Bridges to Burn by Marion Todd

Bridges to Burn is the eighth in the DI Clare Mackay series of detective novels set in St Andrews. A promising young student takes her own life after a compromising video appears online that her boyfriend swears he did not send. In another seemingly unrelated case, a man comes in to the station to claim that someone is stealing from his terminally ill father, who is then found dead the next day in suspicious circumstances. At first glance, there is nothing to connect these investigations, but as Clare and her team dig deeper, it starts to look as if there might be.

After eight books these characters are well established and familiar. Marion Todd achieves the right balance between the police investigation and the private lives of the main characters, using humour to offset the often harrowing nature of the crimes they encounter on a daily basis. In Bridges to Burn, the writer addresses topical issues such as cyberbullying, teenage suicide, fraud and corruption with a light touch.

We follow the investigation as it is happening, over a short period of time, and learn that there is no short cut to finding the culprits, just painstaking attention to detail and examining every angle. There are several twists that I did not see coming and plenty of red herrings to put the reader off the scent, and as always a satisfying conclusion. You could read this as a standalone, but I thoroughly recommend that you start at the beginning of this excellent series, you won’t regret it. As you might have guessed, I am a big fan of these books and look forward to reading the next one. Thanks to Canelo Crime and NetGalley for a digital copy to review.