I listened to this audio a little while ago narrated by the ever reliable and wonderful David Monteath This is a particularly blood soaked and ruesome addition to the series featuring DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott set in the enticing location of Kinloch Jim is back with wife Liz and baby son although his messy personal life refuses to settle down with his inability to repress his emotions for ex lover DC Mary Dunn Brian s life long love affair with the drink takes a turn for the worse as he cannot stop the increasing number of hallucinations and it takes him some time to acknowledge this is a problem that he is oing to need help with and he is oing to have to come to terms that the drink is Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood going to be off limits for him The biggest privatelobal company Shannon International is holding its annual AGM and its being held at the Shannon family s cliff top 5Audiobook Denzil Meyrick has done a fantastic job of bringing the occult the harsh wilderness of the Scottish highlands and a family feud together in this book Absolutely fantastic That s it for me Mr Meyrick You have plumbed new depths with this blood soaked silly rambling nonsense Thank Imagine That! goodness I listened and could pull the earbuds out when yet another description ofraphic violence inflicted on innocent victims threatened to invade my headspace There was absolutely no need for the descriptions except to horrify for the methods provided no clue as to who the perpetrator could be Oh wait maybe there was a member of Daley s team who thought Are we dealing with some surgeon who has run amok and ditched his day job to stalk the hills of Western Scotland at night in a blizzard aimed with a scalpel and a meat cleaver which you d need to cut through and dissect fresh ribs But maybe that was a bit too far fetched for the Kinloch police force and they preferred to Elena's Conquest go with it could be a disgruntled employee of the company there youo I ve already forgotten the name who didn t Sister of My Heart get two chocolate biscuits on his tea break and has decided to wreak This is the first book I have read by this author and I can honestly say that it won t be the last I LOVED this book and the author definitely deserves to be up there with thereatsThe characters in this book were realistic and believable I particularly loves the characters of DCI Daley and DS Scott DCI Daley reminded me of John McClane from the Die Hard films in that no matter what ets thrown at him he fights against it and emerges at the other side He fiercely defends those he cares about and he never shirks his duties DCI Daley is a damaged man with secrets from the past and torn loyalties He is married with a child so he feels he must be a part of a family unit with his child and his wife but as the story oes on it becomes apparent that Daley s heart lies elsewhere Daley has to deal with his personal problems at the same time as turmoil unfolds at the Shannon family mansion DS Scott is a reformed alcoholic who suffers DTs and hallucinations Daley and Scott enjoy a close working relationship and friendship The Rat Stone Serenade is very well written The author is very Rescuing Gus good at being able to convey a real sense of atmospheric authenticity For example All the descriptions of the snow made me feel very cold The action scenes were very tense and at times I had to hold my breath as Ienuinely feared what was coming next Reading this book was a bit like being on a rollercoaster in that there were lots of twists turns and stomach churning moments Daley uncovers a whole host of secrets lies and betrayalsIn short I LOVED this book Reading The Rat Stone Serenade became seriously addictive in that I had to read just one chapter with the result that I ended up reading several chapters as I just didn t want to put the book down It was certainly a CPID Can t put it down book I can t wait to read from this very talented author and I certainly can t wait to read the next book in this series If Dennis Wheatley wrote police procedurals they would turn out a bit like this A mad concoction of the supernatural and the mundane with little space to draw breath It reminds me of some of Christopher Brookmyre s work Not for the Scottish setting but for the connection of an improbable storyline told at a very fast pace However whereas Brookmyre seems to present the odd knowing wink to the reader Meyrick plays it dead straight It s certainly Class of 92: Out of Our League great fun to read but it doesn t warrant a lot of plot analysis If youo with the flow you will have a r The Rat Stone Serenade is the 4th instalment of Mr Meyrick s DCI Daly series set in the fictional town of Kinloch on the west coast of Scotland It has a slightly darker tone and the humour befittingly subdued than its #predecessors but it is a cracking #read with layer upon layer of scheming intrigue and double crossing It is # with layer upon layer of scheming intrigue and double crossing It is fairly #but it is a cracking read with layer upon layer of scheming intrigue and double crossing It is also fairly novel opens with Jim Daley contemplating his early retirement but he is soon pulled from this and his holiday by the discovery of a child s skeleton on the eponymous rat stone a large stone dating from ancient times which has links to the Druids and eneral bad things
The Skeleton Is Assumed To skeleton is assumed to that of Archie Shannon the heir to the vast private company Shannon Industries who disappeared 50 years previously in line with the curse laid on the Shannon family 100 years ago While the police are investigating the skeleton and trying to keep the annual athering of the Shannon clan safe the mutilated body of a paparazzo is found and there is a spate of burglaries in the town Jim Daley s cup runs over when the reporter working with the paparazzo is also found dead by blood eagle I hope you are keeping up because this is only the start Through the whole novel the worst snow since 1963 wreaks havoc by cutting the town off preventing free movement or the arrival of reinforcements I should point out that snow is very rare 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 lobe in computing banking and mineral res. ,
Denzil Meyrick Â 8 Read & DownloadAffling oings on but it does certainly slow them downAs always there s a hefty component of the personal in this novel Jim Daley is back with his wife and their baby son James and Mary Dunn has moved on with a new boyfriend Daley is planning his resignation from the police force he s had enough of the darkness and the worst of humanity Their new boss is also new to the area and a bit of a character in her own right and she d prefer it if Daley stayed on as would DS Brian Scott Although in this outing Scott is really battling with demons bought on by his excessive drinking to the point where he s haunted by the spectre of a young boy the son of the Shannon family one missing from the house on the clifftop many years ago whose bones may have just been discovered on a nearby pagan altarEverything in this novel revolves around the Shannon family their house on the clifftop that they return to yearly for their family company s AGM the past that ot the family to this point and the secrets they are holding onto There s a pagan element to the historical elements as well as the current day situation as a photographer and then the journalist he was working with are found dead with some of the elements of those deaths being decidedly weird and ritualistic The weather here is used to create a typical locked room scenario where Daley his new boss and their small local team are inside the killing zone with outside help unable to et to them The threat is an odd one local ritualistic focused on the family and their business interests so it could be somebody who lives there or somebody the Shannon s have imported in their own travelling circusI listened to this novel rather than read it and it s certainly possible to keep track of the many layered plot here with the historical aspects woven into the current day action Whilst I ve always admired this narrator in this instance the accent deployed for the local vicar supposedly Australian was than enough to make me desperate for him to be an early victim or in the end the uilty party Mind you I wasn t 100% convinced by those in use for the American characters interwoven here as well but to an Australian s ear well there is no way any Australian sounds like this In the end whenever the Vicar appeared I did not care what he was up to too busy wishing him out of my hearingTHE RAT STONE SERENADE sees the love lives of Jim Daley and Mary Dunn et worse or better depending upon your perspective and Brian Scott s drinking is hitting crisis point With touches of woo woo unless you want to put that down to the DDT s the plot is twisty and complicated with past and present bought to bear although to be honest not too hard to fathom once the hauls of some local thieving are identified All in all though this is a nicely engaging series the new boss Carrie Symington is a welcome addition to the ensemble cast and even with the ruesomeness of the deaths in this one and a bit of daft police jep for a very nice change mostly male and that Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi god awful accent it was an entertaining if not slightly way out there listenhttpswwwaustcrimefictionorgrevi Dire That s the only word for this book The previous three have been uiteood but this one plumbs new depths I ve lost count of the number of the number of characters in the book and what they contribute to the plot or plots I ve also lost count of the number of plots in this piece of nonsense Thankfully it s the last book at least the last book by Mr Meyrick that will cross my path If you re looking for fantasy here s your man If you re looking for police procedural with a bit of supernatural read James Oswald This is just a waste of time My only regret is that I wasted MY time finishing it I was no wiser at the end no explanation no denouement just a few bodies I thought I smelt a ratThis is the fourth DCI Daley thriller if you ve read the previous three But the first if like me you Deeply rooted within its Scottish location and customs the action takes part during the Hogmanay period where #the area is in the rip of an unusually fierce weather system # area is in the rip of an unusually fierce weather system is as much a character in the novel as all the heroes villains and victims we encounter in its path The actual location #is the Kintyre peninsula and I apologise if I appear to know what I am talking about #the Kintyre peninsula and I apologise if I appear to know what I am talking about don t I ve never been there And I don t want to Not because I don t believe that the natural beauty of the place would be breath taking but because this book scared the bejesus out of me And I can t tell you why because that would spoil itThere s an ancient curse against a wealthy privileged family and the police are reuired to do some protecting as some risly events unfold that threaten just about everyone it seems The plot is complicated and I m not sure I ever really rasped all the ins and outs of it There is a laudable Agatha Christie type attempt to unravel and disseminate towards the conclusion I might have been persuaded to offer five stars if the implausibility of parts of the novel had been defined and convincing There is nothing wrong with implausibility if it can be rendered believable at times it fell a little short of that for meJim Daley seemed to have less of a presence than some of the other police characters which if intentional is very clever There s a touch of the Jimmy Perez about him but I fear that may be my succumbing to Scottish fictional detective stereotyping My bad But I warmed to some of the other personnel And of the other characters No one is uite who they seem So it becomes unnerving when you think you have things sorted in your head and then it all et turned upside down But isn t that part of the pleasure of a ood crime novelA palpable atmosphere is created throughout and the impenetrability of the weather makes you feel cold A reat read for a summer heatwaveWhizzBreakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to revie. Tt are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards and its creation the Rat Stone reveals risly secrets hosts of the past come to haunt the Shannons As the curse decrees death is coming but for whom and from what. N the coastal towns of Western Scotland and hardly ever lies for longI read this book in one sitting as it is utterly engrossing I was desperate to know what was coming next and was unable to predict anything about the plot It isn t very realistic or even plausible which normally I prefer in my police procedurals but it s a reat yarn and tremendous fun The characters are becoming familiar as the series oes on but Mr Meyrick isn t standing still and they are evolving in every novel Jim Daley is having a bit of a mid life crisis determined to leave the police and his feelings for Mary Dunn behind to concentrate on his marriage and new son Brian Scott is suffering from the DTs now that he has iven up the drink and has hallucinations He still manages a few ood one liners but iven his condition it is a bit subdued They have a new boss in the form of Superintendent Carrie Symington a very welcome addition as she is smart pleasant and not frightened to Alexandra, Gone get her hands dirty if only all bosses were like herHighly recommended Too much of aood thingA hundred years ago blacksmith Nathaniel Stuart was driven off his property in Blaan a village on the southernmost tip of the remote Kintyre peninsula on the west coast of Scotland Of tinker stock Stuart cursed the landowner Archie Shannon declaring that every fifty years calamity will befall his family and their descendants until the end of time Fifty years later young Archie Shannon hid from his mother in the woods behind their home for a lark and was never seen again Now in the present day the Shannon family is returning to their ancestral home in Blaan for the annual A Year in 120 Recipes general meeting of the hugely successful international company they now own But things take a sinister turn when the bones of a young child are discovered on the Rat Stone an ancient site surrounded by much superstition and fearThere is so much to like about this book that I really wish I was recommending it highly It s very well written and the recurring characters of DCI Daley and his small team are done well each with a distinct personality each flawed but all likeable as individuals and working well together as a team The remoteness of this part of the world is increased when an unusually severe snowstorm cuts off the roads to the mainland and causes power cuts throughout the area Meyrick creates an excellent atmosphere of isolation and menace with some nicely spine tingling supernatural undertones With no likelihood of reinforcementsetting through any time soon it s up to Daley and his colleagues not just to investigate the old bones but to try to stop the sudden crime wave that is sweeping through the villageAnd therein lies the problem Too much too much The body count is completely ridiculous For a large proportion of the early part of the book each chapter introduces us to someone who is then F. Scott Fitzgerald gruesomely killed It seems like there s a million strands each resulting inory death for someone and for a long time too long the connection between all these events is entirely unclear And with so many deaths happening so uickly these characters are no than names so that when they re referred to later in the book I was having real difficulties remembering who they were or how and where they died The book is like an Irish stew everything has been thrown in One detective is an alcoholic trying to lay off the booze while a couple of the
others are having an affair with each other There are dead businessmen human sacrifices dodgy business dealings vicars withare having an affair with each other There are dead businessmen human sacrifices dodgy business dealings vicars with ex nuns tinkers curses and about three people all having visions either supernatural caused by drink or due to brain damage Corpses with their skin flayed corpses on bonfires corpses on sacrificial stones Every now and again new people had to arrive by helicopter or boat just so there would be people to bump off One felt an investigation wasn t really necessary leave it a couple of days and only the bad The Devil Hath Been Raised: A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692; Together With a Collection of Newly Located and Gathered Witchcraft Documents guy would be left alive One of the detectives isiven what I think is supposed to be a Glasgow accent though it feels like an anglicised speaker s idea of what a eneric Scottish dialect sounded like circa 1950 a bit too Sunday Post which will mean nothing to non Scots sorry Twee #Perhaps Is The Closest Comparison # is the closest comparison kudos to the author for at least trying to keep the book feeling Scottish in tone and I must say my ear did et tuned in to the dialect after a while and it began to sound authentic It picks up towards the end and while the supernatural stuff is left hanging for the most part the rest of it is explained even if the credibility is stretched way past breaking point Despite all the ridiculous stuff it s still very readable because of the overall uality of the writing Although I really feel this one oes so far over the top it becomes farcical I would be willing to read another in this series I was reminded of the artist Agatha Troy in Ngaio Marsh s books who never knew when one of her pictures was finished and needed her lover Roderick Alleyn to tell her when to stop painting I really hope Meyrick can find an editor who will perform the same function for him the stopping bit not the lover ing bit and tell him when enough is enough Loads of potential in this series I hope in future books #To See It Fulfilledwwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom The Fourth Novel In The DCI #see it fulfilledwwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom The fourth novel in the DCI Daley series by Denzil Meyrick THE RAT STONE SERENADE is set as always around the rural town of Kinloch on Scotland s West Coast A place that is not unused to cold wet weather although the monumental snow storm that covers the landscape in this outing is a little unusual because of the heaviness of the snow and the length of the storm itself This might not stop DCI Jim Daley his trusty sidekick DS Brian Scott Daley s off and on again love interest PC Mary Dunn and their new boss when they are called upon to investigate some truly Ourcing 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 Sco. .