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A Winter Grave: a chilling new mystery set in the Scottish highlands

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I was confused and found that I wasn’t enjoying this tale much at all - I was already considering giving up on it. Younger’s body has been kept in a refrigerated cabinet of a local hotel, and pathologist Dr Sita Roy, has uncovered some very interesting facts about him, something which puts herself and Brodie in danger. It’s against this backdrop that we meet Addie, a meteorologist who checks mountain top weather stations in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, but she’s unprepared for her latest discovery - the body of a man entombed in ice.

May sets his story in a near future where an independent Scotland has rejoined the EU, and climate change has significantly raised sea levels, causing widespread flooding and a huge increase in climate refugees, which exacerbates racism, and a plague of resistant German cockroaches: he paints a realistic if rather frightening picture of how the world could look if climate change is allowed to progress at the current rate.Someone is trying to conceal some extremely crucial information in this Highland village, something that cost George Younger his life. But, THIS author, refreshingly, leaves behind all that has become common and cliched about our near-future. Just as mobile phones present a problem for thriller writing in the present day, the imagined leaps in communication technology in 2050s Scotland could have made a nonsense of some of the most gripping passages here. Warnings of climate catastrophe have been ignored, and vast areas of the planet are under water, or uninhabitably hot. Against this backdrop, Addie checks the mountain top weather station she instals above Kinlochleven in the Highlands when she notices what appears to be an ice tunnel which has created a cathedral like arch.

Set in 2051, so not that far in the future, the world has undergone massive climate and political change. A young meteorologist checking a mountain top weather station in Kinlochleven discovers the body of a missing man entombed in ice. A quarter of the world's population has been displaced by hunger and flooding, and immigration wars are breaking out around the globe as refugees pour into neighboring countries.The dead man is investigative reporter, George Younger, missing for three months after vanishing during what he claimed was a hill-walking holiday. When the body of investigative journalist George Younger is discovered entombed in an ice tunnel in the Mamore Forest, veteran Glasgow detective Cameron Brodie volunteers to investigate. I'm a reader who struggles to really visualize scenery, the author was descriptive and helped with this, but occasionally felt like it was too much and just slowed the book down. He and his best friend Tiny had been friends since they were young and couldn't be closer, always having each other's backs. Equally credible is the immensely sobering climate change scenario and the political impact this could have.

Now, the CHARACTERS, most particularly our HERO, Cameron, a detective of some kind, does not battle with what the world has become, longing for “what used to/should again be”. Familiar landmarks, such as the Citizens’ Theatre and the Central Mosque lie decaying under several feet of water, and there is an epidemic of cockroaches. It’s good that I make a habit of trying nót to read too much information and/or reviews before I read a book myself. But certain incidents add an atmosphere of menace, and then there’s another murder, which won’t be the last before Brodie departs the Kinlochleven.May paints a clear, poetic, and tragic picture of the wreck of a man he has become, but several things in his life are also about to change. Ultimately the book which was supposed to be a page turner, ended up being heavy and failed to leave a real impact. There are only a few characters involved: Cameron Brodie, his daughter, the journalist, the whistle blower, the pathologist, the policeman and the hotel owner. Now, in “A Winter Grave,” he gives readers a glimpse into life in 2053 – the good and the bad, the different and the same. The following day, with the assistance of the local cop, as well as Cameron, Dr Roy performed the autopsy of Mr Younger.

We’re only a handful of decades ahead and the landscape and environmental narrative is all very plausible which makes it even the more chilling a possibility, pun intended. He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels.From the twelve-million copy bestselling author of the Lewis trilogy comes a chilling new mystery set in the isolated Scottish Highlands. May is neither reassuring nor particularly apocalyptic, not bothering, thank god, with the word “apocalyptic’s” now widely accepted and worn out characteristics. The body has been identified as missing journalist Charles Younger but now the question is what happened to Mr Younger was it an accident or was it fowl play. Alongside an absorbing and action-packed crime story, and the depiction of the potential impacts of climate change on the world, is Inspector Cameron Brodie’s deeply personal story, told through flashbacks to 2023.

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