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Bitter Legacy

Narrated by: Gary Furlong
Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

London.

Detective Sergeant James Henderson's remarkable gut instincts have put him on a three-year fast track to becoming an inspector. But the advancement of his career has come at a cost. Gay, posh and eager to prove himself in the Metropolitan Police, James has allowed himself few chances for romance.

But when the murder of barrister Maria Curzon-Whyte lands in his lap, all that changes. His investigation leads him to a circle of irresistibly charming men. And though he knows better, James finds himself enticed into their company.

Soon his desire for photographer Ben Morgan challenges him to find a way into the other man's lifestyle of one-night stands and carefree promiscuity. At the same time his single murder case multiplies into a cruel pattern of violence and depravity.

But as the bodies pile up and shocking secrets come to light, James finds both his tumultuous private life and coveted career threatened by a bitter legacy. 

Contains mature themes.

©2016 Dal Maclean (P)2019 Tantor

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Just perfect

Can an audiobook be described as “unputdownable”? Not sure. But I couldn’t stop listening to it. Dal Maclean writing is mesmerising, almost hypnotic, in a way that captures your mind, and your feelings, like only few authors can, and makes you follow the story and the characters to the deep end of their journeys relentlessly, without pause. It’s like you hold your breath all the while, not wanting to even disturb your reading, eager to know what happens next. All of this I knew already; I read the book twice, before. Now, with Gary Furlong's narration, Dal’s world, her incomparable characters, the vivid setting – I think even London becomes a sort of character – and the meticulously perfect mystery development reach a new level of strength, of depth. Even more alive than I thought possible.
Just perfect!

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Brilliant listen

I loved this book, I read it before listening to the Audible copy. The mystery was very well done and the romance side was very contemporary, not slushy. The narration was quite good although as a British listener I found it jarring that many words were pronounced the american way despite everything being read with an English accent. Maybe it was for the US market, but hugely irritating that english cannot be spoken correctly even when the protagonists are British. Better editing may have helped with this.

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Great Story

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The juxtaposition of the gay, handsome, but somewhat diffident policeman and the murder embedded within a domestic situation was I found somewhat enthralling..
This is an excellent book and extremely well narrated.

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LOVE! fantastic story, perfectly narrated

So so good. I loved the murder mystery, the romance (ok Ben made me want to flip some tables and throw things sometimes), the side characters, the narration, everything. I mean, I even loved the murderer. Perfection.

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  • Texan2
  • 22-11-19

Terrific !

Not only is this a excellent plot and characters, this is an exceptional audio. Gary Furlong does a masterful job. He takes an amazing book into the land of incredible.

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  • danny r sucher
  • 24-03-20

Love it

One of the best day mysteries I have read ever. Loved it will read more by the author. Many twists and turns.

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  • Donald
  • 19-02-20

The heart sees beyond the eye...

I did like this book. The mystery was jus that, a mystery right up to the end, which is how I like a good mystery to work. The romance angle of this story was, at times, a bit too much for me. Though I was rooting for Ben and Jamie, the intense complications of their pasts was intense. There was one time in the story that I became so frustrated that I actually thought about turning the book off and not returning. I'm glad that I thought that one through. I don't want to give too much away, but the writing kept you hooked and the phenomenal narration of Gary Furlong made you long to continue. The performance was wonderful. The story was great, just a bit too much in places...but that approach made me stay until the end to see the outcome of this romance. A definite must listen / read.

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  • TLD
  • 23-12-19

Excellent book

I couldn't put the book down, it was interesting, puzzling and romantic. My only serious disappointment was the ending. The character who should have learned to withstand the siren's call never did. The writing is of excellent quality. the author shows well, instead of telling.
Maclean's plot, mystery, writing style and language surpass those of most established authors of gay male novels.
I'll read the rest of this series and look forward to all her future works.

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  • Zell Oakley
  • 12-12-19

Astoundingly good

Not since starting Josh Lanyon's Adrien English series have I been this excited about an author. This book was a revelation, both for the twists and turns the central mystery took and those of the protagonist's personal relationships.

I don't want to spoil anything so I'll only say that it was a breath of fresh air that the characters in this novel actually act and react like intelligent, rational people, particular the main character, James. A rarity in fiction, James is innocent but not naive or stupid, and when things don't go his way he doesn't descend into hysterics or dramatics.

It's also refreshing to read a M/M mystery novel that is focused on the mystery and just happens to have a gay protagonist who has a personal life, and doesn't use the mystery as merely a framing device for relationship drama. There really isn't a single flaw I could point to in this book, I give it my highest recommendation and I'm waiting eagerly for more from this author.

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  • Jacquie
  • 26-11-19

Audio book hangover

This was just as good as the ebook was. Loved the story and the narration.

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  • Cappa
  • 16-11-19

Unexpected and captivating

This is a mystery thiller. It happens to have a romance-adjacent subplot, but the mystery is the center - so don't go in expecting this to read like a romance. Reads very much like a British police procedural. The characters are fantastic and fully realized with realistic flaws, the story is truly compelling, and the end moved me to tears. One of my favorite books in the genre, it's a totally unexpected thrill ride with some delicious angst thrown in for good measure. 5 enthusiastic stars. Gary Furlong was the perfect choice of narrator. The emotions he lends to the dialogue really brings everything to life.