The Gathering Murders: Dead Men Tell No Tales...

Inspector Torquil McKinnon Series, Book 1
Narrated by: David McCallion
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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The Scottish Hebrides

The annual West Uist literary festival - The Gathering - always attracts the best in the business. But with the tiny island population suddenly doubling, the local police force is stretched to breaking point. And this year they have to deal with more than just drunken fights and rowdy behavior.... 

Ranald Buchanan, the local poet, is found dead, with his head brutally caved in, and Inspector Torquil McKinnon is brought in to investigate. Did Ranald trip and fall, as suggested? Or is something more sinister happening?

Before Torquil can find out more, another victim is found. The island is on lockdown. There is a serial killer in their midst. And this time the victim is someone very close to him. 

Now finding justice is personal. Torquil is out for revenge. Can he solve the mystery before the killer strikes again? Or will more bodies fall victim to The Gathering Murders?

©2018 Keith Moray (P)2018 Tantor

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Interesting approach to an island life mystery

I don't care to repeat plots that are revealed in reviews. This is a G rated series, you can listen to it in the car with family present. Island life fascinates me, this series is not in the class of Ann Cleeves,. but there is room for growth and the characters are refreshing. I am listening to the second book and enjoying it. It took me a few chapters to get used to David McCallion's Scottish accent, he is very good once you get the hang of it.

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Good story hampered by poor audio editing

This was an intriguing story with interesting characters.

However, whoever edited the audiobook did a poor job, leaving in long pauses between groups of words that made sentences drag on and on. Speeding up the narration only made it worse because the narrator speaks in a high tenor tone.

I’ll continue this series by reading the books.

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Haven’t quite decided...

I liked that while I knew the culprit I was looking for in one way, I didn’t know who that actually was at the time frame of the story. I also really enjoyed many of the characters.

But, some of the connections of characters to one another were a bit contrived.

Also, the more we learned about the lead character’s love interest, the more horrible she sounded. Somehow we were supposed to like her anyway and not think less of the lead for not seeing her as the user she was.

May continue with the series. Haven’t quite decided.