• Dead Man’s Grave

  • By: Neil Lancaster
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (213 ratings)

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Dead Man’s Grave

By: Neil Lancaster
Narrated by: Angus King
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Publisher's Summary

This grave can never be opened.

The head of Scotland’s most powerful crime family is brutally murdered; his body dumped inside an ancient grave in a remote cemetery.

This murder can never be forgotten.

Detectives Max Craigie and Janie Calder arrive at the scene, a small town where everyone has secrets to hide. They soon realise this murder is part of a blood feud between two Scottish families that stretches back to the 1800s. One thing’s for certain: it might be the latest killing, but it won’t be the last....

This killer can never be caught.

As the body count rises, the investigation uncovers large-scale corruption at the heart of the Scottish Police Service. Now Max and Janie must turn against their closest colleagues - to solve a case that could cost them far more than just their lives....

Longlisted for the 2021 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 

Don’t miss the first stunning thriller in the new DS Max Craigie Scottish Crime series! 

©2021 Neil Lancaster (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Grabbed me from the first page." (Ian Rankin)

"The best police procedural I've read in years - fast-paced, compelling and deeply authentic. DS Max Craigie is a brilliant hero and I can't wait for the next in the series." (Jane Casey) 

"A stone cold classic of the genre; the strongest start to a series I’ve seen in years." (Tony Kent)

"A thriller writer set to blow up the bestseller lists." (C. L. Taylor) 

"Absolutely blown away by how good this is." (Marion Todd)

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worth it

I'm a fan of the United Kingdom crime mysteries and this was a good one. Angus Kings narration draws you in to this gritty crime tale.

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Excellent!!!

So glad I took the chance ! Really good story, AND narrated by Angus King!!! Highly recommend!

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Deus ex machina, ad nauseum

It’s not fair to the author to pick a book based on who narrates it, but this is what I did. Try as Angus King might, however, he couldn’t fix the plotline.
There are just too many convenient plot contrivances to make it believable.
Another annoyance is the over-the-top dramatic statements, like when the protagonist is about to exact revenge…too much like a Cheap Hollywood movie.
It’s back to Angus King reading JD Kirk for me.

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Excellent narration, disappointing story

The narration is just great. Angus King is Scottish, obviously, but he absolutely nails a number of other accents, including central London, English RP, northern English, central European, and American. Only quibble about the American accent is that he missed the point that Americans (unlike Canadians) pronounce "been" like "bin," not like "bean." Small thing though. In general, terrific narration.

The story, though, wow, it's like the author was trying to write two books at the same time. I can't explain everything that was wrong with the so-called plot without posting spoilers, but I'll say that we never get an explanation of the central mystery that comes up about two paragraphs into the first chapter, Basically, Lancaster started out writing a really interesting story about a centuries-old blood feud between two families, and then dropped that plot thread and took an abrupt turn into police corruption, and never really got back to the first story. I'll also say that deus-ex-machina characters are cheating. If I wrote a police procedural where it turned out that one of the characters was secretly from the planet Krypton and had superpowers when exposed to our sun, and that character literally flew in and rescued Our Hero in some sort of crisis, everybody would call me a really bad writer. Lancaster comes perilously close to doing exactly that.

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STORYLINE IS NOT FOR ME

READS LIKE A 1920-30s US CRIME FAMILY STORY. NOT MY PREFERRED STYLE AND A DISAPPOINTMENT AS, IN THE PAST, I'VE ENJOYED MYSTERY NOVELS SET IN SCOTLAND. ITS WELL WRITTEN AND EASY TO FOLLOW, WITH INTERESTING CHARACTERS,
SO IF YOU ENJOY THIS GENRE THIS MAY BE THE NOVEL FOR YOU.

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Disappointing

Overall, the book was just meh. No character interested me. The narrator, Angus King, is a well known voice actor, but I found his style little too strong. I’m always looking for new detective series, and I had hopes for this.

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This is a Truly Enjoyable Book

I've been into Scottish detectives thrillers for a bit now, ever since I discovered all of J.D. Kirk's series: DCI Jack Logan & the spinoff series: Ex DCI Chief Robert Hoon.
while waiting for next book of b0th series I've been fortunate to enjoy several other Scottish Authors.
Neil Lancaster is a very good writer. I really liked this story. the dialog was quick & witty and DS Craig's internal thoughts & conversations were well plotted and brought depth and understanding to the character. the story was different from many other stories of lone wolf going after head of syndicate boss and bent cops.
It was put together well and although there was the requisite violence, it was minimal & realistic and not so brutal I was grossed out. I was also happy that this detective has a dog, I loved how he 'acquired ' Nutmeg.
it must be noted that while I am looking for good Scottish stories, I'm completely spoiled and look exclusively for narration by Angus King. Mr. king has such an excellent voice and possesses wide and diverse
abilities to distinguish characters and is capable of doing many diverse accents. Mr. King is an actor and this sets him apart from many who do narration, but are unable to project the subtle inflections in a voice to convey meaning, as he can.
Thanks again Mr. Lancaster for your intriguing story and Mr. King for bringing his characters to life!!!!!!

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Horrible

I love Scottish detective series and this narrator, but I absolutely could not stay engaged and finally quit somewhere around Chapter 28.

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I love this book .

I enjoyed every second of this audiobook. It's so fun finding a new favorite series. I love the characters, the writing, and the narrator's performance.

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Enjoyable

Interesting story with good characters. I am looking forward to the next in the series. Truthfully though, may have liked this more as an audiobook than I would have in print! I adore Angus King as a narrator. I am more apt to buy a book if I see that he is the narrator.

One caveat (spoiler alert) - I was disappointed with the bit thrown in after the real ending of this story. Max’s wife shows up after a significant separation and suddenly everything is hunky-dory between them. Ugh. Too pat/trite. Throughout this story they’re separated, and Max very much misses her. But, we’re not really told why they separated beyond she didn’t want to move (more to it?). No contact between them and suddenly poof, she’s there and “home.” Wha? Why? Hopefully this will get fleshed out in future.

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