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In a remote corner of Lagos in Nigeria, a stranger delivers a homeless boy to an orphanage, where the welcoming staff hide a terrible secret. At a squalid flat in the docks area of Cardiff, an early morning police raid goes catastrophically wrong. A plain clothes officer is shot dead at point blank range. The killer slips away. Young and inexperienced, Will MacReady starts h In a remote corner of Lagos in Nigeria, a stranger delivers a homeless boy to an orphanage, where the welcoming staff hide a terrible secret. At a squalid flat in the docks area of Cardiff, an early morning police raid goes catastrophically wrong. A plain clothes officer is shot dead at point blank range. The killer slips away. Young and inexperienced, Will MacReady starts his first day on the CID. With the city in shock and the entire force reeling, he is desperate to help - but unearths truths that lead the team down an increasingly dark path...


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In a remote corner of Lagos in Nigeria, a stranger delivers a homeless boy to an orphanage, where the welcoming staff hide a terrible secret. At a squalid flat in the docks area of Cardiff, an early morning police raid goes catastrophically wrong. A plain clothes officer is shot dead at point blank range. The killer slips away. Young and inexperienced, Will MacReady starts h In a remote corner of Lagos in Nigeria, a stranger delivers a homeless boy to an orphanage, where the welcoming staff hide a terrible secret. At a squalid flat in the docks area of Cardiff, an early morning police raid goes catastrophically wrong. A plain clothes officer is shot dead at point blank range. The killer slips away. Young and inexperienced, Will MacReady starts his first day on the CID. With the city in shock and the entire force reeling, he is desperate to help - but unearths truths that lead the team down an increasingly dark path...

30 review for Ash and Bones

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Ash and Bones introduces a rather young and lovely police officer, Will MacReady. This the world of Cardiff noir. It is the brand new novel from Mike Thomas. MacReady joins CID, on the day of the tragic death of a police officer. MacReady attempts to fit into the culture of CID as a trainee detective constable and learn the ropes, as well as navigate a shaky home life. It’s a complicated world, full of police jargon and pettiness. MacReady is definitely considered to be at the bottom of the pecki Ash and Bones introduces a rather young and lovely police officer, Will MacReady. This the world of Cardiff noir. It is the brand new novel from Mike Thomas. MacReady joins CID, on the day of the tragic death of a police officer. MacReady attempts to fit into the culture of CID as a trainee detective constable and learn the ropes, as well as navigate a shaky home life. It’s a complicated world, full of police jargon and pettiness. MacReady is definitely considered to be at the bottom of the pecking order. With dead coppers, child smuggling and a bleak setting, we follow the drama as it escalates. Cardiff is a place of fear. This is a very promising start to the series. I found myself rooting for MacReady and being charmed by him. He has grit and determination to seek the truth. I am intrigued to see where Thomas will take him next. There is a profound sense of realism and authenticity about Ash and Bones, which made it quite addictive. You can tell the author knows policing inside out. Definitely a series to keep an eye on. Thomas has a great character in Will MacReady, that has masses of potential. See for yourself!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Ooh I was rather fond of this. It’s been waiting on the pile long enough that’ll teach me.. So gritty, intense, addictive crime fiction you are after is it? Well look no further, Mike Thomas has you covered. First in a new series featuring Will MacReady, Cardiff set, this is a crime drama with bite and some intensely compelling characters. Including Charlotte Beck – whose interaction and relationship with MacReady is one I want to see more of. ANYWAY lets talk nitty gritty. I did say it was gritty Ooh I was rather fond of this. It’s been waiting on the pile long enough that’ll teach me.. So gritty, intense, addictive crime fiction you are after is it? Well look no further, Mike Thomas has you covered. First in a new series featuring Will MacReady, Cardiff set, this is a crime drama with bite and some intensely compelling characters. Including Charlotte Beck – whose interaction and relationship with MacReady is one I want to see more of. ANYWAY lets talk nitty gritty. I did say it was gritty. Will as a character is totally awesome, new kid on the block but with his own way of thinking. The story is hard hitting and often unexpected, Will’s personal life is, well, I won’t say anything but intriguing and I also liked the way the dialogue popped off the page – overall it was very brilliant on very many levels. Great opening too – way to get the attention – and the plotting is clever and well flowing, never a dull moment. So Yes. I was really rather fond of this one. The next certainly won’t wait in line it’ll be straight to the top of the pile. Highly Recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    Review: ASH AND BONES For those, like me, who love British police procedurals, delve into the super Welsh mystery ASH AND BONES, and view Cardiff as you've not seen it [it sure wasn't like this in "Torchwood" ]. Newly-minted Detective Constable Will MacReady is ready, willing, and eager to detect. The problem, in his colleague's view, is Will' s independent streak. Like Robert Bryndza' s series protagonist DCI Erika Foster, Will goes where the clues lead--minus backup and without hierarchical per Review: ASH AND BONES For those, like me, who love British police procedurals, delve into the super Welsh mystery ASH AND BONES, and view Cardiff as you've not seen it [it sure wasn't like this in "Torchwood" ]. Newly-minted Detective Constable Will MacReady is ready, willing, and eager to detect. The problem, in his colleague's view, is Will' s independent streak. Like Robert Bryndza' s series protagonist DCI Erika Foster, Will goes where the clues lead--minus backup and without hierarchical permission.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Webber

    This is the best crime/ police thriller I have read in a very long time. It's grippy, it's gritty, it's fast-paced. It's everything you want a thriller to be. The main character is one to root for but is not a cliche, which immediately sets it apart from so many crime/ police thrillers. Two aspects of the the novel really stand out to me: 1) the sheer authenticity of it. The characters, the setting, the dialogue (both police patter and criminal turn of phrase. The authors time spent on the police This is the best crime/ police thriller I have read in a very long time. It's grippy, it's gritty, it's fast-paced. It's everything you want a thriller to be. The main character is one to root for but is not a cliche, which immediately sets it apart from so many crime/ police thrillers. Two aspects of the the novel really stand out to me: 1) the sheer authenticity of it. The characters, the setting, the dialogue (both police patter and criminal turn of phrase. The authors time spent on the police force shines through on every page. 2) how unbelievably lean the story is. There is not an ounce of fat on it. It's practically got a six pack. The plot hurtles along, gradually pulling two disparate plots together (one set in Nigeria) as well as multiple characters/ incidents. Not a word is wasted, which for me is a dying skill. It's head and shoulders above the flooded market of Crime/ Police Thrillers and deserves to put Mike Thomas on the map. And sell a bucketload in the process.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Ouston

    A gripping novel with twists and connections I didn’t expect. Fantastically read in the audiobook (a result of lock down library closures!) I will definitely try that medium again. Look forwards to reading the sequel now!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Thebooktrail

    Booktrail map of locations Visit the destinations here This one had more grit in it than a sandwich eaten on a windy day in Cardiff Bay. A solid police procedural with links to Lagos which really interested me. The author has been a police officer in the very city he writes about and you can tell. He's walked each and every beat of the police in the novel for the authenticity really stands out. Gets really dark this one - no spoilers here but in the early pages a police officer gets shot at point Booktrail map of locations Visit the destinations here This one had more grit in it than a sandwich eaten on a windy day in Cardiff Bay. A solid police procedural with links to Lagos which really interested me. The author has been a police officer in the very city he writes about and you can tell. He's walked each and every beat of the police in the novel for the authenticity really stands out. Gets really dark this one - no spoilers here but in the early pages a police officer gets shot at point blank range and that's not the worst of it. Going to get the rest in the series as I like this new addition to the Welsh literary landscape!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This is my first for this author. I'm not sure about this one, it seemed to be all over the place and not very well organized. Maybe reading another in the series will change my mind. This is my first for this author. I'm not sure about this one, it seemed to be all over the place and not very well organized. Maybe reading another in the series will change my mind.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Don

    Ash and Bones by Mike Thomas is described as a crime and thriller book. And to a degree it is. Before I go any further I must state that this was an audio book, not a read. I have stated several times that I think a narrator can make or break an audio book. In Ash and Bones, it was the latter. I nearly stopped listening to it in the first few chapters as it seemed to be a continual drone with no audible difference between characters. This may have been me not being ready for a new book. However, Ash and Bones by Mike Thomas is described as a crime and thriller book. And to a degree it is. Before I go any further I must state that this was an audio book, not a read. I have stated several times that I think a narrator can make or break an audio book. In Ash and Bones, it was the latter. I nearly stopped listening to it in the first few chapters as it seemed to be a continual drone with no audible difference between characters. This may have been me not being ready for a new book. However, I did persevere as nearly three hours in a train gave me plenty of time to concentrate! Somewhere in the latter third of the book, the narrator says something along the lines of ‘…then McCreedy said, 'Has the cat got the biscuits'…..’ That was when I realised I could not hear any difference between the narrator’s voice and McCreedy’s. (McCreedy was a lead character, or at least one of them so we heard a lot from him). Many of the male characters and even female characters also sounded like the narrator. Also in the latter third an elderly lady was introduced and her voice sounded 'old'. From that point I began to notice slight, very slight audible differences, among other characters. I have seen school teachers reading all characters in their own voice and noticed the glazed look upon the students’ faces. I belong to the later school where each character should have his, or her, own voice. Heck, recently I was reading in a Scottish accent…to myself!! As for the book…it seemed to be a mixture of crime, drugs, murder (I think) and family dramas all rolled into one with no rhyme or reason to any of it. For example one chapter ended in London with detectives talking about their case. The next chapter commenced in Nairobi followed by a jump back to London. There was no other reference to an African country until near the end. Similarly, a family drama about two thirds of the way through the book was resolved in the last sentence. I listen to audio books while driving and so it is impossible to “go back a page…or three” to re-read any tenuous connection there may be between chapters. It may be a better ‘read’ than the audio version. I did not like the audio version of Ash and Bones. I read for enjoyment and the only thing I found enjoyable about Ash and Bones was working out why I found it so boring and lifeless. Really should have been a two star rating, however, it earned and extra star because I did complete it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is the third book I've read by this author, and feel it's his most accessible yet. With a pace that gallops along it would be easy to get lost in the story and miss some of the well-crafted descriptions with which Thomas fleshes out his version of Cardiff and the various characters and 'MOPs'! Knowing Cardiff, and that the author was a serving police officer there, I can't help but wonder how much of this is based on experience and observation! Overall a cracking read, and one that fans of This is the third book I've read by this author, and feel it's his most accessible yet. With a pace that gallops along it would be easy to get lost in the story and miss some of the well-crafted descriptions with which Thomas fleshes out his version of Cardiff and the various characters and 'MOPs'! Knowing Cardiff, and that the author was a serving police officer there, I can't help but wonder how much of this is based on experience and observation! Overall a cracking read, and one that fans of Peter James and similar authors will be sure to enjoy. ETA: My copy was via NetGalley in return for my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Martha Brindley

    I loved this book. Fantastic plot and great characters. It took me a while to link the parallel stories but this is an enjoyable read with an independent lead character in Will. I hope there will be a follow up. Crime fans will enjoy this. Thanks to Net Galley for my copy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah-Jayne Briggs

    (This review may contain spoilers). I was very intrigued when I read the blurb of this book and even though the very first scene didn't immediately have anything to do with the plot, it was still enough to pique my interest in the rest of the book. While I did find MacReady an interesting character and it was good to see his relationship with his wife, I kind of lost an emotional connection with him due to his interactions with the other characters. Apart from Beck, I wasn't really able to differe (This review may contain spoilers). I was very intrigued when I read the blurb of this book and even though the very first scene didn't immediately have anything to do with the plot, it was still enough to pique my interest in the rest of the book. While I did find MacReady an interesting character and it was good to see his relationship with his wife, I kind of lost an emotional connection with him due to his interactions with the other characters. Apart from Beck, I wasn't really able to differentiate between the characters; and Beck kind of seemed the token female police officer. She was also a bit too much with the attitude at times, especially when she seemed to expect her partner to drive and answer his cell phone at the same time. The secondary plot of the story was more interesting to read, but it wasn't really detailed enough to work with what was revealed at the end of the book. I felt some of the characters could have been expanded upon a lot more; and there was quite a bit of repetitiveness when it came to MacReady being the new guy. There were times I felt like I was reading about the new kid at school trying to fit in and the conflicts from some characters didn't really make a lot of sense. The most interesting part of the book was the conflict MacReady was experiencing within his own family, but I didn't get to see a lot of the tension between him and his wife. And while there were issues between him and his brother, those were also told, rather than me being able to see and make those judgements for myself. There were some moments of tension, but I felt those were somehow lost until towards the end of the book. However, although the loose ends were kind of tied up, I was left wondering how it was all kept hidden in the town. I would have liked more details on the secondary characters and less of the sole focus being on piling on the new guy. I didn't have much of an emotional connection to any of the secondary characters and I would have liked to see more of the actual case. At the moment, I don't plan to read the next book/s in this series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    I have had Ash and Bones sitting waiting to be read for a while. The perfect opportunity came up to read it as part of the 144 books around the UK challenge and the fact that the second in the Detective MacReady series is due out over the summer. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t believe it took me so long to get around to reading it. Set in Cardiff, Ash and Bones follows trainee detective Will MacReady as he sets out on his new career path. He is introduced to his new team with a bang when a rai I have had Ash and Bones sitting waiting to be read for a while. The perfect opportunity came up to read it as part of the 144 books around the UK challenge and the fact that the second in the Detective MacReady series is due out over the summer. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t believe it took me so long to get around to reading it. Set in Cardiff, Ash and Bones follows trainee detective Will MacReady as he sets out on his new career path. He is introduced to his new team with a bang when a raid goes wrong and one of Cardiff’s oldest and most respected Detectives is killed on the job. Determined to bring the killer to justice, especially as it is one of their own that has been killed, it soon becomes apparent that there is more to this killing than first meets the eye. Ash and Bones is a no-holds barred, gritty and compelling read. Thomas’s experience of being a police officer comes through to give the novel a really authentic feel. There is no glitz and rose-tinted view about what it is like to be a detective, instead all of the difficulties and challenges that the police face are there, along with the mindset that comes following a number of years in the force and the sections of society you deal with on a day to day basis. I really got this and understood the frustrations after a number of years working within social services where you are governed and frustrated by red-tape and you spend the majority of your life dealing with the darker side of human nature. This worked brilliantly for me and really helped to draw me into the book as the experience felt real. There is quite a lot of police jargon, however this is easy to follow and adds to rather than detracts from the book. I really liked MacReady as a character and I liked the fact that he is a novice detective. All of the frustrations of not being considered able to carry out certain duties until he is fully trained, yet wanting to get stuck in and show initiative is there and I could relate to him. He has had a difficult upbringing and has his share of family troubles but he does not come across as a cliched. I look forward to following his career in the rest of the series. As I said the novel is set in Cardiff, however there is also an international edge with the book being punctuated by a story set between Nigeria and Portugal. This intrigued me from the outset and gave me another reason to keep on reading to find out how the storylines would connect. Thomas kept me on my toes throughout the book with an ending that I hadn’t figured out. A great start to a new detective series, Ash and Bones will appeal to those readers who like their crime novels to have a realistic edge and are not shy to walk on the seamier side of life in their reading. Gritty, dark and totally compelling, Ash and Bones is a cracking read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Green

    I chose this because I love Stuart McBride and although I enjoyed it I felt that it was nowhere near the same league as Stuart. If you read it, bear that in mind and judge it on it's own merits. It was good, the characters are forming up nicely to have their own series, the only thing I really didn't enjoy was the overuse of police jargon. I wish that authors would realise that not everyone has worked in the police force! I guess it makes it more authentic but I find it just plain annoying. Oh an I chose this because I love Stuart McBride and although I enjoyed it I felt that it was nowhere near the same league as Stuart. If you read it, bear that in mind and judge it on it's own merits. It was good, the characters are forming up nicely to have their own series, the only thing I really didn't enjoy was the overuse of police jargon. I wish that authors would realise that not everyone has worked in the police force! I guess it makes it more authentic but I find it just plain annoying. Oh and how depressing is it that everyone in the police force is so horrible to each other???? It makes me give up hope for humanity, so I really hope that that aspect of the book is exaggerated.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pennie Malone

    Though the diverged storylines did eventually come together but it was so last minute I felt as disconnected from the conclusion as both timelines. I did enjoy the book though and a great introduction to the characters. The sequel (which I read first) is a fantastic follow up and I can't wait for more. This story felt quite short in comparison to the sequel so another slight let down. I like to think of this book as a prequel. Love feeling at home in Cardiff and the local area. I can feel the sea Though the diverged storylines did eventually come together but it was so last minute I felt as disconnected from the conclusion as both timelines. I did enjoy the book though and a great introduction to the characters. The sequel (which I read first) is a fantastic follow up and I can't wait for more. This story felt quite short in comparison to the sequel so another slight let down. I like to think of this book as a prequel. Love feeling at home in Cardiff and the local area. I can feel the sea air on my face when reading about being down at the bay and the bricks underfoot down by the locks.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Arlene Downey

    I enjoyed this audio book. The mysteries left few clues, and were very absorbing. From the beginning there was obviously something very huge going on and the CID squad was dealing with bit players. The people they talk to who know what is going on are too afraid or too involved to tell the police anything. The audio book was narrated with a British accent and there were a number of colloquial expressions that may be confusing if the non-UK reader/listener is not familiar with them. All in all a v I enjoyed this audio book. The mysteries left few clues, and were very absorbing. From the beginning there was obviously something very huge going on and the CID squad was dealing with bit players. The people they talk to who know what is going on are too afraid or too involved to tell the police anything. The audio book was narrated with a British accent and there were a number of colloquial expressions that may be confusing if the non-UK reader/listener is not familiar with them. All in all a very good read/listen. I received a free audio book from Goodreads Giveaways.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Miki Jacobs

    I liked this a lot. We're introduced to Will Macready, a DC with Cardiff police. With the team, they are investigating a torso found in Cardiff Bay and the murder of a Policeman. In between times his personal life is going wrong. Witnesses don't want to talk, so it's slow progress. Meanwhile someone is shipping young children to Portugal where they are undergoing surgery. At times you want to give Will a good shake and ask him WTF, but overall I really enjoyed it. I liked this a lot. We're introduced to Will Macready, a DC with Cardiff police. With the team, they are investigating a torso found in Cardiff Bay and the murder of a Policeman. In between times his personal life is going wrong. Witnesses don't want to talk, so it's slow progress. Meanwhile someone is shipping young children to Portugal where they are undergoing surgery. At times you want to give Will a good shake and ask him WTF, but overall I really enjoyed it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Haining

    2/10 4%. TBH a better title would have been death by TLA. Unless you want to learn about life in the police or have a love of three letter acronyms this is a stinker to avoid. What plot their was (fairly simple) and personal sub-plot (easily guessed) was ruined by excessive TLA. Here’s an example from just two pages...TIC, CSI, NPAS, MOP,POLSA. It transformed a half decent book into a LOC making it way too HTR and a WOM IMHO. See what I mean!?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Stocato style works well for police force process and humour, although could be tiresome in a series. Will see how that goes. Makes for an entertaining read. Funny characters.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dean David

    Good

  20. 5 out of 5

    Isla Scott

    I got bored and stopped reading.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    I picked this up from the £1 clearance section of a bookshop to take on holiday, so glad I did, what a bargain. An excellent novel by an author new to me but I will definitely look for more.

  22. 4 out of 5

    David

    Looks like being a good series. Only a slight concern I found the story a little loose in a couple of places.

  23. 4 out of 5

    DenXXX

    Had previously read #2 so it was nice to see where Will was coming from. As a newbie to the role, he learns fast and is soon following leads others have discounted

  24. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    Police procedural set in Cardiff. It’s a bit laddish in places but a good story with lots of twists and turns.

  25. 5 out of 5

    James

    Mike Thomas, a former Cardiff police officer turned author, first came to my attention with his novel A Pocket Notebook, a dark, funny tale of a firearms officer going off the rails. Next up was his hugely enjoyable Ugly Bus, literally one of the best books I have read, and one of the few to feature as its protagonists’ members of the TSG. The Territorial Support Group is the nearest UK police forces come to having a riot squad, and as such when it does appear in fiction it’s usually as knuckle Mike Thomas, a former Cardiff police officer turned author, first came to my attention with his novel A Pocket Notebook, a dark, funny tale of a firearms officer going off the rails. Next up was his hugely enjoyable Ugly Bus, literally one of the best books I have read, and one of the few to feature as its protagonists’ members of the TSG. The Territorial Support Group is the nearest UK police forces come to having a riot squad, and as such when it does appear in fiction it’s usually as knuckle dragging simpletons. Both of these books are well worth a read, Ugly Bus in particular deserving a recommendation. It is with more than a little excitement that I heard recently that Ugly Bus has been picked up by the BBC for dramatisation and I for one will be glued to my TV when it airs. But what do after penning two original tales? How often can one come up with something unique? For his third book, Mike Thomas has chosen to tread the safer ground of the police procedural. This choice is understandable as it allows him to develop a small group of characters, the protagonist and a support cast if you will, and flesh them out over a series of novels. It also allows him to tell a more traditional crime story than he has so far. Of course this is not without risk. Until now Thomas’s has been an original voice, one that stood out from the mass of other crime writers with their serried ranks of police detectives and serial killers. Might he sink into cliché and pastiche? Luckily for his fans Thomas delivers. Ash and Bones is a superior police procedural to much of the opposition. Quite simply it’s a better story. First let’s look at the plot. A squad of police raid a flat looking for low-level criminal. Unfortunately, someone else is there and one of their number is gunned down and killed. The occupant of the flat, the criminal they were after, is also shot and ends up in a coma. Enter DC Will McReady and his colleagues in the CID. It’s Will’s first day and he’s frustrated to have a bit part in the murder investigation, shunted onto other cases with a colleague, Sergeant Charlie Becks. Of course Will, who has various problems at home, isn’t willing to take this and is determined to insert himself into the centre of the action. This might sound predictable, the cop with the dysfunctional personal life playing maverick, but Thomas is too smart a writer to play that trick. While it’s true that Will manages to bend the rules and uncover leads that others have risked it’s not without cost. There are consequences to his lone ranger antics and his superiors first bollock him and later punish him for doing so. Also his actions have real negative effects and at one point an officer alongside him gets seriously hurt in direct consequence of him disobeying orders. Real police work is teamwork and while the author gives his protagonist leeway to pull the narrative along, this is never forgotten in this tale. The other thing I liked is he avoids what I consider the lazy device of the serial killer. In my opinion far too many crime writers have a serial killer in their novels. And not just a serial killer, one who kills in outlandish and byzantine ways. As well as being cheesy and completely unrealistic, I’ve always found these tales - the writers of whom seem to enjoy just a little too much penning scenes of young women being tortured and abused - sensationalist and salacious. Thomas forges a different path. His tale revolves around some nasty criminals but they’re not the lazy creations of most writers. And while there is violence in this book, descriptions of bodies which have been tortured and butchered, it’s never titillating. In fact, the author has managed that rare beast: a crime novel that is both hugely enjoyable whilst also trying to say something. The reader feels like they get an insight into the coal face of policing in modern British city, the nature of organised crime, the jaded cynicism of some police officers whilst others (in this case Will and Sergeant Becks) try to keep hold of their humanity. In conclusion this is a really good read and an impressive start to a new series. On Amazon it’s listed as Ash & Bones (Will McReady 1) so I guess we will revisit Will and Co in the future. I hope it’s soon and I will be reading.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cornerofmadness

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I won the audio version of this from a Goodreads giveaway which in no way influenced my review. I had mixed feelings about this book. The police procedural part of it was very good up until the end but the personal side of it did not work for me at all so let me start there (with minor spoilers). From the moment I saw the set up of our main pov character, DI Macready's wife, Megan, desperate to have a child and him being sterile and then there's his brother the baby making machine, I thought 'oh I won the audio version of this from a Goodreads giveaway which in no way influenced my review. I had mixed feelings about this book. The police procedural part of it was very good up until the end but the personal side of it did not work for me at all so let me start there (with minor spoilers). From the moment I saw the set up of our main pov character, DI Macready's wife, Megan, desperate to have a child and him being sterile and then there's his brother the baby making machine, I thought 'oh boy, let me guess, she turns up pregnant and he thinks its his brother's baby and leads him to be careless at work.' So I expected that from disc one and let's just say it was like a paint by numbers.... It was a special combination of uninteresting, predictable and annoying. I give it one star at best. Luckily the mystery was the bulk of the story and except for the ending it was very good. DI Macready is fresh out of uniform, being mentored in part by an older detective, Harris, who doesn't really do more than he needs to and by Beck, the nervous energy-filled lesbian detective who is still low enough in the pecking order to keep getting crap jobs. One of their own has been murdered in a nasty flat of a known thug and drug dealer in Cardiff Wales (I liked that it was set in Wales). Macready isn't really on the case per se. He and Beck are doing more of the research aspects of this while Major Case handles it. In fact he and Beck have other cases to be working but soon it's obvious these cases dovetail. And Macready does have a good head for investigation but he keeps overstepping his bounds and annoying major case. What the reader knows but the detectives don't, that there is something going on in Africa, children being taken under the guise of medical missions but it does take until the end before we can see how it all fits. Of course mid-way because of his personal issues Macready starts doing stupid things that could potentially get them all killed so that did drop my rating for this. I don't see it as being hard to come up with the same ending without turning him and Beck into fools in order to make it happen. Overall I did like Beck and Macready though I was less than happy with one aspect of Macready's life (outside of him and his wife). He and his brother grew up in an abusive home where Dad would beat the brother who in turn beat Macready. Now his brother beats on his wife in front of their kids and every time he gets called into his brother's domestic violence calls, he sends away the investigating cops and lets his brother off the hook. I have zero respect for that. I would read another one in this series. Matt Addis, the narrator for the book, has narrated over 100 books according to the back blurb and I can believe that. He was excellent.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ell

    If you want to read a detective novel that showes the investigation as it could be in real life this is the book. The novel does no have the main character who is really smart and always knows the answer. He is not the main detective in the investigation, he makes mistakes and does not always do the right thing. The book does not have big plot twists but I enjoyed its simplicity and the realistic events and situations. Also was not the smartest work I have read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pat K

    Interesting British crime novel with a deeply flawed young detective.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The story starts off in Nigeria where a man drops a boy off with a priest in an orphanage. Alarm bells instantly were ringing in my head as it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that something very un towards is going on and I was frightened as to what was in store for the young boy. Even though the story may start off in Nigeria, the remainder of the story is pretty much set in Cardiff. We are introduced to new ‘kid on the block’, Will MacReady who I just loved. Will is obviously wanting to The story starts off in Nigeria where a man drops a boy off with a priest in an orphanage. Alarm bells instantly were ringing in my head as it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that something very un towards is going on and I was frightened as to what was in store for the young boy. Even though the story may start off in Nigeria, the remainder of the story is pretty much set in Cardiff. We are introduced to new ‘kid on the block’, Will MacReady who I just loved. Will is obviously wanting to prove himself but he seems to be a bit of a law unto himself. I did get the feeling though that to a certain extent he does respect Beck who is above him but she has her work cut out trying to control him. Charlotte Beck is another character who I really enjoyed reading about. I have to say I can’t wait for more in the series and to see how both Beck and Macready’s working relationship grows over it. I think it will make for some explosive reading. Not only does Macready have a lot on in his work life, as with most fictional detectives, he has a lot going on in his personal life also. To be honest I was just as intrigued as to what was happening in his personal life, which when you read this book for yourself you will understand why. Ash and Bone is a strong and solid first book to a new crime thriller series. The authors police background certainly stands out in parts and it made for an entertaining and gripping read. Look forward to more.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elite Group

    A gripping and realistic thriller Written by ex-cop Mike Thomas, this book is not only a first-class thriller but details what life is really like in the ‘dark’ areas of our major cities. Following a totally disastrous police raid in the Cardiff dock area, ‘newbie’ CID detective Will MacReady finds himself on the sidelines of the investigation. When things hot up and the body count rises, MacReady is full of helpful suggestions but receives little praise from his superiors. Together with his sergea A gripping and realistic thriller Written by ex-cop Mike Thomas, this book is not only a first-class thriller but details what life is really like in the ‘dark’ areas of our major cities. Following a totally disastrous police raid in the Cardiff dock area, ‘newbie’ CID detective Will MacReady finds himself on the sidelines of the investigation. When things hot up and the body count rises, MacReady is full of helpful suggestions but receives little praise from his superiors. Together with his sergeant, Charlotte (Charlie) Beck, they stumble and bumble their way through situations which result in even more antagonism from ‘the powers that be’. Not helping MacReady’s tenuous position on the case is his very volatile home situation. Commencing the book and interspersed within the main narrative is a story which clearly is highly relevant to the action in Cardiff. It is a compliment to Mike Thomas’s writing skills that it is not until well into the book that the pieces start falling into place. To detail anything more would be a spoiler. Suffice it to say that this is a very plausible and highly emotive story line. This is a very good thriller and I highly recommend that you read it now. Sméagol Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review

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