Rather Be The Devil by Ian Rankin

MoMo’s Book Diary loved Ian Rankin’s “Rather Be The Devil” and highly recommends this excellent new release.

I have always been a huge fan of Ian Rankin and his “Rebus” novels so you can imagine my excitement at finding this book available for review on NetGalley.  Thank you NetGalley and Orion for approving me to read and review.

The book begins with Rebus, now retired, having dinner with Deborah Quant in the Caledonian Hotel.  Being there reminds Rebus of a 40 year old unsolved murder. As expected, the mystery plays on his mind long after the dinner has ended. This fantastically constructed novel includes our favourite characters from previous cases, well known gangland criminals, aging rock stars and money laundering.

The way in which Ian Rankin brings Edinburgh to life, the language used and character progression and makes this such a compelling series.

It amazes me that there have been so many Rebus novels, this is number 21, and yet there are still more surprises, twists, turns ahead. I started reading as soon as I downloaded the book and didn’t want to stop until I reached the final page. I hate when I reach the end and know I need to wait so long for the next part!


Ian Rankin returns with his superb new novel, set in the dark heart of Edinburgh.

John Rebus, now a couple of years into his retirement finds himself drawn into a cold case from the 1970s involving a female socialite, found dead in a bedroom in one of Edinburgh’s most luxurious hotels.

It’s a crime over forty years old, but no one was ever found guilty.

Now, Rebus has his own reasons to investigate . . . but it is going to set him against some very dangerous people.

AUTHOR Ian Rankin
BOOK TITLE Better The Devil
PRINT LENGTH  320 pages



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