Review: ‘Mark Of The Devil’, By Tana Collins


Published By: Bloodhound

Publication Date: 24th April 2018

I.S.B.N.: 9781912604180


While Inspector Jim Carruthers and team are busy investigating a series of art thefts they receive an anonymous tip about the body of a young woman on a deserted beach.

The bizarre clues to her identity, and what might have happened to her, include a strange tattoo, a set of binoculars and slab of meat left on the cliffs.

The team’s investigations lead them to a local shooting estate and its wealthy owner Barry Cuthbert. However, Carruthers suspects Cuthbert is not all he seems and the DI soon starts to wonder if the cases of the missing works of art, the dead woman and the estate are connected.

Then when the body of a young gamekeeper is pulled from the sea tensions boil over. The trail of clues lead the team to the unlikely locale of Tallinn and into the sinister world of international crime and police corruption.

Needing answers Carruthers must look further afield than Fife. However, the closer he gets to discovering the truth the more danger he finds himself in.

Since everyone who crosses the vengeful killers seem to end up dead, can Carruthers solve the case with his life in tact?

My Review

Good points:

  • Truly gripping read, I sat down and read the whole novel in four hours, stopping only for a meal. Actually, I heated up some pork bolognase and carried on reading;
  • Complex, but entertaining plot, has something of a spy story about it, with conflict and a difficult history;
  • Well-rounded characters, with lives and histories. I’d like to get to know the DSs , Fletcher and Watson, better, they seem like interesting characters.

Bad points:

  • The info dumping was obvious and uninterrupted at times;
  • The social messages were very heavy-handed in their execution;
  • Jim Carruthers is too much the stereotypical Inspector, with a drinking problem and a difficult romantic past.

Overall, a readable and fun crime thriller that covers important international issues in a sensitive manner, with interesting characters.


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R Cawkwell

Hi I'm Rosemarie and I like to write. I write short stories and longer fiction, poetry and occasionally articles. I'm working on quite a few things at the minute and wouldn't mind one day actually getting published in print.

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