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Review: Saints of the Shadow Bible

February 20, 2014

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Detective John Rebus has accepted a demotion in order to stay on the police force.  When he is sent to investigate a car accident he suspects things aren’t as they seem.   Before he can close the case, Rebus learns that an old case has been opened and a group of detectives he worked with – the Saints of the Shadow Bible – have been accused of protecting a murderer.  Could the two cases possibly be related?

It’s been a while since I’ve read a mystery so I was excited to crack open Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin.  This was my first experience with Rankin’s work and I thought it was fantastic!  I loved John Rebus and want to go back and revisit him in some of Rankin’s older books.   This is the 19th book in the series and I’m wondering how I’ve managed to miss it all these years.  Jumping in this late in the game didn’t affect my enjoyment at all – I didn’t have any trouble figuring things out.

Rebus is a flawed but endearing character and I got attached to him quickly.  His methods aren’t always orthodox but he knows how to get the job done.  He’s loyal and tenacious and fights for justice.  In other words, he’s just the kind of character I love.  Great characters aren’t enough for me, though, and I’m happy to say Saints of the Shadow Bible delivered on plot as well.  The plot was not only believable, it had enough twists and tension to keep me flipping the pages as fast as I could.  If you enjoy mysteries, you need to pick this one up!

Review copy provided by Hachette Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
23 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2014 4:44 am

    I wonder why I haven’t picked up these books too. I am fond of crime fiction usually. Thanks for highlighting this one, I will definitely look out for this series.

  2. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea permalink
    February 20, 2014 7:12 am

    Glad u liked this one. I thought the title seemed odd.

  3. February 20, 2014 7:29 am

    I liked the Rankin books I read but I wasn’t in love enough to seek out harder to find episodes.

  4. February 20, 2014 8:25 am

    This sounds good! I should read more mysteries…

  5. February 20, 2014 8:55 am

    I think I’ve read one of the books. This sounds good.

  6. February 20, 2014 9:22 am

    I haven’t read any Ian Rankin yet either, but this one sounds like a good place to start.

  7. February 20, 2014 9:40 am

    wow, 19th in a series. I, too, must have been missing out on these.

  8. February 20, 2014 11:04 am

    I’ve never read any of his books either but it seems as though I should change that. I’ll have to check if any of his are on audio. I imagine they are.

  9. February 20, 2014 11:49 am

    I’ve read many of these and look forward to this new one!

  10. February 20, 2014 11:50 am

    So glad you enjoyed it having never started the series — good to know one can jump in and not be lost!

  11. Patty permalink
    February 20, 2014 12:59 pm

    I truly love his books but I adore English mysteries!

  12. February 20, 2014 1:32 pm

    I’ve managed to miss out on this series too, and I like mysteries.

  13. February 20, 2014 5:52 pm

    I don’t read a lot of mysteries either but this sounds like a good one.

  14. February 20, 2014 9:22 pm

    I am so glad you liked this book. I have not read a Rebus novel, but grabbed this one at the library.

  15. February 20, 2014 11:46 pm

    I’ve heard others rave about Rankin’s books but I have yet to try one. The fact that you liked the main character and found him real encourages me to give him a try.

  16. February 20, 2014 11:58 pm

    Kathy, your enthusiasm is wonderful! I will keep this mystery (and series) in mind.

  17. February 21, 2014 11:42 am

    My sister went through an Ian Rankin stage and I always meant to try him… Still haven’t!

  18. sandynawrot permalink
    February 21, 2014 12:15 pm

    This is definitely a series that I’ve thought about reading (when? who knows). I read the very first one, Knots and Crosses, and loved it, but then never pursued it. I consider it a project for some day.

  19. February 21, 2014 6:13 pm

    I love a good mystery. Glad you enjoyed it!

  20. February 22, 2014 11:11 am

    It’s amazing that you were able to jump in at 19 and still like the book so much. I have the first of the series waiting for me on my shelves.

  21. February 23, 2014 5:27 am

    I still haven’t read any Rankin. V.bad of me, must remedy soon!

  22. Beth F permalink
    February 23, 2014 9:46 am

    Arghhh. I have this and haven’t gotten to it yet.

  23. February 25, 2014 7:36 pm

    I’ve read every book in this series, except for this one, which I am waiting for to come out in softcover so I can get it. I find hardcovers too heavy to carry around, and so rarely by them. I love this series so much, I’ve gotten my mother hooked on it, and recommend it to anyone looking for a good mystery that has a noir feel and comments on society in it. I’m so glad you liked this one, and that it holds up all on it’s own for you.

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