The Missing and the Dead (Logan McRae, Book 9) review

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The new Logan McRae novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of CLOSE TO THE BONE and A SONG FOR THE DYING.

One mistake can cost you everything…

A little girl’s body washes up just outside the sleepy coastal town of Macduff, kicking off a major manhunt. Officially, the investigation is out of Sergeant Logan McRae’s hands, but DCI Steel’s Major Investigation Team, drafted in from Aberdeen, is getting nowhere fast.

Steel is running out of ideas and time. She wants Logan back on her team, and doesn’t care how she gets him there.

One thing is clear: there are dangerous predators lurking in the wilds of Aberdeenshire, and not everyone’s getting out of this alive…

Product Details

  • File Size: 1764 KB
  • Print Length: 593 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 2, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 2, 2015
  • Sold by:  HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Excellent! Just excellent!

 on May 8, 2016
By Tripower53
Another great novel by Stuart MacBride. When I found out that Logan had been broke back to uniform in a small village, I though oh no, where’s Steel? But the finding of a little girls body on the beach brings in the MIT and along with it, Steel. Between chasing cows and other various duties, the canvassing of local pedophiles goes into action. We get to see a side of British policing that we don’t usually get to see in Mr. MacBride’s novels. The local cops, doing the small town/village stuff. Logan’s girlfriend is still hanging in there in the hospital, but we find out later in the book that she is in a coma. And Logan’s been having conversations with her all this time. He even got his kitten because of something she suggested in the previous book. Complicating his life, the possible mother of the young girl shows up and insinuates herself into Logan’s life – and home. The fact that Logan is in uniform and policing in a village is brought back to light when the past in the form of his botched testimony in a previous trial comes back to haunt him…

Crime Mystery

 on May 15, 2016
By jon robards
A change of pace for Logan in this book. He is now a Sergeant and not a DS. Sent to an outlying Division for ‘experience’ he becomes heavily involved with drug runners, domestics, and all the other mundane duties of cops on the beat. But of course DI Steele muscles in and ‘encourages’ Logan to assist with another murder inquiry. The pace here is very fast with Logan caught up in a number of relatively minor criminal matters as well as Steele’s murder investigation. Lots of ‘chopping and changing’ with the numerous plots a little hard for this reader to keep up with. In addition there is the unresolved issue of Samantha weighing on Logan’s mind. Nevertheless the book is another thoroughly good read. The author keeps this Logan series alive and well with characters we have come to know (and love?) . Looking forward to Book 10.

Could a Bad Haircut Be to Blame?

 on May 18, 2016
By Mark Delligatti
Logan’s life gets darker and more confused. His relationship with Roberta Steele gets more complicated too. The love of his life remains comatose. A little girl is found dead, are local pedophiles involved? A horrible mutilation occurs, a trial follows. Logan is up and down and up and down. This is a story that shocks, saddens, surprises. It is another great addition to the series. One caveat. make sure you read these in order!

Another Excellent Read!

 on January 22, 2015
By Aussie
Excellent read! We see Logan McRae given a ‘development opportunity’ which means a pay cut, into uniform and back on the streets. Seeing him dealing with several police stations while being on the streets himself brings out a whole new side to McRae. He comes across as such a ‘normal’ person, with compassion but also all the foibles that makes a human an individual. Love the different situations, and, of course, the main mysteries that run through the book. And you just gotta love DI Steel! A host of new characters to make you smile as well. Looking forward to the next book!

It’s a police radio not a book

 on October 9, 2017
By Kate Couriaken
500 plus pages of police radio is more than any non police should endure. Bits and pieces, mish and mash. Hero always in the soup..promotion gone, gone. Should be read only because it changes the scene of action…Will it carry over?

Something different, but another winner.

 on June 13, 2016
By Graeme
When you first start reading this book, fans of Logan McRae might be a little confused by the change of location and the flood of new characters as Logan is transferred into the countryside and back into uniform. But what MacBride has done is cleverly is create a new environment for Logan with great new characters—and don’t worry, many of the old favourites soon begin turning up, too. About the only problem I had was absorbing all those new people in a relatively brief set of chapters, but that wasn’t worth a “star”. In fact, the second time I read it (prior to the latest release now) this book was twice as good. Highly recommended.

Awesome !

 on October 26, 2015
By Eden.M
Ok, I’ve yet to read the book, but, I’ve read all the others in this series, & my immediate reaction, upon opening this book, figuratively of course, and seeing it’s just under 600 pages was ‘oh awesome’ as I knew I had a good few hours of enjoyable reading ahead of me. And you know what ? Even though I’m yet to read the book .. What better recommendation could anyone possibly ever want ! Now onwards, and upwards (& back to page 1)

Love the McRae & Steele stories

 on August 8, 2015
By Janet D Newport
Love the McRae & Steele stories. One of these days, I’ll get a dictionary of Scottish slang so that I can enjoy EVERY word. There’s enough context that the main idea is a given…so it’s not really necessary. The Missing and the Dead was a nice dark story — typical of Stuart MacBride with some real personal twists for Logan. I can hardly wait for # 10.

Mildly disappointing.

 on August 16, 2015
By Julianne M. Mcginley
I’ve read all of Stuart MacBride’s books. The Logan McRae series usually has the book glued to my hand at all times. This book lacked a spark that the other books had. It was good, it kept me interested but it wasn’t MacBride’s usual edge of your seat, dying to know what happens next page turner. I hope there is more stories in Logan’s life. I love his relationship with DCI Steele.

New book in a great series for mystery lovers

 on August 9, 2015
By Kathy
I am a big fan of Stuart MacBride and have read all his Logan McRae books. This was not my favorite in the series, but I did find it enjoyable.I hope we see McRae return to the murder squad. In this book, Logan has been detailed to a regular police force as a sergeant, and a lot of the book is running about dealing with complaints. But I do love MacBride’s dark humor and always find his books to be a good romp. It’s fun to see how Logan puts all the pieces of the puzzle together as the novel progresses. Looking forward to the next book. Also, MacBride’s Ash Henderson series is another excellent read for mystery lovers.


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