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Summary

When a body is discovered in the remote depths of the Highlands, DCI Karen Pirie finds herself in the right place at the right time. Unearthed with someone's long-buried inheritance, the victim seems to belong to the distant past - until new evidence suggests otherwise, and Karen is called in to unravel a case where nothing is as it seems. 

It's not long before an overheard conversation draws Karen into the heart of a different case, however - a shocking crime she thought she'd already prevented. As she inches closer to the twisted truths at the centre of these murders, it becomes clear that she's dealing with a version of justice terrifyingly different to her own....

©2018 Val McDermid (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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could hardly finish

I found it hard to get into the story - and I was continually annoyed by the narrator. She is good at Scots accents - but not at being a 'male' voice...also REALLY annoyingly, she will sometimes say sentences as though she has a big smile on her face, in a way that one may talk to tiny children...it is really cloying. Its a shame she reads nearly all Val McD's books - as she puts me off any further ones

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Fizzles out

Moves at a brisk pace, strays into Mills and Boons before a very unsatisfactory round up chapter at the end. Almost as though Val got bored and just wanted to end the book.

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Excellent story, thoroughly enjoyed it

Val McDermid is a master craftswoman of the detective story, skilfully combining the historical background into the ongoing investigations, intertwining personal relationships and animosities, creating credible characters and an almost credible plot.
Excellent narration by Cathleen McCarron, with one glaring, fingernails scraping down the blackboard excrutiating exception: why on earth did she give The Mint that ridiculous voice!

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Highland games

Love the Karen Pirie series. She is so tenacious. The Mint is developing and although the plot is a little farfetched I love the way the pieces come together. Am sure the ACC isn’t finished with Karen - what a ghastly character - would she really get away with this in today’s workplace. Not to worry it’s a great tale and hopefully there will be more of Karen and her new ‘love’? Interest

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Excellent as always!

A great listen from start to finish. Brilliant characters, as always, from Val and brought to life by Cathleen's narration.

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Dull and painful on the ears

The narration was painful. One thread of the story was unbelievable and the main one was dull.

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What a pile of pish. I couldn’t finish this thanks to the dreadful narrator, her voice swings from posh Morningside to Janette Kranky and worse. The story didn’t grab me enough to put up with the narration.

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An excellent listen

Wonderfully narrated and an interesting story. Made my insomnia slightly easier to cope with listening to this

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Pirie just gets better....

The series of Karen Pirie books just gets better and better , you even get three cases to resolve in one mystery so no chance of getting bored. Can’t wait for the next in the series 😊

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Exciting plot

A series of cold cases are being investigated by DCI Pirrie with few resources and active opposition from her ACC.cleverly plotted and developed, well read in Scottish accents this was good story telling throughout.

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