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Old Bones Lie (D.I. Clare Mackay #6) by Marion Todd


"Old Bones Lie" is Marion's 6th of DI Clare Macay series, although it's my first read. The action starts from the very first page which, for me, is a very good indication of how the story would unfold and I can honestly say it didn't disappoint.


The story begins with Clare investigating a missing person case of a prisoner along with 2 prison officers who were accompanying him on compassionate leave. During the investigation, Clare and her team discover the prison officer's wives are also missing, now the case is getting exciting!!.


During the course of the investigation, a body is found which might be connected to the missing prisoner. Clare's superiors decide to bring in a senior officer, Ben, to handle the missing prisoner and Clare to concentrate on the murder case. She isn't at all happy about it.


She's adamant both cases are connected but it's early days yet and her superiors disagree.


I love the relationship she has with her team they work really well together like a well-oiled machine until Max Evans, a temporary DS is assigned to Clare's team. I like Max he quickly integrated with the team and I hope Marion keeps the character throughout the series.


The story has it all, action, suspense and humour plus those well-crafted twists which are what I look for in a procedural crime story.


I will definitely read her earlier books in the series as I would like to find out more about DI Clare and her partner DCI Al Gibson along with her team.


Overall I enjoyed it, a great read and highly recommended. Many thanks to @marionEtodd, @canelo_co and@lovebookstours for a spot on the tour.



Marion grew up in the City of Dundee, now home to the magnificent V&A Museum. Always a keen writer, she has had point-of-view pieces published in the Dundee Courier and short stories in My Weekly magazine. She won first prize in the Family Circle Magazine Short Story for Children Competition in 1987.


More recently, Marion has turned her hand to crime fiction and was one of only six commercial fiction writers selected to pitch to an industry panel at XPONorth in Inverness in 2017. In 2018 Marion was long-listed for the Sunstory Award and the Scottish Arts Council Short Story Award. This year she was short-listed for Dundee Rep’s Stripped programme. She is represented by Northbank Talent Management and her debut novel, See Them Run, was published as an eBook by Canelo on 31 October 2019.


Before becoming a full-time writer, Marion worked as a lecturer, candle-maker and hotel lounge pianist, a job which provided rich material for her novels. When she isn’t writing, Marion can be found tussling in her jungle-like garden and walking in the beautiful Scottish countryside.


Marion lives in North East Fife overlooking the River Tay and is a sometime babysitter for her daughter’s unruly but lovable dog.

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