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Five years ago, 14-year-old Max Wheeler disappeared from Priest's Island, an isolated but bleakly beautiful place on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. In the close-knit local community, there are no secrets - except what happened to Max. None of the police or private investigations since have shed any light on what happened the night he went missing, presumed dead. But there is one man who is yet to take on the case: The Sea Detective.

Cal McGill is an oceanographer and unique investigator who uses his knowledge of tides, winds and currents to solve mysteries no one else can. However, Cal is an unwelcome stranger who must navigate the tensions between Max's inconsolable father, the broken family he has neglected and the embittered locals, resentful after years of suspicion. As Cal arrives, a violent storm approaches, threatening to completely cut off the island, with a possible murderer at large....

©2016 Mark Douglas-Home (P)2016 Penguin Random House UK

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Excellent

Well written, original story, excellent narration. It took me a while to get into each of his books, but they all developed into enjoyable stories.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A good one!

1) set in rural Scotland, an island off the coast 2) several very interesting cgaractrrs 3) some strange characters 4) lors of small boat travel without one monstrous sea creature 5) the police have an almost invisible prescense 6) islanders with quirky agendas whoo complicate the story.... I really liked this book,

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Another great story

I find these books very enjoyable. The stories are fresh and the angle different and new. Anyone who likes books about Scotland and the island life will fall in love with them. The performance is absolutely over-the-top perfect. The stories are sort of a mix between standard detective stories and just really good suspense. I highly recommend the whole series.

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Apart from a good story well read

As I listened to this story I thought that the events could have happened. There were no great leaps through 'disbelief' or too great a sense of the plot being contrived to keep me guessing. The places, the people, the story itself were kind of reflections. If you have enjoyed Peter May's, 'The Lewis Trilogy' chances are you could enjoy this one. Island communities being tested not only by the weather.
OK it may not be Great Writing...and there may be an eye on market response...and it is a good story well read.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Engaging

I’ve listened to the three Sea Detective books one after the other, and enjoyed and admired all three. The writing and narration are excellent.

But it seemed odd to me that there wasn’t any continuity of characters from the first to the second book. What a waste of good character development. I get that Cal is a loner, but most of us do have contact with people we have met and befriended in the past.

So I was glad to have Helen Jamieson back in the third book. She’s a good character, and I hope their friendship continues to develop.


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  • Beth
  • PENSACOLA, FL, United States
  • 09-21-16

Still Waters

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The story was tedious and the characters flat and uninteresting. Why does the description make the plot sound engrossing and so many readers give far too many stars?

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Disjointed story, really boring and not believable

I took a chance on this based on the short excerpt I heard and the unusual detective model. But, the story is very disconnected, the characters have noting to get u to identify with them. Plus the potential criminal us a bird egg collector. I just gave up an returned this book.

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  • Renka
  • 12-10-16

Another good one from Mark Douglas-Home

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely - but read the first two before this one to get to know the main character

What did you like best about this story?

Enjoyed all of it.

Which character – as performed by David Monteath – was your favourite?

It has to be Cal McGill although David Monteath brings all the characters to life beautifully

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Is it too much to hope that Mark Douglas-Home can add another couple of books to this series.

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  • Jane Shepherd
  • 07-27-16

Another excellent instalment

I'm so glad I discovered this author. I love the sea detective series and this third instalment in the series is every bit as good as the first two. Mark Douglas Home writes so well and has such insight into human character, plus David Monteath's narration is perfect for these books. I also enjoy learning so much about the Scottish islands, their wildlife and the sea itself. Can't wait for the next book!

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  • Sandra
  • 02-09-17

Could live there!

Lovely book I got quite absorbed in island life. Excellent narration. Love the characters they come to life in my imagination

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  • mollyeyre
  • 01-08-17

Superb

Excellent story, good narration...... And Cal makes me want to take him home! He is lovely, and intelligent. The story kept my interest, in fact I finished it in a day and am sorely disappointed that there is no 4th book, yet?

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  • P. S. Elliott
  • 12-19-16

Malice of the Waves

Great story - excellent narrator - would recommend this book and it's author to anyone who likes mystery

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  • Mrs L Lloyd
  • 10-06-16

Another great story from Mark Douglas Home

A good tale, great narration, I felt I was there and could really envisage the location. So enjoyable and a great twist.

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  • JPH
  • 10-07-17

A Five year mystery solved

This is the third in the series of the Sea Detective books & they keep getting better. If you haven't read the first two books in the series don't worry because each is a stand alone book.

The Malice of the waves concerns a five year mystery surrounding the dissapearance from the fictional priest island in the outer hebrides of Max Wheeler the son of the rich David Wheeler. David Wheeler had purchased the island as a playground for his son alienating the family from the neighbouring islanders, as Priests island had for generations been the sheep grazing to a local family.

When the 14 year old Max fails to return from an overnight camping trip to the island, murder is suspected & the nephew from wronged local family is the chief suspect. As no body or evidence is found no charges are brought against him, but he remains a suspect for the next 5 years.

After failed attempts by different investigations throughout the following years & with his expertise in oceanography, tidal waves & his speciality in locating & tracking bodies lost at sea Cal McGill is employed to help find out where the body may have washed or ended up.

There is also a sub story intertwined regarding the illegal poaching of rare erythristic birds eggs & what connection this may or may not have.

This is an atmospheric story of how grief can destroy a family, the father's only focus is on the loss of his son & the hatred towards the local who he blames for protecting the murderer of his son, he forgets that he also has 3 daughters.

The fantastic DS Helen Jamieson is back & goes undercover to try & get close to the the locals in order to find out more information about what may have happened 5 years ago.

I was thoroughly engrossed with this book. I have to say that I had sussed out quite early on who was responsible but not how, however this didn't detract from the intrigue & mystery or my enjoyment of the book.

As always David Monteath brings depth to all the characters & his narration is superb.

I hope that Mark Douglas-Home writes more Sea Detective books & Audible makes them available with the narration by David Monteath.
Thoroughly Recommended.

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  • Mike T Furse
  • 08-15-17

A good listen

As with his other books it's a great story, well written and read brilliantly. I found this one took a bit too long to get to the denouement but worth the wait. Strongly drawn characters so you want to know what happens to them.


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  • Jholmes
  • 06-12-16

Another engrossing story

Great combination of story and narration. Sad reflection on dis functional family and social prejudice. The scientific / forensic undertones add a depth and colour often lacking in other stories. Personally like the remote location with its associated serenity and the underlying unpredictable malevolence of nature

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  • K
  • 07-29-16

Better than the last.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm glad I bought this book along with the second after reading the first otherwise I might have missed out. I felt the second book in the series was fudged and unwieldy and had too much of a 'romantic' focus. However, this is a return to the more interesting plot lines and characterisation. Also, it continues to highlight the darkness and hardships as well as the beauty of rural life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like the female police officer, Helen Jamieson. There was less focus on her 'disadvantages' i.e her weight and physical attributes in this novel and more focus on her professional prowess which I found a step in the right direction from the previous books.

Have you listened to any of David Monteath’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to a few others and I haven't yet noticed a flaw. One of the best narrators and, in my opinion, made this novel and the others in the series more compelling than the quality of the writing may have been without his contribution.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It's made for film or T.V. As it's set around the island's cafe what about 'The crepes of wrath.'

Any additional comments?

I hope there's more provided David Monteith narrates.

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