"Muir, who lives near Glasgow, invests this series with a top-notch police-procedural plot, a touching examination of Gilchrist’s troubled personal life and a wealth of Scottish angst."
"Tooth for a Tooth is far more than just a police procedural-style crime novel. It is also a very poignant story of family and friends, confidence and envy, love and hate... Highly recommended."
"Muir has woven a great suspense tale with plot twists that grab the reader with every chapter."
“A high-tension, fast-paced crime thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. If you like detective novels set in Europe, you’ll love Tooth for a Tooth. If you haven’t tried one? Start with Muir.”
"Interesting twists and turns that should satisfy even the most demanding mystery buff and the setting in the birthplace of golf is an added bonus."
"On its own, the murder mystery that opens Tooth for a Tooth would be enough for most novels. But when it all turns highly personal for DCI Andy Gilchrist, Tooth kicks into high gear and accelerates straight through to the harrowing finale. This is my first Gilchrist. Must go back for the others."
—F. Paul Wilson
“An edgy emotive thriller that winds up the tension to an edge of the cliff climax."
“A clever thriller, tinged with melancholy.”
“With his beautifully drawn characters and skillful story-telling, Muir weaves a mystery that’s hard to put down—fast-paced and unpredictable to the very last page.”
—John Clement, author of the Dixie Hemingway series
“Gilchrist is a top drawer, compelling character – up there with Rebus, Morse, Bergerac and Frost.”
“St. Andrews has been crying out for its own crime series: top man, Frank Muir, for providing it, with work that's as mysterious as the place itself. DCI Andy Gilchrist is set for a long career.”
"As differently crafted as a single malt whisky and Tennent's Lager... Psychologically gripping, deeply suspenseful, and character driven."
—Carole E. Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal-Senitnel
"The jaws of this book grab you, bite down and hold you in their grip . . . Muir layers on the depth as the storyline twists and turns to an explosive conclusion."
Praise for the Gilchrist investigations
"Everything I look for in a crime novel."
"Fear and desperation are twisting through every beautifully written line . . . [Muir does] bloody but brilliant thrillers."
—The Daily Record
"A tense, fast-paced crime novel."
—Scottish Review of Books
"The completely unexpected plot twists and the simple humanity of the characters have you hooked."
"The suspense never wavers."
—Clarissa Dickson Wright
When a woman's skeleton is discovered in a shallow grave DCI Andy Gilchrist is tasked with finding her murderer. But a psychic's warnings and markings on a rusted cigarette lighter found among the rotted remains set Gilchrist off on a trail that will take him back 35 years back to his past and on course to find his brother's killer in a fatal hit and run accident.
When dental records from an extracted tooth force Gilchrist to confront the unthinkable - that his brother was her killer - he keeps his fears to himself, only to be suspended on suspicion of destroying evidence.
But Gilchrist battles on in his quest for answers. Who was the woman? Why was she murdered? And was the fatal hit and run really an accident?
Praise for T.F. Muir:
'Everything I look for in a crime novel.' Louise Welsh
'Rebus did it for Edinburgh. Laidlaw did it for Glasgow. Gilchrist might just be the bloke to put St Andrews on the crime fiction map.' Daily Record.
'A bright new recruit to the swelling army of Scots crime writers.' Quintin Jardine