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  • The Bone Jar

  • Detective Lew Kirby, Book 1
  • By: S W Kane
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (168 ratings)

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The Bone Jar

By: S W Kane
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
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Summary

Shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award

Two murders. An abandoned asylum. Will a mysterious former patient help untangle the dark truth?

The body of an elderly woman has been found in the bowels of a derelict asylum on the banks of the Thames. As Detective Lew Kirby and his partner begin their investigation, another body is discovered in the river nearby. How are the two murders connected?

Before long, the secrets of Blackwater Asylum begin to reveal themselves. There are rumours about underground bunkers and secret rooms, unspeakable psychological experimentation, and a dark force that haunts the ruins, trying to pull back in all those who attempt to escape. Urban explorer Connie Darke, whose sister died in a freak accident at the asylum, is determined to help Lew expose its grisly past. Meanwhile Lew discovers a devastating family secret that threatens to turn his life upside down.

As his world crumbles around him, Lew must put the pieces of the puzzle together to keep the killer from striking again. Only an eccentric former patient really knows the truth - but will he reveal it to Lew before it’s too late?

©2020 S W Kane (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Compelling narration of a great story

I only recently discovered this narrator, he is fantastic, totally pulled me into this story and I listened to it in pretty much 2 days. A great detective story and nothing too gruesome or unnecessarily sexual, which was good.

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Creepy atmospheric debut

This is the debut crime thriller from this author and although the synopsis sounded interesting I wasn’t expecting much. How wrong I was. This is a superb police procedural. The setting of an old abandoned asylum with old abandoned tunnels gives the book a creepy, chilling feel straight away. There’s quite a big cast of characters, but unlike some reviewers, I didn’t find it at all confusing. I was gripped from the start and the story moved at a good pace with plenty of twists and turns. Loved the character of Lew Kirby and look forward to the next in the series.

I enjoyed the narration by Matthew Loyd Davies.

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Brilleant!

I could not stop listening , great book ,great characters,great story, I hope the author writes more

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Enjoyed this book. Full of fascinating characters.

There are alot of characters and at times I struggled with who was who but I kept with it and it paid off. It was a fascinating read with good detective work with historical event in the mix.

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my new top reads.

brilliant, great story line kept me guessing, narrative great. couldn't ask for more,buying the more. Patricia Welsh

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Disappointing

I hoped for a good new detective series and was drawn in by great reviews, but sadly I cannot agree. The plot is very slow, the writing cliched and lazy ("the wine hit her like a speeding train"), and the characters never really emerge at all. The main detective's personality is that he lives on a canal boat, has a vintage car, and worries about his parents; the heroine is mostly sensible and then periodically suicidally complacent and stupid, and thinks of a rapist as 'a sleazeball'. One virtue is that because it's slow one can give it about 25% attention and follow the plot fine while doing other things. But I feel ridiculous for still listening (considering abandoning it with an hour to go).
The narrator tries hard, but some of his accents are so terrible as to be bordering on racist (the detective's boss appears to vary between being Jamaican, Pakistani, and Welsh).

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brilliant

first one I've listened to by this author it was really good and will definitely be listening to another

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A fantastic read/ listen

I am not a lover of crime novels but this one griped me from the first chapter what a great book can’t wait for book 2 (I hope)

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  • 21-07-22

I really enjoyed this book

I enjoyed the characters and the story. I'm always interested in Urbex based stories and this one with its empty old asylum had me guessing till the end.

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I'm struggling with this review because it wasn't awful but i wouldn't say it was fantastic either. It plods along at a decent pace and i quite like the main characters but it just seemed to miss the mark for me for some reason.
I think there were too many characters in general which i really struggled to keep up with all the names (that could be my fault though, I'm not very good with names) and i think the plot needed more substance to it just to keep it a bit more gripping. The last hour for me feels like it should have been summed up in an epilogue with some bits being moved to further back into the book. However this is the authors first book and you have to allow for that i think so it's definitely a decent effort and i will try the second one.
The narrator is really good in that i enjoyed listening to his voice, however I'm not entirely sure he's right for this book. I think someone like Paul Thornley would have been more suited. Also i couldn't figure out if Lew's boss was Indian or Welsh judging by the accent! I don't think that's at all racist as someone else has said, just that the narrator struggled with that particular accent. Anyway, definitely worth a listen, just don't expect too much 🙂

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  • Mark D
  • 02-07-20

Not for me

I can't say if this was good or bad. I got all the way through it. It just didn't fully hold my attention. Found myself kind of zoning out. Then trying to figure out where the story was.

I thought it would be great and was looking forward to it. It had everything I love British accent, bodies in an asylum and apparently my new thing urban exploring.

For some reason I just couldn't get into it. I mean it was well written and a good story. It just didn't lay out the way I was expecting (hoping).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-07-20

Another book killed by poor narration

This may be a great story. I couldn't tell you. The volume of the narration was so random and annoying that I just couldn't take it past the first few chapters. I wear my ear buds and listen to books, music and podcasts all the time while doing all kinds of activities. I just don't have time or patience to keep stopping and skipping back to pick up one mumbled word or phrase that may or may not be important. Extremely frustrating. The narration can make or break audible books. This gentleman goes on my short but non-negotiable list of narrators that will cause me not to buy an audible book no matter how much I want the story itself.

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  • 03-07-20

liked!

Great writing, looking forward to more in the series . Cozy , not too gory or corny.

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  • LoriA
  • 24-07-20

Loved it!

It took my a bit to settle into it, but when I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I loved British books, for one and add in great characters and a freaking weird abandoned asylum and I was hooked!

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  • valerie
  • 11-07-20

A SNOOZER

HIGHLY RATED. I READ THS AS A AUDIBLE AND KINDLE. FOR ME IT WAS A SNOOZER. I DID NOT ENJOY AT ALL.

RECOMMENDATION: SKIP IT

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  • Raytdavidson
  • 10-07-20

Is it over yet???

Every bit of this story was underwhelming, the story was scattered, and the characters boring. Don’t waste your money on this one.

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  • Susan 🎧Audible-a-holic🎧 Crowe
  • 14-09-20

Great book!

I'm thinking this was a daily deal? i don't remember but i had never heard of it and it just fell in my lap. Maybe Kindle Unlimited? ANYWAY, I really enjoyed it!! I am excited for book two!
A great police procedural and the narrator is wonderful!

Highly recommended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-08-20

Couldn’t follow the narrator

I’ve missed about 30 % of the story because the narrator whispers the second half of the sentences it’s very confusing. So I just can’t review this book. Never had this happen before. Very frustrating

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  • amazon2
  • 11-08-20

good luck with this one

the book was okay but it was alm8ost in possible to follow the story. the narrator had a lovely voice but everytime spoke for a character I could barelyunderstand what he said. between his accent and the fact that the volume of his voice was extremely low, I missed whole portions of the book and had difficulty following the storyline.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-07-20

Good

Enjoyed listening to this novel. There were times I had to back up because the voice was hard for me to pick up. New written for me, will look for other books by Kane.

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