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A Dark So Deadly Audiobook

A Dark So Deadly

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Publisher's 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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Andromeda's Twin 24/04/2017 Member Since 2016

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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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    lisasarcy 24/04/2017
    lisasarcy 24/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia scunthorpe, United Kingdom 25/04/2017
    Patricia scunthorpe, United Kingdom 25/04/2017 Member Since 2017

    I tend to use audible like you would use a book shop. I browse most days and delight in finding a new author or series of books.

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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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jo leicester, United Kingdom 29/04/2017
    Jo leicester, United Kingdom 29/04/2017
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    "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!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Oldham, United Kingdom 28/04/2017
    Anne Oldham, United Kingdom 28/04/2017 Member Since 2011
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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

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie 28/04/2017
    Jackie 28/04/2017 Member Since 2013

    An avid crime and thriller reader. Prefer Scandinavian or British crime books. Particularly like Jo Nesbo and Stephen Leather

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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

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    RobsTracy Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom 26/04/2017
    RobsTracy Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom 26/04/2017 Member Since 2011

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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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    GT 13/06/2017
    GT 13/06/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "2nd rate crime novel - just about listenable"
    What disappointed you about A Dark So Deadly?

    The characters were all annoying and constantly bitching at each other. Even to the detriment of the job in hand. A young girl is supposedly dying, the police are trying to find her and the officers are having juvenile tantrums, abandoning their partners mid-search and constantly bleating on about womens rights, failed relationships and intrinsic hatred of each other. Not helped by being set in a deprived area where almost all of the characters are either abused or abusers. More like a daytime soap than a crime novel. Not a great read.


    What could Stuart MacBride have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    MacBride should have given the characters more gravitas and maturity. A DS constantly quoting poetry is just ridiculous and the lack of respect between officers is only surpassed by the complete lack of respect for the law, by the general public. One of the most annoying aspects is the dual narrative. It might work in a book but not in an audiobook, where it's just confusing and irritating. It's not even very clever in that the parallel narratives can both be banal and have no bearing on the story. Not helped by a narrator with only 'one' voice. Juxtaposing some of the story is also confusing in an audiobook where the narrator only has 'one' voice. It just about works though. The book could have been 25% shorter and would have been a much better read for it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Steve Worsley’s performances?

    I accept that it is my own problem with the Scots accent. I used to associate it with Gordon Jackson, Sean Connery and Brian Cox but Worsley's performance just reminds me of Fred Goodwin, Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon. The bitter divisive narrative and deprived setting doesn't help.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The basic story was quite compelling and forced me to endure the worst parts of the narrative. It was well woven into several storylines and the descriptive text was good - if a little too long winded in places. Using two adjectives to describe the state of a teabag in an abandoned house seems somewhat contrived.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 32 06/06/2017
    Karen 32 06/06/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it"

    Do you know what?? I really enjoyed this book so much. I didn't actually think I would at first as it really took me time to get into for some reason but I'm glad I stuck with it. It was a right little gem...... annnnnd I didn't work out who 'dunnit'!

    The Narrator was excellent too!

    Would love a follow up :)

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    Alexander James Hawley (Hawley Reviews) 02/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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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.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    24/04/17
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    "Deranged and Murder-ey"
    If you could sum up A Dark So Deadly in three words, what would they be?

    Macabre, Clever, Hilarious


    Any additional comments?

    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. <br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Donna
    Kansas,USA
    24/05/17
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tom D
    Columbus, OH United States
    24/05/17
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    "Couldn't Finish"
    What disappointed you about A Dark So Deadly?

    The audio volume changes forced me to stop listening. The narrator may nearly whisper for 5 minutes, then break out is a shout that's so loud it's painful. The whispering mostly doesn't make sense; it isn't necessary. The shouting fits with something appropriately noisy in the plot. No idea if this is a narration, sound engineering or personal problem.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Denise Dunham
    07/07/17
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Larry
    Montara, CA, United States
    03/08/17
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    "Long Journey from Fantastic to Fantastical."

    The author needs to rein in his imagination. Ultimately there were so many inconceivable plot twists that the story became completely unbelievable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shepherdess
    10/06/17
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    "Horrible and too predictable"

    So just think what is the worst that can happen to someone and keep coming up with all these things and that's what happens to the main character. very predictable long drawn out, and mundane. You can figure everything out how long before bad guys are announced. don't waste your time move along nothing to see here!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kathy Paccagnella
    15/08/17
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    "Fantastic book...loved the narration!"

    When is the next book of this series coming out? I think it was genius!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    United States
    06/08/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Wakefield, MA USA
    26/07/17
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    "very disappointed"

    I couldn't get into this book. made it to chapter 9, but I didn't like any of the characters. also narrator wasn't great at distinguishing characters so hard to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. William J. Kass
    Albuquerque, NM USA
    08/07/17
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    "Too many chase scenes"
    What would have made A Dark So Deadly better?

    I will continue to read Stuart MacBride books. There are some memorable one-liners in this book as is his MO, but this book struck me as akin to movies with too many action scenes and special effects and not enough character development--actually the characters were more caricatures--and not enough engaging plot. Oh well.


    Has A Dark So Deadly turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What does Steve Worsley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His performance is as per usual--great, that is.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Dark So Deadly?

    If I were to cut scenes, this would probably become a short story.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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