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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times best-selling first instalment in the Hull-based DS Aector McAvoy series.

Meet DS Aector McAvoy, and begin David Mark's addictive crime series.

DS Aector McAvoy is a man with a troubled past. His unwavering belief in justice has made him an outsider in the police force he serves, a good man among the lazy and corrupt.

Then on a cold day in December he is the first cop on the scene when a young girl is killed in Hull's historic church - and the only one to see the murderer. A masked man, with tears in his eyes....

When two more seemingly unconnected people die, the police must work quickly. Only McAvoy can see the connection between the victims. A killer is playing God - and McAvoy must find a way to stop the deadly game.

Hooked on Hull? Then check out the second instalment in the DS McAvoy series, Original Skin....

©2012 David Mark (P)2013 Quercus Publishing plc

Critic Reviews

"Fast-moving and tightly plotted, with strong characterisation and a likeable protagonist, this is an extremely promising debut" (Guardian)
"Dark Winter is an exceptional debut from an exciting new talent. David Mark is an original and captivating new voice" (Val McDermid)
"Excellent . . . intriguing" (The Times)

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  • Darkin
  • 08-21-13

Excellent rainy afternoon listening.

Would you try another book written by David Mark or narrated by Toby Longworth?

yes. <br/><br/>Narrator was great. Just the right sort of weariness, and down-troddeness for the story, combined with a cosiness that drew me in. Performed characters well, with lots of different accents, which were all believable and none annoying. <br/><br/>I think this was an author debut? This story didn't set my world on fire, but I did really enjoy it. It seemed to end very quickly, with a bit of a fizzle, which slightly ruined it for me. I'd be happy to try other works by him in the future.<br/><br/>

Would you be willing to try another book from David Mark? Why or why not?

yes.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • MAGGS
  • 04-25-15

Dark Winter good read

Yes good book
Narrator does a sexy Scottish accent
I also like pharaoh she was witty
Memorable moment was discovery of killer

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Impy
  • 01-21-15

Fantastic read.

What did you like most about Dark Winter?

The whole thing, story, characters, the pace it went at, the narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

DS Mcevoy , he was interesting, real and had his own issues to deal with as well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but unfortunately could not, but listened at every opportunity.

Any additional comments?

Read it not one to be missed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 06-14-13

Gripping Yarn - a real page turner

Thoroughly enjoyed this tale set in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The author sets the story up brilliantly before unleashing the ending. The characters are well researched and believable (Im sure I know some of the drunks described!)

Would recommend this to anyone. Im looking forward to the next book in this series

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amelia
  • 05-24-13

Could not get into it

I could not get into this book and found it dragged Could not recommend it

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  • Pusateri
  • 11-02-17

Interesting storyline

An unusual take on a detective story, with good narration. I hope there will be many more.

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  • Happy Grandma
  • 12-15-17

Great story

Couldn’t stop listening. Couldn’t put it off and go to sleep! Hope there’s more with DS McAvoy to come.
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  • Amanda
  • 12-06-17

Dark Winter

Really enjoyed this book. not my normal book but really pleased I gave it a go.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-22-17

For me, a bit slow, but not a bad book by any means

The narrator did a pretty good job, and the story was interesting. The characters are well written and it's based in my home city, Hull.
I will probably get the next in the series and hope it has a little more pace to it.
Overall, an easy listen with a decent story and well narrated.

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  • ruth
  • 04-14-15

Excellent!

A new author for me and a great find. The story kept me listening through a long car journey and beyond, I listened to it in one go!
An unusual take on the serial killer plot the story is full of desperation and angst.
The characters are well drawn and interesting and the narrator did an excellent job with the different characters and accents.
I will be looking for more!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful