The Bad Fire

The Bad Fire

'Scottish crime-writing at its finest, with a healthy dose of plot twists and turns, bodies and plenty of brutality' Sun

The gritty new mystery in Quintin Jardine's bestselling Bob Skinner series, set in Edinburgh and the Scottish countryside; not to be missed by readers of Ian Rankin and Peter May.

Nine years ago, divorcee Marcia Brown took her own life. A pillar of the community, she had been accused of theft, and it's assumed that she was unable to live with the shame. Now her former husband wants the case reopened. Marcia was framed, he says, to prevent her exposing a scandal. He wants justice for Marcia. And Alex Skinner, Solicitor Advocate, and daughter of retired Chief Constable Sir Robert Skinner, has taken on the brief, aided by her investigator Carrie McDaniels.

When tragedy strikes and his daughter comes under threat, Skinner steps in. His quarry is about to discover that the road to hell is marked by bad intentions . . .

'Skinner's lost none of his hard edge when he steps up to the plate after his daughter Alex, a legal eagle, is in trouble when a cold murder case explodes red hot and dangerous. Someone's going to meet his match in Skinner' Peterborough Evening Telegraph

'Well-constructed . . . intriguing' Scotland on Sunday

What readers are saying about Quintin Jardine's gripping mysteries:

'I would recommend anyone new to the series to give yourself a treat and read them all!!'

'I have given this book five stars because of the ingenious plot, the excellence of the narrative and, after quite a number of years, Quintin Jardine is still producing superb crime fiction'

'A fantastic gripping read and I didn't want to put it down'

'As always Mr Jardine had me hooked from the first chapter to the very end'

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  • Lou

    The Bad Fire is the thirty-first instalment in the superb, bestselling Bob Skinner series, set in Edinburgh, Scotland, and featuring Scot and ex-Chief Constable Sir Robert Skinner and his hardworking,...

  • Claire

    Absolutely brilliant . Love the Bob Skinner series so much . Cannot wait for the next one . They just get better and better in Skinner's retirement ....

  • Stargazer

    i swithered whether to read this but it was on my library pile and the reviews were great so i read it, but had the same problem as always and this is my last one. i just can't stand all the cloying c...

  • Nona

    Well, the book was complex and so will be my Review.However, firstly I must say if every Police Force were to adapt the detective efforts written here, the world would be a better place! And also do t...

  • Kath

    Cripes! We are on book 31 of this series and it's still not gone stale. Mostly due to the author developing the characters well and changing their direction frequently along the way. Bob Skinner is no...

  • Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Headine for an advance copy of The Bad Fire, the thirty-first novel to feature former Chief Constable Sir Robert Skinner.David Brass approaches solicitor advocate A...

  • Vicki - I Love Reading

    I absolutely love this series of books. I get so excited when I know a new one is due out, and it was no different this time around. Back with the familiar characters that I feel I've grown with over ...

  • Sheila

    Still a page turner but really? for the end.Sir Bob Skinner who is no longer in the police force, acts as mentor to detectives investigating a suicide case from 9 years ago. The suicide turns into mur...

  • Cynthia May

    There is something about a series that can be wearing. If you have not read the books preceding the one in question (in this case, 30) either the author insists on re-telling sections of the past or o...

  • Christine Rennie

    With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC, which I have enjoyed reading.This is Book 31 in the Bob Skinner series and whilst Sir Bob Skinner is no longer a senior policeman, he is still ...