When Claire Duffy contacted me and asked me to read and review the first in the Dark of Night Trilogy, I was unable to refuse given that much of the book takes place in the very area I live! I’m always a sucker for my Scottish Crime Fiction and when I’m promised death and murder in some of the places I grew up in…
So before I share my thoughts here’s what the official blurb says:
How far would you go to catch a serial killer?
Just when Ruari musters the courage to confess his love for best friend Lorna, she goes missing. When Lorna’s body is found in the Campsies, Ruari sets out to retrace her last steps in the hopes of finding her killer – but somebody has beaten him to it. Now the hunt is on for a serial killer terrorising Glasgow.
Dark of night is a fast-paced, twisty serial killer thriller set in Glasgow, turbo-charged with Scandi-esque noir and black humour.
Well, I think Glasgow has just found itself a fresh new name in crime fiction! CS Duffy has produced an excellent debut in the first episode of the “Dark of Night” series!
Ruari’s dreams of finding true love with his best friend Lorna, are cruelly dashed when she is found brutally murdered in the Campsie Hills just outside of Glasgow. Ruari has his suspicions when he finds out Alec McAvoy, hotshot lawyer had a drink with her the night before she was murdered. Ruari had been in the police until he had to give up work on medical grounds but his desire to find Lorna’s killer kicks in that policing instinct and off he goes. Will Ruari uncover the truth or is he just about to find himself in danger?
Dark of Night, is short and sharp, full of the Glasgow banter and humour laced with a good old-fashioned murder mystery. Lots of twists and turns and little pools of red herrings kept me engrossed all the way through. And of course for me, the winner with this one was the sense of place. I know these places the author describes, I can see the Campsies from my house, I know the routes she is talking about, the buses and trains that Ruari takes. How deliciously real it made my reading experience!
The characters in the book are authentic “Glesga” characters with that dry wit, irreverent humour and that way of telling a stranger your life story if you stand beside them for longer than 5 minutes, shone throughout the book. From the earwigging of conversations in the cafe to the local community centre dancing classes, it felt realistic and believable.
This is episode one of the trilogy, so not all questions are answered in the book. The ending may infuriate some as it definitely leaves you on a massive cliff edge just waiting to fall right over! But don’t despair, episode two is available to buy and episode 3 is due to be published next month!
Dark of Night: Episode One is available to purchase from: