• Lost Cause

  • An Addictive and Gripping Crime Thriller (Detective Kelly Porter, Book 8)
  • By: Rachel Lynch
  • Narrated by: Clare Kissane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A victim? Or a killer?

One icy cold morning, the remains of a woman are discovered. She has been abused, then butchered. DI Kelly Porter knows this is the work of a monster. One who has killed before - and will do so again.

Kevin Flint is a young man with no friends and a reputation for being odd. He explores the hidden corners of the Lake District and likes to creep and watch. He witnesses depravity, and it excites him. But will he cross the line from bystander to perpetrator?

Despite her personal life taking unexpected turns, Kelly’s detective instincts tell her that the answers lie with Kevin - if only she knew the right questions to ask. Will Kelly miss her chance and have blood on her hands? And will she ever be the same when it’s over?

A stunning new DI Kelly Porter crime novel that is perfect for fans of Patricia Gibney, L. J. Ross, and Angela Marsons.

©2020 Rachel Lynch (P)2020 Rachel Lynch

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Oh dear

I have listen to all the books in the series. Excellent stories! BUT in this one the narrator has made the most dreadful attempt at a Scottish accent it really detracts from the story. If re-recording, make that officer English!

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Another great chapter in the DI Kelly Porter serie

Loved listening to another story featuring DI Kelly Porter.
The narrator was good, clear spoken and easy to understand. I also enjoy that all of the stories were narrated by the same person making it easy to imagine the characters while listening to the story.

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Hated it

I loved all the other books in this series but this one is too graphic & goes too far. I’m disappointed, I had been looking forward to it.

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Meh

I like this series but this book has a lot of filler content. For example, near the end, the reader spends minute by minute steps with a character who is literally putting on a tie, driving his car, walking up the stairs, knocking on the door. The book is filled with that kind of writing. Overall, I can’t recommend it.

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Another fantastic book in the series

Great story, let down like all the other titles by poor recording. Narration is great but the quality is poor, especially considering how easy it is these days. Over distorted especially in the lower registers, Inexcusable with today’s technology’and spoils a good story and narration. Jeff Bezos, sort it out!!!!!

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Great New Edition to Kelly Porter Series

The narration on the story was perfect. The characters had great new dimension and the setting was, as always, breathtaking. tThe one thing I would suggest is better editing to reduce the length. I found my mind drifting in spots when Lynch became repetitive or predictable. The story would move better with a bit less unnecessary detail.

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  • 12-17-20

Would make any Scot cringe

The story as usual was very good. I have listened to and liked them all. This one unfortunately was ruined by the most awful attempt at a Scottish accent I’ve ever had the displeasure to hear. For future reference Scottish people really do speak normally. They pronounce all the letters in every word! Honestly we do! Clare Kissane do some real research and listen to some lovely Scottish speakers. That was an embarrassment to every Scottish listener.

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  • sheila o
  • 03-08-21

Disappointing, gratuitously gruesome.

I have read all previous books in this series. This one was an immediate ‘ lost cause’ from the beginning and taking up to Chapter 17 to get really started. Then it was downhill all the way with an unhealthy and disturbing character, unbelievable references to disability and homophobia. The main sad criticism was the portrayal of women as mean, callous, deleterious and deserving of caged violence, setting the super advancement of women to date back two centuries. I couldn’t finish the book and will not be reading any more of this author.

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  • Jen
  • 03-29-22

Story ok but distracted by the worst accents

The story is ok, it contradicts earlier books on the ages of the main characters which is frustrating. The main problem is the shocking Scottish accent.

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  • Miss Helen C Brown
  • 01-02-22

Extremely Disappointing

I have read all the other books in this series and found them very enjoyable. The development of Kelly Porter and her team, as well as her personal relationships has been really strong, but it sadly all came to an end with this book.

This story is incredibly show to get going and there's absolutely no tension present. The Chinese connection seems contrived and completely unbelievable.

As mentioned by other reviewers, the less said about the narrators attempt at a Scottish accent the better but the rest of the narration was poor as well, It sounded like even she was bored by the story and the result was very robotic reading.

Such a shame because this series has been great thus far. I expect I'll give the next book a try in the hope that things get back on track, but Clare Kissane is going to have to do some homework on her Scottish accents if the Scottish character is going to return.

I didn't finish this book which is very unusual for me but it became clear is just wasn't going to get any better. A real shame.



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  • 08-08-21

lost cause

Brilliant story.Could not put it down.The Chinese angle was interesting. Hope Rachel writes another one Kelly Porter) series.

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  • terry coates
  • 06-29-21

Good plot

Yet another good book in the series, I like the ending with a Chinese twist to the start of the virus.

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  • rhona muir
  • 06-23-21

Enjoyable series

Iv enjoyed the series so far but really struggled to get to the end with the really bad Scottish accent.?but over all it’s good

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  • Thelma J Murphy
  • 04-30-21

Scottish Accent

I have loved all of the books so far and the narrator too 5 stars all the way . However this book took hours before the book became interesting, and the Scottish accent of the detective was appalling and detracted from what ended up a good story.

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  • 04-28-21

Fantastic story

Great story but awful accent for the scotsman could have mistaken him for Irish some of the time!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-26-21

Disappointing

I’m not sure what went wrong with this book. Right from the start you’d question who wrote it. It’s nothing like the previous books, and seems like it’s written by a year 10 school child. Put that with uninspiring narration and it’s utterly boring.

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  • Peter Johnston
  • 12-21-20

Disappointing

Totally agree with Sandra! The story dragged and was not believable. Worse, the narration, of some characters, was grating, to the point of almost not wanting to carry on. This promising series has taken an extreme nose-dive and, I fear, is about to descend into “nappy-valley”! I will not be so quick to get the next in this series, if there is to be one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-31-21

Genius

I read the entire series of D,I. Kellie Porter and enjoyed following her personal journey as she unravelled each crime mystery.
It was obvious the author researched forensic facts and process and presented intelligently in each book.
The narration was perfect for this series

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  • Mrs Kaye I Coles
  • 01-25-21

Sorry to see this series end

I have so enjoyed following DI Kelly Porter and I do hope Rachel Lynch revisits this character so we can see how she copes with work and motherhood.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-21

Loved it

I disagree with some of the other reviews, I really enjoyed this book. Part of what I like about the Kelly Porter series is how we are getting to know her more and interweaving her personal life is part of it!

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  • Jeanette NORMAN
  • 01-08-21

This will be the last in this series l will read.

I have up to now enjoyed this series from Rachel Lynch. But I began to question my respect for this series and Bk 8 has confirmed this is the end for me as it seems to have become a "goody twoshoes" series.

I cannot recommend this book at all.

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  • Sandra
  • 12-20-20

Don’t know

What happened to this series? This book dragged on and on with too much of what was really not needed, and the narration did not help. I think this is the last of this series I will bother with. Lost Cause really is a fitting title for this book.