First Line: "GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!"
It's the night of the big Referendum when everyone should be out voting either for or against Scottish independence. All Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae has to do is find a missing "No" campaigner somewhere in Aberdeen. It shouldn't be too hard even though, as votes start being counted, trouble is beginning to brew in the pubs and on the streets. But when has anything ever been simple for McRae? He's picked up a promising lead on his missing campaigner, but he's finding it difficult to follow it. Why? It's simple. Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel has other plans for him, that's why. And once her plans begin to fall into place, everything starts going dreadfully wrong....
"The 45% Hangover" would be an excellent introduction to Stuart MacBride's McRae and Steel mystery series because it's got all the marvelous pacing, humor and wit with none of the darkness that's usually found in the books. Yes, this is very light in tone and should not be read as serious crime fiction. Do what I did-- read it for fun, and fun ye shall have. I think I had a big grin plastered on my face throughout most of the story.
"The 45% Hangover" by Stuart MacBride
Harper © 2014
Digital Short Story, approximately 80 pages
Short Story featuring Logan McRae and DCI Steel
Source: Purchased from Amazon.
I needed a little separation from my mini-review above because I want to say something about the series in general. For the first few books in this series, I was in love with MacBride's storytelling, his sense of humor, and the character of Logan McRae. When I think of McRae, one of the first thoughts that springs to mind is "If it weren't for bad luck, he'd have no luck at all." Nothing goes McRae's way. Nothing. But somehow he always manages to get the job done.
And then Roberta Steel became his superior officer, and my love affair soured. Evidently Steel must be a big hit because she's featured more and more in each book. Whereas so many other readers love her and think she's hilarious, I think she's a menace to her fellow officers. I can't stand her. I have never seen a character do so little work and create so much mayhem. If she only got paid for the actual work she did, the woman would be on the dole. (Err... welfare on this side of the pond.) I have had to work for people like her, and I just can't see the humor in it anymore. It's gotten so bad that I've been hesitating to read the books in the series that are sitting on my to-be-read shelves.