Deadly Still by Keith Moray (Inspector Torquil McKinnon #6)

‘The killer looked down at the body with a critical eye.’

West Uist, Scotland. Sergeant Morag Driscoll is out on her morning run, up past the World War II pillbox on Harpoon Hill, when she hears someone groaning.  It’s Catriona McDonald, hysterical, unsteady on her feet, and saying that she cannot see.

Goodness, she reeks of booze, Morag thought.’

But Catriona says that there were three of them in the pillbox drinking.  Morag finds only one other, and he is unresponsive. So, with one young person dead, another ill and a third missing, Morag needs to contact Inspector Torquil McKinnon.  Her phone is dead, as is the only other phone at the scene.  Once help is summoned, it seems that the injuries are inked to illegally distilled alcohol.  But where is the missing girl?  And where did the teenagers obtain the alcohol from?

And then, another body is found: an adult male also reeking of alcohol.

Torquil ‘Piper’ McKinnon and his team, (including a new team member) have their hands full, trying to find the missing girl and tracking down the illegal still.  Some of the locals are helpful, some have secrets they’d like to keep hidden.

This is the sixth novel in the Inspector Torquil McKinnon series.  I’ve read (and enjoyed) three of the novels so far and I must track down the other three.  I love the setting, most of the characters, and the twists that Mr Moray inserts into the stories to keep me on my toes.

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Sapere Books for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith