• Dark Is the Grave

  • DCI Bone Scottish Crime Thrillers, Book 1
  • By: T. G. Reid
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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Dark Is the Grave

By: T. G. Reid
Narrated by: Steve Worsley
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Publisher's Summary

A dead cop. A damaged detective. A copycat killer on the loose.

When the chief suspect in the notorious "peekaboo cop killer" case blew himself up, almost taking lead investigator DCI  Duncan Bone with him, the psychologically damaged detective thought his days on the force were over. But, when another PC is abducted and murdered in the same deranged peekaboo fashion, Bone is persuaded to return to lead the new investigation. But, as Bone and his team hunt a copycat killer, and with time running out before yet another cop is slain, Bone’s terrifying past returns to tear open old wounds and push him to very edge of the abyss.

Can DCI Bone end the killing before the killing ends him?-

Set among the dramatic hills and glens of Scotland's Campsie Fells, Dark Is the Grave is the first in a series of edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers that will keep you guessing right up to the nail-biting, heart-stopping climax. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, J. D. Kirk, Val McDermid, and Stuart MacBride.

©2021 Tom Reid (P)2022 Tom Reid

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Surprised me. Serial killers. tediously damaged cops.... But this one was a fun way to pass a very cold winter day.

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Not worth it.

The narrator made a boring story worse. I won't ever listen to Steve Worsley again.

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meh

it's alright. A little more gory than I like, and there's definitely more story than character.

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Seriously good story! Don't let this one get away!

Fast-paced, well detailed, and brilliantly narrated.
This one had me on the edge of my chair throughout the whole story. The plot had solid substance and enough twists and turns to keep the reader fully engaged. At one point I turned it off because I did not want it to end! I’m so glad it’s the first in the series!
The main characters are well developed and will stand up to the upcoming series. Definitely, worth the read, I will say though, that as an Audible option this one deserved extra credit... The narration bumped it up a level! Steve Worsley really out did himself in this one!

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Exciting

I love that I got in on the 1st book in the DCI Bones Series! I hope to read many more. I think this book gives other Detective/Serial Killer Books a run for their money.

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Fantastic

I get easily turned off of books that have a very long and dragged out intro before the story really starts. Well no problem here because this one hooked me by jumping right into the action immediately. The story is fast paced but not in a way that's hard to follow. I was definitely intrigued and wanted to keep listening to find out what was going to happen next. I found the characters realistic and relatable in their struggles. There was some amusing comic relief that made me literally laugh out loud at parts. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and, even a few days after finishing it, am still thinking about it. I very much hope that this is a long series of DCI Bones and his crew because finishing this book left me wanting more.

I have no complaints about the narrator, which is high praise.

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Brilliant

Is there anything better than listening to book 1 in a new series and loving it, knowing you've got hours of pleasure to come? I was excited about DCI Bone from reading the book blurb and tried to contain myself. So often a book that promises much, fails to deliver. What a mistake! My expectations were fully matched and then exceeded. Duncan Bone is a likeable man and he has good relationships with his colleagues. The story was tightly woven and moved along briskly and Steve Worsley's narration was superb. The dialogue was pithy, witty and realistic and the whole package was a gift that kept on giving. I highly recommend you get in on the ground floor of this series because this one's going to fly.

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Wow!

This is the first book in the DCI Bone series. I hope there are many more! The team of detectives are people you can admire. They are hard working and loyal to Bone. They’re trying to find a copycat killer. A vicious killer. I had a suspicion who it was. But it wasn’t! I highly recommend this book! It is so good!!

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  • Lindsay
  • 03-02-22

Loved it

I think I have found a new series of exciting audios to get stuck into. I loved this serial killer audio and it had great narration from Steve Worsley as well. DCI Bone and can’t wait to see what happens next in his story. In this audio he is called to investigate what it seems is a copycat killer trying to replicate the work of the man that almost killed DCI Bones. As more innocent people are taken it’s a race against time to find out who’s responsible before it’s too late. Edge of your seat stuff.

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  • Patricia
  • 02-24-22

Good start to a new series

I hope there is more to come and I hope - I think there will be more- and I hope Steve Worsley narrates them.

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  • VK
  • 02-22-22

Great Read

This has turned out to be a really good start to a mystery series. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and can’t wait to read the next in the series. This plot was great. I enjoyed the humour as well, yes I did notice!
The narrator was great too
Thank you TBC Audible for the freebie

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  • Diana Berns
  • 02-22-22

rollercoaster.

Sat with my husband to listen to this story. we both loved it. murder, mystery and humour. copycat murders, corruption it's got it all . would recommend anybody that likes a good story that you can get your teeth in to read or listen to this. Thank you for the copy. great narration which gave voice to horror and laughter.

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  • Maggie Kiely
  • 02-26-22

Great Start to series

Synopsis
When the chief suspect in the notorious "peekaboo cop killer" case blew himself up, almost taking lead investigator DCI  Duncan Bone with him, the psychologically damaged detective thought his days on the force were over. But, when another PC is abducted and murdered in the same deranged peekaboo fashion, Bone is persuaded to return to lead the new investigation. But, as Bone and his team hunt a copycat killer, and with time running out before yet another cop is slain, Bone’s terrifying past returns to tear open old wounds and push him to very edge of the abyss.
Can DCI Bone end the killing before the killing ends him?

I love love crime fiction and true crime This is a Police procedural set north of the border.
DCI Bone has a past and while he is damaged I was interested in him. Moreover I enjoyed getting to know other characters in the book as the plot developed
The story was not too rambly which was great and it kept me turning the pages
The crimes are quite gritty which i liked and I read every chance I got
I think the short chapters helped to keep my interest
Overall great start to series I will be getting my mitts on the next book in the series when its available on audiobook

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 02-20-22

An exciting new Scottish series

A great start to a new series with a clever storyline. DCI Bone is suffering from PTSD following a near death experience at the hands of the Peek a Boo killer. When a copy cat killer starts to contact him about recent murders Bone is forced to return to work too soon and the subsequent toll on his mental health is very well depicted. An exciting new Scottish thriller series, I am really looking forward to book 2. The audible narration is excellent and really brings the story to life.

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  • caroline wright
  • 02-20-22

Really enjoyable - narration was brilliant

I couldnt stop listening, at first I was a bit confused about the plot but I got into it and then liked it and really wanted to know how it got resolved. I even got really involved in the side stories and cant wait to see how they develop. I also enjoyed the different locations as I hadn't listened/read set in this part of Scotland.

The narrator really added to the story and made each character unique.

I was given a free copy via the book club -audible listeners but the review is entirely my own.

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  • ralph bannerman
  • 02-19-22

Couldn't stop listening to it

Loved this! The description promises a edge of your seat thriller and this book delivers. Not only is the story fantastic it feels very current and I enjoyed it's handling of the main protagonists mental health! The narration was outstanding Steve manages to make every character feel so destinctive and different and propels an already engaging plot even further making it irrestiable to your ears.

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  • leigh h richards
  • 11-11-22

Right up my street😊

Enjoyed getting to know DCI Bone and his TEAM.
A flawed character in many ways but honest and down to earth.

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  • Anson Fraser
  • 11-05-22

Disappointed with this one

I had high hopes for this book but I just couldn’t empathise with the main character. I know he was meant to be a hard nosed copper, but to me he just came across as thoroughly unlikable…just a bit of a tool really.

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  • Jenn Duncan
  • 10-07-22

Interesting story Pity about to narration

Story was slow to start but picked up speed and interest towards the end. Unfortunately it was very hard to listen to. The narrator was bland and monotone, without giving the characters the individuality the story is desperately trying give them. This is a case for how important it is to match the right narrator with a story. Alone both probably five stars. Together.. it jarred a bit. And being an audiobook this is pretty important.

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  • Bonita N. Jones
  • 09-20-22

So good

Got the next in the series already. Cracking pace, just the right amount of everything. Poor Bone. Great book, love the narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-22

Don't bother

The plot, cliche. The characters, cliche. There was poor attempt at humour in a few spots. The story, patchy.

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  • Tony Moon
  • 05-06-22

Lazy silly ending

Seemed OK during the telling but the ending was lazy and very silly. How did the bad lady know where the hero's wife and son were?

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  • finnea
  • 04-21-22

hmmm.....

Love a Scottish crime thriller. This one was a little short and didn't completely gel IMO.

Bone is on sick leave with serious PTSD from his last case. Then the boss commands his return to investigate a copy-cat of the case that caused the PTSD (really?). Within a short while they are shouting at each other, and internal investigators are brought in. it's going the way of the cliched persecuted cop narrative -- and then all of sudden, solved. Not a whole lot of investigation. Nice reader.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 03-21-22

What a super duper novel

Well written great characters and a marvie story. I really like Steve Worsley too. Woooh

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  • Russell
  • 03-18-22

Best narrator

This was a really good story in conjunction with the best narrator in the business !

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  • Margaret
  • 03-05-22

This E ticket ride over too soon

Great story. Kept me guessing until the end. excellent narrator. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Lee Wallace
  • 03-05-22

Has Potential

Not a bad story, a bit light on police procedure and odd spots for humour. Will listen to the next