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Publisher's Summary

The droll Scots detective, Bob Burns, is once more aided by forensic scientist and ladyfriend, Dr Julie Bryson, and abetted by overly keen Andy Green.

Working undercover on a cruise liner bound for the Canary Islands, Bob and his two sidekicks have plenty to cope with. The discovery of a severed finger in a passenger's quiche lorraine sparks an investigation full of greed, guile, deceit and double-dealing.

Does the finger belong to an alleged man-overboard victim? Was the man-overboard victim pushed, or did he commit suicide? Is it all just a cleverly engineered insurance scam?

©2008 Peter Kerr (P)2008 Soundings

Critic Reviews

"Peter Kerr writes with a combination of nice observation and gentle humour." ( Sunday Times)

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Can’t Deal With The Sound Effects

ACH! Forget it. I started listening in 2008, got more than ½ way though, and gave up because it was boring and I HATED the narration. I tried again now (Dec 2012) and I just can’t go on. I’m 38% done and I could not care less.

This might be the best story ever, but I will never know it because the narration is terrible. The strong Scottish accent of some of the characters is IMPOSSIBLE to understand.

But that pales in comparison to the DISGUSTING, REVOLTING noises going on during the narration. Wet, clicking, smacking, swallowing sounds… it he actually eating??? Maybe sucking on a mint? Loose dentures?? Really it’s like he’s talking with his mouth full - It’s so distracting (gross) I just can’t go on.

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boring

Out of all the books I've gotten this is without question the worst plot. I kept on thinking that something was going to happen. It didn,t
The narrater who talks from his throat is mostly hard to understand. I't's too bad the author
wasted his time.
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  • Peggie
  • Lansing, KS, United States
  • 06-20-09

Bore Excuse for Mystery Novel

I had to try very hard to even listen to this book. I struggled through the first 2 hours, then felt that perhaps there was some promise after all but soon fell back into struggling.

Characters are not well developed. Very difficult to understand character Ian for the 1st half of the book - in the second half you don't care whether you can understand him or not.

Also a lot of what I assume is Scottish lingo, a bit of it is cute, but most of it would not be understandable to Americans.

Trust me, you don't want to waste your money on this one.

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  • Catriona
  • 08-09-09

couldn't finish

I think if I'd been a character in this book I'd have murdered the inspector's girl friend. If she said 'Kimo Sabi' one more time I'd have screamed.
I might have finished this a book by skipping some pages, but I couldn't labour on with it any further.