• Little Bones

  • Cat Connolly, Book 1
  • By: Sam Blake
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (163 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Meet Cathy Connolly - cop, kickboxing champion and now a soon-to-be mother....

Detective Garda Cathy Connolly's life has taken an unexpected turn. Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, Cathy's trying to decide how she's going to balance motherhood with the very real dangers of life on the job, especially when her latest case isn't as straightforward as it first appears.

Called to what seems like a routine break-in, Cathy discovers the bones of a baby concealed in the hem of an old wedding dress. When the dress' original owner, Lavinia Grant, is found dead in a Dublin suburb, Cathy is drawn deep into a complex web of secrets and lies spun by three generations of women.

Meanwhile, a fugitive killer has already left two dead in execution style killings across the Atlantic - and now he's in Dublin with old scores to settle. Can the team track him down before he kills again? Struggling with her own secrets, Cathy doesn't know how dangerous - and personal - this case is about to become....

©2016 Sam Blake (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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great story!

Loved the many parts of this story! And the narrator is fantastic! Found this book by searching the narrator, and am downloading the next in the series now!

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Don't waste your time

The author has tried too hard to be clever. There are too many characters in little mini plots. All eventually tie together but it is poorly done. Does not create suspense, only confusion. I found the book pretty boring.

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Amazing Suspense and Character Development!

This is the first time in a long while that an author so utterly pulled the rug out from under me with a truly clever plot twist! These characters are made for TV (and I mean that as a sincere compliment)...the players have layers of depth that can be teased out for many novels to come. Thank you, Sam Blake, for a true escape into the world of the Irish Guarda (or Guardi??). And as always, Aoife McMahon was brilliant in her narration...she truly brought your characters to life!

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Not a conclusive book

I found this book to be a bit annoying. The main character is pregnant and a kick boxer.. she workouts out kick boxing but is afraid of running while pregnant... And she can't think straight because she is pregnant... and she can basically control her vomiting... Vomits only when convenient.

The accents are not well done.

And this ends like the first section of a book, not like an entire book... the story doesn't conclude, not even close. So I don't think it is worth starting.

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book 1

it was good, but a little confusing, I had trouble keeping the characters straight, and then the whole pregnancy thing, through the whole book the author has Steve as the one night, to much partying, stand. but then throws in another character almost at the end? who really is the father of the unborn. I just don't care for such subterfuge. I like a little mystery sure, but introducing the father of the baby at the very end? and having you think it was someone else's through the whole thing? why? had very little to do with this story really. there was no point. plus with the it ends, I bet she loses the baby anyway!
other than that part of this story. it was enjoyable.

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Couldn’t stop listening -

BUT, I was not ready for it to end. Thought Emily and Tony would adopt Cat’s baby. At least it was not predictable. Great read. Looking forward to #2.

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Okay Story

The book was okay and performed good but it skipped throughout the playing of the reading.

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AWFULL!!!!

I got to chapter 24 before I finally decided that I had had enough. I should have bailed out at chapter two.
Boring story, boring characters. "You will not be able to put it down" the cover said. I should never have picked it up.
One of the very few books I will be requesting a credit for.

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dumb, soapy, melodramatic and ends on cliffhanger

also, this is not this book's worst offence, but oooof, the accents are borderline hate crime.

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Kept me on edge

Twist and surprises throughout great listen characters were throughout and believable looking forward to the rest of the trilogy

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  • Niamh Dermody
  • 07-15-19

Give it a chance!

The first hour or two I was a little lost as to what was happening. There were so many characters I couldn’t make head nor tail. However it all started to come together and it was bloody brilliant! Already have the next book in the series downloading. I live very close to where this book is set so it’s very eerie for me but I loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-19-19

Excellent

I have purchased all 3 and all 3 have been immensely enjoyed. I'm just on my 2nd listen. I pray there's going to be more. One cares for all the characters and I feel they can be taken much further. Thank you for a very pleasing listen x

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  • Marge
  • 03-31-21

Loved it !

Thoroughly enjoyed this book . Originally ordered because of my love of the narrators talent , l now have a new author to look out for too. Following audibles by Sam Blake already in my library .

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  • Brian C.
  • 12-17-18

excellent and to real life in the Irish cops

excellent and to real life in the Irish cops.
From an inspector in Dublin stn

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  • Rachel
  • 08-31-18

Sam Blake hits a blinder!

Fantastic audiobook! The characters were real and the book captured me from the beginning. The best praise I can give a book is is how quickly I finish it. This outstanding book was finished in two sittings. I only stopped to sleep! I read mainly detective thrillers, and this one of the best! Coming to Ireland from the States 35 years ago, I thought these brave people were amazing to actually do the majority of their job without a gun! They have an amazing ability to calm situations with just talking. This book has given me a little more insight to how things are handled in the big city.

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  • Kevin J Weir
  • 04-10-18

Great story!

loved the Irish accents and didn't predict the storyline which is always good. would recommend.

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  • Charlotte Hall
  • 02-03-22

Brilliant performance

I love Aoife McMahon’s performance, she could read a shopping list and it would be enjoyable. This book was much better than a shopping list you’ll be pleased to know. The story was a little long winded and exasperating at times. I’d guessed parts before the main characters had and the to and fro took a little getting used too. All in all it was a good book and a good listen. 8/10

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  • TonyofCornwall
  • 07-05-21

New author: very impressed

First time listening to this author. Impressive. Believable story, good characters, nicely paced, great narration. Kept me entertained and engaged. Will be purchasing the 2nd book

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  • Kyle
  • 06-14-21

Didn't hold my interest

Great performance but a pretty dull and meandering story. I think the main problem was with the characters - Most of whom were very stereotyped and unlikeable. I held no sympathy for the one dimensional helpless heroine Zoe or the typical do gooder Emily. The only female character who appeared to have the slightest depth was Kathy and even she was a bit of a stereotype on the tough female cop front.

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  • Rosaleen Fitzgerald
  • 04-13-21

Worse book ever

kept waiting for something to make sense of it all...grand finale...anything. Chapters were hard to pull together...still dint get it.

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  • Kyle
  • 10-15-21

kept me drawn in almost all the book

noooooo
the ending is killing me. its a cliff hanger fingers crossed book 2 explains it.
loved the book.
accents my God I live Irish accents.

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  • STEPHANIE ANN
  • 08-24-21

Brilliant.

Loved it. Great story, beautifully narrated and gripping. About to start book two in the series, and looking forward to seeing how it pans out.

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  • sophiek
  • 10-31-20

Not as good as I hoped.

First of all I would like to say this is the first book i am reading from this author, so I didn't know what to expect. This review is my own personal views and you may not agree with it and thats' ok.

The book has a good start setting the scene. 60% in the book we still haven't gone deep into the story. It feels slow paced and not much information provided to solve the 'crime' if there was one. The characters have holes, for example the detective and protagonist starts of as appearing to be a strong woman with her kickboxing training halfway through the book she is chasing a suspect and she is thinking a pregnant woman shouldn't be chasing people...whats with that, she is few weeks into the pregnancy and she had no issues training twice a day. Yes we get it all way through the book that she wants to throw up.

Relationships: The relationships between the characters are not clear enough, which makes the story not gel together. She doesn't tell the guy she had a one stand with that she is pregnant till the very end. It is implied that there is some kind of past between her and her superior but we get nothing on that apart from some reference that he is close to her personal space bs and the smell of his aftershave. I believe there should have been more in depth build up of that relationship, it all seemed to be scratching the surface.

Mary: the older woman, when everyone finds out her name is Grace continue to call her Mary, as if it's so hard to call her by her actual name, its not like they knew her for years.

Zoe: When the police find out that Zoe's mother has been dead for years they do not have the courtesy to inform Zoe. The whole 'scared and lonely woman' like Zoe character that gets rescued by the tall blonde 'player' guy who feels he needs to protect her is so blasé and old fashioned.

If only some of the bones of the baby have been sewn in the dress what happened to the rest of the bones? The author never tells us.

Cliffhanger at the end: thankfully I read this book a good few years after it was written and found out what happens to the main character in the next book summary. I doubt I will be reading the next books in the series, this just didn't do it for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-20

Very repetitive and slightly cringe-worthy

I read the reviews before downloading but the story sounded interesting so I ignored the comments that the ending is not great....but I agree the ending is rubbish. Also it could have done with some more editing as it repeats the same information over and over again. I felt like shouting ‘ I know already...move on! Lastly the romantic storyline was cringe-worthy and sounded like a bad romance novel, it was completely out of place and unnecessary.

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  • tim parker
  • 03-24-20

Great book but terrible ending

The narrator as always was brilliant. The story very detailed but ending well disappointing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-19

Good overall story, no ending

I enjoyed the story quite a bit but felt short changed by the ending. It felt a bit rushed after how much time had been spent building it all up.

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