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A Dark So Deadly

Narrated by: Steve Worsley
Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

A gripping stand-alone thriller from the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of the Logan McRae series.

Welcome to the Misfit Mob... It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from.

But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting. O Division's Major Investigation Teams already have more cases than they can cope with, so, against everyone's better judgment, the Misfit Mob are just going to have to manage this one on their own. No one expects them to succeed, but right now they're the only thing standing between the killer's victims and a slow, lingering death. The question is, can they prove everyone wrong before he strikes again?

©2017 Stuart MacBride (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Dark and gripping. A riveting page-turner." ( Independent on Sunday)
"MacBride is a damned fine writer." (Peter James)
"A satisfyingly compelling thriller." ( Sunday Mirror)
"Skilful storytelling...strong characterisation...both intriguing and engrossing." ( Guardian)
"MacBride's thrillers just keep getting better." ( Express)
"Exciting ...a guaranteed bestseller." ( Literary Review)
"Unmissable.... Superb storytelling." ( Sun)
"Crime fiction of the highest order." (Mark Billingham)
"A terrific writer...Logan McRae is a delight." ( The Times)

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Absolutely amazing

I loved this book, I loved the plot, I loved the characters, I loved the narration, I really appreciated that it was so long, I did not want it to finish.

Steve Worsley's performance was brilliant as always.

If you like the Logan McRae stories, I reckon you'll love this, unless you're a stickler for realism, then perhaps it's one to give a miss, if, like myself, you love it when fiction is, for once, stranger than truth, then give it go.

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  • Jo
  • 29-04-17

Fantastic!

I loved this book! The characters in the misfit mob are so engaging, I really hope there will be more from them! It was nice to have a police story with a sense of humour and I actually laughed out loud several times!

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Stuart MacBride at his best!

What made the experience of listening to A Dark So Deadly the most enjoyable?

The most enjoyable things about A Dark So Deadly were the story, the characters and the narration - loved it all!

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dark So Deadly?

Probably the denouement even though I did guess who the killer was before the big reveal it was still done in a brilliant way. It was a strange feeling actually liking the killer!

What about Steve Worsley’s performance did you like?

Everything, Steve reads the Logan McRae books too and I always love his narration.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Never meet your hero's!

Any additional comments?

I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. I'm a massive fan of the Logan McRae books and thought this would be less enjoyable, I'm pleased to say I was very wrong, I loved it! I really, really hope that Stuart decides to make this a series - pretty please!

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totally captivating

one of the best plots I've listened to this year. I did recapp a couple of chapters as there is so much going on. The reveal at the end is class

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Fabulous and haunting

Plots within plots, believable characters, made me laugh, cry, jump out of my skin and hold my breath in equal measure.
Stuart MacBride has surely written Book 1 of a new series!
The narration was equal to the quality of this book and enhanced every heart stopping twist.
We need another one of these soon please Mr MacB

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MAGNUM OPUS - OVER 21 HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT

I was entertained, intrigued, scared and in suspense for every minute of this book. the narrator is excellent. the story was unusual and full of twists and turns. well done Mr McBride. Does it really have to be a stand alone? I enjoyed it every bit as much as a Logan Mcrae book.

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Long book, worth reading

Where does A Dark So Deadly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The length of the book really gave the story some authenticity. Lots of other crime novels that I've read in the past aren't long enough to allow the characters to develop into fully fledged people within a plausible story.

What other book might you compare A Dark So Deadly to, and why?

Any title by RD Wingfield, as the style is somewhat reminiscent of Frost.

Have you listened to any of Steve Worsley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Given the long length of the book and the awkward things that MacBride made him do, like rapping, I highly rate his versatility.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At over 20 hours? This book took me a week, so all in one sitting is ludicrous.

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Dark, witty, nasty, and entertaining.

Ok, I found the central character a little too like Logan Macrae from the authors other novels, and the quantity of (smoked) red herrings cast about the place to be a bit much, but other than that, this is utterly enjoyable.

Although the cast of characters are drawn in only bold lines for the most part, they are still distinctive and put to good use. The plot is nice and twisty, and when you guess ahead of reveals it's not annoying. The 'procedural' elements of the plot move everything along nicely, while the real entertainment comes from the dialogue.

Classic MacBride, I hope he keeps them coming.

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Maybe not Logan McRae, but another McBride stunner

If you love Logan McRae and Roberta and all the rest of the G Division, let yourself be introduced to the Misfits of O Division. Another wonderful McBride offering and I am hoping that these guys get a series of their own - twists and turns in this plot, hints that turn into red herrings, and some that don’t! It was wonderful and read by the brilliant Steve Worsley. A definite 5 Star listen.

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In some ways better than Logan McRae books

Some nice twists subtly flagged in advance and I love Willow. Found myself avoiding usual irritation by ticking off the usual references as if a game, you know, heroic male cop/female tech power relationship presented as ‘nice’ /walkover/soft touch with women; suspension for doing good /referred to professional standards; female as sexual object; someone taking holiday in Lossiemouth; whisky drinking/drunkenness; fish suppers; rose bay willow herb as the only plant that seems to grow in MacBride’s Scotland, and so on...
Still, I’m off to find my next MacBride title and will no doubt need to play the checklist game again.

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  • 6catz
  • 24-04-17

Deranged and Murder-ey

If you could sum up A Dark So Deadly in three words, what would they be?

Macabre, Clever, Hilarious

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Meet the Misfit Mob: a senior officer with coronary problems, a haiku-spouting detective sergeant with terminal cancer and a literary bent, a couple more with anger management issues, a recently disabled female DC who calls her wheelchair Keith, and our hero, Callum MacGregor, wrongly accused of corruption, which is just the first and least of his problems.

MacBride packs a lot into this one, and this is the first time I've balked at a few of the plot twists, which were a little hard to swallow, but who cares? The cast is entertainingly quirky, the hero a classicly imperfect good soul in the mold of my beloved Logan MacCrea, the story is character driven, and while the horror is worthy of the latest M Night Shyamalan movie the oh-so-Scottish humor and dialogue kept me listening nonstop and laughing out loud.

True MacBride fans will also savor the nuggets from other books that pop up with a wink and a nod: the return of Alice, (yay!!) mad profiler from the Ash Henderson novels; a band called Halfhead; a records keeper named Winston Smith (check your Orwell), an oil painting of a pear tree (12 Days of Xmas). As His Beardiness Himself would say, it's all deranged and murder-ey. A bit more scrambled than usual but still tasty. Loved it.

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  • Donna
  • 24-05-17

FIVE

Scotland, present day, police procedural, humor, unusual murder, lots of interesting characters. Not especially bloody, I will read more by this author. The narrator adds a rich reading.

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  • Denise Dunham
  • 07-07-17

OMG, Loved it!

Anyone who says it is typical or predictable...lied. Dour Scots, humour, action , twists and thoroughly enjoyable. I bought this because i was going on a long trip and wanted a long book to listen to but with somewhat low expectations . I didn't want it to end!

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 08-04-18

Absolutely worth a credit!

Like many audible members, often listening to a book a day, I spend almost as much time reading reviews of recommended if you like this book. While I do not think I would like the MacBride series, sounds too brutal for my tastes, this stand alone has fabulous reviews. I gave it a try, did not find the laugh out loud humor some reviewers stated, however, I did enjoy the dark comedy. Anytime you get a great listen of twenty plus hours, truly good narration, and an exceptional mystery, it is worth a credit, even if, like me, excuse the pun, it is not your cup of tea .

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  • Finstercat
  • 23-08-17

Twists and turns - hold on for the end!

At first I wasn't sure that I was going to like this book; I wasn't sure that I was going to care enough about the characters to invest my time in it. The main character seems, at first, to be mad at the world, depressed, and disgusted with everything. He works with people who don't like him, don't trust him, and take every opportunity to make his life as miserable as possible. And even the universe is conspiring against him. How can you relate to someone like that?

But hold on! The longer I listened, the more I started to realize that underneath that grim exterior was someone who actually believed in the worth and value of (some) of his fellow humans, in spite of his life experience, and who was determined to make the best he could out of some truly unfortunate situations. So by the middle of the book I was firmly on the side of the protagonist...even as he continued to be the butt of the universe's cruelest jokes.

I also truly enjoyed so much of this author's clever and unexpected, but fitting,metaphors. How many times his very original turns of phrase evoked that mental "Oh yeah!" reaction: That in itself was enough to keep me hooked.

So I would advise anyone who starts this book to hang in there - it will be finally and ultimately be time well spent.

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  • Ann
  • 06-08-17

Poor Narration Killed the Cat

Steve Worsley was a very poor choice for narrator of this audiobook. His lack of appropriate energy and drive was immediately felt when the book opened with a cop trying to apprehend a violent suspect while at the same time trying to fight off a swarm of young kids trying to rob him. What should have been a suspenseful and humorous scene fell completely flat due to the narrator's inability to convey action and comicality and his lack of skill in using tone and inflection to distinguish between characters. A sadly substandard performance throughout.

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  • Valerie
  • 19-08-17

Gruesome gory and awful

I hated this book - it went into minute detail of horrible gruesome human torchure and then kept doing it over and over again. I woke up from nightmares and finally quit reading and deleted it when I saw the there were 50 more chapters. Why do authors feel they need to do this to make a book interesting.

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  • S. Biddle
  • 25-10-18

Sound modulation makes this un-listenable

I think this might be a pretty fun book. Unfortunately, the sound editing/modulation made this un-listenable for me. I quickly grew tired of having to adjust the volume. Partly the narrator's fault, but I place the blame on the production.

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  • R. Dubrow
  • 26-02-18

Too Long, Too Depressing, Too Dark, and Uneven Vol

OMG, 21 hours; I skipped five hours (15 to 10) and missed very little
Nothing good happens and the story drags.
Dark and horrible wherever you turn
Found that due to yelling by the narrator, I was frequently changing volume.
Please don't bother with this one

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  • Dr Dina
  • 25-03-19

Another great story by Stuart MacBride

As soon as I finished I immediately started to look for a sequel. It helps that Steve Worsley always gives an amazing performance. I’d give it 5 stars if the police officers (including the protagonist) weren’t so incredibly dumb. They never plan ahead or learn from their mistakes. Doesn’t help that the fictional authorities are only tough when it comes to the police, not the criminals.

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