Mersey Dark: The Templeton Novels - Book One Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
When detective Nelson Tanner is sent to investigate a horrific double murder, he quickly realizes that the important question is not who is responsible. The true puzzle may be what is responsible for the killings.
Tanner is drawn into a conspiracy of dark magic and revenge. In order to save the people of Liverpool from annihilation, he must first survive his own destruction. Tanner is forced to wage war against a powerful enemy, and his only chance of victory lies with his new partner - a man named Templeton.
Mersey Dark is a tale of magic, horror, and revenge in which the deeds of the past may bring ruin to all.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 20 minutes|
|Narrator||Terry F. Self|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 10, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #399,231 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3,426 in Historical Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#13,117 in Horror Fiction
#24,623 in Historical Mystery
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I’m interested to see where Whitehead takes us next with Templeton and look forward to the next in the series.
And yes, that is Templeton from Whitehead’s Seas of Blood (another great spooky tale). You don’t need to read Seas of Blood to understand Templeton in Mersey Dark, but both are entertaining novels. Templeton is a Finder and he literally finds things – odd, terrifying things. He’s very cagey about who his employers are or even how he does what he does. I love the mystery this guy represents and greatly look forward to seeing what the author has in store for him in future books.
The book opens with a past event that shapes all the events of 1856 Mersey. David, a plantation slave, matches wills with Sir Thomas Richmond over medical care for his son. Sir Thomas is surprised by David’s choice and that choice is literally seared into the flesh and memory of his son. Vengeance can take years to fully brew.
Detective Tanner is an enjoyable character. He’s dedicated to this job but his superiors aren’t very interested in his opinions at first. The story also follows a young boy, the oldest of his siblings. He’s been caught thieving too often, even if he’s only stealing to feed his family (having no father and a drunk mom). Things look pretty grim for the lad but he meets a girl under dire circumstances. The two of them become instrumental in solving the case.
As for who or what is doing the killing – well, you’ll just have to pick up a copy of the book to find out. That’s where the supernatural element comes in. I was surprised! Here I was expecting a fairly standard werewolf tale but as small clues appear, I knew there was something else going on. I loved the slow reveal. Very suspenseful! 5/5 stars.
The Narration: Terry Self gives us another excellent performance. I have enjoyed all his narrations of Michael Whitehead’s novels. His range of accents and female voices is great. All the characters sound unique and the ladies sound feminine. I love his clipped, professional manner for Templeton, his young girl’s voice, and his enraged plantation slave accent. The pacing was spot on & there were no technical issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own.