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Publisher's Summary

DI Alec McKay is a man haunted by the loss of his daughter. As he obsesses over a missing person case that is going nowhere, McKay's investigation is interrupted when bodies start appearing on the Scottish Black Isle. Soon McKay and his team start to identify a disturbing pattern behind the killings.

Why are candles and roses placed around the bodies?

What is this twisted murderer trying to achieve?

While the police follow their own leads, a young woman who discovered the first victim begins an investigation of her own.

As the case unfolds McKay will be forced to face his own demons.

To catch the killer McKay must discover the true motive and untangle the web of truth and lies.

Candles and Roses is the first book in the explosive new DI McKay Series.

©2016 Alex Walters (P)2017 Bloodhound Books

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"A talent to be reckoned with" (The Daily Mail)

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  • brenda schleuning
  • 16-04-2018

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The story was good but the narrator was not he repeated himself quite a bit

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  • Antoin O'Gealbhain
  • 16-02-2017

Excellent police procedural well told

This is a well crafted police procedural set in the wilderness of Scotland. The characters were engaging and there were enough twists and turns in the plot to keep you guessing to the end. The minor characters were particularly well drawn, adding a depth to the story that was very satisfying.
I particularly loved the gravely Scottish brogue of the narrator David McCann. It added a touch of realism to the voices, to hear them in the accent the author intended. It was very easy on the ear, and I would love to hear more from this distinctive voice.
Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Mary Thompson
  • 15-10-2017

Enjoyable thriller

A great book but with poor narrator. I've listened to many books and this is the poorest narration I've heard, with repeated errors throughout. The story was great so I put up with the narrator but was repeatedly annoyed at the errors.

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  • Timi
  • 29-01-2017

A new series to watch out for

Candles and Roses is a great start to a new crime series. Alex Walter's DI Alec McKay series is definitely one to watch out for. I'm looking forward to the next novel as I really enjoyed this story.

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  • Alan Hooper
  • 06-04-2018

Reasonable story spoilt by unedited narration

Good storyline, plausible characters. Listening seriously spoilt by numerous unedited narration faults. Returning the audio book.

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  • Bernie - Chorley
  • 24-01-2018

Be Prepared!

For the most appauling narration ever! This clearly was not edited. Narrator was constantly restarting sentences, there were no character definitions and it was difficult to judge were one paragraph ended and another began.
However, the actual story was good, but totally spolied by the reader. Suggest Kindle version. Audible you seriously need to review and edit!

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  • EmmaTheLittleBookWorm
  • 04-05-2017

Great book

A great plot that is well delivered and with a completely unexpected twist to boot! Absolutely brilliant!!!

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  • TerryHeth
  • 02-02-2017

Gritty

1st of all excellent story. I adore Alec great to the point copper. I luv the banter between the officers & the down to earth & natural reactions between them.
The narrator fits the bill exactly. Luv the accent & def is Alec.
Teeny moan, a few repeats during narrative as if slip of tongue. But it doesn't spoil the tale. It was like someone there with you reading it out. Could've been smoother but hey I still loved it.

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  • Alexina Golding - Bookstormer
  • 31-01-2017

clever plotlines

Would you consider the audio edition of Candles and Roses to be better than the print version?

I preferred the print version, however hearing the names and places in a true Scottish Accent, brought the areas of placement to life more.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Candles and Roses?

where the first body was found, it made me feel like I could visualise the area, and what a clever place to hide a body, well until it was found.

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable book/read/listen. I would read more from this author and looking forward and hoping there is more to come.

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  • comfort
  • 15-04-2018

great story ruined by narrator

What would have made Candles and Roses better?

If the publishing company has bothered to listen to the finished product and made edits

What did you like best about this story?

It was quite clever, and there is a twist that leaves you guessing. The Detective is a very "real" character. The premise of the candles and roses was a good plot point.

What didn’t you like about David McCann’s performance?

It is hard to give negative reviews to either an author or a narrator, as I can't do either. David McCann's voice was perfect for Alec (the lead detective) but he was not able to make the other characters distinguishable. Sometimes you don't even realise he has switched to a different set of characters having a conversation.But worse than this is it is full of mistakes, so many, this it is laughable. The editors simply didn't (edit I mean) I doubt whether it was ever listened to by anyone before it was sold on.. At one stage he (David) starts a sentence then says "sorry" and starts over. I do that when I am reading to someone. It almost seemed that he may have read this entire book at one sitting and by the end of the day he was simply too tired and lost concentration as the mistakes escalated.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I have said it all above-anger.

Any additional comments?

I kept listening to the book to the end as it is a good story, I would listen to it again if it was re-recorded as the narration mistakes took away my enjoyment.