May 7, 2015

Head or Hearts by Paul Johnston


T I T L E: Head or Hearts
S E R I E S: The New Quint Dalrymple Mystery
A U T H O R: Paul Johnston
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House Publishers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: August 1, 2015
I S B N: 9780727885036
Mystery, Thriller
Maverick ex-cop Quint Dalrymple returns to investigate a series of gruesome murders in a near-future independent Edinburgh.
Independent Edinburgh, 2033. The Council of City Guardians has been forced to relax its grip on citizens and the borders are no longer secure. Then a human heart is found on a football pitch. Maverick investigator Quint Dalrymple is called in - but before he makes much progress, a citizen’s headless body floats down a canal.
Quint uncovers a link to the planned referendum over Edinburgh joining a reconstituted Scotland. But who is behind the killings and mutilations? Are the city’s notorious gangs responsible, or does the solution lie with the rulers of Edinburgh and other former Scottish states? Quint must dig deep to save the Council from collapse, and to retain both his head and heart…


     This book was a great read. It was creative and well written. The fact that it takes place in the near future and is somewhat a dystopian society added to the story and made it that much more fun to read.
     Quint is very likable as is Davie. The banter between Quint and his elderly father is fun with just enough snark to make me chuckle. Edinburgh's government is very interesting. The story is imaginative and well written. And the ending was quite unexpected. I had no inkling whatsoever who was behind the killings. I truly did not see it coming and verbally shouted, "Oh my God, no way."       Then I smiled because I really love unexpected plot twists.
     I will definitely be reading more Quint Dalrymple Mysteries as well as more books by this author.
This was an all-around great book and I give it four stars.

4 STAR


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