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Publisher's Summary

This grave can never be opened.

The head of Scotland’s most powerful crime family is brutally murdered; his body dumped inside an ancient grave in a remote cemetery.

This murder can never be forgotten.

Detectives Max Craigie and Janie Calder arrive at the scene, a small town where everyone has secrets to hide. They soon realise this murder is part of a blood feud between two Scottish families that stretches back to the 1800s. One thing’s for certain: it might be the latest killing, but it won’t be the last....

This killer can never be caught.

As the body count rises, the investigation uncovers large-scale corruption at the heart of the Scottish Police Service. Now Max and Janie must turn against their closest colleagues - to solve a case that could cost them far more than just their lives....

Longlisted for the 2021 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 

Don’t miss the first stunning thriller in the new DS Max Craigie Scottish Crime series! 

©2021 Neil Lancaster (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Rock hard cop stuff, from a writer who’s done it for real. Absolutely terrific." (Paul Finch) 

"If you want to know how the police really do it, you’d be mad to miss out on Neil Lancaster’s assured Dead Man’s Grave." (Claire Seeber) 

"When it comes to police procedure, this man’s the real deal. An explosive opening to an exciting new series." (Paul Gitsham)  

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This pair, author and narrator, will have you wishing the book would never end.

How can anyone say they don’t like Angus Kung as a narrator? He’s the one that brings this wonderfully entertaining book by Neil Lancaster to life, the perfect pairing. Can’t wait for more, I love these guys . I just wish they had more work together, perfect way to kill a day……

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improved

Thought the book was a little slow to startbut improved once you got into the story. Once i got into it was very good and thoroughly enjoyed it. plenty of twists to keep you wanting to hear more loved it .

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if i could get my mind off the dreadful narrator i may have enjoyed the story.

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For the love of anything Scottish, and crime

Both story and narrator are really enjoyable, I'd listen to it again and I'm looking for more. thank you, write more, please!

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I enjoyed it

Enjoyed this book just fine. The narrator is Angus King and I think he’s great. The only thing I could say is that Angus also narrates the DCI Logan series by JD Kirk and being a fan of those audio books, I have listened to them all. Sometimes I started to think I was listening to a DCI Logan book while listening to Dead Man’s Grave, because some of the character voices were very similar. Other than that, an entertaining story and I look forward to more from this author.

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  • 21-07-2021

Brilliant book brilliantly narrated

I found this through my love of Angus King as the narrator of the JD Kirk books. It’s a cracking story set in my favourite area of Scotland…hopefully the start of a long series. As always, impeccably read by Angus King. I really don’t understand the criticism of his reading 🤷‍♀️

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  • liz
  • 23-07-2021

Fantastic narration as always

I really enjoyed this book, great gripping plot line. Angus king always does a fantastic job and I actively look for books he narrates, which is how I found this! Heartily recommend

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  • 20-07-2021

Enjoyable. Good narrator

Enjoyed it throughout. Really liked the narrator and their style. Good listen. Might try another book by the same Author.

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  • Mr Andrew M Winder
  • 23-07-2021

I didn’t want this book to end…

An excellent listen, I was absorbed by the plot/s, the graphic description of the battles between the two forces, Good & Evil. I hope the next in the series is as gripping. One does need to listen hard sometimes because the majority of the time the narrator uses numersous Scottish Dialects, and quite right; however, it din’t diminish my thorough enjoyment of this book. Thank you all.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 21-07-2021

Another great Scottish tale

This is another great Scottish tale, with a brilliant narrator, Angus King does it again, entertaining throughout. The story is marvellous too though, good cops vs corruption, with lots of action in the process. I sincerely hope this will be the start of a long line of Max Craigie stories.

Apparently some people are not liking Angus King's narration from the other reviews I've just seen, you might want to try listening to the preview before buying if you have trouble understanding Scottish accents.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-07-2021

Five stars

New listener to Neil Lancaster. Excellent plot, characters and narration. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Becca
  • 24-07-2021

Fab!

Binge listened to this. Can't wait for the next instalment. Will make my way through Neil Lancaster's earlier works, while I wait on its release date.

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  • Gabrielle Rose
  • 30-07-2021

Brilliant

It’s a gripping novel- couldn’t stop listening! Great plot and the narrator was just perfect.

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  • Myself65
  • 17-07-2021

Terrible Narration

The story is good so switching to Audible. I don’t know who Angus King is but his narration is terrible and spoils the book.

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  • Chris Maguire
  • 13-09-2021

Dead Man’s Grave

If you like a gritty crime story then Dead Man’s Grave is perfect. Excellent narration.

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