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  • Title: A Litter of Bones
  • Authors: JD Kirk
  • Publisher: Zertex Media
  • Publication Date: 1st May 2019

Copy received from publisher and blog tour organiser for review purposes.


Was the biggest case of his career the worst mistake he ever made?

Ten years ago, DCI Jack Logan stopped the serial child-killer dubbed ‘Mister Whisper,’ earning himself a commendation, a drinking problem, and a broken marriage in the process.

Now, he spends his days working in Glasgow’s Major Investigations Team, and his nights reliving the horrors of what he saw.

And what he did.

When another child disappears a hundred miles north in the Highlands, Jack is sent to lead the investigation and bring the boy home.

But as similarities between the two cases grow, could it be that Jack caught the wrong man all those years ago?

And, if so, is the real Mister Whisper about to claim his fourth victim?

A Litter of Bones is the explosive debut crime thriller novel from JD Kirk, an exciting new voice in Scottish crime fiction. Perfect for fans of L.J. Ross, Ian Rankin, Chris Brookmyre, and Stuart Macbride.

My Thoughts:

JD Kirk was a name I’d not heard before, but one read of that description was more than enough to have me eager to get into this book! How incredibly creepy does Mister Whisper sound?

With an incredibly dark and twisted theme running throughout, the race is on for DCI Jack Logan as he tries to track down a missing boy in a case that has many questioning whether he caught the killer ten years ago. The cases are similar, almost frighteningly so, but Jack refuses to believe that the man he caught isn’t the right one. He knows he caught Mister Whisper all those years ago, even if everyone else around him is wondering “what if?”, and he will prove it, no matter what it takes.

The investigation into the current disappearance takes Jack Logan up to the Highlands. As Jack slowly gets to grip with the landscape and the progress that’s been made so far, his mind goes into overdrive trying to think of new angles and links from the original case that proved to be useful in nailing down suspects. Although his methods and manner are questionable, there’s no doubt that he’s gotten results in the past and soon advancements are being made in the search for suspects.

Kirk writes some great characters in this book and I love when they stick in my mind, a sign of great writing! The different personalities at play in the investigating team are brilliant, all unique but working well together. But it was also good getting to know more about the protagonist, DCI Logan. What drives him, just how invested in the original case was he, how it impacted on him, how he moves forward after seeing the things he’s seen over the years … it all makes for fascinating reading.

Plotting, well that’s something I won’t say too much about as you need to discover this one for yourself. But I will say that it’s written in such a way that it grabs the reader, has them holding their breath or peeking from behind their hand, the pace is brisk and matches the action well. This combined with the dialogue, makes for a good read.

About the Author:

JD Kirk lives in the wilds of Scotland, where he spends his days making stuff up and writing it down. He lives with his wife, two children, one dog, and – if his daughter has anything to do with it – a cat in the very near future.

Having been writing in various genres for over a decade, JD turned his attention to crime fiction in May 2019, and hasn’t looked back. A Litter of Bones is his first crime novel, and the first of his hundred-plus books that his wife could bring herself to read.

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jdkirkbooks/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jdkirkbooks 

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19106689.JD_Kirk

Website: http://www.jdkirk.com

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