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  • DCI Kenny Murrain, Book 1
  • By: Alex Walters
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (650 ratings)

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Late Checkout

By: Alex Walters
Narrated by: Greg Wagland
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Summary

DCI Kenny Murrain sees, hears and feels things that others do not. It’s a gift but also a curse. 

When he wakes to the phantom sound of screaming, he knows a murder has been committed, but not where or why. Then a woman’s body is found in a Stockport hotel room. It’s a murder that seems both frenzied and carefully planned, the scene expertly cleansed of any evidence. 

Over the following days, more bodies are discovered. The same frenzied attacks, the same meticulous planning. The same killer. The victims all have links to one man, a police colleague with a dark past. But Murrain discovers a more unexpected connection - with Marie Donovan, a former undercover officer now part of Murrain’s own team. 

©2016 Alex Walters (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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“An intriguing police procedural, with a formidable sleuth...” (The Sunday Telegraph)

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Worth a listen

A different kind of crime thriller with a twist. I can see myself wanting to know what all the characters get up to in the next book so I will have to download it!

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A decent listen

A good book, well written and well worth a listen.
A few reviews knock the delivery but seemed fine with me, and the no break between chapters some mentioned seems to have been sorted.
Listened to this as it was part of the inclusive deal, wouldn’t have chosen to download it otherwise, however I’ve been suckered in and will definitely get the second book in the series. The weakest part of the book were the last 15 minutes or so which is why it scored a 4 star rather than 5 and there were a few parts of the plot that were a little weak and one aspect near the end that didn’t seem to be explained but might come in a later book.
Worth listening to and would make a great TV series…. though would probably need altering a little to fit the present formulaic requirements of the present TV commissioners.

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Loved it

The narration and story worked - just absolutely drew me in and I had to keep listening to find out what was happening (yes I did guess but wanted to know the why)

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Better than I expected

I really enjoyed the story although I was always suspicious of the perpetrator! Will definitely keep an eye out for the next book

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Reasonably good

I would've expected the detective with ESP (or one of his team) to solve the case.

The other annoying element was the narrator's character voices (or lack of them) along with poor editing leaving no gap between chapters meant it was hard at times to tell the scene and characters had changed.

Otherwise an enjoyable listen. No surprise about whodunnit but it still unfolded nicely and not too much gory details.

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Worth a go

New series for me. And all in the Plus catalogue!!! Give it a go.

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A good listen

A little confusing at first because it was hard to separate the many characters.

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Good story kept me guessing

very good story I was surprised at the end didn't guess who the killer was enjoyed the book

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Disappointing

Not much to like about this book really. I don't think the narrator helped.

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Late Checkout

An ok listen but too much inter-cop talk. Not enough story about the victims and the killer.

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