Now We Are Dead by Stuart MacBride

Now We Are Dead

From the No. 1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series, comes a standalone spinoff featuring DS Roberta SteelSergeant Roberta Steel has recently been demoted after being caught fitting up a suspect. The trouble is, the man she got sent down has had his sentence quashed now he’s back on the streets. And women are being attacked again. But if DS Steel goes anywhere near...

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Now We Are Dead Reviews

  • Siobhan

    A Steel spin-off?

    Give. It. To. Me. Now.

  • Cphe

    Roberta Steele has been demoted after attempting to stitch up a suspect in this spin off from the excellent Logan McRae series. Roberta's not happy and she makes sure that everyone knows it. Roberta knows who the guilty party is and she won't rest until she gets her man.

    If you enjoy slap stick dialogue then you'll enjoy this offering. This novel doesn't have the intensity or the real humour of the earlier McRae novels. It falls far short. In some ways I think that when you try too hard to be hum

    Roberta Steele has been demoted after attempting to stitch up a suspect in this spin off from the excellent Logan McRae series. Roberta's not happy and she makes sure that everyone knows it. Roberta knows who the guilty party is and she won't rest until she gets her man.

    If you enjoy slap stick dialogue then you'll enjoy this offering. This novel doesn't have the intensity or the real humour of the earlier McRae novels. It falls far short. In some ways I think that when you try too hard to be humorous then you can well become the opposite of what you're attempting, I felt that's what happened in this novel. Having said that I very much enjoyed the ending when the old, sassy Roberta was given the chance to really shine and commanded the page.

    The police procedural/ mystery component is again grim and gritty but the slap stick humour tends to overshadow the plot. Logan McRae only puts in a short appearance here. Not as good as the earlier books in the series.

  • Rachel the Book Harlot
  • Kate

    Absolutely flaming brilliant!!! Yet again Stuart MacBride is the best.

    A review:

  • Val

    I received this book from Good Reads.

    "No 1 Times Bestseller".

    I thought I was in for a good read, as I love detective stories, but I did not enjoy this one. I did read quite a bit of it, hoping my opinion would change, but it did not, so in the end I gave up on it.

    Too much trying to be funny for me. It was not my kind of humour.

  • Liz Barnsley

    Is there a single detective anywhere created in fiction who could outdo Roberta Steel? No is what I say – she is (subjectively) the single most entertaining and cleverly written police protagonist on the block. All the blocks. In my humble opinion anyway – therefore a book from the uber talented Mr MacBride focusing on her was probably the biggest book treat I’ve had this year.

    I rocketed through this like a grasshopper on acid, immediately compelling, laugh out loud funny, the dialogue crackles,

    Is there a single detective anywhere created in fiction who could outdo Roberta Steel? No is what I say – she is (subjectively) the single most entertaining and cleverly written police protagonist on the block. All the blocks. In my humble opinion anyway – therefore a book from the uber talented Mr MacBride focusing on her was probably the biggest book treat I’ve had this year.

    I rocketed through this like a grasshopper on acid, immediately compelling, laugh out loud funny, the dialogue crackles, the plot is both exciting and incredibly immersive, there is actually not a single downside to reading this book. Unless you count eating too much chocolate and being incapable of coherent thought on any other subject until you have finished it. I don’t count that because for me that is what books are supposed to do. Even the lack (apart from a cameo) of one of my other favourite fictional detectives Logan McCrae didn’t put a dent in my enjoyment of this one.

    Poor Roberta, she’s been demoted for planting evidence – something that anyone who read the novel where that happened can sympathise with. Still now she’s sorting out stolen goods, dealing with violent loan sharks and still determined to bring down her nemesis – unfortunately she’s under the spotlight, in danger of losing her job entirely – yeah right, like that is going to stop her. Throw into the mix the incredibly lovable DC Stuart Quirrel, whose attempts to keep up with Roberta and keep her under control create some of the best moments in Now We Are Dead and boy you have a read and a half on your hands. I just loved it. Loved loved loved. And my gosh that last little bit had me quite literally on the edge of my seat – brilliant brilliant finale that I’ll never forget. Just the icing on the top of the most delicious bookish cake.

    I have to give a nod to the beautiful little hardback too – the author’s introduction is fantastic and the end papers provide some hilarious and beautiful drawings which I considered taking pictures of to show y’all but in the end decided that it was best unwrapped like the best looking Christmas gift ever – and I can’t believe I just said the C word considering my hatred of all things festive season – but honestly perfect present material.

    All the positive, none of the negative, a banging good read that will engulf you in madness but it is the best madness ever. Bring it on.

    Highly Recommended.

  • gem

    I’m a huge fan of the Logan McRea books, and having this one focus on the recently demoted Roberta Steel was brilliant as she is one of my faves characters in Crime Fiction.

    Steel and Tufty are after a very nasty man who’s doing unspeakable things outside peoples houses whilst wearing costumes. Much hilarity ensues as the duo try & uncover the criminal, all the whole eating bacon sandwiches & Roberta fiddling with the evil underwire in her bra. (I’d have been terribly disappointed if she

    I’m a huge fan of the Logan McRea books, and having this one focus on the recently demoted Roberta Steel was brilliant as she is one of my faves characters in Crime Fiction.

    Steel and Tufty are after a very nasty man who’s doing unspeakable things outside peoples houses whilst wearing costumes. Much hilarity ensues as the duo try & uncover the criminal, all the whole eating bacon sandwiches & Roberta fiddling with the evil underwire in her bra. (I’d have been terribly disappointed if she hadn’t done this, it’s one of her trademark moves!)

    Whilst this is going on women start getting viscously attacked and raped, the M.O very similar to that of Jack Wallace, the baddie who Steel fitted up & got demoted for... he is an evil bastard and I loved Roberta for trying to pin something on him, even if it wasn’t the crimes he actually committed.

    Anyway, Steel is convinced Wallace is behind this latest series of attacks and becomes single minded in bringing him down, no matter the risk to her career or her safety.

    As with all of Stuart MacBride’s books, it’s a glorious mix of the dark and shady world of crime complete with many hilarious one liners. Tufty getting to play a bugger part than normal was brilliant, I loved his drawings at the end.

    Will Roberta survive to talk to Logan again? Read the book to find out!

  • David Stimpson

    I Would give this 6 0r 7 Stars if I Could .. Steele is the Greatest Cop Character I Have Ever Read ,,,This Book I think is My Favourite Stuart MacBride .. Wonderful ..Wonderful

  • HELEN TOWILL

    I didn't think at first that this book would work so well without Logan but Tufty saved the day and became a worthy foil for Steele! I've read all Stuart's books at least twice and this one will be no exception!

  • Helen

    This is described as "Logan McRae 10.5" and it picks up the story of Roberta post-demotion (you do need to have read the others for this, I think). It's full of farce and very funny (I get so much more out of this now that I know what "sharny" means ...) The title, and the opening scene, are inspired by, of all things, Winnie the Pooh, and Roberta's new sidekick, who has the improbable name of S. Quirrel (nickname, obviously, Tufty), is a Tigger figure. The grim and gritty stuff is here too, but

    This is described as "Logan McRae 10.5" and it picks up the story of Roberta post-demotion (you do need to have read the others for this, I think). It's full of farce and very funny (I get so much more out of this now that I know what "sharny" means ...) The title, and the opening scene, are inspired by, of all things, Winnie the Pooh, and Roberta's new sidekick, who has the improbable name of S. Quirrel (nickname, obviously, Tufty), is a Tigger figure. The grim and gritty stuff is here too, but perhaps farce has taken over. The come-uppance of the baddie is spectacular if nauseating. Logan appears a couple of times and a reconciliation is more or less reached. Perhaps the purpose of this book is to make it possible to resume the working partnership again - or at least to reassure us about Roberta's future.


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