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The Dead of Appin

A charred corpse in a burnt-out car leads Angus Blue to a trail of murder and corruption.

A woman returns to her self-catering cottage after an evening in Oban, only to find unwanted guests in the cottage. Before she can get out of the car, headlights suddenly dazzle her, and she tries to escape her pursuers.

Later that night DI Angus Blue is awakened by the sound of a fire engine crossing the Connel Bridge, and early in the morning he is summoned to a cottage in North Connel, where a charred body has been found in a burnt-out car. And the woman who rented the cottage is missing …

DI Blue and his team follow a trail of clues to uncover a plan which will make someone very rich, but destroy Oban and its surroundings.

Some comments on The Dead of Appin by other authors:

“Complex, thrilling and hugely satisfying. Allan Martin has completed the hat trick. Another thrilling Inspector Blue Novel.” – Marion Todd

“A complex mystery starring the unforgettable DI Angus Blue he explores political corruption and grisly murders in the Scottish highlands. And he cooks too!” – Emma Christie

The Dead of Appin is another cracking instalment in the Angus Blue series. Embark on whisky flavoured adventures in the west Highlands as Blue is drawn into a dangerous world of intrigue and corruption. Addictive from page one!” – G. R. Halliday

This article from the Oban Times (2 June 2022) gives more insight into the background to the story and to DI Angus Blue.

Read the first few pages of The Dead of Appin.