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  • Keep the Midnight Out

  • By: Alex Gray
  • Narrated by: Joe Dunlop
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (211 ratings)

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Keep the Midnight Out

By: Alex Gray
Narrated by: Joe Dunlop
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Summary

When the body of a red-haired young man is washed up on the shore of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Detective Superintendent Lorimer's tranquil holiday away from the gritty streets of Glasgow is rudely interrupted. The body has been bound with twine in a ghoulishly unnatural position and strongly reminds Lorimer of another murder: a twenty-year-old Glasgow case that he failed to solve as a newly fledged detective constable and which has haunted him ever since.

As local cop DI Stevie Crozier takes charge of the island murder investigation, Lorimer tries to avoid stepping on her toes. But as the similarities between the young man's death and his cold case grow more obvious, Lorimer realises that there could be a serial killer on the loose after all these years.

As Keep the Midnight Out switches dramatically between the Mull murder and the Glasgow cold case two decades earlier, DC Lorimer tries desperately to catch a cold-hearted killer. Has someone got away with murder for decades?

©2015 Alex Gray (P)2015 Isis Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Brings Glasgow to life in the same way Ian Rankin evokes Edinburgh." ( Daily Mail)
"Gray is the new master of Scottish crime writing." ( Scottish Daily Express)
"Alex Gray describes her characters with sensitivity and the investigations in careful detail." ( Literary Review)

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Enjoyable Scottish Isles murder mystery

Where does Keep the Midnight Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not a gripping murder mystery by any means but draws you in and makes you feel like a part of their community

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the slow, charming easiness of the whole thing

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I think I enjoyed the interview with the parents of the dead boy...it was heartbreaking but had other dimensions that really made you think

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved when the mother of the boy who was found dead 20'years before, finally found out that her son was dead and wouldn't be coming back! She had known deep inside but not allowed herself to believe it!

Any additional comments?

The book wasn't, gripping or pacey or like any murder mystery that I've read before. But the slow pace and lives of the local people really reeled you in to life on the Scottish isles and made you feel a part of it. A refreshing listen...

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Fabulous and gripping

Just as all consuming to listen to as the other 'Lorrimor' books that I've had the pleasure to get engrossed in. Am looking forward to the next one.

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Scottish through and through

The reader was Scots and it was not easy to differentiate between the characters except when they were meant to be old women.
The story itself was good and kept me wanting to hear a little more when I set the sleep mode for half an hour!
The only thing I miss about it not being a book is that some of the words are ones I do not know or understand or can even spell so that I can look them up. A little is lost there.
Overall I would happily have another of Alex Grays stories to accompany me to sleep.

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A little disappointing

A very run of the mill detective story in spite of the intriguing story line. Why do writers always have to provide a sad back story for their main detective ? It didn't add to the overall tale at all. I thought the narration was good and fitted the setting of the story but will not be rushing to read any more of Alex Grey's books

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Lorimer Rocks!

This was my first introduction to Alex Gray's books and I am addicted already. It had my attention from start to finish. Totally recommend this.

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For whom is this written?

What disappointed you about Keep the Midnight Out?

The patronising way the one of the main female characters was treated. Although a police inspector, she was portrayed as a silly, weak character, and jealous too! Later on, she is reduced by the tall, blue-eyed superintendent. Oh dear me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Alex Gray again?

I doubt it very much. I have also no idea for which target group Mr Gray writes. And that is a pity, because he can write, that is not it. It is just the appalling patronising mentality which is irritating, nonetheless its message that homosexuality is completely acceptable. Maybe it was meant as a 'coming out of the closet' stimulant?

What three words best describe Joe Dunlop’s performance?

A good voice.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I love Scottish police novels, Ian Rankin, James Oswald, Stuart MacBride. It is hard to compete with these, I appreciate that too.

Any additional comments?

The sales algorithms of Audible need some more fine-tuning as too the overall outlook of a book and its intended audience.

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great story

I enjoyed this book tremendously, loved the setting wish i could visit sometime. The narrators ability to change voice for each carictor was wonderful.

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Gritty drama

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Gritty drama, full of twists and turns, loved it. Will definitely read/listen to more by this author.

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A bit of a plod

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Found this difficult to listen to, there seemed to be little differentiation between chapters and therefore hard to keep up with what seemed sudden changes of character and location.

If you’ve listened to books by Alex Gray before, how does this one compare?

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What didn’t you like about Joe Dunlop’s performance?

More the recording that was irritation rather than narration

Do you think Keep the Midnight Out needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

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Ok but not startling

I enjoy all the tartan noir fiction but this writer is not at the top of my list. I listened to the whole book but it was not one that I couldn't wait to get back to. Nowhere near in the same league as Peter May.

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  • JOHN McCREADY
  • 20-04-15

Great listen.

Thoroughly enjoyable this story. Thoroughly recommend.
Loved the narration with the slight Scottish accent.
Looking forward to the next novel.