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  • DI Rob Marshall Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Ed James
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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The Turning of Our Bones

By: Ed James
Narrated by: Angus King
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Publisher's Summary

The serial killer he couldn’t catch is dead....

Can DI Rob Marshall save his last victim before she dies too?

Met cop DI Rob Marshall is hot on the trail of the serial killer known as the Chameleon, who has abducted, tortured, and killed a series of young women in Northwest London. As they close in, the Chameleon—who switches identity to get close to his victims—shoots Marshall’s partner and escapes.

But when the Chameleon’s body is found two years later, Marshall must return to his home town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders and face the tragedy that’s haunted him for 20 years and made him leave in the first place.

The Chameleon’s final victim is still missing–can Marshall unpick the Chameleon’s latest identity in time to save her from a lonely death?

The Turning of Our Bones is the first book in the DI Rob Marshall series, starring a haunted detective who masks his trauma with biting humour. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, Stuart MacBride, JD Kirk, and LJ Ross.

©2023 Ed James (P)2023 Ed James

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Loved every second of it

Up to Ed James and of course the indomitable Angus king’s brilliant standard. I want more…

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Excellent

A slightly predictable ending for the central character although I did not pick the murderer! As always Angus King did an outstanding job of the narration. The story was strong and the balance of characters suggests there will be great investigations and involvements ahead. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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Enjoyed it

So I really struggled getting into this book, the first few chapters felt super disjointed and I wasn't immediately engaged, I came back to it and I'm glad I did! I really liked the story, Angus' narration was on point as usual (how I found this book was looking up his narrations as I'm a huge JD Kirk fan and he does those) I did peg who it was about 2/3 of the way through but the story kept me engaged regardless because I absolutely could have been wrong! I immediately downloaded the 2nd in the series. definitely worth a listen for those who a fans of Tartan Noir!

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A very good story kept me guessing.

I like Marshall, all of the characters, even Pringle. Well written, I will listen to the next in series.

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Long winded

I found it a bit hard to follow to start with. The story seemed to drag on but finally got interesting three quarters in I thought it could be the step father. Angus is the reason I chose to listen to the book he dose a fantastic job. I will listen to the other books as they come out.

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Hard to believe and Rob Marshall wallows in self pity I only kept listening to find out who the real baddie was I've liked other Ed James books Can't believe he wrote this

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Great start to a new series

I enjoyed the twists and turns in this story. I can't wait to read the 2nd book in the series.

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Sleepless

Have just discovered Ed J..
enjoyed the slow simmering plot with the twists and unpredictable turns.
Expertly read as usual by Angus King ( another reason why I chose this book)
Looking forward to following up with other books by Ed J & AK.

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Tedious

I wanted to like this but found it very tedious. Strangely paced and Angus King’s narration, while usually enjoyable, bordered on the pantomime.

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Worth the buy

Enjoyed the story. As usual the narrator was great. Would recommend for someone who enjoys good mystery with a bit humour.

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  • Stephanie
  • 30-04-2023

DI Marshall sanctimonious and stupid

DJ Marshall was extremely difficult to take. He was sanctimonious, stupid, self-absorbed. Detective Elliot rather than coming across as a hard boiled detective came across as extremely unlikable and nasty. I will not proceed with this series.

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  • Christine Matthews
  • 16-05-2023

Ahhhhhhh!!! I have to read the second book!!

What a great book with sweet characters. Loved it!!the end left me hanging so bad that I have to have the next book!

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  • Petra
  • 02-04-2023

Excellent narration

The narrator is excellent. He did the best he could with a convoluted story. It even he could make me care for this whining main character.

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  • 11-05-2023

Angus King is superb

The story was a bit difficult to follow at the beginning; and having the specific narrator makes it worth the listen.

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  • Dorothy Darby
  • 06-03-2023

Fantastic read

Love new character Marshall .Story intriguing until the end .As always Angus King great narration

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  • J. Olson
  • 25-04-2023

Enjoyable

Besides being a good story I’m a Angus King fan. Double pleasure!!!
I’ll definitely read more Ed James.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 27-02-2023

A great start

A fantastic opening to a new series. Great characters. Angus King does his always brilliant narration. Bring on Book 2!

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  • 26-02-2023

Great roll out

Wonderful foundational novel for what can be a sensational series. Characters are already well fleshed out. Premise is plausible and individual characters are believable too. As always, Angus King brings it all alive.

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  • Kristin
  • 11-06-2023

Boring, slow, etc.

This book is boring, slow, not a fun listen.

I couldn’t finish it, pretty bad.

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  • Nancy
  • 08-06-2023

Last in the Series for Me

This book made me want to go no further in the series. The premise of fellow cops always treating each other with animosity gets old. Basically none of the characters in this book are likeable as most are self absorbed and hostile. The book also seems to wander around a lot, I stuck with it, but finishing was not easy.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 27-01-2023

Loved it

This is an excellent story full of twists, and great characters. I'm fervently hoping for a book 2.
Narration is superb as you'd expect from Angus King.

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  • 21-02-2023
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First of a new series and it sets a high bar!

The Turning of Our Bones is the first book in a new series for Ed James. A perfect time to discover an author you may not have read in the past and for returning fans it is a chance to get to know some new characters and know this is an author who will put these characters through the emotional turmoil we seem to love to read about.

The story starts in London, a woman returning home late at night after a long shift finds her path is bloked by a large van. As she navigates her way around it she is attacked and becomes the next victim of a serial killer who has, thus far, managed to elude the police.

One of the key investigators is DI Rob Marshall. He has been working on a profile of the killer and believes he may have made a breakthrough but while a surveillance operation is underway the killer confronts Marshall and his partner. He draws a gun on the pair and opens fire. Faced with the choice of saving his partner’s life or chasing down the gunman Marshall has no real time to weigh up the options he makes his choice and has to live with the consequences of his actions.

Spin forward two years and Marshall is no longer working on apprehending killers for the Met Police. He has been moved to a role in traffic collisions and is counting down the days until he leaves the force. But an unexpected development sees Marshall leaving London to head to the Scottish Borders – the killer has been found. Despite escaping capture in London the man who haunted Marshall’s dreams has turned up in Scotland. Dead.

Marshall is heading to the Borders, he is heading home to confirm the body the police recovered is indeed that of the killer he had been hunting. When he arrives Marshall finds himself drawn into the world he thought he had left behind years ago. Old friends and family are all around him and new colleagues, challenging new colleagues, need to be won over if Marshall is to have any involvement in wrapping up the loose ends of his long-running investigation before he heads back to London.

I’d been enjoying the story while it was a London tale but when the action shifted to the Scottish Borders (a much overlooked location in crime fiction) I loved this book even more. Places I have visited but don’t really know came to life as Ed James thrust Marshall into the land of his childhood. Towns I’d considered to be part of a sleepy, rugby country suddenly took on life and a dynamic feel that I’d not associated with the area. Even better there was a frantic race against time predicament for the police to solve and a hidden enemy for the readers to puzzle over.

The crimes which are committed in The Turning of Our Bones are firmly in the dark and gritty side of crime fiction – this is the type of story I enjoy the most so it absolutely ticked all my boxes and I’ve already been recommending it to other readers.

I can’t wrap up the review without first giving the audiobook narrator, Angus King, the plaudits he deserves for his role in my enjoyment of The Turning of Our Bones. I’ve heard a fair few books which Mr King has worked on and he always delivers an enagaging performance. One of the most trusted names in my Audible Library, seeing Angus’s name on an audiobook will help sway me towards buying it. In the case of The Turning of Our Bones he has already shaped the characters for me and given them the life outwith the page, he is a joy to listen to when the action ramps up. And it ramped up to great effect in this book.

As I said at the outset of this review – a great opportunity to get into a brand new series. You can read The Turning of Our Bones and you’ll be ready for more DI Marshall stories as soon as they become available. Fabulous listening and a cracking read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-2023

Loved the book.

Ed James has created an interesting story full of twists and great characters. Loved the setting in the Scottish Borders. Angus King on top form as ever; I could listen to his voice all day!

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  • Joanna Paterson
  • 12-02-2023

Great story more please

Great story had me gripped from the start the performance of the reader was great as well more please

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  • Sally J Blackmore
  • 05-02-2023

Great new character.

Great story. LovedAngus King’s narration as always. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

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  • Mags
  • 01-02-2023

Great story

Gripping story with a twist looking forward to more books from this author highly recommended

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  • Ann Carolan
  • 29-01-2023

Very good

Great story and narration by Angus King excellent as always.
Will await the next instalment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-03-2023

Carefully crafted story

Very well, written with lots of twists and turns. Lovely to listen to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-08-2023

Brilliant

Loved this book wood highly recommend. Angus king is legend narrator. Way to get the next in series xxx

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  • Mrs. AB
  • 25-07-2023

Angus King..top narrator

Was drawn to this because Angus King was narrating. I was not disappointed. Enjoyed the story and will purchase the sequel

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