Boston Homicide: A Clean Suspense Mystery

The City Murders, Book 1
Narrated by: Rich McVicar
Series: City Murders, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
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Officer Danny Sullivan has just become Detective Danny Sullivan, the first in a family line of Boston police officers to do so. It's a milestone the whole family can celebrate. But quickly, his new position turns into something more than he ever anticipated. His first case with a new partner throws him into a web of secrets, half-truths, and dead women. The conclusion he draws puts him at odds with everyone in his life, and the young detective must decide whether to risk everything to prove his theory that more women are about to die.

Will he save lives or end his career?

Follow Danny on his first case as a member of Boston Homicide.

©2015 John C. Dalglish (P)2015 John C. Dalglish
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Don’t Bother

The writing is bad. The narration is bad. Use your money or credit elsewhere. Just don’t bother with this one.

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A solid police procedural

Boston Police Officer Danny Sullivan has just gotten his promotion to Detective, something his father and grandfather never achieved in their careers. He, his wife, and his whole family are thrilled.

But his first case with his new, much more experienced partner, is a missing woman, a nurse at Boston Medical Center, who very shortly turns up dead. She had previously reported a prowler, but there is little evidence to go on. All the usual suspects, her boyfriend, her ex-husband, her coworkers, have alibis, and just don't seem good fits for what happened.

Then a second woman vanishes, and is soon found dead, in the same place the first woman's body was found. There's a superficial similarity, in height, dark eyes, dirty blonde hair. Both bodies, and the site they were left at, are remarkably "clean," the only possible clue being a single footprint, indicating that their killer may have been wearing boat shoes. Oh, and she'd reported a prowler recently, too.

When Danny takes it on himself to look at the last year's worth of prowler reports, he finds a recent large uptick--from women who have dark eyes and dirty blonde hair, who are about the same height as the two murder victims. When he begins to suspect that the killer could be a cop, he knows he's treading on very dangerous ground.

Danny's dilemma, as well as the strain on his wife, nine months pregnant and due any day now, from his long hours, is very well handled. What's also well handled is the setting. Often when a book is set in Boston, I wind up wincing every few minutes because what we get is Boston As Seen On TV, not the real city. I don't know whether Dalglish has a Boston background, or just does really good research, but nothing leaped out at me as wrong. The few times I even had a question, a few seconds on Google showed me that he'd gotten it right. (For instance, a parish in Southie that has changed its name in recent years, and a T station that's on a part of the system I've never used regularly.)

It's a good, solid, police procedural, with real tension and good characterization. On top of that, it gets a city I know and love right for a change!

I bought this audiobook.

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Bargain!

law enforcement, murder investigation, no-gratuitous-erotica

Solid writing with characters so well drawn that I swear that I used to work along side them! All due diligence noted in the investigation, and no rabbits from hats. No gratuitous erotica or graphic violence.
I found it on Whispersync sale courtesy of Book Gorilla.

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Good Book, Poor Reading

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator seemed to be very childish with his voices, it distracted me from the reading.

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Clever short police procedural

I am surprised by the quality of this 4 hour detective mystery. The author is new to me as is the narrator. The author is obviously committed to writing detective mysteries without any use of crude language and without any sex scenes. That is unimportant to me; the quality of the story is. The author delivers.

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Great story but the performance was

I really enjoyed the story, but the reader was horrid. He read every word in a happy go lucky manner. He said things like she’s dead, in the same tone of voice one might say things like looks like the suns going to come out. He was so Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, that it was distracting. Good story, but hard to listen to on the road.

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Boston Homicide

Boston Homicide (The City Murders #1) by John C. Dalglish
I live nearby and wanted to hear about the city as I've visited but in health medical related areas.
Starts out with Danny and he's just gotten promoted to detective and his wife is ready to give birth to their first child.
His whole family had jobs in the force. He is assigned with another and they get their first case real quick and start investigating.
Like hearing how they investigate and the little things they notice. Brought back a lot of memories for me because my father was also on the police force and now I can understand why he did not want to advance-he would've meant being home less then he was with us 5 kids.
He went through state police training and was is known as a specials cop, watching schools at Halloween eve and directing traffic and riot control-things that were not called often.
Like how the cases pile up and they can't find a link. He goes against orders and investigates himself.....
Can't believe everything he uncovered. Really enjoyed this one as it was not so gory. Can't wait to read more from this author-x read!
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

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disappointing

Would you try another book from John C. Dalglish and/or Rich McVicar?

No. Yawn.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Mildly intriguing was how the young detective managed to prove the guilt of his suspect. Least interesting was the first 2/3 of the book--so many cliches and tired writing. If I weren't out of reach of wifi that day and unable to download a new book, I would never have stuck with it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes. Once more with feeling.

What character would you cut from Boston Homicide: A Clean Suspense Mystery?

The cliched stereotype of the detective's wife was a disaster. She "misses" him terribly with less than one week on the job? Really?? If she can't be written with at least 2 ounces of spunk and courage, make him single next time. She sounds like what a guy thinks of a pregnant woman when he has never had more than a 90-second conversation with her.

Any additional comments?

This author should read a couple of JP Beaumont stories (or something!) to learn how to write dialogue that doesn't put me to sleep. It sounds like the people on "Househunters."

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Fabulous

Excellent read .no nasty language. Great characters. Definitely planning to read more by this writer.

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Goody too shoe book

Good plot but everything is so sweet and sugary sounding. Seems like the reader was adding to the sweetness.
Seems like a sea saw and everything is good and kind. Good plot. But sugar coating was bad. Cops are suppose to be tough.

I will try another book but if it same reader forget it.