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Little Bones

Cat Connolly, Book 1
By: Sam Blake
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Series: Cat Connolly Series, Book 1, Cat Connolly, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
4 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Meet Cathy Connolly - cop, kickboxing champion and now a soon-to-be mother....

Detective Garda Cathy Connolly's life has taken an unexpected turn. Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, Cathy's trying to decide how she's going to balance motherhood with the very real dangers of life on the job, especially when her latest case isn't as straightforward as it first appears.

Called to what seems like a routine break-in, Cathy discovers the bones of a baby concealed in the hem of an old wedding dress. When the dress' original owner, Lavinia Grant, is found dead in a Dublin suburb, Cathy is drawn deep into a complex web of secrets and lies spun by three generations of women.

Meanwhile, a fugitive killer has already left two dead in execution style killings across the Atlantic - and now he's in Dublin with old scores to settle. Can the team track him down before he kills again? Struggling with her own secrets, Cathy doesn't know how dangerous - and personal - this case is about to become....

©2016 Sam Blake (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Very repetitive and slightly cringe-worthy

I read the reviews before downloading but the story sounded interesting so I ignored the comments that the ending is not great....but I agree the ending is rubbish. Also it could have done with some more editing as it repeats the same information over and over again. I felt like shouting ‘ I know already...move on! Lastly the romantic storyline was cringe-worthy and sounded like a bad romance novel, it was completely out of place and unnecessary.

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Great book but terrible ending

The narrator as always was brilliant. The story very detailed but ending well disappointing

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Good overall story, no ending

I enjoyed the story quite a bit but felt short changed by the ending. It felt a bit rushed after how much time had been spent building it all up.

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  • sidhecat
  • 24-08-2018

great story! <br />

Loved the many parts of this story! And the narrator is fantastic! Found this book by searching the narrator, and am downloading the next in the series now!

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  • Georgia Girl
  • 26-12-2019

Amazing Suspense and Character Development!

This is the first time in a long while that an author so utterly pulled the rug out from under me with a truly clever plot twist! These characters are made for TV (and I mean that as a sincere compliment)...the players have layers of depth that can be teased out for many novels to come. Thank you, Sam Blake, for a true escape into the world of the Irish Guarda (or Guardi??). And as always, Aoife McMahon was brilliant in her narration...she truly brought your characters to life!

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  • Joyce Bacoccina Comstock
  • 06-03-2019

<br />Don't waste your time

The author has tried too hard to be clever. There are too many characters in little mini plots. All eventually tie together but it is poorly done. Does not create suspense, only confusion. I found the book pretty boring.

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  • Janet
  • 22-12-2018

Not a conclusive book

I found this book to be a bit annoying. The main character is pregnant and a kick boxer.. she workouts out kick boxing but is afraid of running while pregnant... And she can't think straight because she is pregnant... and she can basically control her vomiting... Vomits only when convenient.

The accents are not well done.

And this ends like the first section of a book, not like an entire book... the story doesn't conclude, not even close. So I don't think it is worth starting.

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  • Dale C. Farran
  • 11-04-2020

Clumsy and irritating

I really wanted to like this book but finished only because I am self isolating due to the coronavirus. I am a fan of other crime writers whose work is set in Ireland but this was such an unsophisticated example of the genre. Listening as I walked outside, I nearly yelled a few times about obvious questions that should have been asked, steps that of course would have been taken and other actions that seemed merely plot contrivances to make things come out the way the author wanted. The heroine, Cat Connolly, is simply not believable as a mid 20s year old champion kick boxer who also almost lost her life defending another policeman, who is already a detective and who is now pregnant from a one night stand. Way too much time spent on the pregnancy, followed by a surprise reveal at the very end as to who was the father. It is not fair for an author to strew so many red herrings!. Several plots all going at once that conveniently come together in a way that strains credulity. The narrator was good but she had little to work with. I cannot recommend this series.

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  • Mark Erickson
  • 01-03-2020

Terrible Ending

Love the narrator and the plot. However, there were far too many loose ends and unresolved plot lines. I get it, this is the first book of an eventual series. Ending the book in this way forces the reader to crave the next book in the hope of getting some answers. But for me, it had the opposite effect. I feel duped as there was no payoff for the reader of this book; therefore, I can’t trust the author to deliver on the next book. Finally, although the plot was good, stylistically there was too much “telling”. As we’ve been told by all of our writing teachers and professors, at least when it comes to fiction: “show, don’t tell”. Far too much telling compared to showing in this book.

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  • Dillan Downs
  • 19-10-2019

I love this narrator and the story

I've listened to a few of this narrators other books and gave this a shot. currently downloading book 2. I really enjoyed this book and all the sub stories with in.

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  • Joan E. Morse
  • 18-10-2018

Couldn’t stop listening -

BUT, I was not ready for it to end. Thought Emily and Tony would adopt Cat’s baby. At least it was not predictable. Great read. Looking forward to #2.

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  • Diana Hart 33
  • 25-10-2019

book 1

it was good, but a little confusing, I had trouble keeping the characters straight, and then the whole pregnancy thing, through the whole book the author has Steve as the one night, to much partying, stand. but then throws in another character almost at the end? who really is the father of the unborn. I just don't care for such subterfuge. I like a little mystery sure, but introducing the father of the baby at the very end? and having you think it was someone else's through the whole thing? why? had very little to do with this story really. there was no point. plus with the it ends, I bet she loses the baby anyway!
other than that part of this story. it was enjoyable.

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  • Niamh Dermody
  • 15-07-2019

Give it a chance!

The first hour or two I was a little lost as to what was happening. There were so many characters I couldn’t make head nor tail. However it all started to come together and it was bloody brilliant! Already have the next book in the series downloading. I live very close to where this book is set so it’s very eerie for me but I loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-2019

Excellent

I have purchased all 3 and all 3 have been immensely enjoyed. I'm just on my 2nd listen. I pray there's going to be more. One cares for all the characters and I feel they can be taken much further. Thank you for a very pleasing listen x

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  • Rachel
  • 31-08-2018

Sam Blake hits a blinder!

Fantastic audiobook! The characters were real and the book captured me from the beginning. The best praise I can give a book is is how quickly I finish it. This outstanding book was finished in two sittings. I only stopped to sleep! I read mainly detective thrillers, and this one of the best! Coming to Ireland from the States 35 years ago, I thought these brave people were amazing to actually do the majority of their job without a gun! They have an amazing ability to calm situations with just talking. This book has given me a little more insight to how things are handled in the big city.

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  • Kevin J Weir
  • 10-04-2018

Great story!

loved the Irish accents and didn't predict the storyline which is always good. would recommend.

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  • Jackie
  • 21-05-2020

boring

disappointing listen finished it but don't really know why.dont waste your credit on this t

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  • Mrs. H. M. Watterson
  • 16-05-2020

Easy listening

Good book.Easy listening Left it on a cliff hanger so you want to get the next book.Predictable.

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  • JO D.
  • 13-05-2020

Very good story.

Was a very good story. Couldn't stop listening. Well done to the author. Will recommend

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  • Fylde Fan
  • 04-03-2020

An absorbing storyline, assisted by very good narration

Definitely worth a listen. Thank goodness for some likeable main characters too, as so many books are full of people you realise you couldn't care less about before you are halfway through! My first book by Sam Blake but will be buying more.

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  • Silver Fox
  • 24-09-2019

A dective novel with a bit more depth

I enjoyed the nunerous characters, descriptions & sub plots; caused me to listen more attentively & thus added to my enjoyment. Characters with depth & complexity, perfect for a wet afternoon painting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-12-2018

excellent and to real life in the Irish cops

excellent and to real life in the Irish cops.
From an inspector in Dublin stn

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