The severed head of Micky Crounan, local baker, is grinning gruesomely up from the bottom tier of his own cake. Katie Maguire of the Irish Garda is baffled--until another local businessman goes missing in horrific circumstances. Soon Katie is on the trail of a debt-collecting gang calling themselves the Kings of Erin. But these are very dangerous men. And they will stop at nothing to throw Katie off the trail....
©2015 Graham Masterton (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"One of the most original and frightening storytellers of our time." (Peter James)
"A natural storyteller with a unique gift for turning the mundane into the terrifyingly real." (New York Journal of Books)
Found the story initially difficult to get into, once I did I was hooked. Also loved that the reader simply read the story. This allowed my own imagination to develop the "voices" for myself. Do read this book.
"It is easier to forgive an enemy"
than to forgive a friend.”
― William Blake
The Irish Garda and Katie Maguire are finding it very hard to work together, the more she uncovers the harder it gets to do her work and her personal life is even more complicated than before.
This is Katie Maguire confronted with the past and the uncertainties of the future ,a lot of interesting doors are opened and the plot thickens in a very good ways, the violence again is too over the top taking some of the realism away from the story, I have no moral problem with the depiction of a crime but when it is just not well thought out I feel it takes away from the rest of a book that should have been much better without it.
A good book with the DS at her best and worst, she can create more problems for herself than twenty criminals
The change of the reader was notable at first, but she got better and made the story shine by the end.
"A country with' troubles'"
This is a story that is really frightening at times but feels as if it is happening now.
The burning on the beach
I can only describe her reading as appalling . She had no idea of creating the voices of the different characters and thus one wonders at times who is speaking. Please bring back the previous Narrator for the next book please
The 'Troubles' are back
I do hope the series continues with a return of the previous Narrator
better narrator, it was if a child was standing up in class and reading. Monotone and boring, Im afraid I couldnt listen to the full book
This is the fourth Katy McGuire story I have read and although Caroline Lennon is not the narrator of this one her replacement does an excellent job which is good news as I hesitated about buying when I saw there had been a change of narrator.
The action takes place in Cork where a mysterious gang calling themselves the Kings of Ireland are perpetrating kidnappings and despite all the efforts of the Police to head them off, it becomes apparent that someone in the Gardai is passing on information. Katy feels persecuted by her boss and if this is not bad enough a new neighbour - a veterinary surgeon - pours oil on the water too.
The plot is intricate and is full of twists and turns to keep your interest at a peak. There is only one rather explicit sex scene that reads more like an autopsy than an erotic moment but this author does not do sex scenes very well in my opinion. Apart from that quibble I found the book to be very well written in the crime genre.
A high point for me was that the story is peppered with anecdotes concerning the real kings of Ireland and quite frankly they were not always very princely in their behaviour!
Unfortunately, I could only bare to listen to this narrator for two hours and had to give up in frustration.
Yes and I am sorry, but only with another narrator.
Emotionless and flat with no identifiable characters. This sounded like someone reading at a school lesson.
Sadly, I dont know. Having listened to the previous books read by Caroline Lennon I was really looking forward to this follow up but had to give up in frustration at this new narrator.
"Bring back Caroline Lennon!!"
Still a good story, however I skipped as much as possible because of the droning narration!! I will have to buy the next book because I can't listen to the narrator again.
"How to turn a great book into a lousy audiobook..."
I was so looking forward to the new Katie Maguire novel, as I have thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in the series (all on Audible), but it has turned out to be such a disappointment. Not by any means because of the story! I am 17 chapters in, and the story so far is intrigueing and I really want to know more. I simply cannot bear to listen any more to this new narrator - she is reading the book as if she is standing up in class in primary school. Very monotonous, hardly any emotions, and even a redfaced, clearly angry Brian Molloy sounds like a schoolgirl. Even the woman finding her husbands teeth in a jug on her doorstep sounds like it is an everyday occurrence like picking up her milk, when clearly - listening to the actual words used - she should sound very upset. No work has been done at all to differentiate in voices of characters, no use of silence for suspense, one sentence rattled off after another.
I really have to stop listening because the story gets spoiled for me, and I will buy the actual book instead and wait to finish it in the holiday when I have time for a real book. If this woman is contracted for the next Katie Maguire book, please have her retrained - she doesn't have to do it exactly like Caroline Lennon of course, but have her listen to other great readers at least.
"Bring back ms Lennon"
too many mistakes by the storyteller
monotonous tone, no characterisation
should have listened to what other reviewers have said
I will be getting my credit back
"The other novels are better"
I just found this to far fetched and found myself shouting at the story, saying no that wouldn't happen. Hopefully the next one will be better
"More of the same"
Cork must rate as the most dangerous city in Ireland! Lots of characteristic gore and action in this one. Katie's life continues to get more complicated personally and professionally.
Good performance again. Worth a listen.
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