Sheesh! Where to start here with this bit-of-everything book? This is my first reading of a Stuart MacBride book, a stand alone that was different and entertaining.
it starts with the discovery of a mummy on a refuse dump. The first assumption is that it has been stolen by pranksters from some local museum. DC Callum MacGregor is given the task of finding out where it came from and returning it safely home. This is not exactly riveting police work but nothing more than he expects after disciplinary proceedings against him.
When more mummies turn up and their origin is discovered to be more sinister (and recent) the real chase is on to find a modern-day serial killer.
This is a real twisty-turny story where so many characters are not what they seem. Amidst the investigation Callum must deal with his own tragic past, lost family members, his present relationship and the disdain of fellow workers and all the time the bodies are piling up.
What made this book really stand out for me though was the gallows humour thrown in amongst some truly gruesome details.
This is a larger-than-life police investigation that was a lot of fun to read and not to be taken too seriously, at least by me!
*Many thanks go to HarperCollins UK, Netgalley and the author for an Advanced Copy of this title *