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Beyond Evidence

(Patrick McLaughlin #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  298 ratings  ·  67 reviews
In an alley way of the back streets of Glasgow there lies a decomposing corpse of a slain female baking in the midday heat. No one has found her yet, but medium Patrick McLaughlin knows she is there. It is not the first time he has dreamt of death... and he soon finds out that it is not to be the last.

Meanwhile, the local police start to request DNA samples from twenty som
Kindle Edition, 1, 233 pages
Published September 10th 2012 by Emma L Clapperton
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I quite enjoyed Beyond Evidence and find it interesting that this theme of psychic detectives, police and those mediums/psychics that assist the police seem to be having a boom in fiction at the moment. This is the fourth book I have read already this year that carries off this theme, which is not an easy task to do. The balance needs to be just right.

Patrick is a medium, he connects with those on the other side and works alongside the police to track down a lethal predator killing women in Glas
Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
Beyond Evidence is the first supernatural thriller in the Patrick McLaughlin series by Emma Clapperton, followed by Henderson Manor. I'm generally not a fan of ghost stories and so I was not quite sure what to expect, but I must say that on the whole I finished up quite satisfied by this read.

Set in Glasgow, the book starts off with the murder of a young woman in a backstreet alley. We soon learn that this is just one of a number of similar murders taking place there. We are then introduced with
Vicki - I Love Reading
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
different. not something I would normally read but after seeing. the reviews I had to try it.
yes I enjoyed it,
yes I would probably buy the next one if there is on. it certainly ended with the chance of another.
well written. I guess it must have been hard work writing it, well done Emma.
Kelly Furniss
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from TBC in return for an honest review.
The story opens with the murder of a young lady down a back street alley in Glasgow but this is not the only murder. We then shift to Patrick and his Fiancee Jodie who are both psychics who have the powers to communicate with the deceased. After reading about the murders in the local paper Patrick realises the recent disturbing dreams, visions and physic messages he is receiving are from these very victims and contacts the lo
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. It combined murder, mystery and a bit of paranormal activity to keep me on the edge of my seat. In fact, it was so good I have read it twice and I am really looking forward to the second book from the talented Emma L. Clapperton. When you read Beyond Evidence you are drawn into each character through great description. I love books where I actually create a picture of the person in my mind and this was certainly one of them. If you have not already read this b ...more
Donna Irwin
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book to review via TBC. When I realised it was about the paranormal, I was a bit cynical as this is just not my thing! I have to say though that Emma totally won me over with a well written, carefully plotted thriller. I loved the characters of Patrick and Jodie and would probably want to read more - as long as I can again read the book for what it is rather than let reality and the old cynicism creep in!

It had the added bonus of being set in Glasgow and I always enjoy a backgro
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed reading this book, couldn't put it down so read it in the space of an evening.
Really enjoyed the twists and turns of the of it had my heart racing for some of the characters.
Would definitely read another if it became a series!
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Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
My rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

This book is preceded by a novella, The Suicide Plan, and I would recommend that this is read first as it introduces the characters.

Patrick and his Fiancé, Jodie, have psychic abilities and become involved in a murder investigation when they start seeing images from the dead women. The Detectives on the case are Lang and Preston.

Lang is a non-believer whereas Preston is willing to keep an open mind. The differences of opinion bring a new perspective to the story.

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Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to be honest and say that when I read the synopsis I had some serious doubts. I am not somebody who reads a lot of fiction that features ghosts or anything remotely like that, so when I say the words “Medium, Patrick McLaughlin” I have to say I was a little concerned. However, I was quite surprised that the first few pages were extremely graphic and gritty as we see a crime scene played out in front of us. The following pages are used to introduce us to Patrick who (surprisingly) did not ...more
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
First off, I'd like to thank THE Book Club (TBC) on Facebook along with the author Emma Clapperton for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Paranormal/Psychic novels are not one of my normal 'go to' genres when I'm looking for something to read. But, I wanted something different and wanted to branch out a bit. I got the opportunity to read this novel and jumped on it, not knowing what to expect to be honest. I didn't really have any expectations since it was a new story line fo
Laura Peat
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Upon reading the blurb I was excited to read this book as the plot sounded really intriguing, however I quickly guessed what was happening and found the story predictable and pretty boring.

I was able to read this in a passive manner and not really feel any emotions or connection to any of the characters.

There was so much potential for this story to be more exciting and touches on some really interesting themes however the author seems to have
Sue Wallace
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an arc from the book club (tbc) on fb in exchange for an honest review.
Patrick Mclaughlin knows about death. Three woman found dead he knows where they are. Can he help police find the murderer?
Wow. Wow. Wow.
Absolutely fantastic read.
I loved the story and the characters.
I really felt for Jolie and Patrick.
Ross was a psycho.
I loved Preston and Lang's difference of opinion of what Patrick could do.
And wow I didn't see that coming.
Gripping and Eerie.
I loved the ending to
Michelle  Driscoll
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wouldn't normally read books to do with the paranormal but decided to try something new. I am glad I did it was very well written and I enjoyed the book.

Murders are taking place in Glasgow and Patrick decides to help the police try and solve the murders after getting visions related to the victims.

There are some twists I didn't see coming.

Great book and a worthy 4*

Thank you TBC and Emma Clapperton for the opportunity to read and give an honest review of this book.

Nicola Mitchell
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Offered this though The Book Club on FB in exchange for an honest review. A very interesting read. Initially, I had one idea on how the story would progress and was pleasantly surprised when it didn't go the way I had expected. Really warmed to the partnership between the main characters. Another inkling halfway through, was confirmed, which added to the story's depth. Should definitely have a sequel, as I can't wait to read it. ...more
Nicki Southwell
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Patrick McLaughlin appears again in this gripping novel. He and girlfriend Jodie, are still involved with the Spiritual Church and all that involves.

The story opens with Patrick revisiting his childhood when the dead made themselves known. In fact, Jodie has something similar, so she understands what makes him tick.

A female is found murdered in the city of Glasgow. The press is all over the story but Patrick begins to find this lady coming into his conscience. She is trying to tell him something
Susan Hampson
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-reads
Don’t you just cringe at those scenes where a young woman is trying to get away from a bloke and it seems like she is running in treacle because the faster she runs, even though the bloke is way behind without a care in the world, you just know she is a gonna. It’s like I can feel him breathing on my neck and his breathe is getting hotter the further I read down the page. Well hold that feeling. You will need it more than once as the young women of Glasgow are rapidly becoming victims of  this c ...more
Shell Baker
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has been sitting on my kindle for far too long so I jumped at the chance to take part on this blog tour knowing that I would be able to read one of the books off my mountain pile. First of all I have to stay I am loving the new cover and personally I think it is what this book needed. The original cover to me looked like a Science fiction cover rather than crime.

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I read The Suicide Plan which is a novella introducing us to medium Patrick McLaughlin
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review to follow on my blog tour stop
Jun 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime-thriller
Ok so this is the first time that I've read a book that has less than 50 reviews on Goodreads and as it's average is currently 4.11 out of 5 I thought it was a safe bet... Oh how I was wrong.

I rarely write reviews of the books but I felt I needed to warn potential readers of the poor writing style.

I have had to stop reading, I just couldn't carry on (got to chapter 4), instead of reading the actual story I became an editor and started rewriting the story. Every sentence seemed to have extra wor
Monica Mac
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have to admit that I read the blurb about this book and it sounded right up my alley - a murder mystery with a bit of a paranormal twist, set in Glasgow. Perfect, I thought.

Unfortunately, it didnt quite live up to my expectations. From the start, I struggled to read the sentences which over-described almost everything. It's like the book was perfectly fine as it was, but a little short, and someone told the author to add more words to it. It was hard to get into the flow of reading as there wa
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Ghosts. Pah! No such thing, right? Well that's my standpoint anyway. I am a sceptic. However when I read the blurb of this book I thought "why not? I'm an open-minded kinda girl". And who doesn't love a serial killer thriller? I'm glad I did because I enjoyed this book and have the utmost respect for Emma L Clapperton as a self published author.

There is a serial killer loose in Glasgow. The number of murdered young women is on the rise and strange things are happening to bar worker Patrick. Patr
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Beyond Evidence is a wonderful crime/thriller story with a paranormal twist. The main characters, Patrick and his Fiancée Jodie, have a shared ability to communicate with the deceased however this manifests itself through them in different ways.

The novel is set in Glasgow and opens with the murders of 3 pretty young women. As the reader, we know who the murder is and quickly know his motive for doing so. I enjoyed the combination
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I started this and forgotten about it. But when I resumed, OMG! I couldn't put it down! So smooth how they incorporate the spirit world to make this a highly believable circumstance. Loved it!
Mr & Mrs Brown
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed this book, which I was given through goodreads. I found that the story was well written, with realistic responses from other characters in regard to ghosts and spiritualism. I enjoyed the storyline and found the circle of abuse intriguing, with thoughts of how it arises and how you have mixed feelings towards Ross with his grief and anger.
I felt the police could have had a little more information/procedure included to make the story more plausible from that angle, however c
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was a bit disconcerted by the way the book was written. I felt that things were over explained as if I, as a reader, would be too dumb to figure things out. I did like the story over all. It moves along and the paranormal wasn't so out of the blue as to be unbelievable. I did think it implausible that the police (guarda?) would accept Patrick's word so quickly and then seek him out for his views on everything, and that they would tell him about the cases in the first place. I thought the endin ...more
Michael Wood
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Emma L Clapperton has carved herself a unique niche in the crime fiction genre. I'm not usually a fan of paranormal stories as they are often far-fetched. However, Emma has created two very human characters in Patrick and Jodie, and has given enough of their background to make them believable and for us readers to sympathise with, especially Patrick. The pace is steady and the plot enjoyable which keeps you hooked and guessing to the end. My own niggle is that I wanted to read more. I look forwa ...more
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book in return for an honest review. Thank you.

It's 3.5 stars for me. A great idea, the plot carried me through and I was gripped by the suspense. Would definitely want to read more.
My only negative is that some of the writing style jarred a bit, everything seemed over explained and some of the sentences were complicated which made the reading a bit like: he said, she said, he felt, this happened then this happened. The flow was jerky.
Doesn't spoil a great story but worth a thin
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 10/09/2012
The first few pages straight away grab the readers attention as it draws out the scene of a very graphic crime scene. We get introduced to the main character Patrick who has the ability to see and hear spirits. It was incredibly good to read and expertly written by Emma Clapperton, it will keep your attention until the very last word of the book. Id definately recommend people to give this book a try.
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's a very well written book about the psychic world! It's been brought to life brilliantly! The mediumship has been shown as a part of normal being and some of the things that they have to go through makes your heart go out to them!
I wasn't totally bowled over by it! But a good read! You did want to find out what happens next and hence couldn't put it down!
Loved the relation between Patrick and Jodie!! The inspectors relations with each other is also shown well! Definitely worth a read!!
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure about this one when I started it - I am very sceptical about the paranormal and I was imagining this would be a little on the far fetched side. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It was a well written story which soon drew you right in so you wanted to keep reading. Enjoyed the characters - both good and bad. Will definately be reading more by this author - and I am happy to see that there is a sequel to this book. ...more
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