ARC Book Review: Erasing Memory (a MacNeice Mystery) by Scott Thornley

Release Date: June 26, 2018
Publisher: Spiderline
Format: ebook
Pages: 332 pages
Genre:  Mystery/ Thriller
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Detective Superintendent MacNeice is returning from a pilgrimage to his wife’s grave when he’s called to a crime scene of singular and disturbing beauty. A young woman in evening dress lies gracefully posed on the floor of a pristine summer cottage so that the finger of one hand regularly interrupts the needle arm of a phonograph playing Schubert’s Piano Trio. The only visible mark on her is the bruise under her chin, which MacNeice recognizes: it is the mark that distinguishes dedicated violinists, the same mark that once graced his wife. The murder is both ingenious and horrific, and soon entangles MacNeice and his team in Eastern Europe’s ancient grievances.


This is a really good police procedural set in Canada. MacNeice leads an interesting team of detectives all with their own quirks.  This is a smart book and MacNeice is a complex man of many talents, he recently lost his wife and seems to be grieving but you see hints of him starting to move on.

The characters are well developed and you really start to get a feel for them before the end of the book. The mystery is disturbing but not too graphic or gory and most of the action centers around the actual police work in trying to solve the case. There is a big emphasis on team work and not just one great cop getting all the glory. Each one has their moment to shine.

I believe this is the first of a new series and can't wait to see where the author takes this.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.

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