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If you could sum up A Dark So Deadly in three words, what would they be?
Macabre, Clever, Hilarious
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Meet the Misfit Mob: a senior officer with coronary problems, a haiku-spouting detective sergeant with terminal cancer and a literary bent, a couple more with anger management issues, a recently disabled female DC who calls her wheelchair Keith, and our hero, Callum MacGregor, wrongly accused of corruption, which is just the first and least of his problems.
MacBride packs a lot into this one, and this is the first time I've balked at a few of the plot twists, which were a little hard to swallow, but who cares? The cast is entertainingly quirky, the hero a classicly imperfect good soul in the mold of my beloved Logan MacCrea, the story is character driven, and while the horror is worthy of the latest M Night Shyamalan movie the oh-so-Scottish humor and dialogue kept me listening nonstop and laughing out loud.
True MacBride fans will also savor the nuggets from other books that pop up with a wink and a nod: the return of Alice, (yay!!) mad profiler from the Ash Henderson novels; a band called Halfhead; a records keeper named Winston Smith (check your Orwell), an oil painting of a pear tree (12 Days of Xmas). As His Beardiness Himself would say, it's all deranged and murder-ey. A bit more scrambled than usual but still tasty. Loved it.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
Scotland, present day, police procedural, humor, unusual murder, lots of interesting characters. Not especially bloody, I will read more by this author. The narrator adds a rich reading.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
I loved this book, I loved the plot, I loved the characters, I loved the narration, I really appreciated that it was so long, I did not want it to finish.
Steve Worsley's performance was brilliant as always.
If you like the Logan McRae stories, I reckon you'll love this, unless you're a stickler for realism, then perhaps it's one to give a miss, if, like myself, you love it when fiction is, for once, stranger than truth, then give it go.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
I was entertained, intrigued, scared and in suspense for every minute of this book. the narrator is excellent. the story was unusual and full of twists and turns. well done Mr McBride. Does it really have to be a stand alone? I enjoyed it every bit as much as a Logan Mcrae book.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
You have to listen to this one if you like crime thrillers. I listened 3 times, finding a little gem on each occasion
Bit slow at the beginning but the pace picks up. Plenty of twists and turns.
I ended up really enjoying this book. I would like to see this character and team again.
Great narration as always.