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Summary

In the middle of Cork, in the middle of the day, a fire crackles in a local dance studio. Thirteen women, all promising stars of Irish folk, die in the blaze, their young lives cut short by a tragic accident. But where others see tragedy, DCI Katie Maguire sees murder.

This is not the first fire to sweep through Cork. And in one previous case, the victims were dead before the fire was started. As Katie Maguire investigates the strange, obsessive world of competitive Irish folk dancing, she must face her most chilling killer yet.

©2017 Graham Masterton (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"A tough and gritty thriller with an attractively feisty principle character." ( Irish Independent)
"One of the most original and frightening storytellers of our time." (Peter James Davidson)

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good but sad

a good listen, great plot and interesting finish, a sad but enlighting look at dog fighting too, so many layers

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  • alex
  • Gloucester, United Kingdom
  • 10-08-17

Good story, shame about the narrator!

Very good story but the reader was a bit clipped when she read. Would recommend this book.

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Not one of Masterton's best

lost all respect for Katie Maguire. plot so slow and predictable.
found it hard to finish the book.

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My last Masterton book review.


When a writer uses rape as titillating entertainment, a line is crossed where the merits of any story become snared or soiled in by the act described in such a detail, making the rest of the story banal and sordid. This is the problem with this particular book, it is not a matter of morality, just not entertaining or valid to expand on the plot or build a better character.

Not for me, degradation of people and animals is not entertaining or something I want to spend time reading.

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Dancing with the devil....

As ever, a hugely engrossing story.... no spoilers but not the ending I hoped for....

I also think the case was 'closed' anticlimactically....

But there was enough in every chapter that left me wanting more.

Grahams knowledge- or appreciation, at least - of 'carnal pleasures' is probably more vividly portrayed in this story than any other.

My only annoyance was the narrator, sometimes making standard commentary when not in character very laboured.

I've waited a long time for DGD to appear in Audible and it was definitely worth the wait.

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Put me off this author.

Having read previous Katie McGuire stories I thought this would be as good. However, I found the sex scenes far too graphic and quite frankly an unnecessary part of the story. I find these do not ‘interpret’ well read aloud. Sadly I will not buy another book by this author as I feel it is just their own self indulgence they are feeding with such detail. I read very widely and this is the first time I have ever felt compelled to complain about a sexually explicit piece of writing. Disappointing.

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Too graphic

I thought that the story was quite good but it was way way too graphic for me! Totally unnecessary violent and sexual scenes. Not a book I would recommend to anyone. Sorry!

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  • Dany
  • 30-10-17

Not as good as the first two in the series!

When you find a great narrator, such as Aoife McMahan, who narrated the first book in this series, and also the narrator for the second book (don't have her name handy), and then change, it is a disappoinment! First of all, Aoife McMahan, became the familiar voice of Katie Maguire for me, and Deirdre O'Connell wasn't nearly as good! She used the same tone of voice pretty much throughout the entire book, no.mstter what was going on. I made it through the whole book, however, but not happily!
There are more books in this series, but it says that Audible doesn't have the rights to those! Since this is a series, could you try to get the rights? Thanks Audible!
Audible addict-
Santa Fe, NM

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  • 11-05-17

I don't like cliff hangers

Unfortunately, this book ended with a cliffhanger, and I don't like cliffhangers. Overall a good police procedural. I recommend starting with the first book in the series.