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  • Counting Crows

  • One for Murder (Lorne Turner Mystery Thrillers, Book 1)
  • By: Joe Talon
  • Narrated by: Edmund Bloxam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Summary

The moor is darkening. Lorne feels it in his bones.

His instincts, honed by years on the battlefields of the desert, scream in warning. Or is it the monster in his head?

When Detective Inspector Tony Shaw tells him the obvious occult symbols on the dead man are nothing more than faked staging, Lorne knows his instincts are right, and the police are wrong. There is darkness, and it’s spreading.

An ancient spirit line is awoken with violence and pain, seeping down from Dunkery Beacon, highest point on Exmoor, to the woodland church of Culbone on the coast.

Lorne Turner, SAS soldier and survivalist trainer, turns to his best friend, Ella Morgan, vicar of the parish, for help. Together, they approach Willow Hunter, a pagan whose past impacts all their futures.

Time is against them as they battle the unseen forces of Somerset’s aristocracy and the mysteries of an ancient moorland, never quite tamed. Its whispering dead seeking justice.

©2021 Joe Talon (P)2022 Joe Talon

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Atmospheric Exmoor Murder Mystery

I picked up this audible as it is set in an area I know well. Great sense of place and beautifully described by an author who obviously knows Exmoor.
The characters are complex and engaging.
I love a good murder mystery, and this had a good pinch of magic to add an extra layer.

There are plenty of loose ends to lead into a second story, which hopefully will be following soon.

I took a few minutes to really tune into the narrator, but he defines the voices well and keeps the pace going really effectively.

Would recommend.

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Amazing

I love the Lorne series and the narrator does well with this series.
I love the books and have read them all. I started listening to the audio books which I don’t normally do but I love this series so much I had to hear what the narrator had done and he’s done a fantastic job with story so far

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Really enjoyed this.

I got this audiobook via a promo code and this is my voluntary review.

This was my first experience with Joe Talon's work, and I enjoyed it a lot.This is a fantastic narrative with action on every page. Interesting cast of individuals mixed with vivid descriptions of the environment. Sunday night I began reading, and Tuesday afternoon I finished. The plot is intriguing, the characters are developed and explained in an unique way, and there are several various threads that flow throughout the novel. Recommended for anyone who likes well-written, gritty novels with more than a touch of the dark side. Edmund Bloxam was the perfect choice of narrator.

I recently purchased the next book, so I'll just keep reading.

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  • David C Taylor
  • 18-09-22

Action-packed thriller!

I recently got an offer for a review copy of the audiobook version for Counting Crows from StoryOrigin. While I wasn’t familiar with Joe Talon’s writing, the titles and blurbs sounded interesting, so I took the offer. Wow, I’m glad I did.

Counting Crows along with being a very good supernatural thriller provides an excellent introduction to Lorne Turner and Ella Morgan. If you like stories with damaged characters who are easy to relate to and easy to like this is a book for you. Along with well-developed characters, the story line flows well and doesn’t give away the killer until just the right moment. Additionally, there is a second storyline from Lorne’s youth that is a faint undercurrent to the whole story. Edmund Bloxam does an excellent job bringing the characters and story to life.

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  • Laura
  • 02-04-22

Great Mystery

This was my first experience with Joe Talon's work, and I enjoyed it a lot. The author created memorable characters. The mystery was convoluted. The inclusion of the occult added a layer of mysticism to the story. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. At first, it was hard to get into Edmund Bloxam's narration style; however, once I had listened to the audiobook for a while, I really started to like the way that he performed. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily posted this review.

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  • Kathie
  • 23-03-22

Great author!

First impression (about three paragraphs} about the narrator not great because he has an accent but when I got used to it, it fit the main character like a glove. The story was fabulous and (being a military brat) I can relate. All in all, extremely great book. Looking for for aother.

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  • Lisa
  • 06-09-21

Creepy in all the right ways. Plenty of character.

It’s about the occult, but it’s nothing to be wary of. In fact, I learned a few things.

It’s much more about the corruption of surprising people. And, of course, the people who try to stop them. They don’t want to, but they have to.