(Free E–pub) [The Rat Stone Serenade DCI Daley #4] by Denzil Meyrick

The Rat Stone Serenade DCI Daley #4

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Lves around the Shannon family their house on the clifftop that they return to yearly for their family company s AGM the ast that got the family to this Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors point and the secrets they are holding onto There s aagan element to the historical elements as well as the current day situation as a Hexe 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 get 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 certainlyossible to keep track of the many layered lot 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 #to make me desperate him
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be an victim or in the end the guilty arty 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 get worse or better depending upon your The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov perspective and Brian Scott s drinking is hitting crisisoint With touches of woo woo unless you want to Religion in the Ancient Greek City put that down to the DDT s thelot is twisty and complicated with The Polemical Works of Al Al- Abar past andresent 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 gruesomeness of the deaths in this one and a bit of daft olice jep for a very nice #change mostly male and that god awful accent #mostly male and that god awful accent was an entertaining if not slightly way out there listenhttpswwwaustcrimefictionorgrevi Too much of a good thingA hundred years ago blacksmith Nathaniel Stuart was driven off his roperty in Blaan a village on the southernmost tip of the remote Kintyre eninsula 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 resent day the Shannon family is returning to their ancestral home in Blaan for the annual 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 La Partera: Story of a Midwife personality each flawed but all likeable as individuals and working well together as a team The remoteness of thisart of the world is increased when an unusually severe snowstorm cuts off the roads to the mainland and causes ower cuts throughout the area Meyrick creates an excellent atmosphere of isolation and menace with. Ourcing and it has brought untold wealth and rivilege 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.
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Some nicely spine tingling supernatural undertones With no likelihood of reinforcements getting 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 roblem Too much too much The body count is completely ridiculous For a large Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 27 proportion of the earlyart of the book each chapter introduces us to someone who is then gruesomely killed It seems like there s a million strands each resulting in gory 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 with secrets ex nuns tinkers curses and about three eople 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 eople had to arrive by helicopter or boat just so there would be Networking for Career Success: 24 Lessons for Getting to Know the Right People people to bump off One felt an investigation wasn t really necessary leave it a couple of days and only the bad guy would be left alive One of the detectives is given what I think is supposed to be a Glasgow accent though it feels like an anglicised speaker s idea of what a generic Scottish dialect sounded like circa 1950 a bit too Sunday Post which will mean nothing to non Scots sorry Tweeerhaps is the closest comparison However kudos to the author for at least trying to keep the book feeling Scottish in tone and I must say my ear did get tuned in to the dialect after a while and it began to sound authentic It Man on the Moon picks up towards the end and while the supernatural stuff is left hanging for the mostart the rest of it is explained even if the credibility is stretched way Zheng Guogu past breakingoint Despite all the ridiculous stuff it s still very readable because of the overall uality of the writing Although I really feel this one goes 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 ictures was finished and needed her lover Roderick Alleyn to tell her when to stop ainting I really hope Meyrick can find an #editor who will erform the same function for him the stopping bit #who will erform the same function for him the stopping bit the lover ing bit and tell him when enough is enough Loads of Forbidden Knowledge potential in this series I hope in future books to see it fulfilledwwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom 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 itsredecessors but it is a cracking read with layer upon layer of scheming intrigue and double crossing It is also fairly violentThe novel opens with Jim Daley contemplating his early retirement but he is soon Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Living through your 20s on your own terms 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 general bad things The skeleton is assumed to be that of Archie Shannon the heir to the vastrivate company Shannon Industries who disappeared 50. Tt are assigned to The Rumsfeld Way: The Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick protect their illustrious visitors As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards and its creation the Rat Stone reveals grisly secrets ghosts of theast come to haunt the Shannons As the curse decrees death is coming but for whom and from what. ,

I thought I smelt a ratThis is the fourth DCI Daley thriller if you ve read the revious three But the first if like me you Deeply rooted within its Scottish location and customs the action takes art during the Hogmanay eriod Where The Area Is In The Grip the area is in the grip an unusually fierce weather system Snow is as much a character in the novel as all the heroes villains and victims we encounter in its ath The actual location is the Kintyre eninsula and I apologise if I appear to know what I am talking about I don t I ve never been there And I don t want to Not because I don t believe that I don t want to Not because I don t believe that natural beauty of the lace 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 The Little Book of Breakthrough: Breakthrough Thoughts for Manifesting Your Heaven on Earth privileged family and theolice are reuired to do some Genocide of One protecting as some grisly events unfold that threaten just about everyone it seems Thelot is complicated and I m not sure I ever really grasped 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 Nintendo Wii Flash Game Creator's Guide: Design, Develop, and Share Your Games Online persuaded to offer five stars if the implausibility ofarts 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 Star Wars - Jabba the Hutt - The Art of the Deal presence than some of the otherolice 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 The Real Estate Entrepreneur: Everything You Need to Know to Grow Your Own Brokerage 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 get turned upside down But isn t thatart of the leasure of a good crime novelA alpable atmosphere is created throughout and the impenetrability of the weather makes you feel cold A great read for a summer heatwaveWhizzBreakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review Dire That s the only word for this book The revious three #have been uite good but this one lumbs new depths I ve lost #been uite good but this one Meditation Express: Stress Relief in 60 Seconds Flat plumbs new depths I ve lost of the number of the number of characters in t The fourth novel in the DCI Jim Daley series by Denzil Meyrick THE RAT STONE SERENADE is set as always around the rural town of Kinloch on Scotland s West Coast Alace 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 baffling goings on but it does certainly slow them downAs always there s a hefty component of the ersonal 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 lanning his resignation from the Challenged by Love E-Boxed Set 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 drefer 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 Communicating With Animals : The Spiritual Connection Between People and Animals point where he s haunted by the spectre of a young boy the son of the Shannon family gone missing from the house on the clifftop many years ago whose bones may have just been discovered on a nearbyagan altarEverything in this novel revo. 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 Robot Programming private companies with tendrils reaching around the globe in computing banking and mineral res.

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