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Joseph Lake doesn’t know who he is or where he came from, but he’s beginning to think that the answer might be the death of him.

By day, Joseph scrubs toilets and fixes broken light fittings, by night he looks into weird stuff: Local hauntings, unexplained disappearances, satanic cabals dancing naked around ancient stone circles.

The usual.

The uncanny calls to him like a beacon, and he follows its signal wherever it leads, hoping that one day it will shine a light on who he really is.

Can Joseph put the pieces together and figure out his identity? And if he does, will he be able to live with who he really is?

Mystery, scares, and fast-paced action collide in this thrilling urban fantasy. Dark Lakes: A Three-Book Collection, combines the first three books in the Dark Lakes series:

  • Magic Eater
  • Blood Stones
  • Past Sins
©2017 M.V. Stott & David Bussell (P)2021 M.V. Stott & David Bussell

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loved this book!

loved it! if I could have given it ten stars I would have.
Great story, brill characters, fab sense of humour. but I have to say it would not have Been so good without the narrator he did such a good job.

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Entertaining Urban Fantasy

It's not often that books are laugh out loud funny but this trilogy achieves the snorts, sniggers and guffaws in droves. By following the antics of the likeable protagonist and his foul mouthed sidekick we are treated to to three thoroughly enjoyable tales of magical mayhem all set against the background of England's Lake District. The humour is very much British so may not appeal to everyone but I personally couldn't get enough of it. Hopefully there will be another trilogy featuring Joseph Lake in the near future.

The narration by Dave Jones was superb. His character voices and delivery was spot on bringing genuine warmth, humour and pathos as needed. The sound quality is crystal clear and the editing is flawless.

All in all, if you need a laugh, you cannot go wrong listening to this trilogy

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Exceptional Narrator

This is a good book made outstanding by the narrator. I have a lot of audio books and I think this was the best story telling I have ever heard. A total delight.

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enjoyed

I loved the narration of Dave Jones.

This is a great listen. Joseph Lake. Joe’s woken up near a lake 10 years ago with no memory of who he is and he’s still trying to find clues and piece things together. We have hauntings, unexplained disappearances, satanic dancing naked around stone circles. A handyman who does not know he is a warlock.


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Just me then..

I like this type of story and have given it three stars for that reason, though I haven’t made it very far into the book.
People apparently love the narration but for me, it makes this unbearable. Like I’m listening to somebody performing specifically for children. Spoilt perhaps, as I have recently listened to a Caimh McDonnell’s Stranger Times series, read by Morgan C Jones. I will try and read this book on kindle.

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Absolutely fantastic series

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Narrator: Dave Jones

The narrator does an excellent job with his delivery of the story and his portrayal of the characters, he definitely enhances the enjoyment of the books.

Bk 1: Magic Eater
I enjoyed this story although for me it did seem to take its time revealing, (or starting to reveal) Just who Joesph Lake is or was?but I guess it’s showing who he is now before coming books reveal who he was and what led to him waking with no memories 10 years ago!
It’s entertaining and fun and will have you hooked in not wanting to miss any detail.
Joesph Lake is a likeable character and Eva Familiar is one of a kind lol, the ending will definitely leave you reaching for the next book because you will absolutely want to know the story behind that revelation.

Bk 2: Blood Stones
Is Joseph Lakes starting to melt Eva Familiar’s gruff exterior? She’ll never admit it if he is.

Joseph finds out a bit more about who he was but uncovering that info is frustratingly slow for him, throw in several uncanny problems and some deception and what you have is a fantastic story that you don’t want to miss a second of.
I’m still loving the unique and cranky bombshell that is Eva Familiar.

This is definitely a series you don’t want to miss out on.

Bk 3: Past Sins
Not gonna lie I’m totally caught up in this uncanny world. A fantastic tale with witty sarcasm, amazing characters, twists I didn’t see coming and a rather emotional element that may have blurred my vision for a moment or two. To the author I say WHY? Just why did you do that?
I honestly can not get enough of these books.

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fantastic

I loved these books but I have to say the narrator made them for me. His voice brought to life the characters in a way nobody else could. Amazing.

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unusual

very weird and wonderful, sympathetic characters...quite over the top. have to read large chunks or the tale is difficult to follow so keep at it. it's worth it

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Wow!

Fantastic! All three books were great. Loved listening to every minute. Very well written and the narration was excellent. Going to start them again.

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Oh My God! Just Brilliant

where to begin??? from the first paragraph, I was hooked. The storyline is amazing, with lots if twists but always on point.

The narrator Dave Jones, was fantastic. The main character was so likeable but Mr Jones made him the kind of guy you'd love to have as your best mate! I'm just so gutted the book has finished. when can we expect more? Soon please 🙏

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  • B Drew
  • 21-02-22

Excellent series

This story follows Joseph Lake, who lost his memory some 10 years back and has been trying to figure out who is is since. Investigations into the paranormal lead him down an entirely unexpected path, with the help of a less than charming familiar, Eva. I wasn’t a fan of all the flatulence jokes, but otherwise thought this series was quirky and interesting! The pace was excellent, and so was the story.

The narrator was fantastic! He really captured the essence of the characters he played, giving life to each of their personalities. Occasionally the volume would dip so it was hard to hear, but that happened few enough times that it wasn’t that bad.

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 26-12-21

3 Audible books in One

The MC Joseph Lake is a gentle, unassuming, simple man who just wants to know his past.
Eva Familiar is a Familiar that has a filthy mouth, nothing good to say about Joseph, and a alcoholic. These two together are trying to protect the Lake area and fight the good fight.
I have listened to several other Uncanny Kingdom books and this collection is OK, but not one of the better ones. Narrator does a good job with the characters voices and the entire storyline.

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  • Jamie Kelley
  • 28-11-21

great story

I loved this little series, it caught my attention and kept it before I knew it my books were over. I'm looking forward to more in the future...top notch totally!!