A Winter Grave: a chilling new mystery set in the Scottish highlands

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A Winter Grave: a chilling new mystery set in the Scottish highlands

A Winter Grave: a chilling new mystery set in the Scottish highlands

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You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Brodie must face up to the ghosts of his past and to a killer determined to bury forever the chilling secret that his investigation threatens to expose. I was confused and found that I wasn’t enjoying this tale much at all - I was already considering giving up on it. His wife committed suicide, and his daughter, Addie, hates him and has not spoken to him for ten years.

The three things I mentioned above were total surprises for me because I didn’t know this before I started reading and this added to my reading pleasure. By contrast, melting ice sheets have brought the Gulf Stream to a halt and northern latitudes, including Scotland, are being hit by snow and ice storms. This chance discovery leads to a rollercoaster of secrets and intrigue and the body count starts to mount in this bleak and remote landscape.

Whereas climate change has made equatorial countries uninhabitable due to an increase in temperature, a shift in the Gulf Stream has rendered Northern Scotland an icy wilderness. Brodie hasn’t long left on this earth but in the time remaining he wants to lay to rest the ghosts of the past, attempt a reconciliation and, perhaps, receive forgiveness. There is also the personal background of the characters, and in the end the stories come very neatly together, although not always as the reader would hope. The power was out, there was no hot food or drink to be had, and the body of George Younger, which had been refrigerated in a cake cabinet, was rapidly thawing. A young meteorologist checking a mountain top weather station in Kinlochleven discovers the body of a missing man entombed in ice.

A good read but I think it was more about me not getting absorbed by the novel than it not been a good book. While initially these threads may have felt a bit disparate, they came to flow well together for me, filling in aspects of the story as and when needed for the sake of all the characters involved. I’m not sure it needed the family backstory (it jumps back in time to tell the story of his wife’s suicide) but it does come together in an exciting climax and satisfying ending. What May does with out being preachy, is to get you to focus on the possible outcomes of global warming. A Winter Grave is set in the Scotland of 2051 where the effects of climate change we've been warned about have become a reality.

A quarter of the world's population has been displaced by hunger and flooding, and immigration wars are breaking out around the globe as refugees pour into neighboring countries.

A Winter Grave takes place in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands; one that is in the grip of an ice storm.Suffice it to say that this is food for thought, and if you care about the future of the world, this book is essential reading, because it is a stark reminder of what ought to be being considered. He has created, in granular detail, an entirely singular, plausible and fascinatingly new version of our own world. Now, in “A Winter Grave,” he gives readers a glimpse into life in 2053 – the good and the bad, the different and the same. I don't remember Peter May previously setting any of his novels in the future, but correct me if I am wrong.



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