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Summary

If you like dark and compelling crime thrillers, then you’ll love the acclaimed DCI Yorke series. Three best-selling, high-octane serial killer thrillers in one pause-resisting box set! 

"An explosive and visceral debut with the most terrifying of killers. Wes Markin is a new name to watch out for in crime fiction." (best-selling crime author Stephen Booth)

Book one: One Last Prayer for the Rays

The disappearance of a young boy. An investigation paved with depravity and death. Can DCI Michael Yorke survive with his body and soul intact?

With Yorke's small town in the grip of a destructive snowstorm, the relentless detective uncovers a missing boy’s connection to a deranged family, whose history is steeped in violence. But when all seems lost, Yorke refuses to give in, and journeys deep into the heart of this sinister family for the truth.

And what he discovers there will tear his world apart.

The Rays are here. It's time to start praying.

Praise for One Last Prayer for the Rays:

"A pool of blood, an abduction, swirling blizzards, a haunting mystery, yes, Wes Markin’s One Last Prayer for the Rays has all the makings of an absorbing thriller. I recommend that you give it a go." (best-selling author Alan Gibbons)

Book two: The Repenting Serpent

A vicious serial killer slithers from the darkness, determined to resurrect the ways of a long-dead civilization.

When the ex-wife of one of DCI Michael Yorke’s closest allies is left mutilated and murdered, Yorke and his team embark on their greatest test yet. A  deeply personal case that will push them to their very limits.

And as Yorke’s team are pulled further into the dark, the killer circles, preparing to strike again.

Book three: The Silence of Severance

Your wedding day should be the most unforgettable day of your life. And this is one wedding that will never be forgotten. 

When a police officer’s wedding day ends in brutality and chaos, DCI Michael Yorke is pulled away from his own wedding and into the bloodiest chain of events Wiltshire has ever seen.

As a heatwave tightens its grip on Salisbury, Yorke and his team face a race against time to find the most sinister and intelligent adversary they have ever faced: Christian Severance. But as the team chase Severance into the shadows of a dark past, Yorke’s own history starts to drag itself into the present. 

Can they stop Christian Severance before he achieves the unthinkable? And will Yorke survive the revelations that claw at him from the darkness?

©2020 Wes Fletchermarkin (P)2020 Wes Fletchermarkin

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Not an easy listen

I’m sorry but I just did not enjoy listening to the narrator. Not relaxing. I felt I was being shouted at throughout the book. It was quite a relief to turn off the audio and just read! It should be the other way round.

The story was just too morbid with no light relief. Not an enjoyable experience!

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Two good books

First and last book I enjoyed but the middle one seemed far fetched and silly

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suspense throughout

Loved it twists, turns, suspence throughout. A few foreseeable but still enjoyable. Worth the listen.

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Not for me

I love Aubrey Parsons narrations but some dubious pronunciations, Wiltshire hyperbole pronounce hyperbowl! I did persist to the end but will not read any more by this author - too gruesome and bizarre storylines. Not for me, sorry

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Worst and most unbelievable detective book

I listen to a lot of police fiction books (being a former bobby) and this has got to be the worst and most unbelievable one/three I have listened to. Aztecs rituals etc and poisonous octopus in Wiltshire - come on - get real.

On the positive side, the narrator is one of the best but I'm sorry Wes Markin, I won't be buying any more of your books

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Excellent

Excellent going on to book 4 of this series author created real characters and a need to read on

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unspeakably bad. I managed the first book because

he has created a fascinating female psychopath. however the second......sheer self-indulgent nonsense. He relies on fantastical plots and extreme violence to compensate for an al.ost total lack of characterisation.

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Ugh!

Awful narrator spoiled everything such a shame
Didn’t get through first chapter I’m afraid. So can’t comment on story!

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Loved it

The set was great to listen to, the story lines on all three were nicely tied together by the characters and places used. The personal lives of those involved followed through nicely.
I will look forward to reading/listening to more books by this author. Performance was excellent as always.

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Dark gritty crime thrillers

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On the surface a traditional style police procedural set in Wiltshire. It becomes anything but your regular police procedural as it soon descends into the depths of depravity and death. These books are not for the faint hearted. If you hang out on the dark side of the gore score you will love them.
I do enjoy the dark gritty goriness of the author. However I don’t like the animal abuse scenes in book #1

As the author has an over riding arc for the trilogy it’s good that they are packaged as a box set as there isn’t a totally clean ending until the last book.

They are fast paced. There is plenty going on. The characters have decent depth, they all have issues. There wasn’t any that I totally engaged with Lacey was the most interesting. I would like to see more emotional content. Book 1 is my favourite.

The narrator Aubrey Parsons I feel does an ok job with the array of voices, not so great with the female voices. He adds a good level of tension.
There’s a couple of errors, don’t know if typos or mispronunciation.

Book 1, One Last Prayer for the Rays 4.5⭐️
Book 2 The repenting Serpent 3.5⭐️
Book3 silence of Severance my least favourite 3.5⭐️

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  • 08-12-21

Stop the Killing!

Apparently, the author of this series is an English teacher, but I think he needs to put down Hamlet. In the past few books he has killed off members of the team, or their spouses. For one unfortunate teen, he killed off his mother, his father and even his beloved pet snake. As a mom to a snake loving teen boy, that one was particularly tough. In all seriousness, it’s a detective story, so there will be death involved. Not every story has a happily ever after, but the constant elimination in good guys every book is a real downer and I probably won’t go on with the series because of it.

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  • 20-11-21

Has promise

The stories improved as the books progressed. Narrator read words wrong often. Psychopathic not sycophantic

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  • Colorado Cowgirl
  • 22-01-21

Sometimes gruesome but I dare you to stop reading!

I agree with several reviewers that the books are pretty graphic and gory but I dare you to quit reading. The plots are gripping and twisted and I did not guess what the final outcome would be. The first book, Pray for the Rays, has a complex and clever plot with the evil that lies within the Ray family. DCI Yorke gets caught in the middle when the murders start and he has to sort out all the potential motives and suspects, since many people dislike the Ray family. I liked the other police characters, although most are not fleshed out too completely. All in all these are good police stories that are compelling, well written and at time gruesome.

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  • StL Reader
  • 02-12-20

First book ok, just gets more trite as they go on

First book was ok, but as the series progresses, the stories just get more over the top. It’s more dangerous to be a cop/family member of a cop in Salisbury than the most dangerous city in the US. They drop like flies. And many killers don’t get caught just to reappear in later stories to haunt the team. And we’re supposed to be impressed with them?

The author has injured/killed off folks in ways that don’t advance the plot or add to the story, but just serves to make a new person miserable. Or perhaps it’s supposed to “add tension” as are the frequent & trite cell phone issues (characters forget to charge phones (!), no cell service). If it was once or twice it would be ok, but really.

Also, most of the romantic partnerships are stiff.

Narrator was fine. Otherwise wouldn’t recommend.