author incorporated so much history and so many places in Edinburgh in the story was very clever and informative and I was particularly interested in Jessie King the last woman in Edinburgh to be hanged.
Readers not native to Scotland may struggle with the distinct Scottish dialogue at times but I had no problem and found that it added to the authenticity of the location of the book.
The writing is very intelligent, easy to read and follow and I would recommend this book to readers looking for a solid but gentle crime solving caper
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