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Deadly loose ends. Homicidal obsession. A mind-boggling crime locked behind lost memories. Scotland. DCI Harry McNeil feels uneasy about visiting his late father’s dementia-afflicted former colleague. But he’s stunned when the retired policeman’s daughter pulls him aside in the nursing home to offer nervous accusations and shocking photographs. And with the images displayin Deadly loose ends. Homicidal obsession. A mind-boggling crime locked behind lost memories. Scotland. DCI Harry McNeil feels uneasy about visiting his late father’s dementia-afflicted former colleague. But he’s stunned when the retired policeman’s daughter pulls him aside in the nursing home to offer nervous accusations and shocking photographs. And with the images displaying a murder victim from twenty years ago, McNeil fears the senile detective might be the real serial killer long thought dead and buried. Unable to pry answers out of the confused senior, McNeil is alarmed to discover fresh bodies in both Glasgow and Edinburgh linked to the decades-old case. And with the slayings so intimately connected to him personally, McNeil believes it’s only a matter of time before he’s caught in the crosshairs… and he doesn’t know why. Will McNeil expose a murderous hidden agenda before it costs him his life?


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Deadly loose ends. Homicidal obsession. A mind-boggling crime locked behind lost memories. Scotland. DCI Harry McNeil feels uneasy about visiting his late father’s dementia-afflicted former colleague. But he’s stunned when the retired policeman’s daughter pulls him aside in the nursing home to offer nervous accusations and shocking photographs. And with the images displayin Deadly loose ends. Homicidal obsession. A mind-boggling crime locked behind lost memories. Scotland. DCI Harry McNeil feels uneasy about visiting his late father’s dementia-afflicted former colleague. But he’s stunned when the retired policeman’s daughter pulls him aside in the nursing home to offer nervous accusations and shocking photographs. And with the images displaying a murder victim from twenty years ago, McNeil fears the senile detective might be the real serial killer long thought dead and buried. Unable to pry answers out of the confused senior, McNeil is alarmed to discover fresh bodies in both Glasgow and Edinburgh linked to the decades-old case. And with the slayings so intimately connected to him personally, McNeil believes it’s only a matter of time before he’s caught in the crosshairs… and he doesn’t know why. Will McNeil expose a murderous hidden agenda before it costs him his life?

30 review for Devil to Pay

  1. 5 out of 5

    Val

    I'm struggling to figure out how to rate this book. There were a lot of characters (and their relationships) to keep track of. There were characters who seemed bad and stayed bad, as well as some who seemed good and turned out to be bad, etc, etc, etc. With all of the twists and turns at the end, the ending seemed overly complicated and left me feeling confused as to which characters were actually good and which were actually bad. Maybe if I read it again it will make more sense to me. 😜 BIG than I'm struggling to figure out how to rate this book. There were a lot of characters (and their relationships) to keep track of. There were characters who seemed bad and stayed bad, as well as some who seemed good and turned out to be bad, etc, etc, etc. With all of the twists and turns at the end, the ending seemed overly complicated and left me feeling confused as to which characters were actually good and which were actually bad. Maybe if I read it again it will make more sense to me. 😜 BIG thanks to my friend Rosy, for answering my questions!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maria Robinson

    An ok read I always have liked the Harry McNeil books but this one felt rushed and a bit over complicated. The Harry /Alex relationship got a bit irritating too. I have been generous with the 4 stars in reality.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rosy Webb

    Possibly the best Harry McNeil so far, great pace, great characters. Can’t wait for the next one

  4. 4 out of 5

    M

    Complex mystery w a lot of characters The mystery storyline is very good, but I had problems with the rating, ultimately mulling for a day. I’m still ambivalent about the rating, because overall this book is a decent read, which I liked. But there are problems. The storyline is intricate, and I enjoy convoluted plots but in this case, the author had too many elements in play. There are two “historical” serial killer cases—one twenty years ago in Edinburgh, and another ten years ago in Glasgow. C Complex mystery w a lot of characters The mystery storyline is very good, but I had problems with the rating, ultimately mulling for a day. I’m still ambivalent about the rating, because overall this book is a decent read, which I liked. But there are problems. The storyline is intricate, and I enjoy convoluted plots but in this case, the author had too many elements in play. There are two “historical” serial killer cases—one twenty years ago in Edinburgh, and another ten years ago in Glasgow. Current time victims are found bearing MO-signatures of two serial killers. Edinburgh killer is dead, so did he have an accomplice? Is it the Glasgow killer back? There are a lot of characters in this book, and had I not read earlier books, I may have been confused. If you’re new to this series, making a cast list may help. I did suspect one character early on, and later I guessed the second villain by association. Conversations between the villains seem artificial, and at times deceptive to the point of artifice. Other characters’ behaviors were sometimes off or inappropriate—as were their responses to their loved ones’ actions and/or emotions. Oddly, police brass suffer no agita when detective partners are engaged to be married? A character’s actions are very strange—due to hallucinations, delusions, deception, playacting, or authorial prerogative? How did this character fool loved ones and friends? Oh, so many spoiler questions about this character. 2.5 stars, bumped to 3 stars because the mystery storyline is very good. I’m in the minority of reviewers, so please read my review with a shaker of salt. If you’re a DCI Harry McNeil fan, you may love this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A twisted killer, playing a vicious game. And only he knows the rules... Twenty years ago, DCI Willie Dowd retired on a high, having stopped an elusive serial killer. Dowd killed Colin Harris in self-defense. Case closed. Now, DCI Harry McNeil comes across evidence that suggests that maybe Harris wasn't guilty after all. Willie Dowd is in a home now, suffering from Dementia. He doesn't know his family members at times, and certainly can't remember Colin Harris. As Harry leads his team investigating A twisted killer, playing a vicious game. And only he knows the rules... Twenty years ago, DCI Willie Dowd retired on a high, having stopped an elusive serial killer. Dowd killed Colin Harris in self-defense. Case closed. Now, DCI Harry McNeil comes across evidence that suggests that maybe Harris wasn't guilty after all. Willie Dowd is in a home now, suffering from Dementia. He doesn't know his family members at times, and certainly can't remember Colin Harris. As Harry leads his team investigating the brutal murder of two women, he finds a link between them and the previous victims from Willie Dowd's time. Harry is a pawn in a game he doesn't know he's playing. He doesn't know the rules yet. But he's going to find out. And by then, it will be game over. Missing fingers with tattoos. Willie's daughter's husband is the killer.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Not the best Having said that I read all the books in the series so far. The stories were well thought out and the characters ok. It took me to book three to get a handle on who is who, might just be me but I found it a bit confusing. It wasn't always clear who was speaking and I had to double back a few times. I probably won't continue the series which is a shame because they could have been so much better. I thought this was a first outing for the author but now know that he has numerous books un Not the best Having said that I read all the books in the series so far. The stories were well thought out and the characters ok. It took me to book three to get a handle on who is who, might just be me but I found it a bit confusing. It wasn't always clear who was speaking and I had to double back a few times. I probably won't continue the series which is a shame because they could have been so much better. I thought this was a first outing for the author but now know that he has numerous books under his belt.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    If there is one thing I truly HATE is when an author ends a book with "Six Months Later." It is lazy and unfair to the reader who has invested money and time in a series of books. In DTP, Carson does just that, and skips MAJOR events in Harry's life, that we, the reader, are left to only guess at. It is just incredibly rude to ask people to connect with your characters, then skip past the parts we have been waiting for. If there is one thing I truly HATE is when an author ends a book with "Six Months Later." It is lazy and unfair to the reader who has invested money and time in a series of books. In DTP, Carson does just that, and skips MAJOR events in Harry's life, that we, the reader, are left to only guess at. It is just incredibly rude to ask people to connect with your characters, then skip past the parts we have been waiting for.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne McCormick

    Love the banter in these books made laugh at even given the dark subject matter just enough to show how people would probably cope with that kind of job. Have to agree that the Alex and Harry relationship is becoming more of a negative in these books for me maybe she could transfer to a different team and still remain? Dunbar and Evans however I would love to read much more of them. Read this in two stints. Hopefully not heard the last of Harry and Glasgow boys.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marcelo Alvarez

    Too many characters. Moving from dream world to reality is rather confusing. Relationships not clear and some not quite believable. Story line clouds the action between character. Two stars is a generous rating. I was tempted to drop the book several times but eventually finished it ... with some regrets. Not my favorite and doubt I will read the author again.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Wow! Best one yet! Lots of murders and mayhem, seemingly unrelated but as investigations progress, all events start to entwine. This covers events that have occurred during 20 years plus and involve many seemingly unrelated people. The conclusion shocked me greatly and was totally unexpected! I was annoyed with Alex due to her rash and dangerous actions! Enjoy!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Great Book! Oh my goodness! I stayed up all night to read this book! Each book is better than the last. The story was perfect. I hope the Glasgow boys are in every book. I won’t spoil the book but it was most satisfying. I can’t wait for the next book. We need another Frank Miller now. I highly recommend this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Another excellent instalment in the DCI McNeil series. Once again the author manages to create a fast paced, twisting plot with moments of laugh out loud humour. The characters are likeable and have good back stories which this story refers back to, so whilst there is no requirement to have read earlier books, this would be an advantage. Brilliant once again, looking forward to Book 7 already!

  13. 5 out of 5

    dawn berry

    l have really enjoy reading all your books I like the sense of humour you put in I find myself laughing alot I like the way you write the story it makes me want to read more of your books grate jod

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Lock

    Filled with intrigue, double-crosses, revenge, and peppered with the sarcastic Scottish humor of the characters book #6 of the DCI Harry McNeil mysteries delivers. Very enjoyable. Cheers Lynda L. Lock (Isla Mujeres mysteries)

  15. 4 out of 5

    P

    Great series of books, good stories and characters, especially love the joking between the 2 glaswegians as good to have a laugh and not all gloom and doom. Looking forward to next one as have read all so far

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kay F Peoples

    Awful Read no further than half a dozen pages. Completely turned off by the unnecessary bad language. WHY use it when we have so many better words? It detracted from whatever the story may have become.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Young was smith

    Serial killer resurfaces This case was very personal to DCI Harry McNeil. It's a good job his colleagues from Glasgow were there to help him. Excellent storyline, easy to read and kept me up late until I finished the book. Onto the next one! Serial killer resurfaces This case was very personal to DCI Harry McNeil. It's a good job his colleagues from Glasgow were there to help him. Excellent storyline, easy to read and kept me up late until I finished the book. Onto the next one!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mr Kenneth L Mullen

    Another great story Another great story featuring Inspector Harry McNeil and his colleagues. Full of action and lots of twists and turns with a great ending.Looking forward to reading the next one in the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Stevenson

    Great characters and stories I have enjoyed reading these books and the characters are all funny and personable. I will miss them when the series ends! Several times the banter has me laughing till I can't breathe. Thank you for that. Great characters and stories I have enjoyed reading these books and the characters are all funny and personable. I will miss them when the series ends! Several times the banter has me laughing till I can't breathe. Thank you for that.

  20. 4 out of 5

    linda

    Enthralling. Once again I was left unable to put this down ! It kept me guessing to the very end.So many twists and turns, excellent.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ann Studd

    I loved this book! The Harry McNeil series is up there with the best! Superman alter ego had me in stitches! More please! 😊

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    Brilliant series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Kidnap relatives Why do crime writers resort to kidnapping a relative to motivate their alter egos to solve the crime. Reticle science fiction

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tommy

    The DCI McNeill series by John Carson is excellent and this book is the best yet. I'd recommend these books to anyone. The DCI McNeill series by John Carson is excellent and this book is the best yet. I'd recommend these books to anyone.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tracie Warren

    Great read enjoyed it immensely

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michele bookloverforever

    Serial killer....grim tale.

  27. 4 out of 5

    T Warren

    Great read Started reading the book at 10.30am 31st July finished it at 2.30am 1st August. Yet again I couldn't put it down. FABBY read Great read Started reading the book at 10.30am 31st July finished it at 2.30am 1st August. Yet again I couldn't put it down. FABBY read

  28. 4 out of 5

    Richie McLaughlin

    Good, easy read. Another good Harry McNeil read from John Carson. Enjoyable and fast paced with a few good twists. Looking forward to the next instalment.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kath

    Great series! I thoroughly enjoyed this set of characters and plot progression!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jane Frost

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