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The Forest Laird

7 ratings

Summary

In the pre-dawn hours of August 24th, 1305, in London's Smithfield Prison, the outlaw William Wallace - hero of all the Scots and deadly enemy of King Edward of England - sits awaiting the dawn, when he is to be hanged and then drawn and quartered. This brutal sundering of his body is the revenge of the English. Wallace is visited by a Scottish priest who has come to hear his last confession, a priest who knows Wallace like a brother. Wallace's confession - the tale that follows - is all the more remarkable because it comes from real life. We follow Wallace through his many lives - as outlaw and fugitive, hero and patriot, rebel and kingmaker. His exploits and escapades, desperate struggles and victorious campaigns are all here, as are the high ideals and fierce patriotism that drove him to abandon the people he loved to save his country. William Wallace is the first heroic figure from the Scottish Wars of Independence, a man whose fame has reached far beyond his homeland. Wallace served as a subject for the Academy Award - winning film Braveheart. In The Forest Laird, Jack Whyte's masterful storytelling breathes life into Wallace's tale, giving listeners an amazing character study of the man who helped shape Scotland's future.

©2010 Jack Whyte (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
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A Life Without You

Summary

Thirty-year-old Dee and her husband, Luke, are blissfully happy. Every day she makes her loyal parents incredibly proud.  Jen has been her best friend since their days of teenage crushes, bad '90s makeup and huge hair. They are just like any other group of family and friends - living life and getting by. Until one day everything changes. Dee is gone, killed by a reckless driver, leaving the people she loved to deal with their grief in different ways.  A marriage is rocked as a parent seeks justice. A husband struggles to accept the loss of his wife. A friend discovers that there were shocking secrets that went unshared. The only way forward is to let go of the past.

©2017 Shari Low (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Author: Shari Low
Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
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Jeremiah's Bell

1 rating

Summary

Teenager Alison Doig disappeared from Kinloch more than 30 years ago under mysterious circumstances. Her reclusive family still lives in a remote part of the Kintyre peninsula, amidst rumours of wrecking, smuggling and barbaric cruelty.    Now rich American hotelier Alice Wenger has arrived in town, determined to punish those who made her suffer in the past. But someone has vowed to keep hidden sins concealed for ever.    Daley’s team must race against time to expose long-held secrets and shameful lies before there are any more victims.

©2020 Denzil Meyrick (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
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One Last Dram Before Midnight

2 ratings

Summary

Bringing together six short stories - two of which are previously unpublished - One Last Dram Before Midnight is perfect for fans of Denzil Meyrick.  These tales take us from Jim Daley's early days pounding the beat in Glasgow as a young constable to a lighthearted whisky smuggling romp involving Hamish and some ghostly pipers. 

©2017 Denzil Meyrick (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
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Dark Suits and Sad Songs

2 ratings

Summary

The third installment in the best-selling DCI Daley series, packed with accurate police procedure and gritty, dark humour. The best of Scottish crime.  When a senior Edinburgh civil servant spectacularly takes his own life in Kinloch harbour, DCI Jim Daley comes face to face with the murky world of politics. To add to his woes, two local drug dealers lie dead, ritually assassinated. It's clear that dark forces are at work in the town. With his boss under investigation, his marriage hanging on by a thread, and his sidekick, DS Scott, wrestling with his own demons, Daley's world is in meltdown.  When strange lights appear in the sky over Kinloch, it becomes clear that the townsfolk are not the only people at risk. The fate of nations is at stake. Jim Daley must face his worst fears as tragedy strikes. This is not just about a successful investigation; it's about survival. 

©2015 Denzil Meyrick (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
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Jeremiah's Bell

Summary

Teenager Alison Doig disappeared from Kinloch more than 30 years ago under mysterious circumstances. Her reclusive family still lives in a remote part of the Kintyre peninsula, amidst rumours of wrecking, smuggling and barbaric cruelty.

Now rich American hotelier Alice Wenger has arrived in town, determined to punish those who made her suffer in the past. But someone has vowed to keep hidden sins concealed forever.

Daley’s team must race against time to expose long-held secrets and shameful lies before there are any more victims.

©2020 Denzil Meyrick (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
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The Mum Who Got Her Life Back

Summary

The laugh-out-loud Sunday Times best seller is back and funnier than ever! Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks. When her 18-year-old twins leave for university, single mum Nadia’s life changes in ways she never expected: her Glasgow flat feels suddenly huge, laundry doesn’t take up half her week, and she no longer has to buy ‘the Big Milk’. After almost two decades of putting everyone else first, Nadia is finally taking care of herself. And with a budding romance with new boyfriend Jack, she’s never felt more alive. That is until her son, Alfie, drops out of university, and Nadia finds her empty nest is empty no more. With a heartbroken teenager to contend with, Nadia has to ask herself: is it ever possible for a mother to get her own life back? And can Jack and Nadia’s relationship survive having a sulky teenager around? A gloriously funny and uplifting audiobook perfect for fans of Gill Sims and Jill Mansell.

©2018 Fiona Gibson (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: Fiona Gibson
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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Out in the Cold

Summary

After an incident makes remaining in Glasgow impossible, Police Sergeant Don Colyear is sent to work in a remote Highlands town. His new inspector wants him gone and the locals wonder why he’s even there. Still, Don makes a go of things, striking up a good working relationship with rookie officer Rowan Forbes. As Don starts to investigate petty crimes, it soon becomes clear that there is something off about the town. A string of teenage disappearances has not been given due attention. Then there’s the gruesome murder of the groundsman of the local sporting estate. Could the incidents be linked? As Don delves further into the town’s secrets, it’s not long until his own life is at risk.

©2020 Stuart Johnstone (P)2021 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
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The Guardian

5 ratings

Summary

Some men strive for greatness. And some men find themselves thrust into the role of their nation's saviors. Such are the two heroes who reshaped and reconfigured the entire destiny of the kingdom of Scotland. Wallace the Braveheart would become the only legendary, heroic, commoner in medieval British history; the undying champion of the common man. The other, Robert Bruce, earl of Carrick, would perfect the techniques of guerrilla warfare developed by Wallace and use them to create his own place in history as the greatest king of Scots. In the spring of 1297, the two men meet in Ayr, in the south of Scotland, each having recently lost a young wife, one in childbirth and the other by murder. Each is heartbroken but determined in his grief to defy the ambitions of England and its malignant king, Edward Plantagenet, whose lust to conquer and consume the realm of Scotland is blatant and unyielding. Their combined anger at the injustices of the invading English is about to unleash a storm in Scotland that will last for 16 years - and destroy England's military power for decades - before giving rise to a new nation of free men. Jack Whyte is a master of the sweeping historical epic and The Guardian is the latest in his evocative chronicle of the formation of his beloved Scotland.

©2014 Jack Whyte (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: David Monteath
Author: Jack Whyte
Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
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The Game of Kings

Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett, read by David Monteath.  It is 1547 and, after five years imprisonment and exile far from his homeland, Francis Crawford of Lymond - scholar, soldier, rebel, nobleman, outlaw - has at last come back to Edinburgh.  But for many in an already divided Scotland, where conspiracies swarm around the infant Queen Mary like clouds of midges, he is not welcome.  Lymond is wanted for treason and murder, and he is accompanied by a band of killers and ruffians who will only bring further violence and strife.  Is he back to foment rebellion?  Does he seek revenge on those who banished him?  Or has he returned to clear his name?  No one but the enigmatic Lymond himself knows the truth - and no one will discover it until he is ready....

©1961 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
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The Rat Stone Serenade

2 ratings

Summary

It's December, and the Shannon family are returning home to their clifftop mansion near Kinloch for their annual AGM. Shannon International is one of the world's biggest private companies, with tendrils reaching around the globe in computing, banking and mineral resourcing, and it has brought untold wealth and privilege to the family. However, a century ago Archibald Shannon stole the land upon which he built their home, and his descendants have been cursed ever since.  When heavy snow cuts off Kintyre, DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors. As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards, and its creation, the Rat Stone, reveals grisly secrets, ghosts of the past come to haunt the Shannons. As the curse decrees, death is coming. But for whom, and from what? 

©2016 Denzil Meyrick (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
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Pawn in Frankincense

1 rating

Summary

Penguin presents the audio edition of Pawn in Frankincense by Dorothy Dunnett, read by David Monteath. It is 1552, and the royal galley Dauphine, under the command of Francis Crawford of Lymond, sails the glittering but dangerous Mediterranean looking for a lost son. Yet as the search grows more urgent, Lymond knows he is being drawn deeper into the intricate web of his enemy Gabriel, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St John, who is already weaving a subtle tapestry of revenge. It is a journey that will lead Lymond to Constantinople and the court of Suleiman the Magnificent, where a terrible game will be played with deadly and incalculable consequences....

©1967 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
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Queens' Play

2 ratings

Summary

This second book in the legendary Lymond Chronicles follows Francis Crawford of Lymond who has been abruptly called into the service of Mary Queen of Scots. Though she is only a little girl, the queen is already the object of malicious intrigues that extend from her native country to the court of France. It is to France that Lymond must travel, exercising his sword hand and his agile wit while also undertaking the most unlikely of masquerades, all to make sure that his charge's royal person stays intact.

©2010 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
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The Renegade

4 ratings

Summary

The year 1284 is a period of seeming peace in Scotland. It is also a time when the future of the country is being forged in the form of a young boy, 10-year-old Robert Bruce. In the decade that follows, King Alexander dies without an heir, and Scotland falls into chaos. The potential for civil war brings a growing threat of invasion from England as Edward I, young Bruce's hero and feudal patron, develops an obsession with adding Scotland, like Wales, to England's Crown by conquest. One man with extraordinary vision and strength will unite Scotland's warring factions against the larger threat that looms beyond its borders, but to do so he will have to resolve the conflict of his own personal, feudal, and national loyalties. This is the story of the man destined to be Robert I, King of Scots. Filled with intrigue, high adventure, and remarkable characters, The Renegade is a dazzling feat of storytelling that weaves fascinating historical detail into the drama and excitement for which Jack Whyte is renowned.

©2012 Jack Whyte (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: David Monteath
Author: Jack Whyte
Length: 21 hrs and 34 mins
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Well of the Winds

3 ratings

Summary

As the Second World War nears its end, a man is stabbed to death on the shoreline of Kinloch, in the shadow of the great warships in the harbour. Many years later the postman on Gairsay, a tiny island off the coast of Kintyre, discovers that the Bremner family are missing from their farm. There's a pot on the stove and food on the table, but of the Bremners there is no sign.  When DCI Daley comes into possession of a journal written by his wartime predecessor in Kinloch, Inspector William Urquhart, he soon realises that the Isle of Gairsay has many secrets. Assisted by his indomitable deputy, DS Brian Scott, and new boss, Chief Superintendent Carrie Symington, Daley must solve a wartime murder to uncover the shocking events of the past and the present. 

©2017 Denzil Meyrick (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
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The Relentless Tide

3 ratings

Summary

When Professor Francombe and her team of archaeologists find the remains of three women on a remote Kintyre hillside - a site rumoured to have been the base of Viking warlord Somerled - their delight soon turns to horror when they realise the women tragically met their end little more than two decades ago. It soon becomes clear that these are the three missing victims of the ‘Midweek Murderer’, a serial killer who was at work in Glasgow in the early 1990s.   DCI Jim Daley now has the chance to put things right - to confront a nightmare from his past and solve a crime he failed to as a young detective. However, when Police Scotland’s Cold Case Unit arrive, they bring yet more ghosts to Kinloch.  A tale of death, betrayal, Viking treasure and revenge set in the thin places where past, present and future collide. 

©2018 Denzil Meyrick (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
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Death of a Witch

1 rating

Summary

Returning from holiday Hamish becomes unaccountably worried - it's as if he senses a dark cloud of evil hanging over Lochdubh. He soon learns that there is a newcomer to the village, a woman called Catriona Beldame, and that the villagers have decided she is a witch. At first Hamish is charmed by her, but is dismayed when he finds out she's been supplying dangerous potions to certain local people. No one seems willing to listen to his warnings and when she is found murdered, poor Hamish is the prime suspect. Obviously, he must solve the murder to clear his own name and bring contentment back to his beloved Lochdubh.

©2013 M. C. Beaton (P)2014 Audible Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Author: M. C. Beaton
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
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A Song of Isolation

1 rating

Summary

Film star Amelie Hart is the darling of the silver screen, appearing on the front pages of every newspaper. But at the peak of her fame she throws it all away for a regular guy with an ordinary job. The gossip columns are aghast. Any hope the furore will die down is crushed when Amelie’s boyfriend, Dave, is arrested on charges of child sexual abuse. Dave strongly asserts his innocence, and when Amelie refuses to denounce him, the press witch hunt quickly turns into physical violence and she has to flee the country. Damaris, the victim at the centre of the story, is isolated - a child trying to make sense of an adult world.

©2020 Michael J. Malone (P)2020 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
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The Ringed Castle

Summary

Fifth in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, The Ringed Castle leaps from Mary Tudor's England to the barbaric Russia of Ivan the Terrible. Francis Crawford of Lymond moves to Muscovy, where he becomes adviser and general to the half-mad tsar. Yet even as Lymond tries to civilize a court that is still frozen in the attitudes of the Middle Ages, forces in England conspire to enlist this infinitely useful man in their own schemes.

©2010 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 25 hrs and 12 mins
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Midnight Conquest

Summary

Stewart Glen, Scotland - 1514 Masked in a Gypsy guise, Broderick MacDougal hides his vampiric identity while seeking to destroy the man who slaughtered his family. When an old Clan rival ensnares Broderick in a trap using an enticing widow, he is compelled to discover if she is bait or an accomplice, and the cinnamon-haired beauty is his next conquest. Widow of an abusive husband, Davina Stewart-Russell clings to the only image that gave her strength during those dark times - the Gypsy rogue who stole her heart as a youth. After nine years, she is finally face-to-face with him again, but reality clashes with fantasy as she is confronted with Broderick's passionate pursuit. When Davina's past returns to haunt her, Broderick is forced to reveal a dark secret worse than anything Davina thought possible. The challenge before them has fatal risks and neither of them is prepared for the sacrifices expected for the sake of eternal love. Listener Advisory: The abridged version of Midnight Conquest still includes all the original storyline details, action and nail-biting scenes of violence and domestic abuse. (Don't worry...the bad guys get it in the end!). However, the love scenes have been edited and are no longer described in graphic and direct language, in order to appeal to a wider audience. As such, there are no more "glistening folds" details. (Collective groan of disappointment ensues...) Though this story can be enjoyed by listeners slightly younger than 18, parental discretion is still advised.

©2011 Arial Burnz (P)2015 Arial Burnz

Narrator: David Monteath
Author: Arial Burnz
Category: Romance, Paranormal
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
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Whisky from Small Glasses

5 ratings

Summary

DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community.  Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine in this compelling Scottish crime novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.  Denzil Meyrick was born in Glasgow and brought up in Campbeltown. After studying politics, he pursued a varied career including time spent as a police officer, freelance journalist and director of several companies.  Beginning with Whisky from Small Glasses, The Last Witness and Dark Suits and Sad Songs, the DCI Daley series have all become Scottish Crime best sellers, with all three entering the Kindle top 10. 

©2015 Denzil Meyrick (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
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Dead Eyed

2 ratings

Summary

Gritty, complex and effortlessly chilling, Brolly’s Dead Eyed is a grisly crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  DCI Michael Lambert thought he’d closed his last case.... Yet when he’s passed a file detailing a particularly gruesome murder, Michael knows that this is no ordinary killer at work.  The removal of the victim’s eyes and the Latin inscription carved into the chest is the chilling calling card of the ‘soul jacker’: a cold-blooded murderer who struck close to Michael once before, 25 years ago.  Now the long-buried case is being reopened, and Michael is determined to use his inside knowledge to finally bring the killer to justice. But as the body count rises, Michael realises that his own links to the victims could mean that he is next on the killer’s list.... The gripping first novel in a thrilling new crime series by Matt Brolly. Perfect for fans of Tony Parsons, Lee Child and Angela Marsons.

©2019 Matt Brolly (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: David Monteath
Author: Matt Brolly
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
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Dead Lucky

Summary

A fast-paced crime-thriller, full of chilling twists, turns and grisly surprises, Matt Brolly’s Dead Lucky will have you gripped from beginning to end!  DCI Michael Lambert is back.... When a woman is murdered, the twisted killer forcing her husband to watch her slow and painful death, DCI Michael Lambert knows that his next case might be his toughest yet.  And when a second set of killings are discovered, with exactly the same MO, the race is on the find the lethal sociopath before he strikes again.  But Lambert never expected to receive an anonymous call from the killer. This time, it’s personal: if Lambert doesn’t find the murderer soon, his own loved ones will be next.... The gripping second novel in a thrilling new crime series by Matt Brolly. Perfect for fans of Tony Parsons, Lee Child and Angela Marsons.

©2019 Matt Brolly (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: David Monteath
Author: Matt Brolly
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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Checkmate

5 ratings

Summary

Penguin presents the audio edition of Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett, read by David Monteath. It is 1557, and legendary Scottish warrior Francis Crawford of Lymond is once more in France. There he is leading an army to rout the hated English from Calais. Yet while Lymond seeks victory on the battlefield, he is haunted by his troubled past - chiefly the truth about his origins and his marriage (in name only) to young Englishwoman Philippa Somerville. As the French offer him a way out of his marriage and his wife appears in France on a mission of her own, the final moves are made in a great game that has been playing out over an extraordinary decade of war, love and struggle - bringing the Lymond Chronicles to a spellbinding close.

©1999 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 28 hrs and 38 mins
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Murder at Flood Tide

Summary

Murder at Flood Tide is the second DI Jack Knox murder mystery set in and around Edinburgh. Detective Jack Knox is faced with a troubling case when a woman’s body is found on a beach near Edinburgh. Police match her to missing persons, because her personal effects have been swept out to sea. When she is finally identified, the victim’s last known movements are investigated. She was courted by a man who proves elusive, having evaded surveillance cameras. He has covered his tracks well. Was this her killer? On top of the pressures of the investigation, Jack Knox must deal with a gremlin in the well-oiled investigative machine: an officer from another force seems set on undermining his authority and upsetting his team. Can DI Knox overcome the challenges and collar the killer before he strikes again?

©2019 Robert B. McNeill (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
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A Breath on Dying Embers

2 ratings

Summary

When the luxury cruiser, hastily renamed Great Britain, berths in Kinloch harbour, the pressure is on DCI Jim Daley. The UK government are taking a high-powered group of businessmen and women on a tour of the British isles, golfing and seeing the sights, as part of a push for global trade. But when one of the crew goes missing, and an elderly local ornithologist disappears, will the pressure become too great?  

The arrival of a face from the past sends Daley’s world into a tailspin. And the lives of the passengers and crew of SS Great Britain as well as the country’s economic future are in jeopardy. DS Brian Scott comes to the fore and, replete with a temporary promotion, is once more - most reluctantly, in his case - back at sea.  

Daley faces a life and death struggle, but is this his last throw of the dice?

©2019 Denzil Meyrick (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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Dead of Night

Summary

A French philanderer gets his comeuppance in Edinburgh, but which, if any, of his spurned lovers sealed his fate? Dead of Night is the third book by Robert McNeill to feature Detective Inspector Jack Knox. A lecturer is killed and dumped in the Union Canal.  When DI Jack Knox investigates his past, he discovers a long list of old flames. Quite the lothario, the victim left several pining women and jealous husbands in his wake. There is no shortage of suspects. So, who put an end to the gigolo’s antics? Meanwhile DS Mason, Jack Knox’s fiancée and colleague, has problems of her own. Someone has vandalised her car and flat. She fears it is a disgruntled customer of Edinburgh’s finest, looking for revenge.  With these two cases, Knox is brought in front of his superiors following a complaint made against him. Will the top brass, once again, undermine the detective’s efforts at catching the killer? Or can Knox cut through the misinformation and bring them to justice?

©2020 Robert McNeill (P)2020 W F Howes

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
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Morningstar

3 ratings

Summary

A country in desperate need of heroes. Angostin invaders surge through the Highlands, laying waste to everything in their path. Darkness follows in their wake as a mad necromancer resurrects the eons-dead Vampyre Kings. Only the bandit Jarek Mace, and the magicker and bard Owen Odell, have the courage to fight the Angostins and the undead. Whispers soon spread that Mace is the legendary Morningstar, a saviour who will protect his country in its hour of need. Yet Mace seems nothing more than a thief and a liar. As the final battle approaches, Odell wonders which of the two Maces will triumph: the self-serving rogue or the saviour of his people, the Morningstar.

©1992 David Gemmell (P)2018 Little Brown Book Group

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
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Pawn in Frankincense

1 rating

Summary

In this fourth book in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, Francis Crawford of Lymond desperately searches the Ottoman empire for his kidnapped child.  Somewhere within the bejeweled labyrinth of the Ottoman empire, a child is hidden. Now his father, Francis Crawford of Lymond, soldier of fortune and the exiled heir of Scottish nobility, is searching for him while ostensibly engaged on a mission to the Turkish sultan. At stake is the political order of three continents, for Lymond's child is a pawn in a cutthroat game whose gambits include treason, enslavement, and murder. In that game's final move, which is played inside the harem of the Topkapi palace, Lymond will come face to face with his most implacable enemy and the dreadful ambiguities of his own nature. With a foreword by the author.

©2010 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 24 hrs and 15 mins
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Jaggy Splinters

1 rating

Summary

Fast-paced and wickedly entertaining, Jaggy Splinters is a dark, twisted, and hilarious collection of short stories from best-selling author Christopher Brookmyre. Everyone's favourite unorthodox journalist Jack Parlabane goes undercover to investigate the mysterious and lucrative world of alternative medicine - in particular, the practice of homeopathy. Are there unexplained forces that can be harnessed to heal us, or is it all a load of sugar? Meanwhile, a sinister tale of restorative justice and the occult takes an even darker turn; two body-snatchers find more than they bargained for when raiding a morgue; and a contract killer finds that fatherhood has sent him on the straight and narrow... sort of.

©2010 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2013 David Darlington

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Midnight Hunt

1 rating

Summary

Driven by the desire to meet the true love she's experienced in her dreams, Monika Konrads uses her magickal skills to weave a love spell during the waxing of the moon. As if in response, a strangely familiar and handsome Scotsman is seeking to settle in their village. But the werewolf stalking Monika has other ideas about who her love interest should be. Broderick MacDougal is drawn to the powerful witch by a familiar force, and makes the chestnut-haired wise woman his next pursuit to unravel the mystery of why she reminds him so much of his late wife, Davina. However, there are other supernatural forces surrounding her, exposing Rick to a darker side of this deal he made for immortality...and this enchanting nymph may be his only salvation. Monika's quest to find a cure for the werewolf curse causes a chain of events that starts a witch hunt, dooming both her and Broderick to the fiery stake of judgment. And through these trials, they learn the Church has a new ally who is hunting down the members of the Army of Light. Advisory: This story contains some explicit love scenes, described using graphic and direct language.

©2013 G.C. Henderson (P)2017 G.C. Henderson

Narrator: David Monteath
Author: Arial Burnz
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
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These Are Such Perfect Days

Summary

Glasgow band Del Amitri have sold more than six million albums. Their 1995 single Roll to Me cracked the Top 10 in the US, and five of their albums went Top 10 in the UK. But as yet there hasn’t been anything substantial written about the band...until now!  From ambition to success, this is the complete story of Del Amitri’s rise from initial formation through six albums that took them to global recognition. From early John Peel sessions, to touring with Morrissey, to appearing on Letterman and cracking the US, the book follows every up and down of the band's incredible career, as well as providing unique and original insights into their personalities and music.   Featuring exclusive forewords written and narrated by Justin Currie and Iain Harvie.   About the author: Oh yes, Charles Rawlings-Way is the great pretender: a guitarist who can’t read music; a cartographer with a dodgy sense of direction; a surfer who can’t swim; an Australian with a British passport; and now, a rock ‘n’ roll biographer who only occasionally reads Rolling Stone. Forget fate and fortune: this strange brew of talents and hoodwinks owes more to enthusiasm, one-eyed commitment and the ability to blag oneself in and out of opportune doorways. Seduced by Jack Kerouac at a porous age, Charles hit the road at 21 and has since written 30-something guidebooks for travel publisher Lonely Planet, covering every fleapit hostel and dive bar from Toronto to Tasmania. These endeavours peaked back in 2009 with his enshrinement as ‘Best-selling Travel Writer in Australia’, shifting more books than Bill Bryson and Billy Connolly (...might be time to grow a beard). Is touring with a rock band so different to backpacking?  There are plenty of parallels: the buses, the hangovers, the beat, beat, beat of the midnight highway.... Waking up in an unfamiliar city every few days, frowning into your wallet and forgetting to phone home. But even Kerouac would agree that rock bands have better wardrobes.  Charles lives in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia with his family, books and music, fearing bushfires in February and tending a fire every day in rainy July. He has a bachelor of architecture degree he uses only when absolutely necessary.

©2018 Charles Rawlings-Way, Urbane Publications (P)2019 Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

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The Innocent and the Dead

Summary

One woman found dead. Another kidnapped. Two cases. One overworked Scottish detective. The Innocent and the Dead is the first in the DI Jack Knox series and comes with the prequel story 'Labyrinth'.  DI Jack Knox is called in to investigate a high-profile case. A local distiller’s daughter has gone missing, and when he receives a ransom note, his fears that it is a kidnapping are confirmed. Knox decides to take a serious risk to capture the abductors, but the stakes could not be higher. The father is wealthy and well-connected. If Knox’s gamble goes wrong, he’ll have hell to pay.  Meanwhile in the prequel story, 'Labyrinth', the body of an attractive young woman is found in woodland on Edinburgh’s iconic Calton Hill. Knox will have to cut through the lies of the people who knew her in order to establish a motive and collar the killer.

©2019 Robert B. McNeill (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
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Passion and Plunder

Summary

Would you sacrifice everything for the person you love, knowing you can never be together?

A desperate Scottish lady

Lydia Farnsworth - the sole surviving heir to the Laird of Tornbury Fortress - has lost nearly everyone she loves. Now her father lies on his deathbed. And as if this isn't dire enough, he's invited men from the surrounding area to a warrior’s contest - the winner to claim Lydia as his bride. 

A Scotsman dueling with his past

Alasdair McTavish, son of Craiglocky Keep's war chief, is a seasoned warrior in his own right. So when he's sent to Tornbury to train the Farnsworth soldiers, he's more than equal to the task.

A danger unseen

When a dangerous adversary makes a move against Lydia, a dastardly scheme comes to light, and Alasdair realizes only he can protect Lydia.

Don't miss the fifth installment in this sweeping Highland romance series. Get your copy of Passion and Plunder today!

©2017 Collette Cameron (P)2018 Collette Cameron

Narrator: David Monteath
Category: Romance, Historical
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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Werewolf Parallel

Summary

Cameron's life of shifting between the Humanian and Daemonic worlds is under threat. Two sinister figures want to destroy the Parallel - the void between worlds populated by daemons, dark creatures, old gods, and werewolves - and everyone in it. To save the Parallel, Cameron must make the ultimate sacrifice. But what is he prepared to lose? The nail-biting, claw-clenching, fur-raising sequel to Daemon Parallel.

©2014 Roy Gill (P)2014 David Darlington

Narrator: David Monteath
Author: Roy Gill
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
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Still Dark

Summary

New Year's Eve should be a time for celebrating. A chance to spend time with loved ones and look forward to the year ahead. For DSI William Lorimer, however, this New Year's Eve will be one that he will never forget. Called to a house after gunshots are reported, the carnage he finds there will have a powerful impact on his life - leaving him questioning his future with Police Scotland. Meanwhile, the man who eluded police capture during Lorimer's last investigation - the Quiet Release case involving the euthanasia of vulnerable patients - is back, and this time he's aligned with a powerful gangster from Glasgow's underworld. As Lorimer struggles to return to duty and stop this mystery killer once and for all, he discovers that there are forces high up within Police Scotland that are protecting the gangster who holds the key to finding the man they are looking for. Can Lorimer and his team get a killer off the streets for good before more innocent people die?

©2017 Alex Gray (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: David Monteath
Author: Alex Gray
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
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Virtue and Valor

Summary

Bartholomew Yancy never expected to inherit an English earldom and had no intention of marrying. Now, the Earl of Ramsbury and last in his line, he's obligated to resign his position as England's War Secretary, find a wife, and produce an heir. Only one woman holds the least appeal: Isobel Ferguson, an exquisite Scotswoman. Brought to Scotland to mediate between feuding clans, he doggedly woos her. Disillusioned with men pursuing her for her attractiveness, rather than her unusual intellect, Isobel has all but abandoned any hope of finding a husband in the Highlands. Not only does she believe Yancy no different than her other suitors, he's a notorious rake. She's been told he's practically betrothed. Therefore, his interest in her cannot possibly be honorable, and so she shuns his attentions. When Isobel is mistakenly abducted by a band of rogue Scots, Yancy risks his life to rescues her. To salvage her compromised reputation, her brother and father insist she marry him. Yancy readily agrees, but Isobel - knowing full well she's fated for spinsterhood by refusing his offer - won't be coerced into marriage.

©2015 Collette Cameron (P)2016 Collette Cameron

Narrator: David Monteath
Category: Romance, Historical
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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Midnight Captive

Summary

Cailin MacDougal has lived a dangerous life being the adopted daughter of vampire Broderick "Rick" MacDougal, so she had no choice but to learn to fight in order to protect herself. However, such behavior is hardly desirable in a dutiful wife who's supposed to embroider and run a household. This aggressive side of her behavior should be easy enough to hide from her betrothed...shouldn't it? After being away at fencing school for seven years, James Knightly has returned as a master swordsman, ready to captain his own ship and finally wed his childhood sweetheart, Cailin MacDougal. What he finds waiting for him is a dagger-toting hellion for a bride, an immortal father-in-law, and an enemy bent on extracting revenge by threatening the family James holds most dear - the MacDougals. Broderick MacDougal is lured away from his family with the promise of finally learning a way to protect those he loves from his clan enemy, Angus Campbell. Broderick knows he's headed for a trap, but the bait is too tempting to resist...and he unravels the beginning of a prophecy that will lead to redemption for all vampires. The cost of such redemption, though, may be the very soul of the woman he would die for...his wife, Davina. Listener advisory: This story contains some explicit love scenes, described using graphic and direct language. This story also contains explicit, nail-biting scenes of violence and sword fights.

©2013 Arial Burnz (P)2015 Arial Burnz

Narrator: David Monteath
Author: Arial Burnz
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
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The Game of Kings

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Summary

In this first book in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, Francis Crawford of Lymond, traitor, murderer, nobleman, returns to Scotland to redeem his reputation and save his home. It is 1547, and Scotland has been humiliated by an English invasion and is threatened by machinations elsewhere beyond its borders, but it is still free. Paradoxically, her freedom may depend on a man who stands accused of treason. He is Francis Crawford of Lymond, a scapegrace nobleman of crooked felicities and murderous talents, possessed of a scholar's erudition and a tongue as wicked as a rapier. In The Game of Kings, this extraordinary antihero returns to the country that has outlawed him to redeem his reputations even at the risk of his life.

©2010 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
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The Marriage Maker

Summary

Four books in one! Worth of a Lady Spinster Chastity Hamilton is the Duke of Roxburgh's heir. Her father insists she marry. She insists that the man who wins her hand must first find matches for her three younger sisters. Sir Stirling James takes up the challenge, and the sisters are shocked when he announces the engagement of their youngest sister to the Devil of Delny. When Quin Ramsey's surrogate brother Sir Stirling James informs him he is to wed the fourth daughter of a lesser duke, he refuses. But when he waltzes with the lovely innocent, he realizes that he wants no other man to waltz with her. The Marriage Wager Buccaneer Frasier Gordon is lucky at cards, and keeps a woman in every port. But the stakes in a card game turn high when his old friend Sir Stirling James wagers the hand of a duke's daughter against the fastest frigate in Scotland. Who knew the turn of one card would change his fortune forever? A Lady by Chance Signing a wedding contract for the third daughter of a duke, sight unseen, is the first impulsive thing by-the-book Navy lieutenant Patrick Chalmers has ever done. When he arrives on his wedding day to claim his bride, he never dreams the beautiful woman walking down the aisle is the spitfire he saved from falling out of a tree. How to Catch an Heiress Tomorrow is Sir Stirling James' wedding day. Stirling matched the Duke of Roxburgh's three younger daughters with reputable men. His reward is the duke's eldest daughter, Lady Chastity, the future duchess of Roxburgh. Now if he can only get the lady down the aisle and into his bed. When Lady Chastity bargained with her father to marry the man who could match her sisters with suitable husbands in one month's time, she didn't believe such a man existed. But tomorrow, she is to wed the marriage maker.

©2017 Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Tarah Scott (P)2017 Silverton Agency

Category: Romance, Historical
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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The Battle for Scotland

Summary

Andrew Marr's first book tells the distinctive story of Scottish politics - now updated with a new introductory chapter. "We may be about to see a new country - indeed, two new countries, emerging on these islands. Half a lifetime ago, I sat down to write this book as a work of history. As it's aged, it's become current affairs." Just 20 years ago it seemed impossible that Scotland would ever get home rule, let alone full independence. Yet very soon there will be a Scottish referendum which will not only decide on this matter but which will have profound consequences for the future of all people on these islands. In The Battle for Scotland, first published in 1992, Andrew Marr provides the historical backdrop to these extraordinary events. He attempts to explain the deep sources of Scottish national feeling and the political will which has brought us to this deeply uncertain time. And in a substantial new introduction, Marr considers how we got here so suddenly, what the stakes really are and what the questions every voting Scot (and every non-voting UK citizen) will be asking themselves. Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow. He graduated from Cambridge University and has enjoyed a long career in political journalism, working for the Scotsman, the Independent, the Economist, the Express and the Observer. From 2000 to 2005 he was the BBC's Political Editor. Andrew's broadcasting includes series on contemporary thinkers for BBC 2 and Radio 4, political documentaries for Channel 4 and BBC Panorama, and Radio 4's Start the Week.

©1992 Andrew Marr (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Author: Andrew Marr
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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Tooth for a Tooth

Summary

What secrets from the past was he about to uncover? When a woman's skeleton is discovered in a shallow grave, DCI Andy Gilchrist is tasked with finding her murderer. But a psychic's warnings and markings on a rusted cigarette lighter found among the rotted remains set Gilchrist off on a trail that will take him back 35 years - back to his past and on course to find his brother's killer in a fatal hit and run accident. When dental records from an extracted tooth force Gilchrist to confront the unthinkable - that his brother was her killer - he keeps his fears to himself, only to be suspended on suspicion of destroying evidence. But Gilchrist battles on in his quest for answers. Who was the woman? Why was she murdered? And was the fatal hit and run really an accident? About the author: Born in Glasgow and now a dual UK/US citizen, Frank is a crime novelist with the first two books of his DCI Andy Gilchrist series published - the first, Eye for an Eye, won the Pitlochry Award for the best crime novel by an unpublished writer, and the second, Hand for a Hand, continues to garner great reviews. Frank is now working on his next Andy Gilchrist novel, another story suffused with dark alleyways, cobbled streets and all things gruesome.

©2013 T F Muir (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Author: T. F. Muir
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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The Disorderly Knights

Summary

This third volume in The Lymond Chronicles, the highly renowned series of historical novels, takes place in 1551, when Francis Crawford of Lymond is dispatched to embattled Malta, to assist the Knights of Hospitallers in defending the island against the Turks. But shortly the swordsman and scholar discovers that the greatest threat to the knights lies within their own ranks, where various factions vie secretly for master.

©2010 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
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Checkmate

1 rating

Summary

Sixth in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, Checkmate takes place in 1557, where Francis Crawford of Lymond is once again in France, leading an army against England. But even as the Scots adventurer succeeds brilliantly on the battlefield, his haunted past becomes a subject of intense interest to forces on both sides.

©2010 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 28 hrs and 38 mins
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Hand for a Hand

Summary

When DCI Andy Gilchrist is called to a crime scene to find an amputated hand clutching a note addressed to him, he is pulled into an investigation that will test him to the limit. Soon other single word clues are found along with amputated body parts and the murderer's vengeful message becomes clear as the identity of the next intended victim is revealed. But when someone close to him disappears, Gilchrist knows he is too late. Together with Nance Wilson, the sexy DC with her own agenda, Gilchrist comes to see the answer to the present murders lies within the secrets of his past. Forced to confront his demons, Gilchrist must solve the cryptic clues and find the murderer before the next victim, a woman whose life means more to Gilchrist than his own, is served up to him piece by slaughtered piece. Frank Muir was born in Glasgow and has been plagued from a young age with the urge to see the rest of the world Twenty-five years of working overseas helped him appreciate the raw beauty of his home country. Frank is now a dual US/UK citizen, living in Lenzie and working in the US. His first novel Eye for an Eye was chosen by Louise Welsh as the winner of the Pitlochry Award for the best crime story by an unpublished author in 2004.

©2012 T. F. Muir (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Author: T. F. Muir
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
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Eye For An Eye

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Summary

One psychopath. One killer. The Stabber. Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. The cobbled lanes and backstreets of St Andrews provide the setting for these brutal killings. But six unsolved murders and mounting censure from the media force DI Andy Gilchrist off the case. Driven by his fear of failure, and desperate to redeem his career and reputation, Gilchrist vows to catch The Stabber alone... Frank Muir was born in Glasgow and plagued from a young age with the urge to see more of the world than the rain sodden slopes of the Campsie Fells. Twenty-five years of working overseas helped him appreciate the raw beauty of his home country.

©2008 T. F. Muir (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Author: T. F. Muir
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
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Scandal's Splendor

Summary

A determined Scottish lady 

Seonaid Ferguson, a lady of Craiglocky Keep, is through with London's Marriage Mart. After learning she has the second sight, the haut ton attempts to exploit her abilities. Even though it means she condemns herself to spinsterhood, Seonaid sets a desperate course to rid herself of her gift turned curse. As she rushes home from England, a snowstorm strands her in a crowded inn with the last man she ever wished to see again. A handsome French baron who once thought her a courtesan. And just her misfortune, only he stands between her and certain harm.   

An honorable French nobleman

Jacques, Monsieur lebaron de Devaux-Rousset, ventures to Scotland to oversee his new investment; a silver mine near Craiglocky. Only a handsome profit will save his family's destitute estate in France. But when the mine is beset with one problem after another, Jacques must instead search for an heiress to wed. He certainly should not be falling in love with the lovely, spirited sister of Laird Ewan MacTavish, a lass whose dowry is insufficient to restore his ancestral home. Nor should he consider, even for a moment, her risqué, but deliciously tempting scheme to rid her of the second sight. A danger most dire

Matters are torn from their hands when a dangerous adversary vows to expose Seonaid as a witch, just as Jacques's problems at the mine escalate into deadly violence. Is it by chance, or a dark design, that both of them are beset at once? Dare Jacques and Seonaid throw caution aside and forge a future together? 

©2017 Collette Cameron (P)2017 Collette Cameron

Narrator: David Monteath
Category: Romance, Paranormal
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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Triumph and Treasure

Summary

Angelina Ellsworth once believed in love - before she discovered her husband of mere hours was a slave-trader and already married. To avoid the scandal and disgrace, she escapes to the estate of her aunt and uncle, the Duke and Duchess of Waterford. When Angelina learns she is with child, she vows she'll never trust a man again. Flynn, Earl of Luxmoore, led an enchanted life until his father committed suicide after losing everything to Waterford in a wager. Stripped of all but his title, Flynn is thrust into the role of marquis as well as provider for his disabled sister and invalid mother. Unable to pay his father's astronomical gambling loss, Flynn must choose between social or financial ruin. When the duke suggests he'll forgive the debt if Flynn marries his niece, Flynn accepts the duke's proposal. Reluctant to wed a stranger, but willing to do anything to protect her babe and escape the clutches of the madman who still pursues her, Angelina agrees to the union. Can the earl and his Scottish lass find happiness and love in a marriage neither wanted, or is the chasm between them insurmountable?

©2014 Collette Cameron (P)2016 Collette Cameron

Narrator: David Monteath
Category: Romance, Historical
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
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The Ringed Castle

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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Ringed Castle by Dorothy Dunnett, read by David Monteath. Sixteen-year-old Philippa Somerville has left Constantinople intact. Returning to England as wife in name only to Francis Crawford of Lymond, she wastes no time in seeking the truth about her new spouse, even as she finds herself navigating the paranoid court of Queen Mary.  Lymond, meanwhile, arrives in Moscow to assist its young Tsar Ivan to create a fledgling Russian army. But when he is tasked to visit London as Ivan's envoy, his path is bound to cross that of the wife he has sworn to divorce.  Yet neither Lymond nor Philippa, caught up in their own scheming, can quite see the vast conspiracy enshrouding them....

©1971 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 25 hrs and 11 mins
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The Disorderly Knights

Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Disorderly Knights by Dorothy Dunnett, read by David Monteath.  Summer, 1551, and Francis Crawford of Lymond is in Malta to assist the Knights of St John defend the island from an invading Turkish fleet. But under a weak leader there is dissension in the ranks of the Knights - and the chances of repelling invasion look slim.  Here Lymond meets Knight Grand Cross Graham Reid Malett - known as Gabriel - a fellow Scot famed for his virtues. It is soon clear that Gabriel's wiles in war and intrigue rival Lymond's own as he attempts to bring his new comrade in arms into the bosom of his scheming.  And if Gabriel should fail then his sister, Joleta, whose seductive charms no man can resist, is waiting to prevail. Caught between warring factions and nations, between the wiles of Gabriel and the lascivious charms of Joleta, will Lymond prove strong enough to remain his own man?

©1999 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Narrator: David Monteath
Length: 25 hrs and 16 mins
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