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in the present day the Shannon family is returning to their ancestral home in Blaan for the annual general meeting of the present day the Shannon family is returning to their ancestral home in Blaan for the annual general meeting of hugely successful international company they now own But things take a sinister turn when the bones of a young child are discovered on the Rat Stone an ancient site surrounded by much superstition and fearThere is so much to like about this book that I really wish I was recommending it highly It s very well written and the recurring characters of DCI Daley and his small team are done well
each with a distinct personality each flawed but all likeable as individuals with a distinct personality each flawed but all likeable as individuals working well together as a team The remoteness of this part of the world is increased when an unusually severe snowstorm cuts off the roads to the mainland and causes power cuts throughout the area Meyrick creates an excellent atmosphere of isolation and menace with some nicely spine tingling supernatural undertones With no likelihood of reinforcements getting through any time soon it s up to Daley and his colleagues not ust to investigate the old bones but to try to stop the sudden crime wave that is sweeping through the villageAnd therein lies the problem Too much too much The body count is completely ridiculous For a large proportion of the early part of the book each chapter introduces us to someone who is then gruesomely killed It seems like there s a million strands each resulting in gory death for someone and for a long time too long the connection between all these events is entirely unclear And with so many deaths happening so uickly these characters are no than names so that when they re referred to later in the book I was having real difficulties remembering who they were or how and where they died The book is like an Irish stew everything has been thrown in One detective is an alcoholic trying to lay off the booze while a couple of the others are having an affair with each other There are dead businessmen human sacrifices dodgy business dealings vicars with secrets ex nuns tinkers curses and about three people all having visions either supernatural caused by drink or due to brain damage Corpses with their skin flayed corpses on bonfires corpses on sacrificial stones Every now and again new people had to arrive by helicopter or boat ust so there would be people to bump off One felt an investigation wasn t really necessary leave it a couple of days and only the bad guy would be left alive One of the detectives is given what I think is supposed to be a Glasgow accent though it feels like an anglicised speaker s idea of what a generic Scottish dialect sounded like circa 1950 a bit too Sunday Post which will mean nothing to non Scots sorry Twee perhaps is the closest comparison However kudos to the author for at least trying to keep the book feeling Scottish in tone and I must say my ear did get tuned in to the dialect after a while and it began to sound authentic It picks up towards the end and while the supernatural stuff is left hanging for the most part the rest of it is explained even if the credibility is stretched way past breaking point Despite all the ridiculous stuff it s still very readable because of the overall uality of the writing Although I really feel this one goes so far over the top it becomes farcical I would be willing to read another in this series I was reminded of the artist Agatha Troy in Ngaio Marsh s books who never knew when one of her pictures was finished and needed her lover Roderick Alleyn to tell her when to stop painting I really hope Meyrick can find an editor who will perform the same function for him the stopping bit not the lover ing bit and tell him when enough is enough Loads of potential in this series I hope in future books to see it fulfilledwwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom This is the first book I have read by this author and I can honestly say that it won t be the last I LOVED this book and the author definitely deserves to be up there with the greatsThe characters in this book were realistic and believable I particularly loves the characters of DCI Daley and DS Scott DCI Daley reminded me of John McClane from the Die Hard films in that no matter what gets thrown at him he fights against it and emerges at the other side He fiercely defends those he cares about and he never shirks his duties DCI Daley is a damaged man with secrets from the past and torn loyalties He is married with a child so he feels he must be I thought I smelt a ratThis is the fourth DCI Daley thriller if you ve read the previous three But the first if like me you Deeply rooted within its Scottish location and customs the action takes part during the Hogmanay period where the area is in the grip of an unusually fierce weather syste. Tt are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards and its creation the Rat Stone reveals grisly secrets ghosts of the past come to haunt the Shannons As the curse decrees death is coming but for whom and from what. 5Audiobook Denzil Meyrick has done a fantastic ob of bringing the occult the harsh wilderness of the Scottish highlands and a family feud together in this book Absolutely fantastic The fourth novel in the DCI Jim Daley series by Denzil Meyrick THE RAT STONE SERENADE is set as always around the rural town of Kinloch on Scotland s West Coast A place that is not unused to cold wet weather although the monumental snow storm that covers the landscape in this outing is a little unusual because of the heaviness of the snow and the length of the storm itself This might not stop DCI Jim Daley his trusty sidekick DS Brian Scott Daley s off and
On Again Love Interest PC Mary Dunn again love interest PC Mary Dunn their new boss when they are called upon to investigate some truly baffling goings on but it does certainly slow them downAs always there s a hefty component of the personal in this novel Jim Daley is back with his wife and their baby son James and Mary Dunn has moved on with a new boyfriend Daley is planning his resignation from the police force he s had enough of the darkness and the worst of humanity Their new boss is also new to the area and a bit of a character in her own right and she d prefer it if Daley stayed on as would DS Brian Scott Although in this outing Scott is really battling with demons bought on by his excessive drinking to the point where he s haunted by the spectre of a young boy the son of the Shannon family gone missing from the house on the clifftop many years ago whose bones may have ust been discovered on a nearby pagan altarEverything in this novel revolves around the Shannon family their house on the clifftop that they return to yearly for their family company s AGM the past that got the family to this point and the secrets they are holding onto There s a pagan element to the historical elements as well as the current day situation as a photographer and then the ournalist he was working with are found dead with some of the elements of those deaths being decidedly weird and ritualistic The weather here is used to create a typical locked room scenario where Daley his new boss and their small local team are inside the killing zone with outside help unable to get to them The threat is an odd one local ritualistic focused on the family and their business interests so it could be somebody who lives there or somebody the Shannon s have imported in their own travelling circusI listened to this novel rather than read it and it s certainly possible to keep track of the many layered plot here with the historical aspects woven into the current day action Whilst I ve always admired this narrator in this instance the accent deployed for the local vicar supposedly Australian was than enough to make me desperate for him to be an early victim or in the end the guilty party Mind you I wasn t 100% convinced by those in use for the American characters interwoven here as well but to an Australian s ear well there is no way any Australian sounds like this In the end whenever the Vicar appeared I did not care what he was up to too busy wishing him out of my hearingTHE RAT STONE SERENADE sees the love lives of Jim Daley and Mary Dunn get worse or better depending upon your perspective and Brian Scott s drinking is hitting crisis point With touches of woo woo unless you want to put that down to the DDT s the plot is twisty and complicated with past and present bought to bear although to be honest not too hard to fathom once the hauls of some local thieving are identified All in all though this is a nicely engaging series the new boss Carrie Symington is a welcome addition to the ensemble cast and even with the gruesomeness of the deaths in this one and a bit of daft police ep for a very nice change mostly male and that god awful accent it was an entertaining if not slightly way out there listenhttpswwwaustcrimefictionorgrevi If Dennis Wheatley wrote police procedurals they would turn out a bit like this A mad concoction of the supernatural and the mundane with little space to draw breath It reminds me of some of Christopher Brookmyre s work Not for the Scottish setting but for the connection of an improbable storyline told at a very fast pace However whereas Brookmyre seems to present the odd knowing wink to the reader Meyrick plays it dead straight It s certainly great fun to read but it doesn t warrant a lot of plot analysis If you go with the flow you will have a riot The Rat Stone Serenade is the 4th instalment of Mr Meyrick s DCI Daly series set in the fictional town of Kinloch on the west coast of Scotland It has a slightly darker tone and the humour befittingly subdued than its predecessors but it is a cracking read with layer upon layer of scheming intrigue and double crossing It is also fairly. It’s December and the Shannon family are returning home to their clifftop mansion near Kinloch for their annual AGM Shannon International is one of the world’s biggest private companies with tendrils reaching around the globe in computing banking and mineral res.
Free read ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î Denzil MeyrickViolentThe novel opens with Jim Daley contemplating his early retirement but he is soon pulled from this and his holiday by the discovery of a child s skeleton on the eponymous rat stone a large stone dating from ancient times which has links to the Druids and general bad things The skeleton is assumed to be that of Archie That s it for me Mr Meyrick You have plumbed new depths with this blood soaked silly rambling nonsense Thank goodness I listened and could pull the earbuds out when yet another description of graphic violence inflicted on innocent victims threatened to invade my headspace There was absolutely no need for the descriptions except to horrify for the
Methods Provided No Clue As To Who Perpetrator Couldprovided no clue as to who the perpetrator could wait maybe there was a member of Daley s team who thought Are we dealing with some surgeon who has run amok and ditched his day ob to stalk the hills of Western Scotland at night in a blizzard aimed with a scalpel and a meat cleaver which you d need to cut through and dissect fresh ribs But maybe that was a bit too far fetched for the Kinloch police force and they preferred to go with it could be a disgruntled employee of the company there you go I ve already forgotten the name who didn t get two chocolate biscuits on his tea break and has decided to wreak revenge in the most bloodthirsty manner imaginableNow I am being silly DAnd now the spunky DC whatever love interest having got Daley back has gone and provided a lovely cliffhanger not like one of the characters who does do a swan dive off the cliff during the above mentioned blizzard but a hook to get readers to buy the next bloodthirsty episodeNot this reader Dire That s the only word for this book The previous three have been uite good but this one plumbs new depths I ve lost count of the number of the number of characters in the book and what they contribute to the plot or plots I ve also lost count of the number of plots in this piece of nonsense Thankfully it s the last book at least the last book by Mr Meyrick that will cross my path If you re looking for fantasy here s your man If you re looking for police procedural with a bit of supernatural read James Oswald This is Il metodo dell'ovulazione. Atlante just a waste of time My only regret is that I wasted MY time finishing it I was no wiser at the end no explanation no denouementust a few bodies I listened to this audio a little while ago narrated by the ever reliable and wonderful David Monteath This is a particularly blood soaked and gruesome addition to the series featuring DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott set in the enticing location of Kinloch Jim is back with wife Liz and baby son although his messy personal life refuses to settle down with his inability to repress his emotions for ex lover DC Mary Dunn Brian s life long love affair with the drink takes a turn for the worse as he cannot stop the increasing number of hallucinations and it takes him some time to acknowledge this is a problem that he is going to need help with and he is going to have to come to terms that the drink is going to be off limits for him The biggest private global company Shannon International is holding its annual AGM and its being held at the Shannon family s cliff top mansion close to Kinloch The privileged and hugely wealthy family built its riches on land stolen from tinker blacksmith Nathanial Stuart who cursed the Shannons so that every 50 years a calamity will hit the family and its descendants50 years ago the young child Archie Shannon went missing and now a child s skeleton has been found on the famous Rat Stone assumed to be him Amidst the worst snowfall and blizzards the Shannon family and company executives face a nightmare that appears to be without end until the entire family is destroyed With grisly murders a deadly cult and a cast of characters where no one appears to be what they seem Daley and Scott find themselves in desperate isolated and dangerous waters unable to call on outside help as the entire area is cut off by the driving snow New boss Carrie Symington turns out to be an exceptionally able and brave woman who uickly realises that she must not allow Jim to leave her police team he is ust too valuable A highly intense complex gripping novel which I thoroughly enjoyed readingsorry I meant listening to Highly recommended Too much of a good thingA hundred years ago blacksmith Nathaniel Stuart was driven off his property in Blaan a village on the southernmost tip of the remote Kintyre peninsula on the west coast of Scotland Of tinker stock Stuart cursed the landowner Archie Shannon declaring that every fifty years calamity will befall his family and their descendants until the end of time Fifty years later young Archie Shannon hid from his mother in the woods behind thei. Ourcing and it has brought untold wealth and privilege to the family However a century ago Archibald Shannon stole the land upon which he built their home and his descendants have been cursed ever since When heavy snow cuts off Kintyre DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Sco.