Torch

KINDLE ❅ Torch Author Lin Anderson – Johndore.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • Torch
  • Lin Anderson
  • English
  • 07 November 2018
  • 0340922370

About the Author: Lin Anderson

Lin Anderson was born in Greenock of Scottish and Irish parents A graduate of both Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities, she has lived in many different parts of Scotland and also spent five years working in the African bush A teacher of Mathematics and Computing, she began her writing career four years ago Her first film, Small Love, which was broadcast on STV, was nominated for TAPS writer of the year award 2001 Her African short stories have been published in the 10th Anniversary Macallan collection and broadcast on BBC Radio Four.


TorchWhen A Young Homeless Girl Dies In The Latest Of A String Of Arson Attacks, Dr Rhona Macleod Is Called In But Here In Edinburgh She Is Off Her Patch The Chief Fire Investigator Is Hot Tempered Misogynist Severino Macrae, And He Doesn T Like To Lose Face As The Attacks Escalate, Will Their Growing Chemistry Distract Them From The Murderous Arsonist Who Seems To Be Infiltrating Their Personal Lives As Well As Their Work

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10 thoughts on “Torch

  1. Margaret says:

    I found most of the characters annoying, which tends to make it hard to read a book.Interesting plot and fast pace made for a quick and reasonably pleasant read.

  2. Roderick Hart says:

    This is the second book featuring Rhona Macleod, Glasgow s answer to Kay Scarpetta Arson attacks are taking place both in Glasgow and Edinburgh and Rhona is on the case Because both cities are involved there is ample opportunity to hit the reader with threadbare clich s concerning these cities, and the author takes full advantage There are many examples, but this is the worst The best thing to come out of Edinburgh is the train to Glasgow, or so say the citizens of the dear green place Of c This is the second book featuring Rhona Macleod, Glasgow s answer to Kay Scarpetta Arson attacks are taking place both in Glasgow and Edinburgh and Rhona is on the case Because both cities are involved there is ample opportunity to hit the reader with threadbare clich s concerning these cities, and the author takes full advantage There are many examples, but this is the worst The best thing to come out of Edinburgh is the train to Glasgow, or so say the citizens of the dear green place Of course, that can be reversed Cities forty six miles apart, one wholly respectable and the other totally irreverent, the dichotomy of the Scottish urban psyche Page 15, Hodder edition.Glasgow is far from totally irreverent Check some of its many respectable areas, for example, on the south side As for Edinburgh being wholly respectable , this obvious nonsense is contradicted by the author s own narrative in several places And the dichotomy of the Scottish urban psyche, whatever that may be, excludes the residents of other Scottish cities.Ms Anderson has lived in Glasgow and Edinburgh, but she is writing a novel and has taken the easy way out It is easier to incorporate the usual clich s than attempt to be accurate Except when it comes to forensic science Being accurate about that isimportant, it seems, and in this area the author has done her research Given the nature of Rhona Macleod s work there is going to be violence and some of it involves dogs There are two in the novel one has its throat slit and the other it tail cut off The latter, Emperor, belongs to a girl who is killed in chapter one and the question then is what will happen to this animal We don t need to worry though, the Edinburgh police know what to do contact the RSPCA twice on page 34 This wouldn t do much good since the RSPCA do not operate in Scotland a fact which would be known to the police, if not to the author The charity which does is the SSPCA Ms Anderson has done her research.Apart from the details mentioned, this book is competent and passes the time There is the obligatory sexual relationship angle and the narrative, though unlikely in places, is coherent.It will keep you turning the pages But if you wantsophisticated writing in the forensic science area you would do better with Patricia Cornwell who, at her best for example, The Book of the Dead , not only covers the science but also offers unusually subtle psychology and wonderful dialogue.TyposNeither the author, her agent or her editor have corrected all the typos So you don t accept advice Even from a expert page 55 MacRae would not have made this mistake.A paragraph of indirect speech begins on page 207 and ends on page 208 with a quotation mark Some or all of this paragraph was originally direct speech and the concluding quotation mark has not been removed

  3. Karen says:

    You can probably imagine the reaction firstly the blurb oh no, extreme dislike segueing into romantic tension AGAIN The front of the book Stalker Arsonist Killer deep groaning The opening lines where a young homeless girl is dying not caring what happens to her if her much loved German Shepherd dog is dead and we ve got another thing that I struggle with dog s in jeopardy animal cruelty But on the other hand there s an intriguing comment by Stuart MacBride, and the thought You can probably imagine the reaction firstly the blurb oh no, extreme dislike segueing into romantic tension AGAIN The front of the book Stalker Arsonist Killer deep groaning The opening lines where a young homeless girl is dying not caring what happens to her if her much loved German Shepherd dog is dead and we ve got another thing that I struggle with dog s in jeopardy animal cruelty But on the other hand there s an intriguing comment by Stuart MacBride, and the thought that I find it really hard to justify reading all about cruelty to people but struggle when it comes to animals goodness knows that s a very personal stance, and most definitely not a comment on how other people choose to approach their reading choices But start reading and there s something muchto TORCH Anderson covers some pretty gruesome subject matter with a deftness of touch and a compassionate viewpoint for all of her characters that is well fleshed out for a book of such a small size particularly in this day and age where door stoppers seem to have taken over TORCH is one of a series of books based around Dr Rhona MacLeod and there s enough smattering of backstory in this first edition to give you some idea of who she is, without necessarily pulling the emphasis away from the investigation and from the story of Macrae into the bargain Mind you, I m not sure I d be calling him just a hot tempered misogynist sure he is partly that but he s also deeply troubled and damaged in his own right.The plot behind the death of the young girl is complicated there are other fires there is obviously something deeply personal and threatening going on with the investigation, and that s perhaps the only quibble I d have with TORCH cruelty to animals where the author uses the events to provide some insight into somebody or something happening is one thing but using it to prove how bad the already indefensibly bad are, jarred for this reader anyway.Aside from that, albeit brief disappointment, there s also great kindness and some uplifting characters and events in TORCH and whilst I squirmed a lot throughout the book, it s a series I ll be seeking out.DriftnetTorchDeadly CodeDark FlightBlood Red Roses novella

  4. David says:

    There is sometimes a tendency to jump scenes and leave the reader wondering how did I get here Having said that I did enjoy the story.

  5. Patricia says:

    TORCH is a fast paced thriller in which forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod investigates arson and murder All those involved in the investigation are soon receiving threats from the sick perpetrators who are stalking them.I read the first book, DRIFTNET, but like this second bookIn both books there were times when I thought I had skipped a page because of a confusing break in the continuity I often felt that a good dose of editing was needed, and some smut removal as well I was drawn TORCH is a fast paced thriller in which forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod investigates arson and murder All those involved in the investigation are soon receiving threats from the sick perpetrators who are stalking them.I read the first book, DRIFTNET, but like this second bookIn both books there were times when I thought I had skipped a page because of a confusing break in the continuity I often felt that a good dose of editing was needed, and some smut removal as well I was drawn to the series because it s a mystery series based on a forensic scientist in Glasgow

  6. Anthony says:

    All in all good Story but I must admit that the kindle edition I read had several missing paragraphs and numerous missing words I can t remember if that was the case with her paperback editions in fact I m sure not its almost as if the author has got ahead of her self and thinks shes already written it I thought that the usual practice was to have proof readers

  7. David Meldrum says:

    A surprisingly short second entry in the series, this avoids some of the unnecessary tasteless details of the first book but this arson story is too rushed The plot has holes that jar too much, and sense of place and characters are insufficiently established After two books, there s clear potential in this series, but there are weaknesses to iron out.

  8. Marie Coats says:

    Very Good story 2nd in series I do have a problem with Authors and doing bad things to animals this Author needs to attend or read a seminar about a Rule Never Kill The Dog The story was great except for this Only 3 stars and would have been less except for a mostly good book.

  9. Sandra says:

    Great but over brief story which hurdled a number of implausibilities before reaching a suitably tantalising end.Nevertheless, having become hooked on Rhona McLeod I am finding it necessary to fill in the whole of her back story.

  10. Mike says:

    A story worth reading I love forensic stories and this is one of the better one s If you like suspense and twists you will enjoy this read I look forward to reading Rhonda McLeod Book 3.