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Detective Sergeant Lucy Black is visiting her father, a patient in a secure unit in Gransha Hospital on the banks of the River Foyle. He's been hurt badly in an altercation with another patient, and Lucy is shocked to discover him chained to the bed for safety. But she barely has time to take it all in before an orderly raises the alarm - a body has been spotted floating in the river below....

The body of an elderly man in a grey suit is hauled ashore: he is cold dead. He has been dead for several days. In fact a closer examination reveals that he has already been embalmed. A full-scale investigation is launched - could this really be the suicide they at first assumed, or is this some kind of sick joke?

Troubled and exhausted, Lucy goes back to her father's shell of a house to get some sleep; but there'll be no rest for her tonight. She's barely in the front door when a neighbour knocks, in total distress - his wife's sister has turned up badly beaten. Can she help?

In Preserve the Dead, Brian McGilloway weaves a pacy, intricate plot, full of tension to the very last second. DS Lucy Black's third outing since the best-selling Little Girl Lost confirms her as one of the decade's most original female detectives: strong, sensitive and ever determined.

©2015 Brian McGilloway (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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  • Paul W. Fowler
  • 18-10-2015

McGilloway does it again

McGilloway has a beautiful way of building a story that makes it as if I'm there. Every book has been as good as the last.

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  • Jules Blunt
  • 01-09-2018

Highly recommend the DS Lucy Black series.. and I rarely write reviews!

I love detective novels and series but need clever writing with hard to predict endings and this really hits the mark.

I feel I’m on a journey with Lucy Black and her family. It’s a warts and all background that produced a clever if a little lost, soul.

It’s good to have a female in the main role who hasn’t burnt her bra or is under a man’s control. Maybe that’s why I identify with her.

I’ve just finished book 3 - plots are all clever and interwoven with more than one event and reflect the background of Ireland’s history without taking sides or shoving it in your face.

Fab narrator rounds off these hard to put down novels.

I’m just sad I’m nearing the end of the series.
Highly highly recommended

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  • mary morrissey
  • 31-08-2018

Again

I can’t tell you how good this author and narrator are you have to hear it to believe it. Listen and enjoy all three books I have listened to are compelling and one sitting listens

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  • Jools
  • 12-10-2017

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Not as good as previous books couldn't hold my attention, unfortunately sending audio book back

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  • L Hayes
  • 13-02-2017

A Great Read

Brian McGilloway gets better and better in this DS Lucy Black series. This being the latest novel of the three to date. I can't wait to read story four. There is plenty of action and adventure surrounding DS Lucy Black, plenty of twists and turns, as the case unfolds. McGilloway brings the novel alive as the story and action develop. I would definitely recommend this author.
Caroline Lennon, Narrator continues her outstanding telling/acting of the story. Fantastic.

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  • Angela
  • 23-03-2016

Took long time to get to the storyline. It's okay but I don't think I would choose this author again.

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  • Ann D
  • 12-01-2016

Another hit for McGilloway

What did you like most about Preserve the Dead?

I love the character of Lucy Black.

What does Caroline Lennon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Caroline Lennon is my favourite narrator. She is so good, I think I could listen to her read the telephone book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but who has the time. I did listen to it within 36 hours.

Any additional comments?

This series featurng Lucy Black (now DI) is really good. Great characters, stories and pretty flawless writing. I hope we don't have to wait a year for the next one.