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The Last Witness

A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 2
Narrated by: David Monteath
Series: D.C.I. Daley, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A number one Scottish crime best seller from Denzil Meyrick; James Machie was a man with a genius for violence, his criminal empire spreading beyond Glasgow into the UK and mainland Europe.

Fortunately, James Machie is dead, assassinated in the back of a prison ambulance following his trial and conviction. But now, five years later, he is apparently back from the grave, set on avenging himself on those who brought him down.

Top of his list is his previous associate, Frank MacDougall, who unbeknownst to D.C.I. Jim Daley, is living under protection on his lochside patch, the small Scottish town of Kinloch. Daley knows that, having been the key to Machie's conviction, his old friend and colleague D.S. Scott is almost as big a target. And nothing, not even death, has ever stood in James Machie's way....

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This is good

This is the second in the series and good enough to have me buy the third book. The depth in this is getting better more roots in the soil so to speak - buy the first, then this, and then see (if like me) you buy the next. If your from Scotland but don't live there anymore you will enjoy this.

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Book 2 So happy to have discovered Denzil & David.

I have just discovered this author and I am hooked.
The characters are so real, and the narration is fantastic.
I find myself bursting into laughter with those very succinct one liners.
Now onto Book 3

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  • Australia
  • 05-10-2019

another good story

I listened to this right after listening to book one and found it just as enjoyable. Probably more so really because I got to know more of the ongoing characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the story which does take a couple of really unexpected turns to add to the intrigue.
The violence could be a little "bloody" for some but it certainly doesn't drive the story
Another excellent narration from David Monteith.
Looking forward to book 3

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A waste of time

The book has s story that becomes ridiculous and goes no where . Don’t waste your energy listening so much swearing it’s just stupid

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  • Tracey
  • 01-08-2017

kinloch mystery

Where does The Last Witness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it is good well read plenty of twists and turns

What other book might you compare The Last Witness to and why?

the first in DCI Daley series good book it has a good storyline

Have you listened to any of David Monteath’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

only the first in series he reads well good characters

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

hard to say

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  • Seashell
  • 07-11-2016

Best narrator ever! Exciting story.

The story is great and really funny in places.
Great characters and the narrator is amazing - he has a wide range of accents to deal with, but is mesmerising to listen to.
Listened to Whiskey In Small Glasses first. Both as good as each other.

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  • Simon
  • 14-12-2017

Daley Powered by Monteath Will Go Far!

This is an excellent read. Firstly, David Monteath has the kind of purring, warm Scottish accent that literally cuddles your ears and keeps them warm on a cold day. And he's no one-trick pony possessing as he does some great character voices too.

The story itself seemed even better to me than the first book and the town of Kinloch is becoming a real character in its own right. I'm impressed with Daley as a lead character, he's fighting certain demons that I've known myself . . . with similar amounts of success I have to admit! He's got depth and a back story which is developing in intriguing fashion. Even better his problems are developing in the present day rather than being the usual mysterious past. The supporting cast of characters are well formed and even though there are one or two of the genre's cliches in there they do seem to have hidden depths too.

The story moves at a nicely brisk pace but not so fast that Daley's hapless sidekick doesn't get the chance to raise a chuckle. The author also takes time to do a decent job of evoking that Scottish coastal feel with the residents of Kinloch giving the whole thing a strong undercurrent of character.

I predict it won't be too long before I pick up the third book!

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  • FrannyC
  • 09-02-2017

An excellent sequel

Just as good as the first, this book kept my interest right to the end. The characters have been developed further and the storyline had pace and intrigue.

Praise must be made to the outstanding narration which lifts the story to another level. I look forward to book 3.

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  • Mrs L Lloyd
  • 01-12-2016

a really gripping story. realistic content. great

great tale gritty gripping full of suspense and realistic . great narration can't wait to get the next book in the series

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  • Ian Gregg
  • 01-08-2017

Keeps getting better

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is really good,engrossing story. Complex enough to keep you thinking but very easy to listen to. A very gripping end, with the promise of more!

Any additional comments?

The narrator, David Monteath, is superb. Couldn't have chosen better.

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  • Mike Bingham
  • 19-03-2019

a brilliant listen !!!

another great book from Denzil Meyrick. Great detective story had me gripped until the end just like his first book "whisky from small glasses". Lots of gory details and expletives all beautifully and expertly read by David Monteath who in my opinion is one of the best there is. His voice, tone and accents are perfect.
I look forward to book 3.
Highly recommended

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  • S. Coakley-Evans
  • 09-05-2017

good story - but

good story and well read so an interesting listen. however the stories in this series are, I think, overloaded with unecessary swearing. this does not shock but just annoys and adds nothing to the story.

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  • Flint
  • 18-02-2017

A good read

I enjoyed this book but it was not quite as good as the first book in the series. It was very well read but the plot was predictable and in some ways disappointing. I disliked the heavy hint at the end of the book about the direction of the next book.

I didn't like having the first chapter of the next book tagged on to the end of this book. It put me off wanting to buy it and I decided to take a break from this series of books. The narrator was excellent, a joy to listen to.

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  • helencathcart
  • 31-03-2017

top rate crime drama series.

I have listened to this book and it's prequel in a week and am keen to get started on the third book in the series. My audible collection is littered with downloaded stories that failed to live up to expectations and were ditched after a few 'pages'. This series is a breath of fresh, crisp Scottish air and I have enjoyed the twists, gritty storyline and tasty language. Highly recommended, but not for the feint hearted.

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  • JPH
  • 22-03-2017

Another DCI Daley Gem, with a cliffhanger!

A brilliant second book in the DCI Daley series. Each of the characters are developing & you get to know more about them & care about what may happen to them. There's also a background mystery going on concerning superintendent Donald & I hope he gets found out. One of my favourite characters so far is Hamish the fey villager. This book ended on a sort of a cliffhanger & I'm looking forward to the next in the series. Thoroughly recommended.

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