To qualify for a 'McDroll', I must have read the book in the last year - it's great when you can make up your own rules.
Today's 'McDroll' goes to Michael J. Malone and BLOOD TEARS, his excellent opener in his Ray McBain series.
Let's be fair, Malone knows how to hook me in when the dead body (well there has to be one at the start of a detective novel) isn't only dead but has stigmatas. I'm a bit of a sucker for some religious shenanigans. Set around Kilmarnock, (don't let that put you off, it's a wonderful place), Malone grips you with a fascinating tale of childhood fear and loss.
I am now a huge fan (too much ice cream this summer) and have A TASTE FOR MALICE, the next in the series (I'm calling it this because I want to read lots about Ray McBain) sitting waiting for me as soon as I've finished re-reading McIlvanney's THE PAPERS of TONY VEITCH (go read it too, please).
I'm always hopeful that some kind reader will recommend a wee gem to me...but people just don't seem to want to interact in blog posts these days. Why is this? I won't bite you - honest, gave that up years ago but I might just stand on your toes by 'accident'.