'As I live and fornicate.'
'If we're not getting to see any porn we're going.'
Scratching inside bra, scratching backside, scratching under armpits.
Just some of the utterances and behaviour traits of the HEAD of CID. This woman did nothing and threw all her work at McCrae.
Witnesses, solicitors, and just about everyone else shouted abuse at the detective. ('I TOLD you to have a word with ***, not arrest him, what part of keep it low key did you not understand?': this verbiage was shouted by a member of the public, albeit an ex policeman)
There was appalling interaction between all of the members of the police force, and I doubt any crimes would be solved with the communal attitudes of this crowd of numpties. The Head of CID was the worst, unbelievable and absolutely awful.
I am at chapter 24, and the thought of my making it to the end – more than another 26 to go, are remote.
I am so amazed at the 5star reviews. This is one of the worst books I have come across. Vulgar, violent and thoroughly unpleasant!
"Difficult probably just me"
Given the 5 star rating of this book I expected more had to return it couldn't follow
The characters I felt there was not enough introduction of who they are .
But then maybe I am spoilt bu the writings of Mo Hayder and Michael Rowbotham ....hard to beat
"Close to the Bone"
I gave up with this book. I found the police characters and their methods of operation very unrealistic. The story had potential but overall it didn't work for me.
We were pleasantly surprised to have such a well presented and exciting story.
Each character lived in our memory for the whole story!
"By far his best and most engaging McRae book."
makes me want to read the fictional novel referenced within. perfectly performed. touching, funny and well paced
"crude portrayal of the police"
The portrayal of a senior policewoman as crude, rude and ill-educated. No-on of her rank, for example, would be drawing cartoons of genitalia in a lower rank's notebook!
I hated the way it was written; it was difficult to know who was speaking.
The narrator was OK
An awful book - I will never listen to another by this author.
"OK story, variable performance"
Not sure whether it was badly orchestrated scene changes or the limited repertoire of character voices, but in places, I struggled to get a handle on what was happening. Almost felt like it was more of a film script, rather than a novel, at times - like a change in visuals was the missing ingredient.
Seriously considered "returning" my purchase for much of the first few hours, but decided to stick with it until the end. A decision I'm probably 70% happy with.
"Close to the Bone"
Exciting, humorous, good thriller, some nice originality, would recommend and will be looking at getting another book soon
"Great story, twists and turns and great sarcasm"
Sarcastic, exciting, gripping
I like the isn't play between the characters, and the banter back and forth. I also think the descriptions of Aberdeen are quite funny.
Steve Worlsey is always great. The only reason I put 4 stars rather than 5 is because I have had Stuart mac ride books read by the author and he brings a little more out of the characters (seeing as he invented them), which I suppose is unfair to Steve...
This book made me laugh in several occasions, to funny looks from other people on the bus
Well worth a read!
"Enjoyable listen and very good narration"
This is another in the MacBride Logan McRae books I have listened to and they must be read in order otherwise you will lose the story lines. This one continues on from the last and I am sad that this seems to be the last one available.
Am annoyed some of the books are only available as abridged which I think would lose a bit of the story? Shame as they are the early ones so I'll be keeping my eyes open in the hope they are available - personally I have enjoyed the narration and the sense of being there so to say so not sure if I will buy the paperbacks.
All in all a great series but can be gorey at times!