Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The Year in Books: Never Somewhere Else - Alex Gray

Linking up with the lovely bloggers participating in a Year in Books at Circle of Pines.

This was the first Alex Gray I've read. It is a crime/police procedural novel set in Glasgow featuring a DCI Lorimer who is on the hunt for a killer who leaves their victims in St Mungo's Park. As part of the investigation the DCI is required to work with a psychologist from Glasgow University which he is less than pleased about. Initially it looks like a straight serial killer is on the loose but the killings are linked in a more complex manner.

Essentially the story is pretty standard stuff, no great surprises but enjoyable and well planned if you like crime fiction. The blurb about it being a threat to Inspector Rebus is a bit of a stretch but I was keen to read this author as she has written a number of books. I love finding new authors with a good back catalogue who are also still active and I am keen to read more of her work. The Glasgow connection was of interest for me too but I found it a bit odd as some key areas were fictionalised.

From a purely personal point of view this book represented a bit of a mystery to me. It is a signed copy and had obviously been read, however I have absolutely no memory of the story, meeting the author or buying it, so either I've been loaned it or picked it up secondhand or quite possibly I am going bonkers!


  1. You might have picked it up signed. Because she lives in Glasgow she occasionally pops into stores just to sign the stock (only if she is in the area, she a very unassuming lady from what I remember).

    I haven't read this one. I haven't read that much crime to be honest. I really should give it a go. It's always good to read something that doesn't require a lot of concentration, especially at this time of year.

  2. Sounds good. I like a bit of crime fiction, I've been enjoying Stephen Booth as they're all set in the Peak District, in places I know, and they're really well written, often with a twist. I've seen this book club idea on several blogs and am thinking I might join in.


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