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Dead Catch

DCI Andy Gilchrist, Book 8
Narrated by: David Monteath
Series: DI Gilchrist, Book 8
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

When Joe Christie's fishing boat is swept onto Tentsmuir beach during a fierce storm, a man's mutilated body is found in the hold. DCI Andy Gilchrist of St Andrews CID is called in to investigate. But his murder investigation deepens when he learns that Joe Christie and his boat have been missing for three years. 

The police pathologist, Dr Rebecca Cooper, retrieves a five pound note from the dead man's throat. Is this the killer's calling card? And whatever happened to Joe Christie? Cooper offers Gilchrist a clue to the dead man's identity - a scar from a recent operation to repair a bone shattered by a bullet. 

The dead man is found to have been on the payroll of big Jock Shepherd, Scotland's premier crime patriarch, and when three more of Shepherd's men turn up brutally murdered, Gilchrist fears a tectonic shift in the criminal underworld. 

Gilchrist and his partner, DS Jessie Janes, set off along a murderous trail where they uncover a plot involving drug shipments and police corruption and come face to face with a man for whom human life means nothing. 

©2019 T. F. Muir (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Left Me Wanting Muir!

While this probably won't go down as one of my absolute favourites in this series it's a really decent listen. Gilchrist and his chirpy sidekick Jessie are back with a quite intriguing mystery which starts a little better than it ends. A very mysterious abandoned fishing vessel puzzles are favourite Fife detectives and meanwhile, their families and personal relationships turn up their stress levels. It is of course still the silken-tongued David Monteith at the microphone and as ever he does not disappoint in any way.

It's a very enjoyable extension of a series I am really enjoying though it didn't quite catch hold of me as much as some of the previous ones. The characters just seemed slightly muted but it delivers an intriguing mystery, has genuine atmosphere and a decent ending which has a question all of its own to answer! The key thing is that when it finished it definitely left me wanting more . . .

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Bit too much effing and jeffing for me ...

Also, I literally lost the plot about two-thirds of the way through ... so many characters that I couldn't recall who was who, what was what or why was why ...
Finished the book eventually but it's not a favourite ... I liked the main character and his female side-kick though.
Good narration (at 1.25 speed).

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A bit too uninspired and familiar for me

Maybe I’ve just listened to too many of these Scots cop thrillers but they’re all starting to sound the same - burned out DCI (or similar) with broken marriage and semi wayward children, with a grumpy (but heart of gold) sergeant side kick and a boss more interested in politics/finance, tackles a complex case involving drugs, people trafficking etc and corrupt other cops, with shadowy MI5 types having a hand in it and a sinister gangster godfather figure in the background. Add minor characters and gruesome detail to taste and stir well.

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loved it

all tf muir books are gripping,funny,not for you if swearing is not your thing. but for me it needs to be there. the description of places and events are amazing. and david monteath is exceptional. I love all the books ive read that he's narrated. can't wait for the next. dci gilchrist 's case.

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Gripping

Story line moves at a pace.
David Monteath brings the characters to life.
Will be looking to get the next in the series.

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Superb

A great read again! Even if local knowledge is a bit lacking the stories are great

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Dead Loss!

I've read most of the Gillcrest series, but have become disillusioned at the later batch. Muir still has the ability to conjure some deep and fascinating stories which engage and thrill, but he now people's these with a range of very grating type characters.
Cooper seems hated by most reviewer's, and her inclusion mytstifies.
However 'Jessie Jane's' as Gillcrest's sidekick is the main reason I'll stop reading Muir.
There is nothing to like in her, and her poor me, "I've got a Son who is deaf" diatribe is cringing. God help her if he had Leukaemia!.
She is I think meant to be liked for her 'humour '..??? This to me is lost because (a) she isn't funny, and (b) it comes accross as sniping and bitching making her character abrasive unsympathetic and boringly dull. Jane as a character is nasty and lacking in depth, and is poorly developed. Her 'good girl from a wrong batch is clunking and not believable, and the addition of a deaf son seems achingly lazy and bad from an author like Muir.
I suppose if I'm honest all I'll miss is the supreme David Monteath's narration.

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Not for me

I really wasn't keen on this book, I found that I didn't like any of the characters, nor did the interaction between the different members of the police force seem real, I don't think that any organisation would function properly with superior officers barking at their juniors with irritation rather than holding respectful conversations. I found this book tedious and not worth the effort or time spent on it.

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Justs get better and better.

I've been with Andy Gilchrist since book 1 and they just get better and better. TF Muir is an author who knows how to build the characters until you feel that they are in and out of your house every day. You are with them every step - the ups and the downs. The humour is missing from Jessie in this one but with this story line that's no surprise. How much can one person cope with? It's one thing fighting criminals but when there are enemies within it's a wonder that they keep going. Keep it up Andy.
With David Monteath narrating I can hear these characters only with his voice. I hope he stays with TF Muir or the characters just wouldnt be the same.
Looking forward to the next one, now, please.
The Scottish crime writers scene is at an all time high.

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Another good story

Another good thriller, T F Muir never fails to deliver.

As usual David Monteith's narration is spot on.