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The Rat Stone Serenade

A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 4
Narrated by: David Monteath
Series: D.C.I. Daley, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's December, and the Shannon family are returning home to their clifftop mansion near Kinloch for their annual AGM. Shannon International is one of the world's biggest private companies, with tendrils reaching around the globe in computing, banking and mineral resourcing, and it has brought untold wealth and privilege to the family. However, a century ago Archibald Shannon stole the land upon which he built their home, and his descendants have been cursed ever since.

When heavy snow cuts off Kintyre, DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors. As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards, and its creation, the Rat Stone, reveals grisly secrets, ghosts of the past come to haunt the Shannons. As the curse decrees, death is coming. But for whom, and from what?

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this narrators accents never cease to amaze!

the writing in itself is always a captivating and unpredictable storyline, but its the narrator that takes the cake. he brings the story to life and the reader can tell who is speaking based on their "voice" alone. brilliant character distinction and as an Australian, a very good Australian accent!

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Not a patch

Disappointing. Not a patch on previous books in the series. Boring and ludicrous story line. Poor ending

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Not the best

After the first three novels, which I enjoyed very much, The Rat Stone Serenade disappointed me. The final few chapters contained a melee of character changes that became annoying. I half expected Daley to have a sex change!

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  • rob
  • 01-05-2019

good until the very end

ruined with a very cliche ending which was very loudly telegraphed. the book was good until the very end

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too much going on in this one

I so have enjoyed Denzil Meyrick books but The Rat Stone Serenade had too much going on in the storyline. towards the end I felt like it was a TV soap. as always fabulous narration by David Monteath.

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Not up to books 1 and 2

If I wasn’t fond of the characters from books 1 and 2 and wanting to know their personal fates, I probably would have given up on this book. An overly involved plot, with at least 3 sub-plots, with an absurd and wholly unbelievable focus, never fully explained, on a “Druid” cult that “sacrificed” at least 2 people in particularly cruel and sick-making ways. Not adequately tied into the overall scenario and quite unnecessary for the drama to unfold. It’s just not something that’s going to happen in West Coast Scotland so felt quite ridiculous. Only worth persevering if you’re fond of Jim Daley and Brian Scott.

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  • Rae
  • 29-01-2019

Story 5, Aussie accent 2.

The story kept me engaged but the attempt at an Aussie accent grated. Sounded more cockney.

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Very good

A roller coaster ride . could not put it down. another classic from Denzil. One of the best in the series.

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  • John S Tidy
  • 20-04-2018

Another great installment!

Fantastic story very well narrated. really captures the essence of smsll town Scotland with an intriguing tale.

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  • simon
  • 20-07-2017

Not as good as previous books..still okay

I found it annoying that Daleys wife Liz has been left out of this instalment and Daley suddenly back with his colleague Mary...this seemed very out
of place with what I recall of the previous book..story okay very well performed..if u heard or read the previous prob worth a listen

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  • I
  • 19-07-2017

MacMidsomer Madness

"Far-fetched" was a term used by one of the characters in this bizarre instalment of what has, hitherto, been a refreshing addition to the crime fiction scene.

Characterisation and development, such a strong element of the preceding novels, was cast aside in favour of over-complex and frankly incredible plotting; the last four hours of listening felt interminable.

'Phoned in' is an expression I believe is used to described lazy, formulaic Hollywood scripts and this one felt phoned-in.

After a pause, I think I will give the fifth novel a go but DCI Daley and his fellow island-dwellers are, as far as I'm concerned, on notice.

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  • Simon
  • 30-05-2018

Mad Rats and Scottish Men Out in the Midday Snow!

The title of this book was one of the first things that attracted me to this series, The Rat Stone Serenade, it spoke of rare imagination. And hell's teeth Meyrick certainly engaged that part of his writing talent to the full in writing this one. He throws just about everything at it; the occult, health issues, relationships, action, violence, sex, human sacrifice, ancient curses, corporate greed and possibly the longest, most convoluted Scooby-Doo ending that the fictional world has ever witnessed. It's utterly amazing what's happened in this small Scottish town. In fictional tourist information circles it is fast outstripping Midsommer as a place to try and sell to would-be visitors. It really is just plain bonkers and if you want realistism abandon all hope should you enter here. For me it's bonkers in a good way though. Once again the characters really shine including an interesting new boss for Daley, a resurrection of the story of his love life and of course Brian Scott who has to battle demons of his own in his usual inimitable style. My absolute favourite though is the town of Kinloch itself whose denizens once again stamp their character on the book including a cracking drunken scene in the pub. At the microphone is the silken-voiced David Monteith, a top quality narrator. He always raises a story with his narration though I don't think he'll be winning any awards for his Aussie accent and I felt he was surprisingly unconvincing during the occult scenes. Still, a class act though. I'm sticking with this series, I don't know what Meyrick is on but it all adds up to one big smile inducing roller coaster of a story where if you can park your common sense for a few hours you'll have a whale of a time!

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  • Chris
  • 17-07-2017

Enid Blighton writes Agatha Christie...

I loved his first 3 DCI Dailey books - but I'm afraid I shall read no more after this particular effort. Managing many disparate story threads and bringing to them a resolution is always tricky, but to do that using the hackneyed 'bring everone together in the same room by the (literal) fireside and get them to confess' is unworthy of Mr Meyrick. Add to this the nature of the denouement - where each confesses that they be not, in fact, who they were supposed to be but instead someone else entirely, stretches credence beyond breaking point. Poor dialogue and non-sequitors dressed as red-herrings complete the experience. I shall be asking for a refund on this one.

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  • Brian
  • 04-11-2017

Incredulous

Very unusual and convoluted storyline that stretches credibility beyond reason. Disappointing when compared to the rest of the series

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  • daisyrock
  • 27-10-2017

More from Daley and Scott

Very enjoyable, although perhaps more due to the characters than the plot. Brian Scott's lines are comedy genius. I preferred this to the last offering and thankfully the story is different from the previous three - they were getting a bit repetitive. At times, this was a bit Scoobie Doo meets Agatha Christie (people dressed up in scary cloaks and a family in a grand house cut off by the snow), but I enjoyed it nonetheless and it kept me guessing.

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  • Susan
  • 17-01-2019

Did someone else write this for D Meyrick?

I was enthralled with the first three in this series but very disappointed with the fourth. It was unrealistic, fanciful and far too unnecessarily complicated. It felt like D Meyrick was under contract pressure to churn another story out at any cost. Also, there were times where I thought I was reading a Mills and Boon novel......yuk! Now considering if I will spend money on book five. So sad as I love it when I find a really entertaining series to get stuck into.

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  • Miss A.
  • 14-01-2019

Always a good listen.

I am not one for gore and horror, this suits me well a combination of a good detective story and following their lives through.the years.

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  • robert
  • 22-12-2018

Disappointing Blip.

Usually a lover of Denzil Meyrick, but 'The Rat Stone Serenade ' really disappoints. It verges on pantomime, and defends into farce, and I found myself thinking 'will this never end'! The redeeming quality is of course the fantastic David Monteath narration.

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  • DartmoorDiva
  • 04-11-2017

Far fetched

I've enjoyed the previous novels in this series although I find the level of gore slightly hard to take. The plots have been becoming slightly more bizarre with each book and, sadly, in this fourth outing, were completely ridiculous. Not sure I will bother with any more in this series.

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