From the No. 1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series, comes a standalone spinoff featuring DS Roberta SteelSergeant Roberta Steel has recently been demoted after being caught fitting up a suspect. The trouble is, the man she got sent down has had his sentence quashed now he’s back on the streets. And women are being attacked again. But if DS Steel goes anywhere near him his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good.The Powers That Be won’t listen to her not after what happened last time. Besides, she’s got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy perhaps she should focus on solving them instead of harassing an innocent man?But Steel knows he’s guilty and the longer he gets away with it, the more women will suffer. The question is: how much is she willing to sacrifice to stop him?
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Now We Are Dead Review
- January 1, 1970Liz BarnsleyIs there a single detective anywhere created in fiction who could outdo Roberta Steel? No is what I say – she is (subjectively) the single most entertaining and cleverly written police protagonist on the block. All the blocks. In my humble opinion anyway – therefore a book from the uber talented Mr MacBride focusing on her was probably the biggest book treat I’ve had this year.I rocketed through this like a grasshopper on acid, immediately compelling, laugh out loud funny, the dialogue crackles, Is there a single detective anywhere created in fiction who could outdo Roberta Steel? No is what I say – she is (subjectively) the single most entertaining and cleverly written police protagonist on the block. All the blocks. In my humble opinion anyway – therefore a book from the uber talented Mr MacBride focusing on her was probably the biggest book treat I’ve had this year.I rocketed through this like a grasshopper on acid, immediately compelling, laugh out loud funny, the dialogue crackles, the plot is both exciting and incredibly immersive, there is actually not a single downside to reading this book. Unless you count eating too much chocolate and being incapable of coherent thought on any other subject until you have finished it. I don’t count that because for me that is what books are supposed to do. Even the lack (apart from a cameo) of one of my other favourite fictional detectives Logan McCrae didn’t put a dent in my enjoyment of this one.Poor Roberta, she’s been demoted for planting evidence – something that anyone who read the novel where that happened can sympathise with. Still now she’s sorting out stolen goods, dealing with violent loan sharks and still determined to bring down her nemesis – unfortunately she’s under the spotlight, in danger of losing her job entirely – yeah right, like that is going to stop her. Throw into the mix the incredibly lovable DC Stuart Quirrel, whose attempts to keep up with Roberta and keep her under control create some of the best moments in Now We Are Dead and boy you have a read and a half on your hands. I just loved it. Loved loved loved. And my gosh that last little bit had me quite literally on the edge of my seat – brilliant brilliant finale that I’ll never forget. Just the icing on the top of the most delicious bookish cake.I have to give a nod to the beautiful little hardback too – the author’s introduction is fantastic and the end papers provide some hilarious and beautiful drawings which I considered taking pictures of to show y’all but in the end decided that it was best unwrapped like the best looking Christmas gift ever – and I can’t believe I just said the C word considering my hatred of all things festive season – but honestly perfect present material.All the positive, none of the negative, a banging good read that will engulf you in madness but it is the best madness ever. Bring it on.Highly Recommended.more
- January 1, 1970CpheRoberta Steele has been demoted after attempting to stitch up a suspect in this spin off from the excellent Logan McRae series. Roberta's not happy and she makes sure that everyone knows it. Roberta knows who the guilty party is and she won't rest until she gets her man.If you enjoy slap stick dialogue then you'll enjoy this offering. This novel doesn't have the intensity or the real humour of the earlier McRae novels. It falls far short. In some ways I think that when you try too hard to be hum Roberta Steele has been demoted after attempting to stitch up a suspect in this spin off from the excellent Logan McRae series. Roberta's not happy and she makes sure that everyone knows it. Roberta knows who the guilty party is and she won't rest until she gets her man.If you enjoy slap stick dialogue then you'll enjoy this offering. This novel doesn't have the intensity or the real humour of the earlier McRae novels. It falls far short. In some ways I think that when you try too hard to be humorous then you can well become the opposite of what you're attempting, I felt that's what happened in this novel. Having said that I very much enjoyed the ending when the old, sassy Roberta was given the chance to really shine and commanded the page.The police procedural/ mystery component is again grim and gritty but the slap stick humour tends to overshadow the plot. Logan McRae only puts in a short appearance here. Not as good as the earlier books in the series.more
- January 1, 1970Rachel the Book HarlotPre-ordered
- January 1, 1970KateAbsolutely flaming brilliant!!! Yet again Stuart MacBride is the best.A review: https://forwinternights.wordpress.com...
- January 1, 1970David StimpsonI Would give this 6 0r 7 Stars if I Could .. Steele is the Greatest Cop Character I Have Ever Read ,,,This Book I think is My Favourite Stuart MacBride .. Wonderful ..Wonderful
- January 1, 1970SiobhanA Steel spin-off?Give. It. To. Me. Now.
- January 1, 1970HELEN TOWILLSuper!I didn't think at first that this book would work so well without Logan but Tufty saved the day and became a worthy foil for Steele! I've read all Stuart's books at least twice and this one will be no exception!
- January 1, 1970gemI’m a huge fan of the Logan McRea books, and having this one focus on the recently demoted Roberta Steel was brilliant as she is one of my faves characters in Crime Fiction. Steel and Tufty are after a very nasty man who’s doing unspeakable things outside peoples houses whilst wearing costumes. Much hilarity ensues as the duo try & uncover the criminal, all the whole eating bacon sandwiches & Roberta fiddling with the evil underwire in her bra. (I’d have been terribly disappointed if she I’m a huge fan of the Logan McRea books, and having this one focus on the recently demoted Roberta Steel was brilliant as she is one of my faves characters in Crime Fiction. Steel and Tufty are after a very nasty man who’s doing unspeakable things outside peoples houses whilst wearing costumes. Much hilarity ensues as the duo try & uncover the criminal, all the whole eating bacon sandwiches & Roberta fiddling with the evil underwire in her bra. (I’d have been terribly disappointed if she hadn’t done this, it’s one of her trademark moves!)Whilst this is going on women start getting viscously attacked and raped, the M.O very similar to that of Jack Wallace, the baddie who Steel fitted up & got demoted for... he is an evil bastard and I loved Roberta for trying to pin something on him, even if it wasn’t the crimes he actually committed.Anyway, Steel is convinced Wallace is behind this latest series of attacks and becomes single minded in bringing him down, no matter the risk to her career or her safety.As with all of Stuart MacBride’s books, it’s a glorious mix of the dark and shady world of crime complete with many hilarious one liners. Tufty getting to play a bugger part than normal was brilliant, I loved his drawings at the end.Will Roberta survive to talk to Logan again? Read the book to find out!more
- January 1, 1970Jen LucasAny book which can incorporate my most favourite not-a-swear-word, fudgemonkeys, is always going to make me chuckle. Any book which combines the aforementioned not-a-swear-word and the irrepressible Roberta Steel – well you are pretty much guaranteed a cover to cover chucklefest of the grandest nature, all wrapped around issues so serious they can make your heart sink and your blood boil. And that is exactly what you are served by Stuart MacBride in this darkly humorous spinoff from the Logan Mc Any book which can incorporate my most favourite not-a-swear-word, fudgemonkeys, is always going to make me chuckle. Any book which combines the aforementioned not-a-swear-word and the irrepressible Roberta Steel – well you are pretty much guaranteed a cover to cover chucklefest of the grandest nature, all wrapped around issues so serious they can make your heart sink and your blood boil. And that is exactly what you are served by Stuart MacBride in this darkly humorous spinoff from the Logan McRae series, Now We Are Dead.Now in some ways, it is hard to review this book without some minor spoilers to its sort of predecessor, In The Cold Dark Ground, but I will try. As the blurb suggests, Ms Steel has been a little bit naughty, and found guilty of not entirely following the Police Scotland guidelines for evidentiary support in the conviction of the vile piece of scum that is Jack Wallace. I.e. she set him up. With his sentence overturned he is back on the street and free to start attacking other women.This doesn’t sit well with Steel, but from her new lowly position as DS she doesn’t get to pick and choose her cases and is warned, in no uncertain terms, to stay away from Wallace. When violent assaults against women begin again, Wallace seems to have an unbreakable alibi. Steel doesn’t believe it for one moment, but there is little she can do other than wait for Wallace to show his hand. Of course, for Steel, and those she loves, that moment could come a touch too late …From the moment you open this book and start reading, it is like being welcomed back into the safe arms of your more than slightly dysfunctional family. The team of the North East Division are a hoot, a complete mismatch of characters and personalities which, somehow, just seem to compliment each other, whilst creating an overwhelmingly comedic effect. At the head of the team you have Steel, with her inimitable style – her sarcasm, her gruffness, even crudeness, which affects the team in a variety of ways. All of them, I might add, are great value for money for the reader. You are guaranteed entertainment from every single madcap situation that they find themselves in.Now if you have read any of the Logan McRae books then you will be well aware of Roberta Steel. There really should be no need for an introduction. For the uninitiated, then suffice to say this is a women for whom the term politically correct has little meaning, other than ticking the right box on an election or referendum ballot paper, assuming that is, that she takes time to vote. She drinks, she swears, she has been known to cut the occasional corner to further a case, and if there is a way to avoid physical exertion then she has probably found it. That said, she has a true desire for justice which can sometimes lead her into trouble. You get a sense of her softer (?) side, when it comes to a harrowing case involving a neglected child, and also her relationship with her partner Susan and their two daughters, even if she could well swing for their father right now. She definitely isn’t the warm and fuzzy kind at work, but while she doesn’t always show it, in her own way she has a real affection for her team, especially young DC Quirrel, a.k.a. Tufty.Ah Tufty. What a star. Newly transferred to Aberdeen as a Detective Constable having served under Sergeant McRae, you cannot help but fall for his bashful naivety, determination and youthful enthusiasm. He is an absolute scream. With much of the action told from his perspective you will find yourself both laughing with, and occasionally at, our hapless hero. From his awkward attempts to chat up fellow Police Officer, PC Kate Mackintosh, to an ill-advised attempt to call a halt to a demonstration by local farmers which results in a rather unsavoury shower, everything the poor chap is put through – well to be fair it just made me laugh. A lot. Despite his comic interludes though, Tufty is a fluffing good copper.Now if there is one thing that Stuart MacBride excels in, it’s bringing out the dark humour in a book without it overshadowing what is, in essence, a really dark and sometimes disturbing, story. There are moments which make the skin crawl; where the violent attacks occurring around Aberdeen make you wonder if Steel didn’t have the right approach towards Wallace in the first place, however ill-advised her actions were. The book moves seamlessly between the serious and the frivolous, Stuart MacBride being able to flick the switch between making you want to laugh and then cry. It would take a heartless cow not to be upset by what happens in poor Mrs Galloway’s flat. I mean, don’t you just hate it when your Pudding explodes all over the microwave … But I have to be honest, as much as that scene made me both grimace and go awwww, it led to quite a few smiles a bit later on in the book. If you read it, you’ll know why. You’re a brave man though, Mr MacBride. There’s not many folk would tackle that taboo a subject.The cast of characters are perfectly sculpted – everything you would expect from a Stuart MacBride novel. From a truly evil, cunning and manipulative bad guy in Jack Wallace, to the moaning, put upon and quite literally set upon DC ‘where are ma pants’ Harmsworth, you have the full gamut of MacBride classics all in one place. There is even a representation of Marvel heroes that I don’t think you’d find in any of their licensed comics. Holy hand-cramp Batman!!! Christ, so many things pretty much had me chuckling. Even the style of the book, the layout, each chapter preceded by a description of what is to follow, adds to the tone of what you are about to experience. The sub headings will make you smile/frown as you puzzle over what they mean. Their execution will have you chortling for days. The illustrations that accompany the hardback are just spot on, especially ‘Tufty’s Super Secret Map of Aberdeen.’ It’s worth getting the book for that alone, although you’re missing a real treat if you don’t read what comes before it.If you are a fan of the Logan McRae series, or of Mr MacBride in general, especially his wonderfully dry, very astute observations of the human character, or if you just think Roberta Steel is a real scream, then you will love this book. If you are easily offended and don’t like tales of ‘fudgemonkery’ or ‘Womble wallopers’ … ahhhh, stuff it. Read it anyway. If you haven’t read any of these books before? Okay, so there will be spoilers (sort of) but only in a very (very) minor way as to the ending of the last Logan McRae book, but nothing that will stop you enjoying this or any of the other books in that series. Don’t get me wrong. While the McRae books can be occasionally dark, this book too at times, this in particular is a lesson in Stuart MacBride’s pure comic genius, more akin to A Dark So Deadly, than Cold Granite and certainly lighter in tone than the Ash Henderson series. But by god this is good.Very, very (very) good. My only regret? Ferreting fudgemonkeys – it’s having finished so dang fast. There is a reason these books are on my absolutely must read list. It’s because they are absolutely bloody brilliant. This is no exception.Very highly recommended ‘snake-alicious’ read. Most definitely in my top reads of 2017. I loved it. Can you tell? I know I’ve been somewhat reticent about making my feelings clear on the subject, but just in case you were in any doubt, it really is rather good.more
- January 1, 1970SimonFudge Flavoured Wombles in Tartan NoirThe odd thing is that I didn't give this book the best chance because I was in a foul mood when I started listening to it. Half an hour later my troubles were forgotten. This is a gloriously entertaining piece of Tartan Noir from Stuart McBride featuring a lead character who feels like a genuine force of nature.Readers of the Logan MCrae series will well remember the rather unfortunate Detective Inspector Roberta Steel who was thrown under the bus, discredit Fudge Flavoured Wombles in Tartan NoirThe odd thing is that I didn't give this book the best chance because I was in a foul mood when I started listening to it. Half an hour later my troubles were forgotten. This is a gloriously entertaining piece of Tartan Noir from Stuart McBride featuring a lead character who feels like a genuine force of nature.Readers of the Logan MCrae series will well remember the rather unfortunate Detective Inspector Roberta Steel who was thrown under the bus, discredited and demoted to Detective Sergeant. Steel is every bit of Scottish Detective curmudgeon, irreverence, anti-establishment sentiment and downright rudeness ever written all piled into one big bitter pile of spite. It's a brilliant and darkly humorous move that bundles all that and a strong desire for justice up into a horny married lesbian copper responsible for two young daughters.She crashes about with the best of intentions dragging poor Tufty her partner with her intio scrape after scrape. The humour is constant though possibly a little juvenile for some.The thing that I love most about McBride is the writing style. The narrative gives even rooms and inanimate objects character. I think it's probably the first time I've ever actually felt sympathy for an interrogation room. The dialogue is brisk and has that almost Pulp Fiction nuance of not being afraid to go off on a tangent, just like people do.All this chaos and depth needs a good performance. Steve Worsley is a great fit! Maybe his ladies don't sound the most feminine but he launches himself into the whole thing with gusto and certainly gives the impression he's enjoying this particular script.This really is a book I would thoroughly recommend. The story and characters made me both laugh and excited. I mean it when I use the term noir above though, this isn't for the super-sensitive or the politically correct. It really does describe some very tough situations but the humanity of the characters shines through and the scene where Roberta declares that she was *trying* to be nice made me laugh out loud but showed she has a heart in there.An extremely good use of a credit with the fudge-flavoured wombles a bonus!more
- January 1, 1970Colin MurtaghI so love this author, and he never lets me down. Following on from the last book, Steel has been demoted after trying to fit up Jack Wallace. He's still a raping scumbag in her words, and she's determined that she's going to prove it, even though there's a good chance it will finish her career. In the mean time however, she's still got to deal with money lenders, shoplifters and pick pockets and keep her team in check. And there's the minor matter of a farmers demonstration coming to town, whic I so love this author, and he never lets me down. Following on from the last book, Steel has been demoted after trying to fit up Jack Wallace. He's still a raping scumbag in her words, and she's determined that she's going to prove it, even though there's a good chance it will finish her career. In the mean time however, she's still got to deal with money lenders, shoplifters and pick pockets and keep her team in check. And there's the minor matter of a farmers demonstration coming to town, which means the uniform even has to come out. I will admit, without Logan about I wondering how she'd cope, but DC Tufty has really shone through here, they are going to make an admirable tag team. Whether she can hit the same heights with him as she did with Logan is still to be seen, but it's certainly a good start. He's a good cop, with the sense to try and keep her on the straight and narrow, but with a streak of humour running through him hat's maybe been missing lately. The afore mentioned farmers, the rubber duck Einstein, his constant going on about quantum mechanics, he's going to be a real star. Its a bit of a palate cleanser this time. The humour, which has always been there, takes a bit more of a front seat, the darkness, which has been getting a bit heavy in some of the latter books, haas retreated a little. Whether this is how it's going to stay is going to be interestingmore
- January 1, 1970MR RICHARDInsightful, incisive and gloriously entertaining. Can't get enough of the humanity of the characters. Others say this is a gritty style but Stuart makes Roberta Steele into the Deadpool of Aber-funken-deen. It's been a while since I felt so vastly entertained, laughed so hard and been flung round the dance floor by an arm, seeing the sights and sounds fly by erratically and with whisky-like fluidity. And all from the comfort of my lounge. Stuart MacBride, what a King.more
- January 1, 1970Angela VerdeniusThis was a much lighter read than normal, but it was a nice change of pace, too. Here we see a softer side to Steel, as well as a comedic side to the story while it still retains it's grittiness in the subject matter. Seeing different characters coping with Steel was fun and interesting. Makes me eager to see what MacBride has next in line for his characters - I'm waiting as patiently as I can!!more
- January 1, 1970Mainer207Really good story about Roberta Steele and her new team. There are some laugh out loud funny bits. Roberta can be maddening at times but she's a good cop. I miss Logan but this is her story. And there is one of my most favorite lines ever about fake news. Excellent narration! Waiting somewhat patiently for the next book.more
- January 1, 1970ValI received this book from Good Reads."No 1 Times Bestseller". I thought I was in for a good read, as I love detective stories, but I did not enjoy this one. I did read quite a bit of it, hoping my opinion would change, but it did not, so in the end I gave up on it.Too much trying to be funny for me. It was not my kind of humour.more
- January 1, 1970Kevin McMahonA spin-off from the main series featuring the amazing creature that is Roberta Steel. Now only a Detective Sergeant, Roberta continues to cause mayhem wherever she goes. Lots of really funny bits in this and Roberts’s manner and language are brilliant.more
- January 1, 1970Lainey AndersonRoberta Steele stands tallI am so glad Steele has her own story. She is fierce, determined, crude and funny but devoted to her job and not afraid to break rules or cut corners to get justice. I hope we can have another Steele and Tufty adventure.
- January 1, 1970Aaron AdvaniRoberta Steel has been crying out for her own book for years and now she has one and what a book it is.It's gritty, rough and hilarious and hopefully its the first of many.Stuart Macbride's rough diamond shines in this short but fun book, 5 stars all the way.more
- January 1, 1970Tracy CollierAnother fantastic read from Stuart MacBride. It was different this one with it being predominantly about Steele, with just the odd bit of McRae in it, but I really did enjoy it. I was glad we got her famous saying in there too!
- January 1, 1970LisaA fun read for fans of Stuart MacBride and Roberta Steele.
- January 1, 1970A.J. DavidsonAny book with Roberta Steele as its protagonist is bound to be a winner. The author has a knack of shining a spotlight on how British police work, play, cry and laugh.
- January 1, 1970John RobertsAnother brilliant book by Stuart. Logan wasn't missed. Very funny at times. Highly recommend this book for fans of Stuart. The ending was brilliant, one of the best!
- January 1, 1970Matina StrettonLove the book. Quick read with some humor. Please read this book.
- January 1, 1970KellyI love Stuart MacBride more than words can express. Read only the preface & afterword and you'll know most of the reasons why.
- January 1, 1970Chris WilkinsonA very easy 5 stars! amazing book as usual from stuart.
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