by Daniel Cole
Series: Detective William Fawkes #1
Narrator: Alex Wyndham
Length: 10 hours and 11 minutes
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A pulse-pounding procedural with a dark sense of humor, Ragdoll follows a volatile detective as he tracks down a murderer before he becomes its next victimOne body. Six victims.William Fawkes, a controversial detective known as The Wolf, has just been reinstated to his post after months of psychological assessment following allegations of a shocking assault. A veteran of the force, Fawkes thinks he's seen it all. That is, until his former partner and friend, Detective Emily Baxter, calls him to a crime scene and leads him to a career-defining cadaver: the dismembered parts of six victims sewn together like a puppet-a corpse that becomes known in the press as the "ragdoll."Fawkes is tasked with identifying the six victims, but that gets dicey when his reporter ex-wife anonymously receives photographs from the crime scene, along with a list of six names, and the dates on which the Ragdoll Killer plans to murder them.The final name on the list is Fawkes.Baxter and her trainee partner, Alex Edmunds, hone in on figuring out what links the victims together before the killer strikes again. But for Fawkes, seeing his name on the list sparks a dark memory, and he fears that the catalyst for these killings has more to do with him-and his past-than anyone realizes.With a breakneck pace, a twisty plot, and a wicked sense of humor, Ragdoll announces the arrival of the hottest new brand in crime fiction.
RAGDOLL by Daniel Cole was an awesome discovery on audio. If you love dark, gritty, procedural murder mysteries with lots of twists and flawed characters you will want to pay attention. Daniel Cole is a new to me British author who mixed grit, humor, and twists into a story that had my heart racing as we tried to stop a killer.
Five reasons to grab your earbuds and listen to RAGDOLL
- Cole delivered an original plot. A murdered body is discovered, but on closer inspection, the officers realize the body is composed of six different victims stitched together to form one. William Fawkes, dubbed “the Wolf” and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter work this case known in the press as the Ragdoll Killer. This case will push everyone to the limit as this ruthless killer raises the stakes and body count. It will test them both.
- The characters are complex, and each is fully developed allowing readers to slip into their circle. Love them or hate them, you will be drawn towards them. Fawkes was such an interesting and tormented character. We learn about his prior case, the fallout and the long reaching repercussions making his actions, dedication and suffering feel authentic. As Cole peeled back his layers, you see how unpredictable and driven he is. I liked Baxter even if I found her vulnerable where Fawkes is concerned. She is a dedicated officer and takes the job home with her. Edmund, a colleague, was interesting and quite brilliant. Secondary characters highlighted the intensity, the media, and political pressures of high-profile cases.
- The case was freaking fantastic, well sick, but totally intense and perfect for the big screen. The timeline and countdown to each victim’s death had me on edge. The methods of murder, and trying to connect the pieces combined with some surprise twists created a fast moving and intense plot that will keep listeners guessing. Just when I thought I had it all pieces together the author threw me down another rabbit hole. Clever. I was particularly impressed at how Cole provided the full picture from victims to the media. He weaved in the day to day obstacles each character faced. He did so seamlessly allowing us a panoramic experience. He allowed the readers to become part of the case and allowed them to inside the characters minds.
- Darkness and light filled the pages of this tale. The banter, wit, and dialogue between characters delivered humor, and the ticking timeline provided plenty of darkness as the killer appears to be winning. One moment was holding my breath thinking “we all gonna die” and the next I was laughing at something Baxter said. This created a great ebb and flow allowing me to listen for hours.
- Alex Wyndham with his gritty accent offered the perfect narration for RAGDOLL. I found his portrayal of Fawkes to be pure perfection. I hope that he continues the series. Rises and drops in his pitch intensified the suspense and made listening to it a pleasure.
RAGDOLL delivered a dark, gritty murder mystery that kept me on edge as it providing just the thrill I was hoping for.
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This sounds like a great story. I’m going to add to my TBR list.
Yay, I hope you like it.
Why have I never heard of this book?!? It sounds fantastic! I’m adding that to my Wishlist 🙂
I hope you grab it. To be honest, I found it in my list of audios available for review 🙁
I have this, I thought it be too gruesome for me, but glad to hear you enjoyed it. I do kind of like the sound of the mystery, but yikes
I just received this Wednesday and cannot wait to read this!
I look forward to hearing what you think!
Grrr. I still have the ARC, but keep taking it on and off my reading radar. I was hoping to get to it this month, but I doubt I will. 🙁
Keep in your pile, it was a good one!
The Bibliophile Babe
It sounds so riveting!
Hehe..indeed it had me all tied up.
I love creepy mysteries.
I do too Mary and this delivered in spades
After reading this post, the character of William Fawkes reminds me of “Blue Bloods” Danny Reagan. Thanks for the post.
You are welcome. He is not the most loveable guy but he is dedicated.
The whole 6 victims turned into 1 body thing sounds like something from a Criminal Minds episode (I’m kind of surprised they haven’t done that actually) so I’m definitely on board with this one. I love that there’s some humor here too. It’s nice to cut the seriousness a little.
Right. The murders that follow were suspenseful and twisted Katherine. Yes, this would be a great Criminal Minds type movie.
“the officers realize the body is composed of six different victims stitched together to form one. ” What the what? Sounds gruesome…in an exciting way of course! 😀 ~Aleen
Freaky right..but that wasn’t even the best part..the tension and the next murders were brilliant.
Oh my glands. Now that is a creepy one, but in that way that make you have to read it. I like that there is some banter going on to give it some balance.
You really felt a part of the team.
Holy cow Kim, were you a pretzel by the time you finished this? I think I’m ready for a dark twisty read. Thanks!
LOL..yes I couldn’t stop listening.
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This sounds a little gruesome for me…but glad you enjoyed.
I feel you, although to be honest, it was more tension and suspense than gore.
No. I cant do this one. It sounds too sick and twisted. I certainly couldn’t do audio because i can’t skim when it gets gross.
It wasn’t terribly gory..your mind feels in the blanks.
Heard good things about this one and it’s on my wishlist. 🙂 Glad you liked it.
Sweet! I look forward to your take on it 🙂
oh I love “light and darkness” twisted case tales! especially if they will make a good movie! Great find Kim!
This would be a creeptastic movie
I was drawn to that title and the image of a cozy doll…ha! But as I read about the somewhat gruesome crime, I was again tempted and wanted to know more. Thanks for sharing.
I like the darker stuff too. Yeah, a ragdoll would have made a cool cover.
Sounds like a great murder mystery! I clicked on the sample above. Yeah, I don’t think I can do audio. I got distracted 45 seconds in. LOL. I will definitely be adding to my TBR for reading, though. Thanks for the great review!
LOL. I am sure it would be an equally good read.
Oh man, gritty, clever murder mystery with dark humour? This sounds like a fantastic listen! Glad you ended up loving this! Awesome review, Kim!
It really had great elements.
I honestly probably never would have picked this up based on the cover alone, nothing about it screams awesome to me but having read your review, I would definitely try it. It’s hard to resist a good detective story. 😉
Psst..I like some of the previous covers better.
You had me six victims sewed together. I definitelty will be looking into this one.
Nadene the suspense and the way each murder happens..OMG!
6 victims sewed together??!??! I think I just threw up a little. How twisted is that! But I’m also really intrigued with this book because of that. Not sure what that says about me haha!
Anyways, I love that the characters are so complex, Kim. You usually don’t always see that with murder procedurals where the murder case usually takes the front and center. Adding this author to my list!
Bwahaha..Nick. I loved it too. Color me Twisted!
An original plot has me wanting to go pick this one up! This plot sounds good to me. Great review!
This was different and it’s been a while since I picked up this genre.
Eh, maybe not for me 🙂
It did have some dark aspects but wasn’t overly gory.