Loch of the Dead by Oscar De Muriel (Frey & McGray: Book 4)

Posted on May 13, 2020

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The Storyline

The Loch of the Dead by Oscar De Muriel – Frey & McGray (book 4) courtesy of Amazon.co.uk


After their last encounter in The Mask of Shadows, our heroes, Inspectors Frey and McGray, are called upon to help protect a boy who’s life may be in danger, due to death threats.

Heading to Loch Maree in the Highlands of Scotland, McGray already there visiting his poor Sister, Pansy; and with great reluctance, Frey decides to take the case, and heads to meet his erstwhile companion there. He is joined by his adventurous rogue of an Uncle, Maurice, who happens to be visiting at the time, along with Millie Fletcher, the woman who asked Frey to help her, for the boy in question is her secret son who stands to inherit a large inheritance from a recently deceased Koloman, the family Millie works for.

This case though will push both of them to their limits, and one of them further still as madness and murder rears its ugly head…

The Review

Time is something I have a lot of at the moment, and one that I rarely manage well, but when I do, I like to read and lose myself in the worlds created by others, and so it was with great pleasure that I finally picked up my beautiful signed copy of Oscar’s Loch of the Dead, and began to read.

Like his previous works in the series, Oscar De Muriel manages to capture the sense of place and time really well, and his characters especially well. I’m convinced I’ve met both Frey and McGray at various points in my life, especially here in Scotland.

Like its predecessor, it’s fast paced and extremely well written, the research fantastically done and used well, especially when it comes to the scientific parts, something of which Oscar knows a lot about being a trained chemist.

As for the story itself, this was the best so far, and had everything in it, especially the setting of Loch Maree in The Highlands of Scotland, which Oscar managed to make both creepy and beautiful in his descriptions.

I loved Uncle Maurice, Frey’s jovial Uncle, who is a bit of a lovable rogue, and a foolish romantic. His scenes between him and McGray made me smile throughout, and I could see them two having adventures of their own, because of certain similarities between them, especially in their sense of humour and mischief. Maurice reminded me of a Sid James type, from the Carry On films, but less brash, just cheeky, and someone who loves life and to live it, no matter what may befall it.

Frey is, by now, becoming less stiff upper lip, and slowly adapting to McGray’s ways, and this book does it beautifully, whilst you feel McGray himself is dying inside, little by little as he tries to save his beloved Sister from madness, and keep himself sane in the process.

Loch Maree where the book is set courtesy of cake.co


The Kolomans, the family who take in the boy, instantly become suspects, as in any good Agatha Christie novel, with a family in a big house in the country, but not all as it seems, and the suspects grow, as do the bodies and the mysteries, with twists and turns you don’t always see coming, if at all.

Because of all that happens in this story, this is the best by far of the series, and I highly recommend them to you if you like crime fiction with a supernatural twist to them (in this one it’s a possible cure for McGray’s Sister, Pansy).

It made me laugh, talk to the characters in frustration at their stupidity at times, and also a little sad too (you’ll know it when it comes to it). It also made me forget the time, and sometimes to eat, as I turned the pages for one last chapter, before I turned another, and another…

Get into this series now, from the beginning. You shan’t regret it!

As ever, support your local library, and please buy from book shops, especially independent ones if you can, otherwise this is available from all good retailers everywhere.

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