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Summary

It's Christmas, and half the Partickhill police squad is down with flu. Not good timing, with a series of cyanide poisonings in the area, plus two small boys reported missing in the space of a few days. And then there's the monumental task of providing concert security for rock legend Rogan O'Neill.

But for Detective Inspector Colin Anderson, the nightmare is about to get terrifyingly close to home. For a third boy has now gone missing - Colin's own son, Peter. The team race to find the boys before it is too late. But how long will it be before they realise the key is hidden in the lyrics of a rock song - 'Tambourine Girl' by Rogan O'Neill?

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Very enjoyable

I found this novel quite gripping and 'HAD' to keep listening - hadn't heard of this author before and chose because of reviews on Amazon. I loved the voice of the narrator.

The characters were well drawn and likeable enough for me to care what happened to them. A most enjoyable listen.

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  • Jane
  • Maidenhead, Berks, United Kingdom
  • 27-05-14

A good read

This is a good series but best to start at the beginning if you can. Excellent characters, with some personal life stories as well as the crime story, which I find improves the book. Well read, too.

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Enjoyable listen

Where does Singing to the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an enjoyable cop story, set in Scotland and narrated very nicely by a Scot. There seems to be quite a lot of 'Scot Cop' fiction around at the moment and they are all very similar - in my opinion MacBride is still on top of the 'gruesome' crime stories (and Peter May with the beautiful Lewis trilogy), but saying that I did enjoy this story by Caro Ramsay and I've downloaded the second. Unlike MacBride's stories this one does lack the punch of having a really grim crime to investigate, but in a way it was quite nice to listen to something that didn't turn my stomach or have a huge amount of swearing in it!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

Felt it went on without really involving the listener - I kept putting it down and picking up when I didn't have anything else - sorry.

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brilliant book plenty of twists and turns .

love it amazing book and james mcphearson is a fantastic reader. really happy with the purchase.

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Complex and gripping

This is a masterful story of a CID department, it's brilliantly drawn characters, and two compelling murder/kidnapping cases. I am really enjoying the pace of the narrative, the development of character and plot and the reading of James McPherson. This is a very, very good listen. I will definitely be seeking out further Caro Ramsay novels.

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  • J
  • 04-12-16

Another brilliant listen!

Great story, brilliant narration , gripping plot, get it now! Once I started listening I could not stop

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Engaging plot

What made the experience of listening to Singing to the Dead the most enjoyable?

Lots going on. Developed an empathy with the police force and many of the characters.

What other book might you compare Singing to the Dead to, and why?

Similar genre to Val McDermid

What about James MacPherson’s performance did you like?

His voice drew you into to the story

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me anxious, amused and relieved

Any additional comments?

Great book

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  • Lia
  • 26-07-13

Good Listen

I really enjoyed this second in the series from this new to me author. I enjoyed the Scottish setting and characters. I thought that the storyline was interesting, albeit with many threads, and the book was a bit overlong. I have requested the first in the series and am looking forward to being up to date until the next in the series is out later this year.

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  • ciorstan
  • 26-08-13

Very atmospheric

Really enjoyed this Glasgow based book. Some likeable characters, some quite chilling.

Well read if you love the Glasgow accent.