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Dead Men Whistling

Kate Maguire, Book 9
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Series: Katie Maguire, Book 9
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Kieran O'Regan was responsible for hunting down killers. Now he's become one of the dead: his decapitated body has been found in a graveyard, a tin whistle stuffed into his throat. 

O'Regan was due to give evidence at a trial for police corruption. His gruesome murder sends a clear message to whistleblowers: only silence is safe. DCI Katie Maguire is determined to uncover the truth. But corruption in the Garda stretches back decades. As more officers are horrifically silenced, Katie must decide whom she can trust.... 

©2018 Graham Masterton (P)2019 Head of Zeus

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I liked this book

Yes, this got me started on Graham Masterton's Katie Maguire series (although the other 2 I got didn't measure up as well). The narrator is good; it's nice to hear the Irish accents,; the story was interesting, and the Katie Maguire figure very likeable.

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  • Ann D
  • 09-11-19

Great Story with Flaws!

This is a compelling read/listen. The characters are well develop, the crimes are gripping if gory and it is hard to put down. Why only 3 stars then? Well, the author included far to much detailed sex. I am not offended by such things, and it was well written, but most of it added nothing to the story and so was rather gratuitous! Perhaps the author just likes writing about it. In addition, there was a bit of an unnecessary preoccupation with people’s body size, so I guess he is a bit fat phobic too.

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  • Annie
  • 10-08-19

Far too gruesome

Last time I listened to a Graham Masterton novel I told myself it was the last time, so I'm not sure why I took this one on. Far too many gruesome descriptions of decapitation, far too much explicit sex and far too many Irish slang words that only someone from the Republic would understand. Gave up after four hours

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  • Louise Fullarton
  • 10-13-19

Another great Katie McGuire story

I’ve loved every one of the Katie McGuire series. This book was fantastic and had me gripped.
I also love the narrator, very easy to listen to. Looking forward to the next book now.

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  • Lyndel
  • 09-01-19

So depressed after reading this.

WTF has happened here?
This is a good writer, I’ve loved his books.
I’m okay with gore and carnage if it’s meaningful to the story.
But what was the actual story?
I believe the entire thing was simply the gratuitous violence.
The poor bloody narrator, her most descriptive lines were describing glistening sinews being cut viscously with a chain saw and vertebrae crunching, heads falling on the blood covered floor. After every thing was lopped off many people there were complaints from the murderer that he was messy again. Yawn.
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and over and over
Again and again and again on and on

There is nothing here
No thrills
No excitement
No surprises
Just
Depressing pointless words.
That’s not all, it gets worse
MY VERY FAVOURITE NARRATOR wasn’t the person to take on so many male voices. It would’ve been much better to just read with that lovely voice rather than to act them.
That pretty Irish lilt isn’t meant to make rough male guttural sounds, that made me shudder. I do hope she doesn’t do this again because her voice is gorgeous, infectious and delightful.
No more acting disgusting male criminals ever again making awful grunts and shite. Please just read the words instead.
So, over all. I’ve listened to worse, its miserable pickings for a good book this year.
I thing 2018 was bad year for mystery thriller writers because 2019’s novels are awful. Perhaps they need a break?
They can’t all be like Stephen King or Michael Robotham who never a bad year.