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Old Bones Lie by Marion Todd
Series: DI Clare MacKay #6
Published by Canelo on July 7, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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DI Clare Mackay is about to face a test of her loyalty…
When a report comes in that a van containing two prison officers and a convicted jewel thief is missing, the police in St Andrews work quickly to locate the vehicle. Their efforts prove in vain when no trace is found and they realise the wives of both officers also appear to have left the area. Is this a case of corrupt guards springing a felon, or innocent people caught in the crossfire?
DI Clare Mackay leads the team but has to do without her right hand man; DS Chris West is a cousin to one of the missing prison officers and must not be involved in the case. With a new sergeant at her side plus a previously unencountered DCI, Clare’s people skills are pushed to the limit
I’ve really been enjoying the DI Clare Mackay series. I bought the first one, See Them Run, as a audio deal on Chirp. When the next few in the series went on sale I thought I should see if I liked the first one before I bought more, but then I found the next ones on audio at Hoopla. The audio was interesting because the author narrates them herself, which is something I normally like, and I could hear all the regional type accents of Scotland. So when Old Bones Lie came available I was just caught up to current and ready.
The series is a police procedural and that is the primary focus. We get everything from Clare’s point of view and she leads her team. Often a DCI comes in and never seems to provide support, only wants reports and to take the credit. There are layers in her relationships with her co-workers and her personal life. Clare spends a very high percentage of her time on work, so she doesn’t put much effort into her personal relationships. This may be why they don’t always work. However, she does seem to be settling into one at the moment.
I appreciate many things about Clare’s work life. There is her skill and strategy at tackling an investigation, knowing what is important and what steps to take. She also has to deal with victims and families of victims with some care. Her mentoring of her team and best utilizing their skills also takes some efforts.
The current events seem like a straightforward case where things connect up. The events do connect up but not in the way expected. Really things seemed obvious, except the unavailable DCI, until they weren’t. The whole thing turned on its head with lots of people firmly believing things which were not reality. Clare and her team do figure things out, but it’s a little unsatisfying because some people can’t be charged as there isn’t enough evidence. That is quite realistic though.
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