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Song of the Dead

DI Westphall Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Angus King
Series: DI Westphall, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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Summary

Book 1 in the DI Westphall series.

A dead man walks into a police station. He tells a tale - bizarre as it is grotesque - of kidnap and organ harvesting. John Baden's story of being held prisoner for 12 years sounds far-fetched - but it's all about to get much, much stranger.  

DI Ben Westphall has been given the case because of his background in MI6. He also has a knack for getting inside people's heads and seeing things others would miss. Westphall is no ordinary detective, and this is no ordinary case.  

When his suspects start dying, Westphall realises someone is killing to cover up the truth. But what exactly is the truth? To find out, he'll have to question everything he's been told, before there's no one left to ask.

©2018 Douglas Lindsay (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"Richly atmospheric...Lindsay solidifies his place as one of the rising stars of tartan noir." (Publishers Weekly)

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What a cracker!

I love the fact with audible I’ve expanded my repertoire of authors and this does not disappoint! This book got devoured in a day and a half! The narrator is top class, he gives the main character such a like ability that I couldn’t stop listening. Great story, lots of twists and turns and kept me guessing right to the end...I’ve started Book 2 already!

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Got to the end and went Eh???

Stupid number of twists and turns mean story is as slippery as an eel. Less is more.

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Not for me

Listened to a couple of chapters and then threw the towel in. Story was dire and narration was just okay. Bought as a DD thankfully. Way too many other books to keep me occupied during lockdown.

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  • Q
  • 22-05-20

Awful doesn't cut it

Worst audio book I have ever bought kept listening in hope WhY a waste of my time goodness knows what I was thinking sorry for the August not my bag all over the place shocking Q

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Not for me

I'm not racist as in colour prejudiced but I have a serious problem with jocks and the particular one reading this really made me feel my hackles rising

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Hard going

This was my first audio book, I found it a bit difficult to get into. Think I should be ok on the next one as I'm better prepared.

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Highly Enjoyable.

An excellent detective novel based in the Highlands and Eastern Europe. This was the first book in the series and I look forward to hearing more. Some pretty awful things happen, but the descriptions of blood and gore are muted, rather than detailed and upsetting. Life however in a regional Scottish Police Force, in Dingwall and the surrounding areas are lovingly detailed.

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confusing

Just couldn't get into the story- journey back in car with woman talking about her past??????

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Weird.

I was looking forward to this but found it completely disjointed and confusing. I kept having to go back to see if I’d nodded off and missed something ( which I hadn’t). It’s a shame because it could have been great but just jumped around too much for me.

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Decent, but inconsistent

For a series debut, this was good enough, but the story kept going off on odd tangents that confused the overall theme. If it had had less diversions, the plot would have flowed better, but this is something that can be improved upon and I look forward to the next in the series.

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  • Donna
  • 20-02-19

5

Masterfull writing and an excellent narrator bring us a rare mystery novel. It is layer upon layer of what could be simple murder or... not. I'm going to listen to this a 2nd time now that the ending has made everything clear and the MI6 boss demands proof of All that has happened - just an over the top modern mystery.

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  • Johnny Utah
  • 16-02-19

Excellent suspense with just a little more...

The book keeps you on the edge of your seat with the, “who done it” suspense, but there is something more. I cannot put it into words in a review without ruining the enjoyment of the subtleties when listening to book. I would highly recommend this book. For me, it had many of the qualities I look for in an audio book.

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 19-02-20

Sixth Sense Scottish Detective Style

I have listened to all three books available. The writing is beautiful, the characters are interesting and developing more as individuals as the series grows. The mysteries are well crafted, and a cut above many current formula books getting five star ratings. I like Angus King, he is perfect for the moody Scottish melancholy being written about in the DI Westphall Series. I am looking forward to book number four.

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  • Scotty/Audible addict!
  • 03-12-19

Excellent!

Definitely atmospheric. Also, great narrator. In my last review of a book also narrated by Mr. King, I wondered if it was the lack of his skill (I previously had not listened to a book narrated by him), or the mystery/thriller (new author's first book of a new series) he read, that was not great. Well, my apologies to Mr. King. He sure did a great job narrating this book, which was great as well. I will look for more books to listen to from this author, and narrator. Audible addict, Scotty

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  • Amanda Rattray
  • 01-10-19

Good enough that want to read more

no sure o Westphall, seems a wee bit airy-fairy for me... but there's enough in the book that I want to learn more about the lad

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  • Whispera
  • 17-03-20

This is the dullest book

Ive ever seen thru to the end. Wouldnt have done it except I can almost listen to Angus King narrating anything. There are copious amounts of minutia that could have been edited out. But then the story would have been very short. I felt no attachment to the characters. To be fair, Im not a fan of woo-woo, so that was another strike. So sorry i cant find anything good to say beyond the narration.

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  • Diana Hart 33
  • 29-01-20

Not my favorite

I struggled to get through this story, it's painstakingly slow. just when you think it's finally moving, and will shed some light on the story, it takes five steps back and your worse off. The only thing that kept me somewhat involved was Angus king, he's a brilliant Narrator, and I love all the other books he's narrated. But sadly I got to about chapter 42 and fast forward to the end. Glad i did because the ending was lack of a better word, boaring!

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  • wbc
  • 10-12-19

Couldn’t finish

I could not get past the narrator. He makes a clicking sound that drove me mad.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-19

detective novel meets Murakami

This beautiful beautiful book took me by complete surprise. I was looking for another detective novel and this came to me instead. Starting innocuous enough we are soon pulled in to a world where dream and reality seem to collide. It’s just... I don’t know what to say. It made me cry. And it made me guess. And it made me think.