‘Ways to die in Glasgow’, by Jay Stringer

Make time for a little coffee break and we can start already! ๐Ÿ˜‰


I came across this book as part of the Samsung Book Deals on Kindle and I am really happy I chose this one.


Iโ€™ve been reading crime stories since I was about twelve, and that sometimes makes it very hard to find a novel of the genre that still moves my insides, that makes me feel somethingโ€ฆ a book that in a way offers something new.

I chose this one partly because Iโ€™ve always been fascinated by Scotland, though Iโ€™ve never been there. Iโ€™m pretty sure I have a(n az least slightly) romanticized, fairy tale kind of view in my head about it that has basically nothing to do with the actual place, but that doesnโ€™t mean Iโ€™m not eager to find out what it is like in real life. So, of course, I had some heartwarming expectations from the โ€˜title characterโ€™ Glasgow (if I may call a place that) as well. The Glasgow I found in the book took me by surprise. It was not the cozy tea drinking inside, windy weather outside kind of place that I expected at all. It was messy and sinful and in many ways repulsive. But it was honest and thatโ€™s amazing. It felt real. Weirdly, though making the city look the complete opposite of what I dreamed, it made me want to see it for myself even more.

Storywise this book was not less strong. Of course, some happenings I expected (this always happens after you read at least a hundred crime stories), but far not all of them. There were several plot twists that took me by surprise and I was so happy about it! Moreover, the characters really got to me. There are so many crime novels that make people look so black-and-white, and thatโ€™s just so not how it is in reality. Here all the characters are kind of gray, they all, even the smallest ones, have some level of uniqueness. They are โ€“ just as the city Glasgow โ€“ coming to life while youโ€™re reading.

Let’s give it a grade!

  1. Story: 4/5
  2. Characters: 5/5
  3. Style: 5/5
  4. The Subjective Factor: 5/5
  • GPA: 4,75


Stringer has a unique voice and uses it well to describe the setting and the characters. He made me feel like I was there and that, along with the fact his characters feel real as well, in my opinion is rarer in the genre than it should be.

Recommend to:

People who love hard boiled crime, and want something that is not the exact copy of most of its genre. This book really creates an atmosphere.

Drink tip:

Gin tonic

Music room:

The Who


This novel made me want to read more by this author. I am definitely going to read the sequel. And I have another book by him ony tbr list.

I hope you had a nice time reading my review. Have you read anything by Stringer? What was it like? Visit the comment section below! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hugs ๐Ÿ™‚


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