When the needle drops

Colin MacIntyre


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“Well, watch out Bob Mortimer, this is an hilarious crime caper set on the Scottish island of Mull. The characters are intriguing and the internal monologue of officer Ivor Punch is a joy to witness. There's a severed hand, a missing airplane and a depressed detective and yet it's full of laughs. The Lead singer of Mull Historical Society has shown the deeper depths of his talents. Looking forward to more in this series. (Patrick is delighted to recount he heard about this book while attending a Mull Historical Society Gig, highly recommended)”
When The Needle Drops
Review by Patrick Neale

The Isle of Mull, three days before Christmas, 1998. Sergeant Ivor Punch is contacted by a frantic caller, Maggie May, about a missing pilot & plane. Respected classical musician Xander Lowry has vanished without a trace after taking off alone in a Cessna Needle from the airfield of a local hotel. For Punch, this strange incident takes places on the tenth anniversary of the Lockerbie disaster, in which his brother was killed. Now aged 45, Punch is a loner who slaughters sheep to unwind & survives on a diet of whisky & The Faces vinyls, & the last thing he needs is to be reminded of the past. Then Lowry’s body is found – but no plane in sight. To make matters even more frustrating, Punch must entertain an overly-keen and bureaucratic new deputy, PC Cluny, despatched from Head Office.

ISBN: 9781785305139 Category:


It’s the run-up to Christmas, 1998. On the Isle of Mull, Sergeant Ivor Punch is losing himself in his vinyl collection, a tragic anniversary and too much single malt whisky. But news of a missing child soon brings him back to his senses. And as word spreads of more strange disappearances, an aircraft vanishing from the sky and a famous classical musician gone with it, it seems a sinister plot holds the island in its grip.Punch thought he knew the secrets of this place, its people and stories. Yet as a grisly trail of effigies and clues are discovered, he struggles to untangle past mysteries and find out what’s really happening right under his nose. And time is fast running out for the policeman that locals call ‘The Clock’.The first book in The Mull Mysteries Series from multi-award-winning musician, producer, author and playwright, Colin MacIntyre.PRAISE FOR COLIN MACINTYRE’A storyteller with a unique imagination and clarity of style’ – THE SCOTSMAN

Additional information

Weight 0.256 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.3 cm










Paperback original


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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