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It's December, and the Shannon family are returning home to their clifftop mansion near Kinloch for their annual AGM. Shannon International is one of the world's biggest private companies, with tendrils reaching around the globe in computing, banking and mineral resourcing, and it has brought untold wealth and privilege to the family. However, a century ago Archibald Shannon stole the land upon which he built their home, and his descendants have been cursed ever since.

When heavy snow cuts off Kintyre, DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors. As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards, and its creation, the Rat Stone, reveals grisly secrets, ghosts of the past come to haunt the Shannons. As the curse decrees, death is coming. But for whom, and from what?

©2016 Denzil Meyrick (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • I
  • 19-07-17

MacMidsomer Madness

"Far-fetched" was a term used by one of the characters in this bizarre instalment of what has, hitherto, been a refreshing addition to the crime fiction scene.

Characterisation and development, such a strong element of the preceding novels, was cast aside in favour of over-complex and frankly incredible plotting; the last four hours of listening felt interminable.

'Phoned in' is an expression I believe is used to described lazy, formulaic Hollywood scripts and this one felt phoned-in.

After a pause, I think I will give the fifth novel a go but DCI Daley and his fellow island-dwellers are, as far as I'm concerned, on notice.

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Enid Blighton writes Agatha Christie...

I loved his first 3 DCI Dailey books - but I'm afraid I shall read no more after this particular effort. Managing many disparate story threads and bringing to them a resolution is always tricky, but to do that using the hackneyed 'bring everone together in the same room by the (literal) fireside and get them to confess' is unworthy of Mr Meyrick. Add to this the nature of the denouement - where each confesses that they be not, in fact, who they were supposed to be but instead someone else entirely, stretches credence beyond breaking point. Poor dialogue and non-sequitors dressed as red-herrings complete the experience. I shall be asking for a refund on this one.

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Not as good as previous books..still okay

I found it annoying that Daleys wife Liz has been left out of this instalment and Daley suddenly back with his colleague Mary...this seemed very out
of place with what I recall of the previous book..story okay very well performed..if u heard or read the previous prob worth a listen

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Far fetched

I've enjoyed the previous novels in this series although I find the level of gore slightly hard to take. The plots have been becoming slightly more bizarre with each book and, sadly, in this fourth outing, were completely ridiculous. Not sure I will bother with any more in this series.

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  • Brian
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  • 04-11-17

Incredulous

Very unusual and convoluted storyline that stretches credibility beyond reason. Disappointing when compared to the rest of the series

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More from Daley and Scott

Very enjoyable, although perhaps more due to the characters than the plot. Brian Scott's lines are comedy genius. I preferred this to the last offering and thankfully the story is different from the previous three - they were getting a bit repetitive. At times, this was a bit Scoobie Doo meets Agatha Christie (people dressed up in scary cloaks and a family in a grand house cut off by the snow), but I enjoyed it nonetheless and it kept me guessing.

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  • L Hayes
  • Carmarthen, Wales
  • 30-08-17

Awesome Novel

I love the DCI Daley Series. Each story gets darker and more intriguing. Once started I just find it hard to put them down. Denzil Meyrick's style of writing and his story concepts are amazing. He is by far my favourite male author. If you like James Patterson, you are going to like Denzil Meyrick, I'm sure.
The DCI Daley series is taken to a whole new level by the Narrator, David Monteath who makes the characters so easy to identify. He brings them to life and that's what I'm looking for as a reader/listener. Fantastic!
Meyrick and Monteath make an exceptional partnership.

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Superb

What made the experience of listening to The Rat Stone Serenade the most enjoyable?

The narrator, David Monteath is fantastic. His range of accents is phenomenal!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Definitely the irreverent,immensely likeable sergeant Brian Scott.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Definitely the denouement scenes

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

The western isles - more deadly than midsomer!

Any additional comments?

Denzil Meyrick just gets better and better.

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No wonder they flogged this one off cheap

What did you like about this audiobook?

David Monteath's reading but little else. I didn't finish it because I lost patience with the ludicrous plot, the bad writing- cliche city- and the lazy characterisation

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Not at all

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Not that I could detect

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Very little

Do you have any additional comments?

Do any of you actually read/listen to your titles?

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Good story

Good plot with twists and turns with thrilling ending enjoyed listening to the story great

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  • John S Tidy
  • 20-04-18

Another great installment!

Fantastic story very well narrated. really captures the essence of smsll town Scotland with an intriguing tale.