The Gathering Storm by Lynne McEwan @LynneJMcEwan @canelo_co

Posted January 28, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 12 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Gathering Storm by Lynne McEwan @LynneJMcEwan @canelo_co The Gathering Storm by Lynne McEwan
Series: Detective Shona Oliver #4
Published by Canelo on February 8, 2024
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 316
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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DI Shona Oliver’s past and present collide when James McGowan, her ex-classmate – now a famous actor – comes to the area to make a Robert Burns biopic. Shona is tasked with keeping him safe during filming on an isolated island in the Solway Firth, and her job is made much harder when a dead man wearing James’s coat is found on the beach in suspicious circumstances. It seems someone wanted James out of the picture. Meanwhile, Shona has her hands full at home too; her husband is on trial for a crime he claims he did not commit, but if he speaks out he risks his wife and their teenage daughter coming to harm.

I’ve been loving this Detective Shona Oliver series.  I started reading the series because I had the first book,  In Dark Water, as a Kindle freebie.  I really enjoyed it and went right on with the series.  I would read these books in order.   I appreciate the setting in Scotland,  the mysteries and cases, the police procedures, and slightly less, Shona’s personal situations.

Shona struggles with her husband Rob, who came from money, and her teen, Becca, who is going through somewhat normal ups and downs.  She loves them but I can’t say either is very kind to her.   Rob is on trial and faces prison.  Money is tight.  Both her police job, and the B&B they run, are in some jeopardy.  Becca is still a bit headstrong, but she is helping her mother more.

Shona is being sidelined as a liaison to a film company.  One of the lead actors, James, is being stalked.  She knows him from high school.  Another main actor ends up dead.  So those cases are very high profile and urgent.

Shona also is pursuing a case against her previous DCI Delfont who is despicable.  She goes through all Rob’s papers because she thinks Delfont’s gang may also be behind Rob’s being framed.  She learns all kinds of things.

I feel for Shona who has so many personal and professional issues.  Luckily her team is very supportive and believe in her.  Becca is also trying harder to help.  Shona was really on a dangerous edge here and very alone.  Her emotional state didn’t stop her from being well trained, knowledgeable, and doing her job.   While the ending is satisfying, I have to wonder what happens next. I want more time with Shona and her team.


About Lynne McEwan

Glasgow-born Lynne McEwan is a former newspaper photographer turned crime author. She’s covered stories including the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the first Gulf War in addition to many high profile murder cases. Her DI Shona Oliver series is set on the beautiful Solway Firth which forms the border between Scotland and England, and where Shona is also a lifeboat volunteer. Lynne is a graduate of the University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing programme and splits her time between Lincolnshire and Scotland.

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