(E–pub/Kindle) The Rat Stone Serenade DCI Daley #4

Baroque Personae eHotographer and then the journalist he was working with are found dead with some of thelements 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 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 Democratic Art enough to make me desperate for him to be anarly victim or in the Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? end the guilty party Mind you I wasn t 100% convinced by those in use for the American characters interwoven here as well but to an Australian sar well there is no way any Australian sounds like this In the nd 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 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 ident 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 Dire That s the only word for this book The previous three have been uite good 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 nd no Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group explanation no denouement just a few bodies That s it for me Mr Meyrick You have plumbed new depths with this blood soaked silly rambling nonsense Thank goodness I listened and could pull thearbuds out when yet another description of graphic violence inflicted on innocent victims threatened to invade my headspace There was absolutely no need for the descriptions Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust 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 go with it could be a disgruntledmployee Of The Company There You the company there you I ve already forgotten the name who didn t get two chocolate biscuits on his tea break and has decided to wreak revenge in the most bloodthirsty manner imaginableNow I am being silly DAnd now the spunky DC whatever love interest having got Daley back has gone and provided a lovely cliffhanger not like one of the characters who does do a swan dive off the cliff during the above mentioned blizzard but a hook to get readers to buy the next bloodthirsty Conscience and Memory episodeNot this reader 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 also fairly violentThe novel opens with Jim Daley contemplating hisarly retirement but he is soon pulled from this and his holiday by the discovery of a child s skeleton on the ponymous 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 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 50 years previously in line with the curse laid on the Shannon family 100 years ago While the are investigating the skeleton and trying to keep the annual gathering 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

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cup runs over when reporter working with the paparazzo is also found dead by blood agle 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 in the coastal towns of Western Scotland and hardly Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods ever lies for longI read this book in one sitting as it is utterlyngrossing I was desperate to know what was coming next and was unable to predict anything about the plot It isn t very realistic or Elizabeth I even plausible which normally I prefer in my police procedurals but it s a great yarn and tremendous fun The characters are becoming familiar as the series goes on but Mr Meyrick isn t standing still and they arevolving in Education in a New Society 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 given up the drink and has hallucinations He still manages a few good one liners but given 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 get her hands dirty if only all bosses were like herHighly recommende. Tt are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors As an ancient societymerges from the blizzards and its creation the Rat Stone reveals grisly secrets ghosts of the past 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 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 grip of an unusually fierce weather system Snow is as much a character in the novel as all the heroes villains and victims we ncounter in its path The actual location is the Kintyre peninsula 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 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 grisly vents unfold that threaten just about veryone it seems The plot is complicated and I m not sure I ver 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 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 get turned upside down But isn t that part of the pleasure of a good crime novelA palpable 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 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 the greatsThe 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 gets thrown at him he fights against it and merges 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 goes on it becomes apparent that Daley s heart lies lsewhere 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 njoy a close working relationship and friendship The Rat Stone Serenade is very well written The author is very good at being able to convey a real sense of atmospheric authenticity For xample 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 I genuinely 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 that there were lots of twists turns and stomach churning 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 nded 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 Too much of a good 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 very fifty years calamity will befall his family and their descendants until the nd 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 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 ach with a distinct personality Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation 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 anxcellent atmosphere of isolation and menace with 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 problem Too much too much The body count is completely ridiculous For a large proportion of the Gender Justice early part of the bookach chapter introduces us the Generations and Collective Memory early part of the bookach chapter introduces us someone who is then gruesomely killed It seems like there s a million strands ach resulting in gory death for someone and for a long time too long the connection between all these vents is ntirely 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. 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 globe in computing banking and mineral res. ,

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An Irish stew verything 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 Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America each other There are dead businessmen human sacrifices dodgy business dealings vicars with secretsx nuns tinkers curses and about three people all having visions ither 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 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 Twee perhaps 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 ar did get tuned in to the dialect after a while and it began to sound authentic It picks up towards the Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) end and while the supernatural stuff is left hanging for the most part the rest of it isxplained ven 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 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 pictures was finished and needed her lover Roderick Alleyn to tell her when to stop painting I really hope Meyrick can find an ditor who will perform the same function for him the stopping bit not the lover ing bit and tell him when nough is nough Loads of potential in this series I hope in future books to see it fulfilledwwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom I listened to this audio a little while ago narrated by the Foraging for Survival ever reliable and wonderful David Monteath This is a particularly blood soaked and gruesome addition to the series featuring DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott set in thenticing 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 Fragments emotions forx 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 going to need help with and he is going to have to come to terms that the drink is going to be off limits for him The biggest private global company Shannon International is holding its annual AGM and its being held at the Shannon family s cliff top mansion close to Kinloch The privileged and hugely wealthy family built its riches on land stolen from tinker blacksmith Nathanial Stuart who cursed the Shannons so that very 50 years a calamity will hit the family and its descendants50 years ago the young child Archie Shannon went missing and now a child s skeleton has been found on the famous Rat
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assumed to be him the worst snowfall and blizzards the Shannon family and company xecutives face a nightmare that appears to be without nd until the ntire family is destroyed With grisly murders a deadly cult and a cast of characters where no one appears to be what they seem Daley and Scott find themselves in desperate isolated where no one appears to be what they seem Daley and Scott find themselves in desperate isolated dangerous waters unable to call on outside help as the ntire area is cut off by the driving snow New boss Carrie Symington turns out to be an xceptionally able and brave woman who uickly realises that she must not allow Jim to leave her police team he is just too valuable A highly intense complex gripping novel which I thoroughly njoyed readingsorry I meant listening to Highly recommended 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 great fun to read but it doesn t warrant a lot of plot analysis If you go with the flow you will have a riot 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 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 baffling goings 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 nough 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 xcessive drinking to the 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 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 got the family to this point and the secrets they are holding onto There s a pagan lement to the historical lements as well as the current day situation as a 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 ver since When heavy snow cuts off Kintyre DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Sco. .
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