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Summary

A string of grisly murders... A scared and superstitious populace... An investigator desperate for redemption... 

When murders in the poverty-stricken Liberties begin to be credited to a savage dark beast with the soul of a recently deceased serial killer, Alderman James knows he must take on the case. He sees an all too human hand at work and is determined to win over the people he once let down so badly. 

With only the duplicitous and deceitful Hellfire Club member, Mr. Edwards, for assistance, James ventures out in the cold, snowy streets in search of the true killer. Can he solve the case and redeem himself once and for all? Or will the fear and anger in the streets finally boil over into chaos?  

If you like serial killer and detective stories in a historical setting, you'll love this book.
 

Buy Now to enter the thrilling world of Alderman James"

©2014 Rory McNeill (P)2020 Rory McNeill

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I haven’t had to do this for a while. I always make my bias’ known at the start of my reviews. I requested this as a review copy based entirely on the author and not the series. I’ve read and reviewed 4 of his stories before and they’re all great. I’m also a fan of mystery novels and it’s been too long since I read a good mystery.

I’m not really sure why this story has the Supernatural genre tag on Audible. It is a European P. Douglas story, so I was expecting it. Aside from a small moment that’s never explained, (as far as I can recall anyway), everything is grounded in reality. It’s a straightforward mystery novel that’s likely going to leave you guessing. If you like to try to figure out the mystery as you read, this one likely isn’t for you. I’m not one to try, but the ending took me by surprise either way.

I feel like this is the one time I didn’t read a book’s summary that actually came back to bite me. I kept expecting supernatural elements and for a good chunk of the novel, I wondered if it was a Jack the Ripper retelling. I just hit play on the audiobook and was quickly engrossed in the world and the lives of the characters. This is one of those rare stories where I actually found myself caring about the characters. They all have wants and desires and feelings that extend past the current plot point.

The audible narration overall was excellent. There wasn’t a single hiccup and I never had an issue telling characters apart. It’s one of those narrations I find hard to remember because it was just great and I didn’t have to stop to take notes constantly. He did say “onvelope”, which isn’t a word. Other than that though, the audio was perfect.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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Impressive story loved it

Loved this story. A murder mystery set in Dublin at the end of the 18th Century, a series of vicious murders committed by what appears to be a preternatural creature instil fear and paranoia among the poor and rich alike. Alderman James, Edwards a enigmatic member of the Hellfire club, a local blacksmith and a prostitute all involve themselves in the case. The lives of the characters a well described and contrasted, the story flows well and really draws you into the period. I did not work out the murderer, and there were some great twists and turns along the way. I will definitely be reading more of these. The narration is wonderful with an excellent grasp of accents, a fine performance and easy to listen to.. Sone of the language seems a bit modern but that is just me nit-picking. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy from Storyorigin and am leaving a honest voluntary review

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Great mystery

This is a well written book with a great plot and a lot of historical details about Dublin. The characters are well thought out and strong. The choice of narrator is excellent I enjoyed this story and look forward to listening or reading the next in this series.

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"A hungry dog that was willing to wait."

Following the death by his own hand of sadistic serial killer Thomas Olocher in the 'Black Dog' prison, Dublin, in 1786, a new and terrifying creature stalks the streets, slashing victims both male and female so badly that they are, sometimes, unrecognisable. The city is in terror, superstition rife: is it the returned soul of the dead serial killer come to take revenge? As Alderman James, with the assistance of the heinous and aristocratic Edwards, tries desperately to save his city by finding the monster, named the Dolocher, a prostitute and a scarred blacksmith feel the first touches of love for each other in the shadows of terror and anger.

The story charts the growth of a myth, the fear engendered where poverty is rampant and people are without hope, desperate to simply survive. The atmosphere of poverty and degradation seeps out from most of the pages, holding the reader in it's grip, and a vivid contrast to the luxurious home of Edwards. Narration by Jack McArthur does full justice to the text, not over emphasising darker scenes but giving them just the right level of emotion, and each character is individually voiced. A good performance.

More than a simple serial killer search, this is a book of historic fear and horror, and very well written. The ending is surprising, too. I was very fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of The Dolocher, at my request, by the rights holder via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. As an historical novel or an unusual who-dun-it, or even as a hope-in-the-face-of-almost-nothing, this is a book well worth reading.

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A gripping story of terror from beginning to end!

Set in the days of olde Ireland, this story revolves around horrific murders taking lives in the most violent way. As the townsfolk struggle to survive the terror of the Dolocher, the dark monster committing these crimes, heroes are made and cowards are bourne. A riveting novel that keeps the reader, as well as the listener, fully engrossed to the bitter end! Excellent narration and story telling!

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  • 07-03-21

Wonderful narrator

Both the story and audio narrator were top-notch. The story was interesting, creepy, and suspenseful all at the same time. The narrator's voice and inflections were both simple and demonstrative at the same time. The ending of the story was enlightening and wrapped up the tale quite nicely.
Thank you to the author for allowing me a copy to listen to so I could choose to write a review of my own honest opinions.

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  • Clau
  • 17-06-20

Excellent!

I really liked this book and enjoyed the mystery and the complex, complicated interactions between the different characters.

Strangely enough, even as this is part of a series called 'Alderman James Mystery', and he does, indeed, investigates the horrendous crimes that are unsettling Dublin, the main character in this story, at least OMHO, was the blacksmith Timothy Mullins.

He is a great character, a brave, conflicted man who is driven to hunt the Dolocher first for a need for revenge and later, for love. In my eyes, he is the real hero in the story.

The depiction of 18th century's Dublin, the poverty and hopeless of the inhabitants of the 'The Liberties' is really well done. And I always give extra points to any story that has me googling facts, and this one certainly did; the real historical background of this novel made it even better for me.

I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series.

Jack McArthur's narration was perfect for this story.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 03-07-22

A well-written story from a good author

The Dolocher: The Alderman James Mystery Thriller Series, Book 1, my third read from author European P. Douglas. A well-written, entertaining read, very Holmesian in tone, with intriguing, well-developed characters that I read in a single setting.75-hours 51-minutes/252-pages. Jodi Gaylord's narration adds to a good book's enjoyment. “I received a free Audible copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review." The gifting of this book did not affect my opinion of it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • tburbr
  • 15-12-21

Great Series Starter

The author and narrator did a superb job with this book. The story line was well written and kept me hooked from beginning to end. The narrator breathed life into the story and made this an easy and entertaining listen.

I received a copy of the audiobook and am voluntarily leaving my honest review,

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  • Lisa
  • 09-10-21

A whole other world

Taking place in Dublin, you can almost smell the filth,grime and .....pigs. Gangs, cops,prostitutes, elite, all part of this great mystery that is the Dolocher.
The narrater transforms you into this dark,dank time in history where superstition and the terror of murder takes hold of an entire city.
Take a journey into the twist and turns and another world to try to solve the mystery of the Dolocher.
Great book!

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  • Becky
  • 30-09-21

The city lives on through its myths.

I listened to Audible version of this book. The narrator was excellent! He gets 5+ stars. Lots of expression. His excitement enhanced my excitement.
This history lesson of the Dolocher and Historic Dublin was very good. I had never heard of this.
Creepy scary. Very entertaining.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Story Origin.

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  • DDBookreviews
  • 23-09-21

The Mystery of the Dolocher

During Georgian Ireland, a legend was born of a dark beast with murderous teeth that sought its prey in the dead of night. The Dolocher.
In this, the first instalment of the Alderman James Mysteries, the Alderman finds himself living through the events that made the Dolocher one of the most remembered happenings in Dublin.
The Black Dog prison was open from 1714-1794 and housed prostitutes, and was more known as a debt prison. When the murderer Olocher is arrested for murdering women and sent there to await his hanging, the whole neighbourhood is shocked when Olocher commits suicide. As many pigs were roaming the streets, the people believed that Olocher's spirit settled in them, thus still roaming the streets. This is only ingrained amongst the inhabitants when night after night, some unknown animal kills first watchmen and then the young girl who was a witness at Olocher's trial.

In this haunting narration of the book The Dolocher, written by European P Douglas, you, as the listener, is transported to Dublin. The plot is laid out as a good mystery should be, and the ending was a surprise. The characters are authentic, and the narrator's accents and performance of the different characters give authenticity to the novel.

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  • Katts
  • 03-09-21

Far not as good as I expected

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I swear I can’t give it more.
I’m usually not a fan of thrillers because there’s already enough drama in my life but this one was just plainly boooooriiiiiing…. I couldn’t wait for it to finish.
I was expecting some story of gruesome killing and a Jack the Ripper retelling but all the gruesome scenes felt boring and underdeveloped and I just couldn’t feel the story at all.

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  • Linda L.
  • 01-02-21

What an interesting story

This story was based in 1788 in Dublin. Thomas Olocher was a murderer who was caught, but commits suicide before he could be hanged. Immediately Dublin is terrorized by some type of beast they call the Dolocher. Initially the people in Dublin believed it was the ghost of Olocher continuing his murder spree. It is up to Alderman James to solve the mystery of the Dolocher before it kills everyone in Dublin.

This was an interesting twist to the legend of Jack the Ripper. To this day the story of the Dolocher is known in Ireland. Well written and great ending.

I received this free story from StoryOrigin for an honest review.

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  • Laura
  • 24-01-21

Haunting

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and any opinions expressed herein are my own.

A very good atmospheric horror story which had me guessing until the end.

The narrator, Jack McArthur, was unfamiliar to me. However, his Irish lilt and foreboding tone lend a sense of apprehension to the story.