The Devil Stone
by Caro Ramsay

A macabre massacre of a wealthy family brings DCI Christine Caplan to the Highlands in her first thriller in a new series!

A Times Crime Club Pick of the Month

“Ramsay debuts a new series with this dark, suspenseful, and atmospheric thriller starring a charismatic heroine” – Booklist Starred Review

In the small Highland village of Cronchie, a wealthy family are found brutally murdered in a satanic ritual and their heirloom, ‘the devil stone’, is the only thing stolen. The key suspects are known satanists – case closed? But when the investigating officer disappears after leaving the crime scene, DCI Christine Caplan is pulled in to investigate from Glasgow in a case that could restore her reputation.

Caplan knows she is being punished for a minor misdemeanour when she is seconded to the Highlands, but ever the professional, she’s confident she can quickly solve the murders, and return home to her fractious family. But experience soon tells her that this is no open and shut case.

She suspects the murder scene was staged, and with the heir to the family estate missing, there is something more at play than a mythical devil stone… As she closes in on the truth, it is suddenly her life, not her reputation that is danger! Will Caplan’s first Highland murder case be her last?


“Ramsay debuts a new series with this dark, suspenseful, and atmospheric thriller starring a charismatic heroine”

Booklist Starred Review

“Fans of contemporary British police procedurals will want to have a look”

Publishers Weekly

“Intriguing characters people a challenging mystery fraught with peril”

Kirkus Reviews


Financial Times

“The plot is fast-moving and complex, the characters quirky, with plenty of foibles, and the outcome is both satisfying and surprising”

Booklist on On an Outgoing Tide

“Intricately plotted … This riveting police procedural is sure to please fans and newcomers alike”

Publishers Weekly on On an Outgoing Tide

“A multi-faceted plot, complex characters, and plenty of suspense”

Booklist on The Red, Red Snow

An attention-grabbing procedural with unsettling surprises

Kirkus Reviews on The Red, Red Snow

“This is both an outstanding police procedural and a complex and intense psychological cop drama, with danger and dark humor that also shows the vulnerability and resilience of human beings in the face of unspeakable tragedy”

Booklist on The Silent Conversation

Caro Ramsay

CARO RAMSAY is the Glaswegian author of the critically acclaimed Anderson and Costello series, the first of which, Absolution, was shortlisted for the CWA’s New Blood Dagger for best debut of the year. The ninth book in the series, The Suffering of Strangers, was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2018.@CaroRamsayBooks |

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The Devil Stone by Caro Ramsay is available in the following formats

Hardback97814483097406th December 2022145 X 223mm288$29.99
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