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Candles and Roses

A Serial Killer Thriller
Narrated by: David McCann
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
3 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Summary

DI Alec McKay is a man haunted by the loss of his daughter. As he obsesses over a missing person case that is going nowhere, McKay's investigation is interrupted when bodies start appearing on the Scottish Black Isle. Soon McKay and his team start to identify a disturbing pattern behind the killings.

Why are candles and roses placed around the bodies?

What is this twisted murderer trying to achieve?

While the police follow their own leads, a young woman who discovered the first victim begins an investigation of her own.

As the case unfolds McKay will be forced to face his own demons.

To catch the killer McKay must discover the true motive and untangle the web of truth and lies.

Candles and Roses is the first book in the explosive new DI McKay Series.

©2016 Alex Walters (P)2017 Bloodhound Books

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Be Prepared!

For the most appauling narration ever! This clearly was not edited. Narrator was constantly restarting sentences, there were no character definitions and it was difficult to judge were one paragraph ended and another began.
However, the actual story was good, but totally spolied by the reader. Suggest Kindle version. Audible you seriously need to review and edit!

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Reasonable story spoilt by unedited narration

Good storyline, plausible characters. Listening seriously spoilt by numerous unedited narration faults. Returning the audio book.

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great story ruined by narrator

What would have made Candles and Roses better?

If the publishing company has bothered to listen to the finished product and made edits

What did you like best about this story?

It was quite clever, and there is a twist that leaves you guessing. The Detective is a very "real" character. The premise of the candles and roses was a good plot point.

What didn’t you like about David McCann’s performance?

It is hard to give negative reviews to either an author or a narrator, as I can't do either. David McCann's voice was perfect for Alec (the lead detective) but he was not able to make the other characters distinguishable. Sometimes you don't even realise he has switched to a different set of characters having a conversation.But worse than this is it is full of mistakes, so many, this it is laughable. The editors simply didn't (edit I mean) I doubt whether it was ever listened to by anyone before it was sold on.. At one stage he (David) starts a sentence then says "sorry" and starts over. I do that when I am reading to someone. It almost seemed that he may have read this entire book at one sitting and by the end of the day he was simply too tired and lost concentration as the mistakes escalated.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I have said it all above-anger.

Any additional comments?

I kept listening to the book to the end as it is a good story, I would listen to it again if it was re-recorded as the narration mistakes took away my enjoyment.

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Enjoyable thriller

A great book but with poor narrator. I've listened to many books and this is the poorest narration I've heard, with repeated errors throughout. The story was great so I put up with the narrator but was repeatedly annoyed at the errors.

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Very poor narration

The narration stops and starts and sometimes not very clear. Th storyline very good but narration lets the book down

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Narrator

The narration is dreadful, could do with editing. Story line is thin but I hope later books are more developed.

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A new series to watch out for

Candles and Roses is a great start to a new crime series. Alex Walter's DI Alec McKay series is definitely one to watch out for. I'm looking forward to the next novel as I really enjoyed this story.

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Great book

A great plot that is well delivered and with a completely unexpected twist to boot! Absolutely brilliant!!!

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Not edited

Shame that this book hasn't been edited as it spoils a good story.
Obviously no one has taken the time to listen to it before publishing as you can clearly hear the narrator saying sorry and repeating the sentence and its not just a couple of times!

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  • Sally
  • Norfolk UK
  • 05-05-19

Narration leaves a lot to be desired.

Ok, so the story is good but the narration, clearly no editing or reviewing before release.
Lots of stopping, starting and even a couple of ‘sorrys’ thrown I. By the narrator for good measure.
Honestly a good book let down by the narration.

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  • charlotte march
  • 06-05-19

Horrid reader

This is the second worst reader I have ever heard. Does that guy ever swallow his saliva? The story had promise but hard to follow awful reading.

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  • brenda schleuning
  • 16-04-18

Na

The story was good but the narrator was not he repeated himself quite a bit

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  • Antoin O'Gealbhain
  • 16-02-17

Excellent police procedural well told

This is a well crafted police procedural set in the wilderness of Scotland. The characters were engaging and there were enough twists and turns in the plot to keep you guessing to the end. The minor characters were particularly well drawn, adding a depth to the story that was very satisfying.
I particularly loved the gravely Scottish brogue of the narrator David McCann. It added a touch of realism to the voices, to hear them in the accent the author intended. It was very easy on the ear, and I would love to hear more from this distinctive voice.
Looking forward to the next installment.