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  • Dead Catch

  • DCI Andy Gilchrist, Book 8
  • By: T. F. Muir
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

When Joe Christie's fishing boat is swept onto Tentsmuir beach during a fierce storm, a man's mutilated body is found in the hold. DCI Andy Gilchrist of St Andrews CID is called in to investigate. But his murder investigation deepens when he learns that Joe Christie and his boat have been missing for three years. The police pathologist, Dr Rebecca Cooper, retrieves a five pound note from the dead man's throat. Is this the killer's calling card? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Left Me Wanting Muir!

  • By Simon on 08-02-19

A bit too uninspired and familiar for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-19

Maybe I’ve just listened to too many of these Scots cop thrillers but they’re all starting to sound the same - burned out DCI (or similar) with broken marriage and semi wayward children, with a grumpy (but heart of gold) sergeant side kick and a boss more interested in politics/finance, tackles a complex case involving drugs, people trafficking etc and corrupt other cops, with shadowy MI5 types having a hand in it and a sinister gangster godfather figure in the background. Add minor characters and gruesome detail to taste and stir well.

  • Make Me

  • Jack Reacher 20
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685

Jack Reacher has no place to go and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop with the curious name of Mother's Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover. He expects to find a lonely tombstone in a sea of nearly ripe wheat...but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing private investigator, a cryptic note about 200 deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack back on Home Turf

  • By Simon on 14-09-15

Fairly enjoyable...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-19

...if a bit formula and predictable. It’s nice to see the bad guys getting their asses kicked so effectively 🙂

  • Nightingale: A Short Story Collection

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

Detective Jack Nightingale fights his battles in the shadows, in the grey areas where demons and monsters seek their prey. In this collection of nine short stories, Nightingale matches wits against demons from Hell, monsters created by humans, and Satanists who have done their own private deals with the devil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bite size Nightingale!

  • By Annabel on 15-09-17

Weak, mundane

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-19

A series of short stories featuring an investigator of supernatural phenomenon. Sounds good, but the stories are so mundane, and told in such a matter-of-fact style that they lack any eerieness or suspense. For example the hero’s assistant saves him from an all powerful demon with a can of Mace. The narrator was OK but the surly Mancunian accent for the hero didn’t endear him to me, nor did his heavy smoking habit, which just made it all seem a bit dated. Overall not for me.

  • Perfect Remains

  • DI Callanach, Book 1
  • By: Helen Fields
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing. In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness. Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine's missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he's eager to prove himself to his new team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly written and performed

  • By David Baumber on 27-01-17

Contrived, really struggled to finish.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Ex male model, ex Paris cop, ex Interpol cop moves to Edinburgh police to escape false accusation. Yes, honest. I realise authors need an angle to set themselves apart particularly in the overcrowded Scots Cop genre but for me this Frenchman device was contrived, clumsy and distracting. I’m all for equality but the women were intelligent beautiful and sensitive while the men were boorish or village idiots. And that’s just the police. Plus it didn’t help when the narrator made the lead character sound like a cross between Hercule Poirot and Inspector Clouseau. Example dialogue (try it in French accent) “Natasha, what do mothballs smell like” and “put zis on ze table”. Sacre bleu.

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  • Unleashed

  • Matt Hunter, Book 2
  • By: Peter Laws
  • Narrated by: Ben Higgins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Fifteen years ago, 29 Barley Street, South London, became notorious as the scene of alleged poltergeist activity which led to the death of young Holly Wasson. The shadow cast by this episode is still felt in the town and amongst the gang of friends who were caught up in the tragic event. When one of the group dies in horrific and strange circumstances, Matt Hunter, former minister and now professor of sociology, is called in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Penny Cutter on 22-12-18

Interesting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-18

Nice to have a low key thriller with believable characters and realistic dialogue. I was a bit put off at first by the narrator’s dour voice but as I got into the story more it didn’t matter and fit the tone of the book well.

  • The Killing Habit

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

From number one best seller Mark Billingham comes a twisting, unbearably gripping DI Tom Thorne and Nicola Tanner thriller inspired by a dramatic real-life case. How do you catch a killer who is yet to kill? We all know the signs. Cruelty, lack of empathy, the killing of animals. Now, pets on suburban London streets are being stalked by a shadow, and it could just be the start. DI Tom Thorne knows the psychological profile of such offenders all too well, so when he is tasked with catching a notorious killer of domestic cats, he sees the chance to stop a series of homicides before they happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always great!

  • By Nicola on 19-06-18

Fast moving enough to hold your interest but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I’d seen the Tom Thorne novels around so thought I’d give one a try. To me it was all a bit predictable and contrived, with the police jumping to some really questionable conclusions and missing some obvious lines of investigation, but it moves along quick enough.

  • One Last Dram Before Midnight

  • Short Story Collection
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

Bringing together six short stories - two of which are previously unpublished - One Last Dram Before Midnight is perfect for fans of Denzil Meyrick. These tales take us from Jim Daley's early days pounding the beat in Glasgow as a young constable to a lighthearted whisky smuggling romp involving Hamish and some ghostly pipers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Treat!

  • By Patricia on 24-10-17

One last dram before midnight

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Fantastic mix of serious, poignant and funny stories featuring DCI Jim Daley, DS Brian Scott and the residents of Kinloch, brought to life by the amazing performance of David Monteath.

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  • The Rat Stone Serenade

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 4
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

It's December, and the Shannon family are returning home to their clifftop mansion. However, a century ago Archibald Shannon stole the land upon which he built their home, and his descendants have been cursed ever since. When heavy snow cuts off Kintyre, DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors. As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards, ghosts of the past come to haunt the Shannons. As the curse decrees, death is coming. But for whom, and from what?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as previous books..still okay

  • By simon on 20-07-17

Great story and characters, fantastic narrator/performer

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I really enjoy these Jim Daley stories, and they’re brought to life by this narrator. Maybe all these murders in such a small place might be stretching credibility a teeny bit and this one seemed to have a couple of loose ends eg who were the Irishmen and whose was the skeleton, but for me doesn’t matter, really enjoyable, looking forward to the next one 🙂

  • The Last Witness

  • A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904

James Machie was a man with a genius for violence, his criminal empire spreading beyond Glasgow into the UK and mainland Europe. Fortunately, James Machie is dead, assassinated in the back of a prison ambulance following his trial and conviction. But now, five years later, he is apparently back from the grave, set on avenging himself on those who brought him down. Top of his list is his previous associate, Frank MacDougall, who unbeknownst to D.C.I. Jim Daley, is living under protection on his lochside patch, the small Scottish town of Kinloch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best narrator ever! Exciting story.

  • By Seashell on 07-11-16

Best of the Scottish cop thriller writers

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Great story, and at last a writer who uses realistic dialogue. Looking forward to the next one. Great performance by David Monteath.

  • The Blood Road

  • Logan McRae, Book 11
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

What drives someone to murder? Logan McRae's personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he's policing his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the drivers seat of a crashed car, it's a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago. They buried him. Or they thought they did. As an investigation is launched into Bell's stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what's so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Blood Road is end of the road for me

  • By Mrs Mac on 26-07-18

Good story but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Interesting story but marred by inane and childish dialogue between what are supposed to be professional police officers. Some overly ‘colourful’ characters.

Narration ok but with a tendency to sound like a petulant child, although that might have been due to the content.

Overall not for me.