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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Driftwood Girls by Mark Douglas-Home. 

Twenty-three years ago, Christina Tolmie vanished without trace from northern France, leaving her young daughters Kate and Flora orphaned and alone. 

Now Flora is also missing. In desperation, Kate searches her Edinburgh house and finds a piece of note paper with just one name: Cal McGill. 

Cal is a so-called sea detective, an expert on the winds and the tides, and consequently an exceptionally gifted finder of lost things - and lost people. 

Kate hopes that Cal might not only find her sister but also unlock the mystery that has overshadowed both women's lives: what happened to their beloved mother all those years before? 

Unfortunately, Cal doesn't think he can help. But that's only because he hasn't yet realised that the dark undercurrents of the case will ultimately lead him back dangerously close to home.... 

©2020 Mark Douglas-Home (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 11-01-2020

Unique, original, wonderful addition to this serie

Can't say enough good things about this author. I hope he gets the recognition he deserves in this day of formula thrillers. Read from the beginning for the best enjoyment of the story, otherwise, this can be a stand alone, if so, I promise you will want to read every book in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-2021

Good story if believable

Characters are good and everyone develops interestingly. The story I had a very hard time with. If you find yourself unable to figure out who is guilty of what it's because the coincidences are long and the actions of some go beyond a believable direction. I was disappointed with this one.

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  • J. Lindsey
  • 28-01-2021

Sea Detective #4

The first book in this 4 book series, The Sea Detective, had me hanging on for the next. I’ve now read all 4. I’m a fairly addicted reader and this is my genre. I am used to characters changing names and moving back and forth in time. This book just had too much of this, covering 23 yrs, with too many main characters, most of who all ended up being someone else. All of this made the outcome difficult to get to. Everyone is searching for a different truth and it remains nefarious right to the end. At least one person knows the “real” story. He dies. The reader has some idea but the characters never seem to get to the bottom line. I guess I will have to read #5 because, out of the chaos, there is no finality. At least you can’t go wrong with David Monteath!!

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  • CehTex
  • 29-10-2020

Great series, but

I love this series. The writing is intelligent and the detective’s profession so unique that I find the books irresistible. I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next in the series. My only complaint, and the reason for my 4 stars for overall and story, is that we are stuck in a rut with Cal’s, the Sea Detective’s, personal growth and emotional development. He’s certainly explored the roots of his inability to connect with others over the last 4 novels, and several promising relationships just evaporate with no follow up in the next book. Without Cal’s ability to change and move forward, the books are beginning to be too much alike.

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  • Donna
  • 05-09-2020

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We've such a fine writer here. This book started so slowly that had I not
savored several of his titles I would have possibly quit listening. Then I
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the master of comic writing. This author was playing with me,the reader. Then once I'd let go of thoughts of mayhem and murder the plot suddenly grew serious and I was listening to a satisfying mystery. If you enjoy something different by a fine writer- you've arrived. Good stuff

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  • Alysha Ann Olsen
  • 06-02-2020

A Great Addition to the Series

I really enjoy the sea detective series and this was an absolutely terrific and riveting plot. The narrator of this series is also excellent.

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  • Ann
  • 21-05-2020

NOW BREATH IN...

Having listened to the previous three books by this Author, I can assure you, there will be no disappointment!
So well performed by David Monteath...and it's my belief that David is one of the best. It held me enthralled right to the last word.
Note to Author...Will you please get your head down and produce the next book...I can't really settle until I know what happens next 🤣

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  • Jane Shepherd
  • 29-01-2020

Brilliant series

Another excellent Sea Detective novel by Mark Douglas-Home and, as always, perfect narration by David Monteath. These stories are so intelligent, well-written and thoroughly engrossing. Interesting characters, plot and settings. Cal is a wonderful invention, one of my great favourites and having his work involve tracking lost cargo/corpses by ocean currents makes for a fascinating character. Hope Mr Douglas-Home is hard at work on the next instalment!

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  • Yee Au
  • 24-01-2020

Superb storytelling.

best in the series so far, totally brilliant storytelling from beginning to end. can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Margret
  • 13-03-2021

Great listening

These stories are refreshingly different. The development is a slow peace but steady. A real surprise to me was David Monteath. Didn't like him in the first book. The intonation often sounded a bit artificial to me. Didn't like the female voices and had decided to read the books instead. But from the 2nd book he becomes better and better and more natural. Marc Douglas-Home is a newcoming author to keep an eye at. Great start. Looking forward to more!

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  • PoppyPuppy
  • 03-01-2021

Another great story

I enjoyed this book but found it very complicated with the personal relationships of the characters. A usual, David Monteath did a cracking job of narrating it.

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  • L C
  • 12-12-2020

Engrossing

Love this series. Original, intriguing plots and wonderfully vibrant settings. please, please write and produce more!

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  • Melissa
  • 18-09-2020

Another super story

A great story and so neatly put together. With super narration I was totally immersed.

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  • K. H. Mackenzie
  • 18-07-2020

Interestingly different

really enjoy these books; they are different and interesting as well as enjoyable; the reader is excellent too.

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  • FionaOutdoors
  • 21-03-2020

Another great read in this series

I really enjoyed this fourth book in the sea detective series. The characters were interesting and I felt like I got to know Cal a bit better. Lots of interesting twists and turns and an intriguing outcome.

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  • Gerard
  • 22-02-2020

Plodding

Listening is like watching a jigsaw puzzle slowly pieced together. If you enjoy jigsaw puzzles you might like this book. Otherwise you might find it a bit tedious. It is certainly clever but is it interesting? I think not.

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