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The Dying Place

Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: DI Murphy and DS Rossi, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Once inside…there's no way out

A fate worse than death…DI Murphy and DS Rossi discover the body of known troublemaker Dean Hughes, dumped on the steps of St Mary's Church in West Derby, Liverpool. His body is covered with the unmistakable marks of torture.

As they hunt for the killer, they discover a worrying pattern. Other teenagers, all young delinquents, have been disappearing without a trace.

Who is clearing the streets of Liverpool? Where are the other missing boys being held? And can Murphy and Rossi find them before they meet the same fate as Dean?

©20014 Luca Veste (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A writer to watch…" (Mark Billingham)
"Darkly impressive…disturbing and intelligent" (The Times)
"Gripping, unpredictable, genuinely shocking and impossible to put down" (Steve Mosby)

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  • Colette
  • 07-12-2014

Disappointing

What did you like best about The Dying Place? What did you like least?

I'd read good reviews of this and had been looking forward to downloading it and getting started. It's an interesting idea and after a bit of a slow start it gathers a bit of momentum. Sadly it didn't last and I began to lose interest.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was pleased to get there.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was my first and I'm impressed. He read it very well.

Was The Dying Place worth the listening time?

On balance, not really.

Any additional comments?

I didn't get to know the characters, we only got glimpses into who the main protagonists are and none of them appealed to me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-2014

STARTED WELL THEN JUST GOT STUPID

What disappointed you about The Dying Place?

It started well and was quite intriguing them it just lost its way and got really, REALLY silly and unbelievable.I still dont know (or care) about anyone in this book.

What could Luca Veste have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

well the chatacters were annoying!! even the main one and you hardly got to know them , they all seemed like cardboard cut outs and the subplot that the author tried desperately to tie together with the end just doesn't work.

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

I loved his accents

What character would you cut from The Dying Place?

The italian police woman, what was her point? and the fact that just because she was raised by italian parents meant that she had to keep muttering italian swear words and phrases was so annoying

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Author should of stuck with the original idea it could have been a mildly enjoyable listen I dont think he thought out the plot or maybe changed it last minute.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 06-12-2019

Loved it

I'm only on book 2 and I'm already a huge Murphy and Rossi fan. They are a superb double act and I love their relationship, their banter and the obvious deep feelings they have for each other. The whole concept of this book is brilliant. Haven't we all at some stage, wanted to give a gang of yobs a lesson in respect and manners? A taste of National Service? I'm being very careful not to give away any spoilers here but Mr Veste takes this idea and runs with it to what I'm pretty sure would be its inevitable conclusion. Luca Veste is fast becoming one of my favourite crime writers and although I'm desperate to listen to Bloodstream, there are, so far, only 4 books in this series, so I'm eking them out as they are books to save for special occasions. Jonathan Keeble does his usual fabulous job narrating, (although if you listen to too many books by the same narrator it can get confusing. I did keep wondering what DCI Ryan was doing in a Murphy and Rossi book!!). This is a superb series that's compelling and captivating in equal measure. Treat yourself to it today. You can always thank me later.

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  • Teresa evans
  • 15-06-2019

The dying room

Loved this book it helps to have a brilliant narrator jonathan kebble excellent all ways is.

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  • barry
  • 14-06-2018

A bit silly

It’s a story for 1960s avengers series can’t finish the story is silly.not like the other books a good writer an excellent narrator and a poor ridiculous story line

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  • Ann D
  • 02-02-2017

Good, but the other two are better.

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This is a really good book, with excellent narration. Not quite as good as the other two in the series though. It goes on a bit and would benefit from having been edited down a little.

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  • Karen
  • 09-05-2015

gripping

loved it gripping. enjoy coursing around Liverpool with recognisable places. a bit scary. I think narrator is good but scouse accents need work!! you can see why the killer was lost in his pain with the tragic loss off his mother and the love he had for his dad . sometimes Murphy seems a bit bungling and hap hazard! the pain of jess was real and effective. a gripping read. looking forward to next book!!!

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  • Barbara Wharton
  • 01-01-2015

Had trouble keeping up

Think this just didn't interest me enough to remember who and what although I did finish it to confirm "who did it"!

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  • k
  • 21-12-2014

One note Scouse accent spoiles a fairly good story

Luca Veste has written a fairly interesting vigilante thriller. There are a few plot holes but I felt the story moved along at a fair pace.

What spoiled it for me was Jonathan Keeble's one tone Scouse accent for all the characters, everyone sounded the same. On Veste's own scale of Scouse accents everyone was doing Jamie Carragher impressions. Added to that was the mispronunciation of Liverpool place names, This was a shame as Jonathan Keeble's normal voice is excellent for audio books, if he had steered clear of attempting scouse accents for everyone it would have been more enjoyable.

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  • Geraldine
  • 27-12-2014

disturbing descriptions

Overall this was not for me.
I found the level of sadism quite frightening and the characters rather thin. In other words the nasty aspects were too prominent. This book was professionally presented but I will avoid this author in future.