Broken Ground

3.5 stars

A pretty good mystery/thriller.

This is book 5 of the series. I have not read any of the other books in the series, but I was able to enjoy this book nonetheless. There was enough backstory included by the author for me to not feel completely lost in understanding the main characters, so I didn’t feel like I was missing much.

There are several plot lines to follow in the book. The main mystery finds Inspector Pirie, head of the Historic Cases Unit, investigating the 25 year old murder of a man found buried in a Highland bog alongside 2 vintage Indian motorcycles that had been buried by allied forces at the end of WWII.

A secondary mystery surrounds a conversation that Pirie overheard in a restaurant. She warns a woman about possible violence that could occur in a domestic dispute. When things go horribly wrong, Pirie must deal with the guilt of her decision to intervene.

Meanwhile, Pirie’s new supervisor is out to get her and assigns a detective to her unit to spy on her. This plot was the least developed one, was fairly predictable and didn’t seem to really go anywhere.

The book is well written and interesting. It’s a fast read and I really enjoyed it. The story line wraps up nicely, although the ending was very abrupt and kind of weird. Overall, however, I recommend reading this series and this book.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.