Thicker than Water by JD Kirk

Thicker than Water by JD Kirk

4th March 2021.

In a world of crime fiction where many series tread the same well-worn steps, some books stand out for their originality, the distinctive voice and style of the author, and a great set of characters to bring the story to life.

Thicker than Water has all three qualities in abundance. Detective Chief Inspector Jack Logan is a gruff workaholic who knows how to draw the best from his team. Their banter, camaraderie, and the way they pull together is a joy, lifting the story with humour, humanity and a determination to get the job done, no matter what.

In this second outing, the team are investigating an unpleasant, ritualistic murder of a single mother, whose body is dumped into Loch Ness. She has a dubious boyfriend with a history of anger and aggression. But with few clues, even less forensic evidence and no substantial leads, the investigation makes slow progress.

While Logan and his colleagues rise to the challenge, none of them are prepared for what they discover as the story accelerates to an exciting and unexpected climax.

Distinctive, atmospheric and credible, this gritty story is populated with believable and engaging characters. Logan’s cynical social commentary paints some graphic pictures of life in the Scottish Highlands, but it’s his unflagging determination to catch the killer and his humanity you’ll remember.

Highly recommended.


In twenty years on the force, he has seen his share of monsters.

When a badly mutilated body washes up on the shores of Loch Ness, DCI Jack Logan’s dream of a quiet life in the Highlands is shattered.

While the media speculates wildly about monster attacks, Jack and the Major Investigations Team must act fast to catch the killer before they can strike again.

But with Nessie-hunters descending on the area in their dozens, and an old enemy rearing his ugly head, the case could well turn out to be the most challenging of Jack’s career.

And, if he isn’t careful, the last.

Thicker than Water by JD Kirk

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