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Summary

Dundee, Scotland, 1862. After the mill of businessman Matthew Beaumont burns to the ground, Detective Sergeant George Watters is sent to investigate.

Soon, George discovers that this is not the first property that has been targeted. When a man is found dead in the hold of a trade ship, George discovers a shocking connection between Beaumont and foreign powers threatening the very country.

George tries to get to the bottom of the mystery, but clues are few and far between. What connects the enigmatic Beaumont to the murder and strange events taking place in the Dundee shipyard?

©2019 Malcolm Archibald (P)2020 Malcolm Archibald

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Very enjoyable

Good story with a twist or two but nothing daft. Liked the narrator but his London accent made me feel how most Scots must feel listening to English narrators.

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Action and adventure from page one

My first time reading this author and this genre, and I can’t believe how much I did enjoy the story. From the first chapter you are gripped, the description of the Scottish area and the characters are perfect. I feel the reader is transported back to this time and is in the footsteps of Sargent Watters has he battles everything thrown into his path. Full of action and excitement to the last page.
The narrator has the perfect voice for this book. A beautiful accent and very clear voice.
I have this book for free for an unbiased review.

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The Fireraisers is a good listen

I loved the story and the research into the workings of Dundee at that time. The characters are full and descriptive. The story clips along with new turns and full of imagining for the listener. The narrator kept me visualising all the people in the story in full colour with accents which helped to place me with them in parts of Scotland. Very well done.

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  • Randy Gravitz
  • 17-12-20

This one stuck with me

I got this from a free code from the narrator Max Best and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. The narration was terrific and unique. I am disappointed that Book 2 in the series hasn’t been teleasex yet but I definitely want to follow Detective Waters.

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  • Pattwee
  • 07-03-20

Mystery

Well written mystery with some plots and interesting twists and turns.
Narration was very good

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  • cora
  • 05-03-20

Fire and water

Whatever a great book adventures of constable waters at sea and on land fire and water the light for book really really good book. The author and the narrator both did an excellent job I am so happy that I got this book I would recommend this book to anybody it was so good.

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  • richard joesten
  • 03-03-20

The Fireraisers

A great mystery listen that has great world building as well as the story really flows and the characters come out really well. The Narrator does a fantastic job at bringing the voices. And the Author has done a great job with all the twists and turns. This is definitely a great mystery that I definitely recommend.
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  • Deedra
  • 02-03-20

The Fireraisers

It is 1862 ,in Scotland and Mills are burning.Luckilly no one has been injured.Sargent Ward is sent to check into it and finds it is not this owners first fire,then he finds himself thrown into an adventure in chaos that will lead him into the American Civil war and back.A very good story with a lot of adventure. Max Best was a very good narrator.While he does a believable USA Southern accent his is a Scottish brogue.During regular speech he is understandable,but when he talks to himself in a lower tone,or mumbles I have no idea what he said. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Charla White
  • 27-02-20

Mystery within a mystery and much more!

The Fireraisers consist of a series of mysteries within one another and although they do not appear connected, Detective Sergeant Watters of the Dundee Police discovers far more than he was expecting including arson, murder and disturbing connections. When I first started to listen to this book, I discovered it needed a more dedicated listen in order to follow the events. I have discovered that the author, Malcolm Archibald is very adept at creating intricate mysteries and a variety of intrigues. His use of historical facts to create his fiction and his not being content to staying on one continent is uniquely done.

His character and plot development were solid and well done. His dialog was spot on as well, making the story flow easily. I thought his twists were well executed as well. This story has it all – mystery, suspense, history, intrigue, adventure with a touch of humor.

The narrator, Max Best, performed the book very well although in the beginning his accent was a bit hard to understand but that gave a more realistic feel to the characters and plot. After a short bit, I enjoyed his performance thoroughly and became enthralled in the story. I hope to hear more narrated by Max Best.

There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.

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  • Gail
  • 28-01-20

Little hard to understand.

Although I feel the plot of the story was a good one. A story of mystery, murder, arson, with a little war, plots and schemes. I found this Audiobook a little hard to get into, I really had to listen to understand what was being said.
The heavy Scottish accent for me made it a chore to listen to. I feel that if the narrator had made the storyline with not such a heavy Scottish accent the narration would’ve been much more enjoyable to listen to.
Although I feel the Scottish accent does contribute to the story it would’ve been better if it had of just been with the Scottish characters.
In saying that the narrator still does a good job giving each character their own unique voice. In doing so each character recognisable.
Violence did not go into great details.
Corse language I don’t think there were any. If there was it was only minimal.