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The Meating Room Audiobook

The Meating Room

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Publisher's Summary

When the body of Thomas Magner's business partner is found dead in his car on the outskirts of Anstruther, all evidence points to suicide. And Magner himself, a wealthy property developer, is currently under investigation for a series of alleged rapes from 30 years ago. In total 15 women are prepared to go to court to testify against Magner but one by one they inexplicably withdraw their complaints until only five remain. With the CPS now reconsidering its case, one of Magner's accusers is killed in a hit-and-run - and the abandoned car is found to be registered to one T Magner.

DCI Andy Gilchrist is assigned to the hit-and-run case and soon discovers that Magner's murky past is very much seeping into the present. How did he acquire his wealth? How his first wife die? And why did his business partner commit suicide?And was Magner a serial rapist in his youth? Or was he something far worse?

©2014 T.F. Muir (P)2014 Audible Studios

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    Simon 11/03/2017
    Simon 11/03/2017
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    "Disappointing"

    The weakest book so far. Whilst the narrator is good, the plot is weak, overly complicated and DCI Gilcrists transformation into an arrogant git is now complete. Less a character than a caricature ....

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 04/03/2016
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 04/03/2016 Member Since 2017

    Another 20 downvotes from Wras and his other accounts. Why do audible not do something about him?

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    "Not for the Squeamish"

    It has to be said that none of the Gilchrist books have exactly been for the squeamish, the plots have tended towards relatively gruesome crimes. However, in The Meating room T F Muir really goes for broke in attempting to wrest the crown of psycho capital of Scotland towards St Andrews and away from Glasgow and Edinburgh. It quickly becomes obvious that this is a story of the macabre, the description of the book’s second crime scene is genuinely disturbing making this poorly suited to reading with your supper!

    If, like me, you can get over that then this is the most action-packed of the series to date and the ending is a breathless scene-switching caper that does take just a little suspension of belief. Muir really puts his characters through their paces and isn’t scared to let a little tragedy into their own personal worlds.

    In all this one ups the ante in many ways but still retains the excellent characters that Muir has built for the series. Once you understand Jessie she becomes more real and Gilchrist, well he’s still the maverick, still gets into silly scrapes and is still entertaining because of it. The narration from David Monteath is as good as ever.

    Still happy to recommend this series!

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    RES 01/04/2016
    RES 01/04/2016
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    "Ok story. Clichéd characters."

    Ok story. Clichéd characters.
    Has anyone else been left with the impression that the author isn't too keen on women?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Maidenhead, Berks, United Kingdom 16/06/2015
    Jane Maidenhead, Berks, United Kingdom 16/06/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "Preferred the earlier books"

    I have read all of the series, but find them less satisfying than previously. The character of Jessie wasn't quite so annoying as in the last book but she is quite unbelievable and no idea why she has a son who is deaf, a superfluous non-character. The earlier books had a better sense of the town, which is why is like books about 'real' places in other countries. I think the author needs a change of direction, either for the main character or his books in general.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M WARRINGTON, United Kingdom 25/09/2014
    M WARRINGTON, United Kingdom 25/09/2014 Member Since 2017
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    "Another Brilliant DI Gilchrist book - Gripping"

    I have read all of these series and think they are all great. Muir creates excellent characters and hugely tense situations. I listened to this pretty much every spare moment for three days. If you have followed the series it is really interesting to see Gilchrists new sidekick from the last book, Jessie, gain greater depth and profile. She is still hostile and spiky but with a much bigger input to the story - a brilliant sidekick for Gilchrist. Like all the previous books the book leads up to a real 'roller coaster' tense ending which left me holding my breath on a number of occasions. The narrator David Monteath does another brilliant job with fantastic voices which really enhance a great novel.

    Brilliant, gripping and I cant wait until the next one comes out.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    iris Paris, France 26/10/2014
    iris Paris, France 26/10/2014 Member Since 2015

    I love history, crime and thrillers, biographies and almost anything by the BBC.

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    "Looking forward to more from this author!"

    D.I. Gilchrist is a very likeable character and doesn't have a drinking problem so the reader doesn't have to spend ages sludging through endless diversions about his personal life. This is a well-written and fast paced investigation that will keep your interest from start to finish. It all starts when a family man is found dead in his car - apparently a suicide which would seem to be confirmed when the slaughter of the man's family is discovered a little later. The brutal killing of his wife and other details of the man's death contradict this hypothesis and Gilchrist and his team set out to find the culprit. The narrator is excellent.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Enniscorthy, Ireland 18/10/2014
    Sandra Enniscorthy, Ireland 18/10/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Best ever down load"
    If you could sum up The Meating Room in three words, what would they be?

    Fast pace thrill


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jessie, loved the wild spontaneous gritty remarks and her bucking of the status quo. Fantastic character.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The reality of the fear of the dodermans and the recall


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

    White knuckle ride, bring a pal to walk you home!


    Any additional comments?

    After a few duff down loads I am restored by an exciting listen. Am in very critical mode as laid low with back injury. Only thing keeping me sane is Audible!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer ROCHESTER, United Kingdom 17/04/2015
    Amazon Customer ROCHESTER, United Kingdom 17/04/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Great series"

    Listened to them all, great narrator can't believe I'll have to wait I'll next year for the next one. Plus ages before Audible get it. Well recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J 13/04/2015
    J 13/04/2015
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    "Good but not amazing"
    Would you try another book written by T. F. Muir or narrated by David Monteath?

    I might but too many others to read first


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    not my place to re-write an authors book


    Did David Monteath do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Yes, very well done


    Was The Meating Room worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best I've listened to but still worth reading

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Moore Norfolk 30/11/2014
    Nicholas Moore Norfolk 30/11/2014 Member Since 2017

    Oldest software developer I know!

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    "Another good Gilchrist story"

    I've read all the Gilchist stories and this one doesn't disappoint. As another reviewer mentioned, this one is pretty gory but I didn't think that detracts from the enjoyment. It's a well constructed storyline, moving the plot along nicely until the climax and without wanting to spoil the ending for listeners, I could feel myself in the darkness as the denouement unfolded. Very well read again by David Monteath, he reminds me of David Tennant sometimes with his easy to listen to tones.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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