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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 31 August 2013
I really enjoyed reading this book, following Katie Maguire as she runs a race against time to catch whoever is responsible for a series of brutal slayings of local priests in Cork. First though, she has to figure out why they are being singled out, all she knows is that they were involved in events going back to 1983 involving the abuse of children in their care. I have to say, that this is not a book for the faint hearted. The slayings are brutal and sadistic, full of torture and described in great detail. I found myself wincing quite a lot!

I really like the character of Katie. She has forged a successful career for herself in the Garda, is bright, intelligent, caring and feminine. I love the way she picked out what clothes to wear in order to make the right impression on certain occasions. She is also at something of a crossroads in her personal life, which made good reading and a break from the gory bloodfest going on all around her. The book is full of very good, realistic characters who are interesting to read about. The story flows well, for the most part, as the tale unfolds on the page. It is at times brutal but can also be passionate and every so often there are those little one liners that you often come across in Irish books that just put a great smile on your face.

However, I have to say that the read was spoiled for me by a lot of editing errors, mainly words missing which interrupted my reading quite a bit. There were also a couple of silly things that bugged me - at one point Katie had to speak on the telephone to a Garda officer in another division to order him to lend one of her officers a squad car, yet the next day she didn't know anything about it, as well as a fireman who wore sunglasses in the middle of the night!

All in all though, this is a really gripping page-turner.
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on 11 November 2013
I chose this book because it was in the top ten best sellers on Amazon. I first read the sample and just had to download the whole book. Yes the book is shocking in places and I'm not easily shocked but this was gripping. I guess the contents are very topical. I can quite understand why some readers may find the contents scary but I think it was probably one of the best books I have ever read. It makes a change not being able to predict the ending.
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on 3 October 2013
This was my first 'Katie Maguire' book and I was not dissappointed. The story is graphically told but in a sensitive manner. This may upset people who have been the victims of abuse and could upset catholics. It has a believable main character who's life is not straight forward and adds to the complexities of the story.Highly recommended - I couldn't put it down!
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on 9 October 2013
I absolutely love the Katie Maguire books-the stories are very clever and deal with unusual subjects.
Although police procedurals,the back stories of the cases being investigated are fascinating-more please!
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on 2 February 2014
Having first read White Bones I wasn't too surprised to find that this book is much of the same filled with torture, violence and bloodshed so if you are squeamish then this book is also not for you.

The subject matter this time is about 4 priests in particular who die in the most horrific way as a punishment for their previous sins against orphan children. You can immediately see where this is coming from and where it is going from the outset.

Katie Maguire, the Detective Superintendent again in charge of the investigation, is hard-pressed to resolve this case with considerable pressure being exerted by the Catholic Church to keep it as low key as possible so as not to upset the higher rankings with-in after several child abuse scandals along the years. Be aware that each murder is more violent than the last and makes for very uncomfortable reading at times.

This story is also about Katie coming to terms with herself and the things that are important to her and her alone. After living a life in the field of investigation which involves the worst that humanity can throw at it, the death of her husband Paul and then a colleague and the attack on her sister, Katie finds she has to make a choice between living the same life or going off in to the sunset with the man she loves.

The ending is quite spectacular (although melodramatic)and well worth the effort of plowing through the book just to get to that point but I can't say I particularly like Mr Masterton's writings, apparently he used to write horror books! Well I can see those particular talents in White Bones and Broken Angels!!

Not really my cup of tea but both were really cheap which is why I bought them but....I doubt I will ever read another book of his again.

Thank you
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on 1 January 2014
I don't usually bother doing reviews of books or films as they are largely a matter of personal taste, but I think this book should come with a warning that large tracts of it consist of badly written soft-core porn worthy of a nomination to the Literary Review's Bad Sex Award, for example its special emphasis on descriptions such as "plum like glans nestled between her lips" and other rather unrepeatable but hilariously bad descriptions of the act and descriptions of the participants' intimate organs.

These are all totally surplus to the plot.

I see from Wikipedia that the author used to be an editor of Mayfair and Penthouse, and certainly there is an air of "letters about readers' wives" about these passages.

I downloaded this book because I wanted to read a detective/murder novel, not smutty soft porn passages that resemble something written by a spotty adolescent. I'm so bored by its soft porn meanderings that I am abandoning it 30% of the way through.
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on 25 September 2013
I read the first Katie Maguire and really enjoyed it but this seemed to go off half way I thought, and found I was getting a bit bored at times, which is a shame, I am a fan of Graham Masterton and usually love all his books.
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on 9 November 2013
I couldn't put this story down. I wondered how it got through the catholic censorship.
I would be careful who I recomended it to!
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on 4 October 2013
I enjoyed the first book in the series and was looking forward to reading this one, but I have to say I didn't enjoy it as much.Maybe you can have too much of a good thing, the "Irishness" if thats a proper word of the first book I found charming, but I started to get annoyed by it in this book, and felt it was overplayed,and I also didn't like Katie as much , and the other characters didn't stand out either.I might have found the descriptions of the murders in the first book hard to read but I found some things such as the rat in this book quite disgusting and I'm not easily shocked but I didn't like it.Its a shame because I thought I had found a new series I would enjoy but I don't think I will be reading any more in this series.
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on 19 January 2014
'Broken Angels' is a gripping novel that hooks you up from the first chapter to the last. Again, as with the first novel in the Katie Maguire series, we have several gruesome scenes of torture and mutilation which require a good empty stomach. At some points I found myself wincing and biting my nails and knuckles.

The novel starts with the discovery of a corpse by the river. Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire is immediately called upon the scene. The body is that of a parish priest still in his black soutane. He was the victim of a homicide since he was bound all over with wire and heavily bruised. He had also been castrated. Father Heaney, the victim, was one of a number of priests at the centre of a scandal a few years back involving child abuse.

Soon after, a second priest (who was also involved in that scandal), is abducted, tortured, similarly mutilated and murdered. The discovery of his body, puts Katie in a race against time to catch a vicious serial killer who is targeting priests with questionable pasts.

The investigation takes Katie to the St.Joseph's Orphanage where horrible abuses on children by priests allegedly took place in the past. For some reason, instead of helping her, the powerful Catholic Diocese leads Katie to a wrong direction. This convinces her that there is more than meets the eye around these murders. What filth is the diocese so desperately trying to hide? If Katie is to solve these murders, she has to find her way through a tangled web of corruption, secrets and transgressions within the diocese.

As I was reading 'Broken Angels', I had the feeling that this novel was written by a completely different author than the first one. In fact, I found the text so much more flowing and the reading so much more delightful than 'White Bones'. This could be because the author has written this novel many years after the first one or because when compared to the first novel, the use of Irish slang was reduced to a minimum.

I rated this book a strong 4 and not a 5 because once again I felt that the side stories and characters in this novel were left quite flat and needed some more beefing up. On the other hand we learn a lot more about Katie and her family and her tenacious character just makes you love her. All in all, this was a terrific read with a strong plot and I highly recommend it.
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