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How do you solve a murder when everyone's a suspect?

Tormented by the recent loss of a colleague, DCI Jack Logan is on the warpath, determined to bring down all those he holds responsible for the officer's death.

His quest for revenge is cut short when a woman's body turns up on the remote island of Canna, and Jack is summoned to investigate. As a storm closes in, Jack finds himself cut-off from the rest of the world, with no car, no phone signal, and only DC Neish for company.

With time running out before the ferries resume, Jack must act fast to crack the case before the killer can escape. But with the victim widely hated on the island, everyone on it is a potential suspect.

Even the scarecrow....

The Last Bloody Straw is the fifth book in the DCI Jack Logan series, set in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, Chris Brookmyre, and Stuart Macbride.

©2020 JD Kirk (P)2020 JD Kirk

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It was okay 🤨

The story itself was pretty good, lots of twists with a surprising ending. I did have kind of a problem with keeping all the male characters straight when one or the other was talking. Some of their names sounded a lot alike to me,and it was hard for me to be sure who was talking. However, my main gripe with this book, was the language. I don’t think I’m a prim and proper prude when it comes to cursing, but this was just over the top. They must have the market covered on the “f” word. I know that it was used as part of that person’s personality, but I got so sick and tired of it, that I tried to just fast forward the book until that character had finished spreaking🥴🥴🥴

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Great Listen

love this series, loved this book. I adore the characters and the twists and turns. didn't see this ending coming!

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A favorite

A compelling mystery, made all the more so because of the island setting, DCI Logan's history with the victim, and the ever fabulous teaming of Logan with DC Niesh providing welcome comic interludes. A wonderful read, and thanks to Angus King, it is a memorable listen as well. The pairing of Kirk and King is perfection.

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best yet

this was my favorite of the 5 books, very entertaining. cant wait to read the rest.

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Well worth it

One of the funniest scenes ever. It’s a must read just for the car vomit scene. Trust me. 🤣
I love this book!!

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By far the best one yet. Loved every minute of it.

This is my favorite Jack Logan book so far. I can't wait to hear what happens next.

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Great Series!!

Love this series! This crime series makes me laugh as well as provide the twists and turns of a good suspense book. The narrator makes the characters come alive and I love listening to him.

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Best in the series so far!

Don’t get me wrong, the first four were good but this one was and is exceptional.

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Absolutely engaging!

I love this crime series. Its narration by Angus King is superb. He captures the voices of different characters in charming intonations and has me giggling at the interaction between various personalities, especially those of DC Tyler Niesh and DCI Logan. Jack Logan is easy to love. More, please!

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One of my favorite crime series - perfection!

JD Kirk writes intelligently and with loads of humor. Keeps you guessing while developing wonderful in-depth characters, relationships and backgrounds stories. I can’t get enough!

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  • Kirstine
  • 10-13-20

Not as good as previous book but worth a listen

I've enjoyed listening to all five books in this series in quick succession. This last one is worth a listen but was less engaging than earlier ones. It's a bit slow to get going with much of the action being humorous sparring between grumpy DCI Logan and his glaikit (lovely Scottish word that) DC Tyler as the two of them investigate a murder on the island of Canna. The story does eventually gather pace with a series of suspects lined up, though I thought the denouement was rather pulled out of the hat. Having listened to the series I was expecting a fair bit of swearing but I think this book take the record among all the hundreds of books I've listened to for the sheer density of swearing which reaches a ridiculous level in any dialogue involving the police Superintendent whose every sentence is thick with the F-word. I took to fast forwarding past any scene involving him as I knew it was just DCI Logan getting yet another bollicking with the air full of swear-words. I'm not averse to swearing in moderation but it's lazy writing to use it so much.
The narrator is excellent as usual,

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  • lizzzy45
  • 01-06-21

Marvellously entertaining

I love this series of books written by J D Kirk . The humour and sincerity of the characters and the seriousness of the crimes, brought to life by a wonderful narrator. Laugh out loud humour with a gripping storyline , up to the end.

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  • Sharon
  • 12-16-20

Absolutely brilliant

This is not a “ hard core Scottish thriller “ but it certainly packs a punch in lots of ways . The relationship between colleagues and the wit is so good , and it helps the story flow- making it a lesser dark book . But having said that - brilliant story and the narration is outstanding ( applause)
Definitely worth the time- even though I could not stop listening and ended up walking and walking and walking !

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  • chellybaby
  • 09-15-21

Love love this author and narrator!

Amazing story! Thoroughly enjoyed this like the other novels. The characters are relatable and funny at times. The story is gripping from beginning to end. I cannot wait to get stuck in with the next novel.

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  • Mrs P.
  • 08-05-21

Really good book

This narrator is excellent and so good at accents I love listening to this series of books. Another corker

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  • Joan Byrne
  • 06-19-21

det supt

i love the series but the det supt need to curb his language . its not normal

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  • Mikejop
  • 04-13-21

Bad language

I have listened to all books in this series but found the bad language in this book a bit over the top.

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  • Saffron R
  • 12-06-20

Haven't even finished but such a gripping read.

Just like to say that I've had to rewind Chapter 8 four times to listen to the twin room/sharing a room scene. I was crying with laughter - the best kind!! Awesome stuff. The best Christmas present I've given myself. Love it. Thanks Angus King also.
Oh, no - what's going to happen when I've finished the series?? Will have to restart.

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  • jd 65
  • 12-03-21

Loved it

I have read all of the series so far. They are a great read. Good story, plus humour. really enjoyed this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-21

Excellent

Love Angus Kings voice. Logan is your perfect flawed character. The rest of the cast are all very real people. Just finished book 5 and going to find book 6.

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  • Nerissa
  • 10-16-20

I love this series

Really enjoyable series. I enjoy listening to the narrator and the story has enough twists to keep you guessing. Can’t wait for the next one to come out

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  • Honeybee
  • 11-06-21

Twists ,turns and humour. This story had it all.

Jack Logans character is developing into my sort of hero. Not for the first time in this series I openly chuckled. Mr Kirk via the outstanding performance of Angus has me wanting to visit the Herbrides as soon as we can get on a plane from the antipodes and travel. I can't believe that there were so many suspects. Fabulous story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-31-21

Great Series

I love the characters, story and narration. A thriller but some funny lines too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-21

Excellent again.

Brilliant as always. The story, the plot, the telling , the humour, it all just works!

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  • Jo
  • 07-14-21

Love all of this series

How the hell does this writer manage to insert humour into such dark stories? Honestly, this one had me laughing out loud at times. The character of Tyler is just gold.

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  • Sandra
  • 07-05-21

Retirement.

Please retire the Fuck man!!!
He really is boring and I think this is the first time I have felt so irritated by a character. Does anyone really swear that much.

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  • Barbara
  • 04-09-21

Not the best.

Sadly this one didn't quite get it right for me. The story was okay, narration okay, but for the poorly rehearsed Australian accent which sounded like a sorry mixture of Birmingham and South Africa rather than Australia. Disappointing.
This time the most displeasing aspect was the heavy use of foul language. I'm no prude but in my opinion there was far too much of the very rude and crude and for that reason I'm giving this book in the Logan series a 'thumbs down'.

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  • Nicolette
  • 03-03-21

Best crime fiction I've read in years!

Loved the characters, the Scottish setting and the narrator did a fine job. A great read, highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-16-21

another good one

another good story by this author with plenty of twists and turns right until the end. narration excellent love the different accents of the characters.

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  • Debra Neill
  • 02-12-21

Bloody Marvelous

Excellent book. Great story and just the right amount of humor. Nice twist at the end.