Dark Is the Grave: DCI Bone Scottish Crime Thrillers, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A dead cop. A damaged detective. A copycat killer on the loose.
When the chief suspect in the notorious "peekaboo cop killer" case blew himself up, almost taking lead investigator DCI Duncan Bone with him, the psychologically damaged detective thought his days on the force were over. But, when another PC is abducted and murdered in the same deranged peekaboo fashion, Bone is persuaded to return to lead the new investigation. But, as Bone and his team hunt a copycat killer, and with time running out before yet another cop is slain, Bone’s terrifying past returns to tear open old wounds and push him to very edge of the abyss.
Can DCI Bone end the killing before the killing ends him?-
Set among the dramatic hills and glens of Scotland's Campsie Fells, Dark Is the Grave is the first in a series of edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers that will keep you guessing right up to the nail-biting, heart-stopping climax. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, J. D. Kirk, Val McDermid, and Stuart MacBride.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 48 minutes|
|Author||T. G. Reid|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||11 February 2022|
|Publisher||T. G. Reid|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 7,550 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
34 in Mystery Action Fiction
42 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
64 in International Mystery & Crime (Audible Books & Originals)
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This was an incredible police thriller, with all the elements that make these kinds of books fabulous reading. A damaged detective, a case that pushes all his buttons and more mind games than you can poke a stick at.
Fabulous read, I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
5 stars from me.
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DCI Duncan Bone is at home recuperating after his last case which ended in an explosion. The resulting PTSD means he's living alone, having split from his wife and so doesn't see his son as much as he would like to. He then receives an envelope with a USB containing a video which seems to link back to the earlier case, and is recalled to work.
The story is so well written. The subject matter is high octane stuff, and I quite like the different characters in Bone's team. Despite the grim storyline, there's lots of humourour dialogue to lighten the load, especially with Mullens and his Dad. If you sign up to the author website, you can also get your hands on a free novella featuring Bone and the team and this is also great.
I think we have another great author to add to the ever growing Scottish crime fiction author top table list. Roll on book 2.
The book ticks all the boxes for what a good police procedural should have: lead detective with a compelling back story, a variety of personalities on his team, several “bad guys” who could be responsible for the crimes, and a tight plot with enough surprises to make me turn page after page after page…
The crimes themselves are gritty and Reid pulls no punches conveying the horrors the victims suffered, but nor does he glory in the violence as some are wont to do. Bone is a sympathetic character and I have a soft spot for Mullins who, I’m sure, we’ll hear more about in future books.
I really enjoyed Dark is the Grave and can’t wait to read more about DCI Duncan Bone.
The DCI who, inevitably, is the only person in the whole world who can solve a case. He runs about central Scotland with a DI, no less, in tow and never ever does he do any paperwork.
He's off his head and would have been medically retired but he shouts at his Superintendent and gets away with it. His minions think he's wonderful - for goodness sake.
The book is based sometime after 2013 but it seems Police Scotland are running about in Ford Escorts. So when you hear the following you do wonder if the author has been hiding under a stone: walkie-talkie, souped up pool car, and just what is a Deputy Chief Superintendent? Based in Scotland with no idea of times and distances e.g. Corstorphine to Denny is 30 miles but the DI gets back before the DCI who is only a couple of miles away.
The complete lack of research is evident when the author states the night plane landing at Ingleston (sic). Can't even spell the location and its definitely not an airport - that's Edinburgh airport next door.
You just know the hugely flawed DCI, medically unfit, separated from his wife and child, who calls everyone by their surnames like some 1950's public school teacher, continues to work and meet colleagues despite being suspended will be there at the end doing his superhero Clint Eastwood style finale. And for some mightily obscure reason the DCI does not speak to people, rather he "barks" at them, the author's favourite word throughout the book.
It is mind numbingly crass.
The narrator really added to the story and made each character unique.
I was given a free copy via the book club -audible listeners but the review is entirely my own.