The severed head of Micky Crounan, local baker, is grinning gruesomely up from the bottom tier of his own cake. Katie Maguire of the Irish Garda is baffled--until another local businessman goes missing in horrific circumstances. Soon Katie is on the trail of a debt-collecting gang calling themselves the Kings of Erin. But these are very dangerous men. And they will stop at nothing to throw Katie off the trail....
©2015 Graham Masterton (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"One of the most original and frightening storytellers of our time." (Peter James)
"A natural storyteller with a unique gift for turning the mundane into the terrifyingly real." (New York Journal of Books)
I just found this to far fetched and found myself shouting at the story, saying no that wouldn't happen. Hopefully the next one will be better
Cork must rate as the most dangerous city in Ireland! Lots of characteristic gore and action in this one. Katie's life continues to get more complicated personally and professionally.
Good performance again. Worth a listen.
NO NO NO NO, not by Louise Fitzpatrick. I have been looking forward to listen to Kate Maguire solving yet another crime, and listen to the wonderful narrating of Caroline Lennon. I love listening to the irish accent and how well she seperates the different characters by the use of her voice. To my surprise (didn't notice it when I bought the book via Audible), there is a new narrator, Louise Fitzpatrick, and she absolutely ruin the listening experience for me. I've been listening to the first six chapters and can hardly stay with the story because of the monotonus, bland and bored reading. There is also something about where she puts the pressure and pause in the scentences that makes it sound like she is reading off a shoppinglist, in a faiedl american accent. I really hope I can get used to the voice, but I seriously doubt it. Since I listen to the books when running etc. I can 't just go out and buy the book. I'm good, but I can't run and read at the same time.
A new narrator
To read with a a whole lot more enthusiasm for starters.
This is a story that is really frightening at times but feels as if it is happening now.
The burning on the beach
I can only describe her reading as appalling . She had no idea of creating the voices of the different characters and thus one wonders at times who is speaking. Please bring back the previous Narrator for the next book please
The 'Troubles' are back
I do hope the series continues with a return of the previous Narrator
I love history, crime and thrillers, biographies and almost anything by the BBC.
This is the fourth Katy McGuire story I have read and although Caroline Lennon is not the narrator of this one her replacement does an excellent job which is good news as I hesitated about buying when I saw there had been a change of narrator.
The action takes place in Cork where a mysterious gang calling themselves the Kings of Ireland are perpetrating kidnappings and despite all the efforts of the Police to head them off, it becomes apparent that someone in the Gardai is passing on information. Katy feels persecuted by her boss and if this is not bad enough a new neighbour - a veterinary surgeon - pours oil on the water too.
The plot is intricate and is full of twists and turns to keep your interest at a peak. There is only one rather explicit sex scene that reads more like an autopsy than an erotic moment but this author does not do sex scenes very well in my opinion. Apart from that quibble I found the book to be very well written in the crime genre.
A high point for me was that the story is peppered with anecdotes concerning the real kings of Ireland and quite frankly they were not always very princely in their behaviour!
too many mistakes by the storyteller
monotonous tone, no characterisation
should have listened to what other reviewers have said
I will be getting my credit back
This book is brilliant. A touch of Irish humour mixed in with exciting action. A little on the gruesome side of that worries you, but personally I enjoy the gritty story lines. The main character Katie is well written and the narrator with her lovely accent makes it that much better.
Book 4 in the Katie Maguire series and the first one that isn't up to the 4 stars I've given for the others. This one deals with cases of kidnapping. Local businessmen are being kidnapped by a group called The Kings of Erin. I still enjoy the mix of history and mythology that Masterton inserts into these books and the sense of the Irish setting was excellent again. But Katie's 'development' in this one was terrible. I am referring to her decision making regarding her new next door neighbor. I don't mind a protagonist with some flaws but that took stupidity to a new level. Then there's the now standard cringe worthy sex scene. Masterton is fantastic when it comes to gory horror scenes, but the relationship and love aspects of this series are starting to be a tad formulaic.
I started off listening to the audio version, but had to abandon it because, 4 books into the series, there was suddenly a new narrator. I don't give up easily, but a potential 13 hours of monotonous, school-like reading out loud was more than I could bear.
The book ends in a bit of a cliffhanger, and I look forward to reading the next part, hoping that Katie will return to be the strong female protagonist we saw in the previous installments.
I've really enjoyed this series of books and was looking forward to this one but they have changed the narrator from the previous books. The new narrator made the whole story a bit dull. She didn't have a good range of voices and I struggled to keep up with conversations between different characters as all the voices sounded the same. Shame really. I may just read the next book and not bother with the audiobook.
Thoroughly enjoyed this latest edition to the Katie Maquire series. Whilst the narrator did her best to make this as an enjoyable listen, her narration often became rather emotionless and grey. Hopefully this will improve in the next instalment.
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