Neil Lancaster: Dead Man’s Grave

This review is written with thanks to HQ Digital for my copy of Dead Man’s Grave via Netgalley.


This grave can never be opened.
The head of Scotland’s most powerful crime family is brutally murdered, his body dumped inside an ancient grave in a remote cemetery.
This murder can never be forgotten.
Detectives Max Craigie and Janie Calder arrive at the scene, a small town where everyone has secrets to hide. They soon realise this murder is part of a blood feud between two Scottish families that stretches back to the 1800s. One thing’s for certain: it might be the latest killing, but it won’t be the last…
This killer can never be caught.
As the body count rises, the investigation uncovers large-scale corruption at the heart of the Scottish Police Service. Now Max and Janie must turn against their closest colleagues – to solve a case that could cost them far more than just their lives…


Dead Man’s Grave has been sitting on my Kindle for a while and I’m really not sure why. I love a polite procedural novel and this one approaches the formula from a slightly different angle so it makes it stand out from the crowd in a genre that sometimes feels a little busy. 

This novel is our introduction to Detective Sergeant Max Craigie and he is a protagonist I was really able to warm to. He’s clever, determined and one of the good guys in a police force that seems increasingly corrupt. His back story is interesting and I hope we are able to learn more in the forthcoming parts of the series. I loved his relationship with Janie and the way they bounce off each other is brilliant. I hope this continues too. 

Dead Man’s Grave is very well plotted and it was impossible for me to work out who to trust or what would happen next. As it began to unravel, I was on the edge of my seat wondering where the author would take us. 

The ending sets us up for a very exciting series and I cannot wait for it to continue! 

Dead Man’s Grave is available from Amazon.

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