• A Ritual for the Dying

  • Detective Inspector Declan Walsh, Book 6
  • By: Jack Gatland
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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A Ritual for the Dying

By: Jack Gatland
Narrated by: Robin Laing
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Publisher's Summary

Thrice cursed. Thrice bound. Thrice damned.

When the body of a famous television academic is discovered in Greenwich Park, carefully positioned beside a megalithic stone fountain and missing a hand, DI Declan Walsh and the team of the Last Chance Saloon find themselves not only involved in a case that connects to the supernatural, but one that also involves seventeenth-century architects, ley lines, nuclear reactors, and a secret, black market organization that specializes in particular occult items; some that date all the way back to both Aleister Crowley and the Elizabethan Magician, Dr. John Dee himself, and connected to a missing treasure.

But as the team hunt a killer, one that uses ritualistic locations and weapons to perform their murders, Declan will journey on a heretical treasure hunt through an underground pagan and spiritual subculture of witches, shamans, druids, magicians, and heathens, a world of esoteric luncheons and virtual sabbats, and where curses are believed real, and the dead indeed talk . . .

But is one of those dead voices that of his one-time love, Kendis Taylor?

©2021 Jack Gatland, Tony Lee (P)2022 Tantor

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  • 12-01-22

Mediocre

Too many characters and most of the regulars seemed to have personality changes. I really struggled to finish this! Not worth a credit ☹️

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Still a good series!

This was not my favorite book in the series but it was still worth the listen. There were just a lot of characters and skipping around in this one. I found myself scrolling back quite a few times to figure out which characters were in the scene and what was actually going on. One reviewer complained about the paranormal angle. When I'm not listening to police procedurals I'm listening to Urban Fantasy so trust me when I say there was nothing over the top paranormal in this book. So overall I enjoyed the book, and I will be getting the next one when it comes out.

Robin Laing was excellent as always!!

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Overworked cliches like the one above get pretty tiresome after the first book. The writing is repetitive and unimaginative, but it’s been an okay detective series until now. This last one about the occult jumped the shark. It’s just silly. I listened til the end just to find out what happens with the main characters, but it was painful. Give this one a skip.