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How far would you go to bury the truth? While searching for a missing hill walker, Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team uncovers a body - just not the one they were looking for. Still dealing with the fallout from their last case, DCI Jack Logan and his team venture south from Inverness to investigate a brutal, gangland-style execution in the wilds of the Highland countryside. How far would you go to bury the truth? While searching for a missing hill walker, Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team uncovers a body - just not the one they were looking for. Still dealing with the fallout from their last case, DCI Jack Logan and his team venture south from Inverness to investigate a brutal, gangland-style execution in the wilds of the Highland countryside. As the victim's dark secrets are gradually revealed, Jack uncovers the rot lurking beneath the stunning scenery, making himself the target of a criminal more dangerous than any he has faced before. If he isn't careful, it won't just be a murder he's dealing with in Glencoe. It'll be a massacre.


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How far would you go to bury the truth? While searching for a missing hill walker, Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team uncovers a body - just not the one they were looking for. Still dealing with the fallout from their last case, DCI Jack Logan and his team venture south from Inverness to investigate a brutal, gangland-style execution in the wilds of the Highland countryside. How far would you go to bury the truth? While searching for a missing hill walker, Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team uncovers a body - just not the one they were looking for. Still dealing with the fallout from their last case, DCI Jack Logan and his team venture south from Inverness to investigate a brutal, gangland-style execution in the wilds of the Highland countryside. As the victim's dark secrets are gradually revealed, Jack uncovers the rot lurking beneath the stunning scenery, making himself the target of a criminal more dangerous than any he has faced before. If he isn't careful, it won't just be a murder he's dealing with in Glencoe. It'll be a massacre.

30 review for Blood and Treachery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    The trouble with reading a series back-to-back very quickly is that you run out of things to say in your reviews. At least I do. This was as good as all the others. J.D. Kirk writes these crime thrillers consistently well. In this one the police follow a false trail that leads to a really tragic outcome. And then I read the next one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kieran

    I've loved reading the DCI Jack Logan up series and can't wait for the next book to be out. Once again JD Kirk has written a book that you can't put down; a great insight into the characters, and amazing descriptions which allow you to actually picture the story. These books are a must read! I've loved reading the DCI Jack Logan up series and can't wait for the next book to be out. Once again JD Kirk has written a book that you can't put down; a great insight into the characters, and amazing descriptions which allow you to actually picture the story. These books are a must read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Another awesome book, J D Kirk writes like no another! The words he uses, the banter between colleagues, how I can visualise each of the characters shows how great the descriptive writing is, I cannot praise highly enough. The story line is gripping, nothing is ever what it seems, the books just draw you in. 5 Stars plus. You will not be disappointed with this series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Soo

    Notes: Another great addition to the series. The case was pretty good! Though, these stories are not the kind where you are given clues to figure it out easily on your own. It's more like a story in progress that you can watch. Notes: Another great addition to the series. The case was pretty good! Though, these stories are not the kind where you are given clues to figure it out easily on your own. It's more like a story in progress that you can watch.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve Paquette

    Yeah, this was a good one. A nice, solid procedural with great writing and the odd comic moment to break the tension. This installment features a primary character death, and I should not have been surprised at who it was, but... I honestly expected it to be someone else and I'm (as bad as it makes me sound) glad I was wrong. I'm looking forward to the next book. I hope it'll be released in audiobook format because they really are perfect to listen to at work. Yeah, this was a good one. A nice, solid procedural with great writing and the odd comic moment to break the tension. This installment features a primary character death, and I should not have been surprised at who it was, but... I honestly expected it to be someone else and I'm (as bad as it makes me sound) glad I was wrong. I'm looking forward to the next book. I hope it'll be released in audiobook format because they really are perfect to listen to at work.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kath Middleton

    This is number 4 in a splendid series that’s had me really sucked in. It combines loads of ironic humour with some spectacular murders. Logan and his colleagues get deeply involved in this case, and I was surprised by the identity of the killer. Drugs and major crime are wrapped tightly together in this exciting story. I’ve started the next – it’s that good!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Phil Altimas

    What a great book, basically while looking for a guy lost on a mountain the mountain rescue team come across a body but its not the guy they are looking for, so Logan and his team get sent to the scene. It’s a good old fashioned who dunnit with a few twists, we have drug dealers, we have a wife with a secret or two and we have Logan and his addictions. It’s a page turner, with a great story line and fantastic characters. I have holidayed in fort William and recognised many of the places they vis What a great book, basically while looking for a guy lost on a mountain the mountain rescue team come across a body but its not the guy they are looking for, so Logan and his team get sent to the scene. It’s a good old fashioned who dunnit with a few twists, we have drug dealers, we have a wife with a secret or two and we have Logan and his addictions. It’s a page turner, with a great story line and fantastic characters. I have holidayed in fort William and recognised many of the places they visit including the famous JJs café

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Burton

    Totally gripping! I love this series and have to admit that this one is the best yet. A protagonist who pulls you into his world of detection with the ease of a piece of string. DCI Logan a master of rubbing out grey areas, for black and white truth. This storyline is absolutely gripping, it kept my attention right to the end, at 1:30am! It's a complicated case for Logan and his team, false leads coming out of the woodwork from every angle. The suspense and graphic murders in such stunning surroundi Totally gripping! I love this series and have to admit that this one is the best yet. A protagonist who pulls you into his world of detection with the ease of a piece of string. DCI Logan a master of rubbing out grey areas, for black and white truth. This storyline is absolutely gripping, it kept my attention right to the end, at 1:30am! It's a complicated case for Logan and his team, false leads coming out of the woodwork from every angle. The suspense and graphic murders in such stunning surroundings are mind blowing, the authors ability to give you visual pictures in your head, without the need of paragraph after paragraph of explanation is astonishing. There's plenty of hold your breath moments, angry outbursts, giggly episodes, heart breaking emotional tears that really cut to the quick, the loss of a loved character is always difficult to accept in a series. A rollercoaster series, I never want to get off!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alan Greaves

    Having retired 18 months ago (at age 75) from careers in the police (30 years) and defence solicitor (28 years) reading has become a major pastime. The books of several Scottish crime writers fill the shelves of my Kindle and bearing in mind the current social circumstances, they have been a Godsend. Having read all Denzil Meyrick and TF Muir, I got started on James Oswald, and on Ann Cleeves' Shetland series and then looked out for the next good reads. I found them in the DCI Logan series writt Having retired 18 months ago (at age 75) from careers in the police (30 years) and defence solicitor (28 years) reading has become a major pastime. The books of several Scottish crime writers fill the shelves of my Kindle and bearing in mind the current social circumstances, they have been a Godsend. Having read all Denzil Meyrick and TF Muir, I got started on James Oswald, and on Ann Cleeves' Shetland series and then looked out for the next good reads. I found them in the DCI Logan series written by JD Kirk which I have almost finished. The books are not major tomes (about 350 pages) and so I can read a book in a day and a half which is just about right. The plots and stories themselves, the portrayed camaraderie within the job and the investigations detailed fit my reading requirements like an old glove and bring back my memories of a police service of old, or, should I say, traditional policing methods which seemingly no longer exist. What strikes me particularly is that JD Kirk has woven all his plots and investigations together without detailing the infinite number of legal rules and procedures which tend to merely clog up the plot. There are some Scottish literary delights that I didn't quite get but they didn't spoil the flow. I guessed at their meanings. The books of JD Kirk are excellent and brighten up my days. I hope he keeps them coming.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liz Krummell

    First of all it is surprising Logan still has a job - "Sandy Gillespie had sustained some injuries during his arrest by Logan. Nothing that couldn’t be explained away by a violent tussle over a firearm. A couple of broken fingers, a shattered nose, a cracked rib. He’d heal." And then he goes after his boss "Ben, Hamza, and one of the guys from CID trying to prise Logan’s hands from Jinkies’ throat. The Chief Inspector was pinned against the one-way mirror, the tips of his toes barely touching th First of all it is surprising Logan still has a job - "Sandy Gillespie had sustained some injuries during his arrest by Logan. Nothing that couldn’t be explained away by a violent tussle over a firearm. A couple of broken fingers, a shattered nose, a cracked rib. He’d heal." And then he goes after his boss "Ben, Hamza, and one of the guys from CID trying to prise Logan’s hands from Jinkies’ throat. The Chief Inspector was pinned against the one-way mirror, the tips of his toes barely touching the ground. “Jesus. What’s going on, boss?” “Get over and give us a hand here,” Ben barked. “Jack! Jack, let him go! You’re going to kill him.” That kind of violence is unusual in British books. The series characters have not developed much and are sort of a cliche and then we lose one The other gore happened during the murders - mild mannered guy who did the first killing really sliced home wide open, cut off his fingertips and removed his teeth that seems excessive The person who killed the sister was not shared with us the readers

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Enjoyed the book , it has all the charm of the first few in the series. Still have a problem with how inept the polis are at actually physically capturing anyone. Seems the foot chase is always on and at least one if not more of our intrepid hero’s gets bashed over the head or stabbed in each book. Unfortunately in this book we actually lose a important member of the team. Was not unexpected, as this character had little background nor any real emotional value. The clue of her demise was that ea Enjoyed the book , it has all the charm of the first few in the series. Still have a problem with how inept the polis are at actually physically capturing anyone. Seems the foot chase is always on and at least one if not more of our intrepid hero’s gets bashed over the head or stabbed in each book. Unfortunately in this book we actually lose a important member of the team. Was not unexpected, as this character had little background nor any real emotional value. The clue of her demise was that early in the book the reader was made aware that she probably found love. Therefore she had to go. The villains were pretty straightforward so that leads the reader to look for a twist in the killing. This author keeps the story going by never coming to terms with Bosco nor the mysterious caller. Who I’m guessing is the Doctor at the phyco ward housing a serial killer. The humor was still on point as well as the locals. So far all but Ford has been beaten or stabbed. Wonder when he gets to be attacked. All in all a good read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Paterson

    I liked this book cause the killer didn’t stick out like a sore thumb. DC Neish is the character that gets to grow in this book. Still no real back story regarding the main characters just little dribs and drabs of their life. The scene of this book was Glen Coe a place where the weather is very unpredictable where winter can appear in July. There was a collection of unlikeable characters in this book one of them being the victims fiancée who while being devastated was also quite happy to lie an I liked this book cause the killer didn’t stick out like a sore thumb. DC Neish is the character that gets to grow in this book. Still no real back story regarding the main characters just little dribs and drabs of their life. The scene of this book was Glen Coe a place where the weather is very unpredictable where winter can appear in July. There was a collection of unlikeable characters in this book one of them being the victims fiancée who while being devastated was also quite happy to lie and be a little less than forthcoming regarding the investigation into finding out the how her fiancée was murdered. The unknown caller situation is still in play and we were introduced to Logan’s ex wife Vanessa who seems to still be harboring a grudge against him. Looking forward to the next book and see how the fall out from this one will carry through.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Swinnerton

    A good Scottish detective story again. A body found in a shallow grave, fingers and teeth missing. Looks like this person doesn’t want identification by the murderer, but one of the group to discover the body is the deceased father-in-law. And so Jack Logan and his squad have the job of finding out who and why the deceased has been murdered. I enjoyed the story and I like the different characters in Logan’s squad. The group interact with one another just like real people do in workplace situation A good Scottish detective story again. A body found in a shallow grave, fingers and teeth missing. Looks like this person doesn’t want identification by the murderer, but one of the group to discover the body is the deceased father-in-law. And so Jack Logan and his squad have the job of finding out who and why the deceased has been murdered. I enjoyed the story and I like the different characters in Logan’s squad. The group interact with one another just like real people do in workplace situations, and there are long-standing friendships as well as new people joining the group. I will look forward to Logan #5

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I love this series. He paints a vivid picture of all his characters and it's clear that he is certainly fond of some more than others. Hoon's swearwords made me laugh out loud and wake my partner at 2 in the morning so JD has one less fan. I've only been to Scotland once and it is screaming at me to come back in this time of COVID so it will be the first place I go when this horrible time is over. It is a beautiful country and I love that he describes and names the villages and mountains (hills) I love this series. He paints a vivid picture of all his characters and it's clear that he is certainly fond of some more than others. Hoon's swearwords made me laugh out loud and wake my partner at 2 in the morning so JD has one less fan. I've only been to Scotland once and it is screaming at me to come back in this time of COVID so it will be the first place I go when this horrible time is over. It is a beautiful country and I love that he describes and names the villages and mountains (hills) where his characters travel. The Highlands are magical and I hope to be there again soon. Thank you J.D.!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Eve

    I totally admire Jack Logan’s novels by JD Kirk. Every single one of them, till now has been perfect. However I did get about halfway through, and kind of felt the story started to get a bit predictable. But that soon changed around 3/4 of the way through. The only thing that I do need to add; that doesn’t bother myself but might with other readers, is the amount of detail he goes into about the victims in the book. I just wish more and more people would get to experience the novels by JD Kirk as I totally admire Jack Logan’s novels by JD Kirk. Every single one of them, till now has been perfect. However I did get about halfway through, and kind of felt the story started to get a bit predictable. But that soon changed around 3/4 of the way through. The only thing that I do need to add; that doesn’t bother myself but might with other readers, is the amount of detail he goes into about the victims in the book. I just wish more and more people would get to experience the novels by JD Kirk as they are fantastic. Much better than your over hyped authors. Keep up the good work JD Kirk, I’m on to the next one can’t wait!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm sad that this is the last book that's currently published in the series, though I know there's another one that is going to be released within the next couple of months so I'm happy about that. Okay, on to the summary. A man, Brodie Welsh, is found dead and buried under snow and ice at the foot of a mountain. Logan interviews Sandy Gillespie because Sandy was hanging around Brodie's house but Logan is stopped because the local police are looking at Sandy for a major drug ring. Much later, Cai I'm sad that this is the last book that's currently published in the series, though I know there's another one that is going to be released within the next couple of months so I'm happy about that. Okay, on to the summary. A man, Brodie Welsh, is found dead and buried under snow and ice at the foot of a mountain. Logan interviews Sandy Gillespie because Sandy was hanging around Brodie's house but Logan is stopped because the local police are looking at Sandy for a major drug ring. Much later, Caitlyn and Hamza go see Sandy's house to bring him in and Sandy shoots her dead through the front door. The whole drug thing was red herring, ultimately though. Jinkies (Logan's former supervisor) told Fulton, the father of Brodie's girlfriend (and mother of their child), how Brodie was abusing Hannah. Fulton killed Brodie and then buried him, trying to make it seem like it was part of the Gillespie drug ring. When Logan goes to confront him, Fulton knocks Logan out and takes off with his granddaughter. When Logan finally catches up with Fulton, Fulton wants to kill himself and his granddaughter, saying he'll never be able to see her again and he can't stand her being alive and knowing that her grandfather killed her father. Logan saves the day and it looks like Jinkies is going to be fired. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Another solid book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy Louise

    Excellent. I just love these books. Of course coming from Scotland I recognise a lot of the 'typically Scots vernacular '. It takes a skilled author to use it so effectively. The mix of this along with the wit and expressions of each character, really brings it all to life. I would maybe suggest there be an appendix, explaining the different phrases along with a clue as to how a word is actually said. I find phonics help. This is a great story, all be it a sad one. However, Dci Logan does it again Excellent. I just love these books. Of course coming from Scotland I recognise a lot of the 'typically Scots vernacular '. It takes a skilled author to use it so effectively. The mix of this along with the wit and expressions of each character, really brings it all to life. I would maybe suggest there be an appendix, explaining the different phrases along with a clue as to how a word is actually said. I find phonics help. This is a great story, all be it a sad one. However, Dci Logan does it again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    margaret chalmers

    Blood will out. Another good read. Okay, I have read enough of this series to see a formula, but who cares, it is a great formula. Likeable Logan and the team we have come to know investigate murders which start on the slopes of Ben Nevis, victim in a shallow grave, drug running, pretty grim goings on leavened with a dash of humour. Then the mood darkens dramatically. One of the team will not be in the next book. I say no more, except, sorry to lose you. Totally addictive. And this time I did not Blood will out. Another good read. Okay, I have read enough of this series to see a formula, but who cares, it is a great formula. Likeable Logan and the team we have come to know investigate murders which start on the slopes of Ben Nevis, victim in a shallow grave, drug running, pretty grim goings on leavened with a dash of humour. Then the mood darkens dramatically. One of the team will not be in the next book. I say no more, except, sorry to lose you. Totally addictive. And this time I did not guess the murder until near the end. Recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    I am a fan of DCI Logan, but this book was far too predictable and melodramatic for me. Several literary devices JD Kirk uses scream like neon signs to tell you what is going to happen. Kirk didn't let me down with his usual humour. The characterizations and humour are the strong points of the series. The audio books are fun, light (if a bit gruesome at times) and the narrator is fantastic. However, that could not save this book for me - nor stop me from hoping the next one will be better. I am a fan of DCI Logan, but this book was far too predictable and melodramatic for me. Several literary devices JD Kirk uses scream like neon signs to tell you what is going to happen. Kirk didn't let me down with his usual humour. The characterizations and humour are the strong points of the series. The audio books are fun, light (if a bit gruesome at times) and the narrator is fantastic. However, that could not save this book for me - nor stop me from hoping the next one will be better.

  20. 4 out of 5

    gerry

    A good story set in Scotland Interesting to read crime fiction from the UK where a good strong cup of tea means so much and a bacon tattie sounds mouth watering. But crime is universal and the interaction of those who work so hard to solve murders is also universal. from the humorous monikers to the teamwork required for success. Polis are police around the globe and if you enjoy thrillers, you will like this mystery.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Wayland Abernathy III

    Good stuff throughout Kirk produced another quick and engaging read with Blood & Treachery. DCI Logan is a guy we all like with more than a few issues we’d all like to see him get on with. As good as DCI Logan is at figuring out what other folks have done, he’s right daft trying to figure out what he should do. There lies the beauty of the character. Flawed but getting on with it. Just like the rest of us.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    This is basically a penny dreadful western novel with a Scottish accent. It’s a pity. I was looking for something lightweight, but this is positively airborne. The author writes well, but knows almost nothing about character development. DCI Logan is a cardboard cutout John Wayne wannabe who spends most of his time looming over people to intimidate them - that’s when he’s not losing his temper. I read two of these before giving up on him. I can read no more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I can't give this anything less than 5 stars. I was either chuckling to myself or gasping with genuine shock. I loved the main plot and though I guessed the overall killer quite early on, the ride and the twists and the red herrings had me riding the rollercoaster. I loved how this then had implications on the characters and the team/police structure. This series just keeps getting better. Loved it. I can't give this anything less than 5 stars. I was either chuckling to myself or gasping with genuine shock. I loved the main plot and though I guessed the overall killer quite early on, the ride and the twists and the red herrings had me riding the rollercoaster. I loved how this then had implications on the characters and the team/police structure. This series just keeps getting better. Loved it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steve Black

    Unfortunately I read the next in the series before this one by mistake, so knew some of what has happened. Nevertheless another thoroughly enjoyable book from this author, and I look forward to continuing the series (in order!). I always like to read books with regular characters and the team here is particularly appealing, although I sometimes find Logan's total disregard for the rules to be a bit grating. Unfortunately I read the next in the series before this one by mistake, so knew some of what has happened. Nevertheless another thoroughly enjoyable book from this author, and I look forward to continuing the series (in order!). I always like to read books with regular characters and the team here is particularly appealing, although I sometimes find Logan's total disregard for the rules to be a bit grating.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Terry Slaven

    DCI Logan and his team are called upon to solve the murder of a young man whose body is found at the base of a Highland mountain where the the local rescue team are searching for a missing hiker. There seems no reason for the crime until the investigators begin to unravel the complicity of a family of ne’er do wells who take an interest in the victim’s family. A very satisfying tale, with some unexpected twists and turns and a tragic ending for one of the heroes.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I enjoyed this book a lot. Very much rooted in the Scottish Highlands, the characters are realistic and three-dimensional (not always the case for this genre). I quite like the say-it-as-it-is Logan. It has as many twists and turn as the road to Loch Leven, and will have you hooked from start to finish .

  27. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Excellent What an emotional read this was , I love Logan and the team and shed a few tears when they lose a member and as always it’s a fabulous story and kept me guessing right up to the end. I’ve already downloaded the next one as reading is keeping me sane in this lockdown, keep it up Mr Kirk !

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I’ve read the first four books from the DCI Jack Logan series and really enjoy JD Kirk’s writing style. He somehow makes Logan seem a little bumbling but it’s a ruse. Logan is an intelligent character and easily like able. Kirk’s books grab you from the start, and he makes it difficult to put down.

  29. 4 out of 5

    bandy

    Another Gem! WOW! cannot get enough of DCI Logan and The Team! A thriller and page turner had to keep reading.Love the beautiful land description. And the bantering, and Logan's description of the characters always crack me up! Just wish he wouldn"t bother with that Vanessa. Good riddance. I am addicted to J.D. Kirk! Anxiously waiting for the next one ♡ Another Gem! WOW! cannot get enough of DCI Logan and The Team! A thriller and page turner had to keep reading.Love the beautiful land description. And the bantering, and Logan's description of the characters always crack me up! Just wish he wouldn"t bother with that Vanessa. Good riddance. I am addicted to J.D. Kirk! Anxiously waiting for the next one ♡

  30. 4 out of 5

    i.s. wallace

    Another excellent book by J D Kirk. I found it to be really well written and researched and exciting from beginning to end. The characters were also really well portrayed and added to the story. There are plenty of shocks and some light humour which make this a thoroughly fulfilling novel. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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