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Publisher's Summary

How do you solve a murder when everyone's a suspect?

Tormented by the recent loss of a colleague, DCI Jack Logan is on the warpath, determined to bring down all those he holds responsible for the officer's death.

His quest for revenge is cut short when a woman's body turns up on the remote island of Canna, and Jack is summoned to investigate. As a storm closes in, Jack finds himself cut-off from the rest of the world, with no car, no phone signal, and only DC Neish for company.

With time running out before the ferries resume, Jack must act fast to crack the case before the killer can escape. But with the victim widely hated on the island, everyone on it is a potential suspect.

Even the scarecrow....

The Last Bloody Straw is the fifth book in the DCI Jack Logan series, set in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, Chris Brookmyre, and Stuart Macbride.

©2020 JD Kirk (P)2020 JD Kirk

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It was okay 🤨

The story itself was pretty good, lots of twists with a surprising ending. I did have kind of a problem with keeping all the male characters straight when one or the other was talking. Some of their names sounded a lot alike to me,and it was hard for me to be sure who was talking. However, my main gripe with this book, was the language. I don’t think I’m a prim and proper prude when it comes to cursing, but this was just over the top. They must have the market covered on the “f” word. I know that it was used as part of that person’s personality, but I got so sick and tired of it, that I tried to just fast forward the book until that character had finished spreaking🥴🥴🥴

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A favorite

A compelling mystery, made all the more so because of the island setting, DCI Logan's history with the victim, and the ever fabulous teaming of Logan with DC Niesh providing welcome comic interludes. A wonderful read, and thanks to Angus King, it is a memorable listen as well. The pairing of Kirk and King is perfection.

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Love the book, until the end...

...King is a great narrator and the main reason I'm sticking with the series. The writing--the dialogue, especially--has been very good. Yes, even if the swears are causing a few of the more sheltered readers to blush!

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But the ending makes me feel manipulated and kind of upset with author Kirk. Has he gone Hollywood now? First off, he tugs at our heartstrings throughout the book with an emotional buildup about Logan's possible son. But at the end, Kirk throws a curve and never explains it well. We had all this discussion about the diary and the birthdate of the boy, but nothing to explain the true father? Very sloppy of the author, IMO.
Also, a LOT of buildup (and amusing swears) about how the Superintendent was gunning for Logan. But it ends with a whimper...you mean the whole thing was about a guy (to be fair, it was his nemesis) who was released from prison? That's it?! This ending was "pure Hollywood cliffhanger shlock"...well, I'm sure the Superintendent would have phrased it better...

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Great Listen

love this series, loved this book. I adore the characters and the twists and turns. didn't see this ending coming!

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best yet

this was my favorite of the 5 books, very entertaining. cant wait to read the rest.

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Well worth it

One of the funniest scenes ever. It’s a must read just for the car vomit scene. Trust me. 🤣
I love this book!!

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Great series

I really enjoy listening to this series. The narrator brings it all to life . The stories are always full of twists and turns, but for me, it’s the characters. I love their interactions .
Can’t wait to start the next one .

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So funny!!!! And a great story line.

The author and narrator are a combination of outstanding proportions. Who knew how entertaining listening to audible books could be.

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Love the continuation

Some may not like the immature shenanigans but it’s what I think is hilarious and gives a lighter note with the serious side. Truth be told the person reading this to us deserves an Oscar.

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Another catch you off guard tale!

I am so enjoying these Jack Logan books. The characters are great and well developed. They all seem possible and true. Love the twists and turns.

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  • 10-13-20

Not as good as previous book but worth a listen

I've enjoyed listening to all five books in this series in quick succession. This last one is worth a listen but was less engaging than earlier ones. It's a bit slow to get going with much of the action being humorous sparring between grumpy DCI Logan and his glaikit (lovely Scottish word that) DC Tyler as the two of them investigate a murder on the island of Canna. The story does eventually gather pace with a series of suspects lined up, though I thought the denouement was rather pulled out of the hat. Having listened to the series I was expecting a fair bit of swearing but I think this book take the record among all the hundreds of books I've listened to for the sheer density of swearing which reaches a ridiculous level in any dialogue involving the police Superintendent whose every sentence is thick with the F-word. I took to fast forwarding past any scene involving him as I knew it was just DCI Logan getting yet another bollicking with the air full of swear-words. I'm not averse to swearing in moderation but it's lazy writing to use it so much.
The narrator is excellent as usual,

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  • lizzzy45
  • 01-06-21

Marvellously entertaining

I love this series of books written by J D Kirk . The humour and sincerity of the characters and the seriousness of the crimes, brought to life by a wonderful narrator. Laugh out loud humour with a gripping storyline , up to the end.

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  • Sharon
  • 12-16-20

Absolutely brilliant

This is not a “ hard core Scottish thriller “ but it certainly packs a punch in lots of ways . The relationship between colleagues and the wit is so good , and it helps the story flow- making it a lesser dark book . But having said that - brilliant story and the narration is outstanding ( applause)
Definitely worth the time- even though I could not stop listening and ended up walking and walking and walking !

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  • chellybaby
  • 09-15-21

Love love this author and narrator!

Amazing story! Thoroughly enjoyed this like the other novels. The characters are relatable and funny at times. The story is gripping from beginning to end. I cannot wait to get stuck in with the next novel.

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  • Mrs P.
  • 08-05-21

Really good book

This narrator is excellent and so good at accents I love listening to this series of books. Another corker

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  • Joan Byrne
  • 06-19-21

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i love the series but the det supt need to curb his language . its not normal

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  • Mikejop
  • 04-13-21

Bad language

I have listened to all books in this series but found the bad language in this book a bit over the top.

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  • Saffron R
  • 12-06-20

Haven't even finished but such a gripping read.

Just like to say that I've had to rewind Chapter 8 four times to listen to the twin room/sharing a room scene. I was crying with laughter - the best kind!! Awesome stuff. The best Christmas present I've given myself. Love it. Thanks Angus King also.
Oh, no - what's going to happen when I've finished the series?? Will have to restart.

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  • Wendy Holton
  • 06-18-22

Fantastic!

Absolutely love this series. Likeable characters. Excellent narration. A well paced story line with twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat, so much do that I struggle to switch it off! Can't wait to get on to the next one!

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  • Smartie
  • 06-17-22

Brilliant in every way

Dark, funny, no hilarious in places, good strong characters and a brilliant well crafted storyline. What more do you want?
Angus King blooming brilliant as usual.

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  • Nerissa
  • 10-16-20

I love this series

Really enjoyable series. I enjoy listening to the narrator and the story has enough twists to keep you guessing. Can’t wait for the next one to come out

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-22

Loving the series

I'm loving the developing relationships and personalities. The sarcastic humour is brilliant!! Thoroughly enjoying the series.

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  • Debra
  • 06-15-22

Twists and Turns

I'm looking forward to the next book.
This was a great listen. Some laugh out loud humor and moments where you were revolted by certain characters. I loved it!

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  • Connor Innes
  • 05-28-22

Each one gets better

Love the whole series. Stories growing in complexity and connection in characters. Worth it, love Narrator too, great accents and quips!

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  • Kayezzz
  • 04-25-22

Another brilliant story!

I can't wait to get to the next book now 😃 this series has me totally addicted, the storyline as usual so captivating, and didn't guess the killer until the last chapter or two...the narrator has such a wide range of voices and even managed to do an almost perfect Australian one 😅, something I find is rare when people attempt it! I absolutely loved the humour in this, as with the other books; the scenario in this one about the B & B had me literally laughing loudly in bed one night...😅🤣😂

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-18-21

absolutely brilliant

the story is getting some meat on the characters now,DS Hoon has to be one of the Best characters in the books who doesn't know someone who swears like that,also the humour is getting really good i laughed so hard at some points i couldn't see
the guy who does the voice angus is superb

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  • Honeybee
  • 11-06-21

Twists ,turns and humour. This story had it all.

Jack Logans character is developing into my sort of hero. Not for the first time in this series I openly chuckled. Mr Kirk via the outstanding performance of Angus has me wanting to visit the Herbrides as soon as we can get on a plane from the antipodes and travel. I can't believe that there were so many suspects. Fabulous story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-31-21

Great Series

I love the characters, story and narration. A thriller but some funny lines too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-21

Excellent again.

Brilliant as always. The story, the plot, the telling , the humour, it all just works!

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  • Jo
  • 07-14-21

Love all of this series

How the hell does this writer manage to insert humour into such dark stories? Honestly, this one had me laughing out loud at times. The character of Tyler is just gold.