Taken for Dead

Taken for Dead It is a sunny Saturday in county Cork and an Irish wedding is in full swing Drunk uncles are toasting the bride The Ceilidh band have played for hours But the cutting of the cake will bring the weddi

  • Title: Taken for Dead
  • Author: Graham Masterton
  • ISBN: 9781781856796
  • Page: 360
  • Format: ebook
  • Taken for Dead

    It is a sunny Saturday in county Cork, and an Irish wedding is in full swing Drunk uncles are toasting the bride The Ceilidh band have played for hours But the cutting of the cake will bring the wedding to a horrifying end For there, grinning gruesomely up from the bottom tier, is the severed head of the local baker.Katie Maguire, of the Irish Garda, does not have anyIt is a sunny Saturday in county Cork, and an Irish wedding is in full swing Drunk uncles are toasting the bride The Ceilidh band have played for hours But the cutting of the cake will bring the wedding to a horrifying end For there, grinning gruesomely up from the bottom tier, is the severed head of the local baker.Katie Maguire, of the Irish Garda, does not have any leads until another local businessman goes missing in horrific circumstances The murders appear to link to The Kings of Erin, a terrifying gang of torturers and extortionists But these are dangerous men And they will stop at nothing to throw Katie off the trail

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    1. Petra

      Book 4 in the Katie Maguire series and the first one that isn't up to the 4 stars I've given for the others. This one deals with cases of kidnapping. Local businessmen are being kidnapped by a group called The Kings of Erin. I still enjoy the mix of history and mythology that Masterton inserts into these books and the sense of the Irish setting was excellent again. But Katie's 'development' in this one was terrible. I am referring to her decision-making regarding her new next door neighbor. I do [...]

    2. Jane Walker

      This is the worst junk I've had the misfortune to pick up in a long time. Female detectives are very popular at the moment; but this one is written by a man, and the star has no credibility. First we have a ludicrously improbable seduction, and a sex scene described in the sort of pornographic detail only indulged in by a very bad writer. Then comes a double murder dwelt on in loving detail which made me doubt Masterton's sanity. Then I gave up. It's awful.

    3. Alex

      Bizarre. This book constantly flicks between gratuitous violence, overt sexism, kidnapping and fraud, and soft porn at quite an astonishing rate. I found the whole story too fantastical by far, and the relationship sideline between Katie/David/Sorcha just pathetic. Predictable 'baddies' you could see a mile off. However I did quite like the character of Katie, and despite everything I was intrigued enough to read to the end! Won't be rushing back to read more of this author though.

    4. David Highton

      A very violent and ruthless kidnapping gang, a difficult neighbour and an unfair boss all conspire to make life tough for Superintendent Katie Maguire. I love the Irish dialogue in these books. The second half better than the first. Will read #5 in the series

    5. Paul

      Taken For Dead – Pulsating Irish ThrillerTaken For Dead is the fourth thriller in the Katie Maguire series written by bestselling British horror writer Graham Masterton which is set in and around County Cork. What makes this a brilliant thriller is that the twisted mind of the horror writer brings it to the thriller and genre and ratchets up the tension, the blood and gore, not that I am complaining. This is an original and twisted take by a writer who digs the depths of his dark writing psych [...]

    6. Joe Stamber

      I've been reading Graham Masterton's books for over 30 years and with the Katie Maguire series he has added another string to his bow. This mystery/crime series has been consistently good but I did consider giving the latest addition a lower score. There were a couple of scenes where characters took a course of action that they just wouldn't have, and it didn't work for me. However, by the end I realised that I had enjoyed the story too much overall to give it less than 4 stars. Fans of the seri [...]

    7. Simon Okill

      Taken For Dead (Katie Maguire #4) by Graham Masterton is a masterful crime thriller full of menace and mystery, just as this genre should be. In Katie's fourth outing there is more drama and anguish in her life which perhaps interferes with her professional life, well that is the opinion of her male chauvinist pig of a boss. But in true Katie fashion she puts her personal troubles aside to solve her next grisly murder spree. And in typical Masterton style the reader is spattered from head to toe [...]

    8. Marissa

      Katie, what the hell happened?I loved the first book, thought 2 and 3 were just okay, but this one seems to have totally sunk a formerly likeable, intelligent, strong female protagonist to several new lows. The total narcissism and one bad decision after another continue to escalate with each new story. Since Broken Angels, the books all end on a cliffhanger of some sort. If you write a good story, Graham, you don't need to resort to a cheap trick to get us to come back. #5 comes out in a few mo [...]

    9. Julie Kellner

      I have been reading Graham Masterton for over 30 years & this series is my least favourite. Not enough of the thriller & horror I love so much in his books. A mediocre thriller

    10. Joyce

      4 and 1 / 2 starsA party is celebrating a wedding when they cut into the cake they discover something hard. The father of one of the celebrants takes the cake partially apart to discover a human nose and an awful smell. He calls the police. Katie and her team have several cases on the go. One is a missing young girl. She was recently spotted in a car by one of her friends. Another is trying to gather enough evidence to bring to trial a bad guy who runs the biggest and most vicious prostitute rin [...]

    11. Tobin Elliott

      For the fourth book in the Katie Maguire series, this is the first one that I felt Masterton took his foot off the throttle a bit. This felt more like a transitional novel, as though he had to set up the action for book five.To start with, Masterton has absolutely never shied away from the gross stuff in this series. It's been, to me, one of the distinguishing features of the series, a police procedural coming from the mind and fingers of an established horror author. Only this particular one fe [...]

    12. Tamer Emam

      Now Graham has proved himself to a talented emotional descriptive writer. The book talks about I think the most overwhelming experience that Katie has faced during her entire career. Feeling you're not able to trust anyone around you is what I exactly felt during the past weeks, especially at work, that's why I felt each word in that book very much related to my current state of mind. The sensation of injustice and prejudice from her superiors and the fact that her whole life has fallen all arou [...]

    13. Plum-crazy

      Wowis had me totally engrossed! Okay, to be fair there was never any doubt that I would love it being a HUGE Masterton fan but I truly enjoyed minute of this apart from the end.& that was only because it meant it was over & certainly my favourite in the series so far.My only criticism is why on earth, later on in the story, Katie let David into her house - what were you thinking woman!!! - to me these actions were neither those of a police Superintendent nor those of the strong woman she [...]

    14. Amy

      Although I do enjoy the Kate McGuire series I'll be honest in that they are not the strongest crime series. None of the sequels have yet lived up to the first in the series. However, still an enjoyable read that won't tax the brain too much. I quite liked the plot idea instead of the conventional murderer but found the ending fell flat. I also felt this book was trying to do too much and at times it felt so many plot lines were under developed.

    15. Sarah

      This was a bit of a mess. I am a huge fan of Graham Masterton as a horror writer so was quite interested to hear he had written a crime series. However this was not his finest hour. There are quite a few plot lines which stretch the imagination too much and some characters are dreadfully under utilised. I hadn't realised when I began that this was the fourth book in the series but it can be read as a stand-alone book.

    16. Tim Parker

      Decent crime novel. Liked the writing style and the use of authentic Irish language. The main character was intriguing and likable. Some very gruesome details and descriptions kept me wondering what would be discovered next. A who-done-it that was somewhat easy to figure out after the first few chapters.

    17. K.B. Walker

      There are tiny things that annoy me about Graham Masterton's writing, including not being completely convinced by the female lead, but I wouldn't want that to put anyone off reading his books. They are gripping and interesting and well worth a read.

    18. Chip

      Another brutal murder mystery, heavy on the murder. I love this series and cannot wait for the next book. However, I felt that one of the mystery sub-plots was way, way too telegraphed.

    19. Ian Mapp

      Book 4 in the Katie Maguire series and the stars just a tumble.I gave the first three all four star reviews. If it wasn't for the dialogue and turns of Irish phrase which never fail to entertain, then this would have been a 1 star. If it had been the first book in the series, then there is no way I would have continued.Katie was such a strong, believable character in the other books. In the opening chapter, she ends up in bed with her newly moved in married next door neighbour. The whole relatio [...]

    20. Denise

      A young couple makes a gruesome discovery on their wedding day: Baked into the lowest tier of their wedding cake, they find the baker's severed head. It turns out a gang calling itself the High Kings of Erin is kidnapping local businessmen who are deep in debt and holding them for ransom - with deadly consequences if their demands aren't met. While DS Katie Maguire is doing all she can to prevent another murder, her job is made more complicated by the fact that both the kidnappers and the press [...]

    21. Bee Wyeth

      I think I am done with this series now - the female lead is ok as a detective but her personal life got really unbelievable in this one. She has a one night stand with a married next door neighbour - despite suspecting he is violently abusive towards his wife! When she turns him down on the next attempt he gets aggressive and violent with her and later makes an official bogus complaint against her. When it turns out she is pregnant from this bizarre incident she not only decides to keep the baby [...]

    22. Helen

      Definitely not one for the squeamish! Luckily I'm not. It wasn't the brutal violence that made this less than five stars for me. I can see that ruthless criminals do ruthless things. No, it was the repetition. Something happened. Somebody told somebody about it. Who told somebody else. And every time, all the details were repeated. Fair enough for the characters, they needed to know what was going on. But it irked me to have it told over and over for the reader. 'She told him what had happened/w [...]

    23. Nathan

      I enjoyed this , as I have done the previous Katie Maguire books. However, if I read the phrase carroty curled young man one more time, I think I am going to punch someone.**** SPOILER ALERT**** Although I thought the book ended slightly prematurely as the main orchestrators of the kidnapping/murder plot were still at large, I am looking forward to the next book. Maybe you get to find out what happens to them in Blood Sisters ?

    24. Balthazar Lawson

      Katie Maguire's commitment to the oath she took as a police officer is sorely challenge when she battles wits with a gang of ruthless kidnappers. She soon realises that there is someone in her team helping them and doesn't know where to turn. When witnesses, and even potential witnesses, are taken she faces a life threatening situation.This book is full of the horrible thinks that humans do to other humans, but it all adds to a thrilling read. It's graphic but worth reading.

    25. Gemma

      It has taken just over two months for me to read this book whereas the others in the series were devoured in days. That says enough really.The plots are predictable and I have never cringed more at sex scenes than I have with these books. I've heard enough about waxed genitals and bright pink thongs. It doesn't suit Katie at all.

    26. CarWag

      My first read of a Graham Masterton novel. A good read, but I'm afraid I guessed the ending about two thirds of the way through, and no I don't read the last chapter before starting the book ! That said, I would read more books in the Katie Maguire series, along with other books by Graham Masterton

    27. Dee

      took a while to get going and I kind of had the twist figured out early on - but isn't stopping me from reading the next one

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