***** 5 STARS
Acting Detective Sergeant Scott Cullen almost has the stable relationship and promotion he’s long coveted. But the uncertainty surrounding the imminent Police Scotland restructure and his crippling caseload both take their toll. Now living with his girlfriend, her own burning ambition puts a strain on their relationship and her health. When a body is discovered in the abandoned streets underneath Edinburgh’s Old Town, Cullen struggles to identify the victim before trawling the depths of the Scottish music scene, digging up old scores in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Now, as he returns to the Angus home town he’s long since left, Cullen finds himself spread thin, hunting across Scotland for a killer who leaves no trace. As Scotland’s police forces are centralised into Police Scotland, Cullen is dragged into the murky world of internal politics, blocking progress in the case and jeopardising his own career.
Ed James and DC Scott Cullen are back in this their fifth novel, Bottleneck and from the very first page to the very last page you are hooked, unable to do anything but read your way through. I am now so glad that I downloaded the first DC Scott Cullen Book Ghost in the Machine last year, as now 5 novels in to the series they are a welcome addition to the growing number of authors who write Scottish Crime Fiction set in the Capital City Edinburgh. What makes the Scott Cullen novels so nice is that instead of the main character already being established in their career, Scott Cullen is only a Dectetive Constable who is trying to work his way up the career ladder and make a name for himself, as well as sometime troublesome relationship with the other characters . The other factor that makes these novels so great is that they are packed full of believable, interesting and very memorable characters that will have you either loving them or hating them but you will be able to sympathise with the situations that they find themselves facing.
Each of the storylines that the author Ed James writes has the ability to leave you captured, Ghost in the Machine featured a killer getting revenge through social media, Devil in the Detail a murder in a West Lothian town and its new Religious beliefs, Fire in the Blood a Murder in a whiskey distillery and a family feud, Dyed in the Wool a double murder and the problems of football hooliganism. And the new novel bottleneck does not disappoint, focusing on a body found underneath a bands rehearsal studio in the hidden closes of Edinburgh, I will not spoil the book for yourselves but I do recommend that you go and get a copy of this novel as it is definitely what you need to be reading. There is also the very realistic way in which the author makes his Edinburgh and Lothians come alive on the page, so much so that you can actually imagine yourself being in the book as the action takes place.
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