Recommended by Paul Cardwell
LAST summer at the Edinburgh Book Festival I was handed a free copy of ‘Skinner’s Festival’ after a show.
Mystery is a genre I would avoid but I decided to tackle this one to see if I could be won over.
I was. I instantly became hooked in what I would class as a crime/thriller as much as it is a mystery.
It follows Edinburgh’s Assistant Chief Constable Bob Skinner as he tries to work out who is responsible for a series of ‘terrorist’ explosions in the city, but naturally things aren’t quite what they seem and ACC Skinner’s family are brought into the mire adding an extra dimension to the plot.
I wont spoil the ending but what I will say is on finishing the book I realised it was one of a series of Skinner novels and set about reading the rest.
The plots would probably have the writers of ‘Eastenders’ cringing at times but shamelessly I love them.
For me, what makes them is Jardine’s knack of creating recognisable characters and his descriptions of Edinburgh and its people are spot on.
The latest ‘Pray For The Dying’, out in June, will be the 23rd in the series.