Title: Murder Song (Scobie Malone #7)
Author: Jon Cleary
Reader: Shaun Grindell
Audio published: June 1, 2013 by AudioGo (First published 1990)
Rating: 3½ out of 5 stars
Sometimes it can be difficult to review books in series, especially when they mostly fall along the same lines – good guy Malone has to solve a murder and it gets a little complicated. I like the series, mostly because of Malone, but you don’t need to hear again that he’s a good detective who worries about how his job effects his family. This time around though, not only is he the detective, he’s also on the list of people the killer is after.
My one complaint about Murder Song is that there’s never any real question who the killer, just how to find him. Once they figure out what the first couple of victims have in common, it’s a quick trip to deciding the murder must be Mr. X let’s say, and no one else is ever suspected. Granted, it turns out he is indeed the killer, but I don’t know, it seemed a little too easy.
Most of the book focused on Malone and the other two men as they try to stay safe, not so much in figuring out who Mr. X is now, since he’s obviously posing as someone else. This is one of the rare times when I figured it out without being told.
And I liked seeing how O’Brien and Malone both grew through the experience, realizing what matters. I was a little sad at the way it ended, in all honesty.
Shaun Grindell does a good job as he always does. He is Malone for me. I do enjoy audiobooks. They make life so much better.
Scobie Malone Series