A Terrible Beauty

A Terrible Beauty There are things I need to know On a farm in southern Ireland the dismembered bones of eleven women are found in a common grave buried eight decades ago Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire is use

There are things I need to know On a farm in southern Ireland, the dismembered bones of eleven women are found in a common grave, buried eight decades ago Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire is used to bloodshed, but this ivory litter of human remains is unimaginable butchery Of other worlds apart from this In isolated darkness not far away, an American touris There are things I need to know On a farm in southern Ireland, the dismembered bones of eleven women are found in a common grave, buried eight decades ago Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire is used to bloodshed, but this ivory litter of human remains is unimaginable butchery Of other worlds apart from this In isolated darkness not far away, an American tourist is at the mercy of a serial killer His tools are a boning knife, twine, and a doll fashioned from nails and fishhooks The murder of his victims is second only to the pleasure of their pain Darker places inhabited by evil monstrosities As an eighty year old mystery unfolds, so does a modern day ritual that s marked Katie Maguire as its next victim For what happened once in this small picturesque village is happening again It s than a series of horrifying crimes It s tradition Take me there.

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A Terrible Beauty

  1. Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946 His grandfather was Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British men s magazine Mayfair, where he encouraged William Burroughs to develop a series of scientific and philosophical articles which eventually became Burroughsi novel The Wild Boys At the age of 24, Graham was appointed executive editor of both Penthouse and Penthouse Forum magazines At this time he started to write a bestselling series of sex how to books including How To Drive Your Man Wild In Bed which has sold over 3 million copies worldwide His latest, Wild Sex For New Lovers is published by Penguin Putnam in January, 2001 He is a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, Men s Health, Woman, Woman s Own and other mass market self improvement magazines.Graham Masterton s debut as a horror author began with The Manitou in 1976, a chilling tale of a Native American medicine man reborn in the present day to exact his revenge on the white man It became an instant bestseller and was filmed with Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Burgess Meredith, Michael Ansara, Stella Stevens and Ann Sothern.Altogether Graham has written than a hundred novels ranging from thrillers The Sweetman Curve, Ikon to disaster novels Plague, Famine to historical sagas Rich and Maiden Voyage both appeared in the New York Times bestseller list He has published four collections of short stories, Fortnight of Fear, Flights of Fear, Faces of Fear and Feelings of Fear.He has also written horror novels for children House of Bones, Hair Raiser and has just finished the fifth volume in a very popular series for young adults, Rook, based on the adventures of an idiosyncratic remedial English teacher in a Los Angeles community college who has the facility to see ghosts.Since then Graham has published than 35 horror novels, including Charnel House, which was awarded a Special Edgar by Mystery Writers of America Mirror, which was awarded a Silver Medal by West Coast Review of Books and Family Portrait, an update of Oscar Wilde s tale, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was the only non French winner of the prestigious Prix Julia Verlanger in France.He and his wife Wiescka live in a Gothic Victorian mansion high above the River Lee in Cork, Ireland.

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  1. 1 Set up your blender and make sure it is unplugged.2 Throw in a pile of 80 year old bones from 11 women that have been stripped of all flesh.3 Add little dollies with old screws and nails in them threaded through holes drilled in the tops of the thigh bones.4 The recipe also calls for two young women, and the flesh must be stripped before death, if possible.5 The recipe also calls for a live woman someone in a position of power, like Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire.6 Add drownings and n [...]


  2. Almost 4.5 stars A good supernatural horror mystery but not for every one Very grotesque but also scary If you can handle a lot, and nothing gets to you this one is for you Its about Superintendent Detective Katie Maguire tries to solve an ancient ritual which is very ominous and scary.


  3. I really like this book for a number of reasons Firstly, it s nice to have a crime writer who is not scared to get a bit gory in their writing, perhaps because Graham Masterton was a writer of horror prior to turning his hand to crime had something to do with this I say this because there are a few scenes in this great book that would make some people a touch uncomfortable Okay, maybe really uncomfortable.I lived in Co Cork in Ireland many years ago so was familiar with the Cork lingo used in th [...]



  4. A book that has been sitting on my Kindle for a while and recently brought to my attention again, I thought it was high time I went in.Bones are discovered on Meagher s Farm These though are dismembered bones of eleven women in total A high number for one discovery in a land where folklore and mythical legend is rife and stories of old carry though for hundreds of years The discovery is a gruesome one and is put into the hands of Detective Superintendent Kate Maguire Focusing on violent and gory [...]


  5. I did really enjoy this book and probably would have given it four stars except for the fact that the plot became a little too preposterous at the end The central character Katie Maguire was great and the sub plot around her marriage was an interesting addition The story flowed really well, albeit with some pretty gruesome moments, right up until the end which seemed really rushed and was the point at which things became a little bit ridiculous particularly in the solving of the case involving t [...]


  6. White Bones introduces Detective Katie Maguire When the bones of 11 women are found on an isolated farm in County Cork in Ireland, Katie is initially told to drop the case as the deaths date back to 1915 But then a young American tourist goes missing and her body turns up on the same farm I ve been hesitant for a while now to start this series because of the mixed reviews and mentions of supernatural , but it turned out to be a really solid Irish crime procedural and I thoroughly enjoyed it The [...]


  7. My copy of this is called White Bones , rather than A Terrible Beauty which is a much better, fitting, name in my opinion.Anyway, I really enjoyed this novel It perfectly walked the line between crime and thriller, it was descriptive and gruesome but not off puttingly so, and the plot and Irish mythology was interesting The MC, Katie Maguire, was awesome, despite her terrible taste in men legit hated that husband She was smart, tough, hardworking and badass but still kind, empathetic and genero [...]



  8. On a farm in Cork, Ireland, the skeletons of 11 women are found According to the medical examiner, the flesh was meticulously stripped from their bones before the remains were buried The Garda already fears a serial killer when it turns out that the bodies have been in the ground since 1915 and Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire is ordered to drop the case She can t shake the feeling that she should keep investigating, however and when but a few days later the remains of a fresh victim, foll [...]



  9. To my mind the ghoulishness of the book got in the way of the believability of the plot Are we supposed to believe that the victims would love through so much torture And that the killer would get rid of the university expert in such an absurdly messy, time consuming, and from his point of view, dangerous way why not shoot or stab him And why was the hermaphrodite twist necessary But well written and certainly a page turner.


  10. Uh.This is my first Masterton and despite him being known for his horror work, I decided to go with this series as it seems to be what author is currently focused on I went into it completely blind but familiar with author s name enough to know he is a fairly big deal which is why the mediocrity of this novel surprised me Only stand out, or at least memorable scenes are the torture murder scenes that are quite gory which says a lot about what are Masterton s strengths Characterization, though, [...]


  11. The special thing about that book is the balancing act between the Crime and Thriller genre and the mystic wind that is blowing around all the time.Without getting lost in details the author manages it to create a lot of empathy for the Detective and main character in this story He uses a lot of just slightly touched infos about her, mixed with a nearly stream of consciousness like insight to her feelings.I seldomly felt connected to a protagonist in a story.I really enjoyed the dark and dilapi [...]


  12. Masterton, Graham A Terrible Beauty VG There are things I need to know On a farm in southern Ireland, the dismembered bones of eleven women are found in a common grave, buried eight decades ago Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire is used to bloodshed, but this ivory litter of human remains is unimaginable butchery Of other worlds apart from this In isolated darkness not far away, an American tourist is at the mercy of a serial killer His tools are a boning knife, twine, and a doll fashioned f [...]


  13. This was ok in that it is like watching one of those cop programmes say CSI on tv, and then towards the end you realise that you have lost a precious hour of your life to this horror and drivel Well, there you are It is horror and drivel and I could hardly wait to finish it, so I hardly put it down Well written, nicely set in Ireland, but gratuitously horrific detail much of which I skipped of the crime and well, I often feel that authors are not writing for readers any, but they are hoping that [...]


  14. Excellent thriller the stuff of nightmares This is definitely a hard to put down book my only complaint is that it lost something towards the end and I am still a little confused who actually did the removing of flesh and I am also sceptical about the length of time someone could actually live with such pain before dying from shock and the ending where I was supposed to believe there was a possibility of actually raising a witch Having said that it is a good read well written I just don t do sci [...]



  15. Graham Masterton a new author to me I have since discovered that he is a horror writer and, boy, does this come out in the horrible crimes committed.Katie Maquire is a Det.Insp in the Garda in Cork and has a lot to liveup to and continuously has to prove herself with the old guard of the police force She is also married to Paul, who it turns out is a bit of a minor criminal on the side.A huge amount of bones are discovered on a farm 11 bodies worth or so in total they think, by the time they hav [...]


  16. I really liked this story but it did drive me to distraction that it s supposed to be set in Ireland and all the spellings were American This is the 3rd author in a couple of weeks I ve come across that s done this While it s fine and dandy and we have to deal with it when it s set over there it is very annoying when it s not All plowing, modernized and realized, etc.The author did use poring correctly I ll give him that Then there were a lot of missed speechmarks which wasn t good Then someone [...]



  17. Absolutely loved this book The main character was well developed and multi faceted The story line was excellent and the sick shit was truly sick Katie is a detective in an Irish police force She is in fact the first woman detective and therefore in the spotlight and working hard to prove her worth She is married to a man who has lost his way and dabbles in the not so legal side of things On top of this she is dealing with the grief of having lost her only child Her character is well developed an [...]


  18. I really enjoyed this book and the authors way of telling a story.i will be looking for the rest of this series He adds just the right amount of horror and gore along with his way of getting you to connect with the carters This was a story about a woman cop detective that gets a case of 10 body s that were dug up at a farm by acadente has a rough time threw out the investigation with family and personal problems The case turns out to be from a very long time a go and ritual.but if it wasn t stra [...]


  19. First in a series So it needs to engage Some interesting characters here, and a bit of dark humor the two elements completely necessary to weigh out the gloom in detective police procedurals But way too much has been thrown in Less is to build the bones of an ongoing series Over the top descriptive violence jars here a few scenes needed to be heavily edited or deleted altogether We are never really quite sure who we should care about but we have enough grounding to propel forward to the next se [...]


  20. I bought this book for 2 reasons its price 2,99 it was on sale and that the story took place in Ireland, a country very present lately in my life and in my readings.It turned out to be great purchase.The author was a writer of horror prior to turning his hand to crime, and it s evident from chapter one It also caught my attention that the author was male and the detective female a combination that you rarely see.The plot was a little too over the top toward the end and view spoiler uses a versio [...]


  21. A real page turner from the master storyteller I will be checking out the rest of the series Masterton writes crisp prose with hints of humour at times and the characters come alive on the page Rather gruesome at times, but a great read.



  22. Book Review originally published here iheartreading reviews When I saw White Bones for only 2 euros at a book fair, I couldn t say no to it First of all, I usually enjoy Graham Masterton s writing style, and secondly, the plot sounded great Well, the book definitely was no dissapointment, even if the plot was a little too over the top toward the end.Katie Maguire is Irelan s first female detective of her rank, so she needs to overcome a lot of prejudices When a farmer on Meagher s Farm discovers [...]


  23. For me Graham Masterton is synonymous with The Manitou Mr Masterton has been responsible for some of my most cringe worthy horror reads and his Night Warriors books still remain some of my favorites For a long while he sort of dropped off my radar and then I came across his crime thriller series featuring Katie Maguire I started the series with the most recent book so I knew I wanted to go back and check out the first few.WHITE BONES by Graham MastertonWhen some construction on a farm building u [...]


  24. I ve been reading Masterton since his first novel, The Manitou I absolutely adored his horror novels, but then, for whatever reason, I kind of fell away from him Likely due to the fact that I simply couldn t find a lot of his works in the bookstores in town.Fast forward several decades, and I see that he s now writing crime thrillers on top of all the other genres he s in Which leads us to the first in the Katie Maguire series.I really enjoyed this novel Not much gets to me, but I actually found [...]


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