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Worse than Dead

(Inspector Drake #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  545 ratings  ·  64 reviews
A ferry leaves Dublin...The chief engineer lies dead on the car deck ...There’s a killer on board...
Inspector Drake is called from a seminar on cyber crime to meet the ferry docking at the port of Holyhead. Frank Rosen the chief engineer lies on the car deck a knife through his heart. For the first time Drake knows where the killer is but he doesn’t know who.
When Rosen’s
Published (first published January 27th 2014)
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Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is book 2 in the Inspector Drake series and I think it would be advantageous to read the books in sequence as Inspector Ian Drake is a complex character and I feel it would help to understand him better if you have the full story.

Drake and Caron are dragged away from a course to investigate a murder on a ferry. Nobody has left and the passengers and crew are all suspects so the murderer has to be on board the ferry doesn’t he/she? So it should be an easy case to solve. It appears not. As Dr
Roland Clarke
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Review 4.3 stars

I was hoping that this second Book in Stephen Puleston’s Inspector Drake series would transport me back to North Wales. I was not disappointed.

This was the country I remembered from living there a few years – without the criminal element. That darker side was the world of the first book, providing Detective Inspector Ian Drake with another baffling case.

When Frank Rosen, a ferry’s Chief Engineer is found murdered on the car deck, Drake knows that the killer must still be onboard
Apr 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A dead body is found on a ferry, and so amidst the chaos of passengers, crew and the many assorted vehicles an investigation gets under way.

I found this over worked, with far too much unnecessary detail which slowed the pace, and characters who failed to draw me into the story. Inspector Drake, the head honcho, is particularly irritating – the stereotypical cop with OCD and family problems, and not a person I would want to spend any time with.

I’m not one for books written in series, and I believ
Lauren Jones
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The air was filled with the damp smell of sweat and unwashed clothes. A carton from the galley, which once had carried fish and chips, had been stuffed into a metal bin and cans of cider were piled into one corner. He lay on the narrow bunk, his head vibrating from the music blasting through the earphones. He cursed when he noticed the roll-your-own cigarette had gone out, but his annoyance grew when his lighter failed to spark. He got up and fumbled for some matches in a bag. Through the portho ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of murder-mysteries and psychological thrillers
Worse than Dead -a review by Rosemary Kenny

DI Ian Drakes' OCD is getting worse and his germophobia and obsession with whichever case he's working on, plus the long hours he's away from her and their daughters, are making Drake's long-suffering wife Sian feel she can't cope with much more. As a result, Drake agrees to go to therapy, though even then his mind's not on his 'homework' of keeping a diary of his obsessive actions and what triggers them.

When an officer is found stabbed to death on the
Will T
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Competent but slightly over complicated story about troubled DI Ian Drake. I appreciate that when someone has compulsive issues it takes up a lot of their time and energy but I did feel Drake's problems intruding in the story quite a lot and becoming distracting. I read the first in the series a while ago and don't remember him being quite so annoying. Hopefully he'll pull himself out of it a bit by the next story. There are a lot of characters to try to keep track of and at the end of it I'm no ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a ferry travelling from Dublin to Holyhead, the body of Chief Engineer Rosen is discovered, murdered. Knowing the killer is on the ferry is the first step, but who who among the hundreds onboard is the killer and who really is Rosen. Inspector Drake and his team investigate, but Rosen is only the first.
Enough twists and clues keep up the pace in this enjoyable crime story
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Drake’s OCD issues are very hard to read about. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to live with them. Nevertheless, he manages to function and solve crimes. I like him and these stories which are set in Wales, with its many unpronounceable place names. lol
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this story, and I've read it over two days. Drake is a strong character besides his OCD and Caren makes the team.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books-read
DS Ian Drake suffers through confusing leads, compulsive behaviors and difficulties on the home front while trying to solve several deaths in his Northern Wales jurisdiction. The hardest investigation is close to home after his ex-con cousin get murdered, too.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book more than the first. Many of the criticisms I see other reviewers have posted are simply not fair. First, the OCD is done very well. Trust me on this since I have OCD. Second, the marriage is fairly portrayed. Both characters have demanding jobs, then add 2 children into the mix, and there will indeed be stress! The author reduced the number of characters that a reader has to keep track of compared to his first book, and it made for a more enjoyable reading experience. I read ...more
Realistically captures the tedium of real police work...
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: This is Book 2 in the series and can be read as a stand alone novel easily.

I’m still enjoying this series though I felt Book 1 was a little better. This book is still worthy, but there are more characters and tangled plot lines and I sometimes got a little muddled about who was who and why they were important to the case, or rather, which case. We have the death of Frank Rosen on a ferry; drugs and more drugs; an apparent suicide; and the black sheep of Inspector Drake’s family (his cousin
Denise Zendel
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Welsh Detective Inspector Ian Drake is a man ruled by his obsessions. His desk must be set just so, the post-it notes aligned within a millimeter of each other, the coffee made precisely on a set schedule, and the Sudoku puzzles thoroughly, correctly completed. His family life suffers because of these obsessions, and he obsesses over whether his team and superiors notice his peculiarities, even while he fights against them.

In book two of this exciting series, Drake is called to the scene of a m
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible, tbc, 2019
Murder on the car ferry.
I enjoyed the first Inspector Drake novel, Brass in Pocket, and the prequel, Devil's Kitchen, so I was looking forward to this next episode. Unfortunately, I think I would have been better off reading it than listening, as I found the number of characters just too confusing to keep up with in audio format.

Ian Drake is an interesting character, with his compulsions and obsessive habits. In some ways I can see these traits actually contributing to his effectiveness as a pol
Iain Hart
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
This book takes to the water and bounces about countries but it was so well written that it was easy to follow.

From the very beginning it is interesting and exciting, the mystery begins to unravel that keeps you guessing from beginning to end.

I loved the locations, flirting between Wales and Ireland you think things are settled in one place and something more interesting happens in the other , and I’m left thinking “oh what now?”.

Each of the main characters I grow to love every book I listen to,
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second book we meet again with Inspector Drake... and his life is even more complicated.

He and Caron are called to investigate a murder in a ferry but quickly it's becoming clear that there is a lot more going on. Drake's personal life is getting more difficult to handle, and it's not only the (rightful) demands of his wife asking him to take an interest in the lives of his daughters. His father's sickness has become terminal, and his cousin, who claimed to have information on the case,
Sandra Leivesley
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, tbc, wales, 2019
DI Drake and his team are called in to investigate a dead body found on a ferry from Dublin to Holyhead. It seems like an open and shut case as the murderer is obviously still on the ship. But it’s not that simple and soon more bodies turn up.

I have already read the prequel and Book 1 of the series and I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this one and be transported back to North Wales. The plot is complex, with many characters and red herrings, but not so much that I couldn’t follow. Once again D
Chris Wells
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Brass In Pocket, book one of the Inspector Drake mysteries, so I had very high hopes for Worse Than Dead. Thankfully, Stephen Puleston did not disappoint with an equally gripping second novel. Drake is back with his personal struggles with his ‘routines’ and his work taking up far too much of his personal time. A murder on a ferry calls Drake and his team into action. As the story evolves each clue reveals more about the motive for the murder in such a way that really does mak ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second Inspector Drake book continues to build on the characters in the first book. Inspector Drake is plagued with rituals related to his OCD, he is a complex character who does not feel comfortable with many people. He also has family problems which loom large on the horizon. When a dead body is found on a ferry the perpetrator has to be either a passenger or crew member but Drake is pressurised into letting everyone disembark, therefore letting the killer go. The subsequent plot is convol ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DI Drake of the Northern Welsh Police has a difficult profession, OCD, the all too typical marriage problems, problems with his father's health, a superior who is somewhat difficult, civilians who demand to treated like tsars, and does Suduko to manage stress. Wait, what? Suduko for stress easement? Well, he certainly needs the stress relief with this demented a case: too many suspects, uppity middle managers, still struggling with the aftermath of an earlier case, red herrings galore, and then ...more
David Taylor
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worse than Dead is the second DI Drake story that centers on an almost locked room mystery – the only wrinkle is the murder occurs on a ferry that is in transit. DI Drake has to face his own demons as well as adjust to working with a new Chief Inspector. This story is action packed and filled with a number of twists that make the story near impossible to predict. I have to admit to having been shocked once I found out how wrong I was about a couple of the characters. Once again Richard Elfyn’s n ...more
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
This is the second book in the Inspector Drake books. This time, Drake finds himself trying to solve the murder of an engineer on the ferry between Wales and Ireland. He thinks it will be easy to do, because of the small group of suspects .... it has to be someone on the ferry after all. What follows is a twisting tale of murder, drugs, and intrigue. Drake tries to keep himself in control, but even his home life makes him feel out of control.

Stephen Puleston delivers a well-written, in-depth sto
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As the stresses in his family live continue, Drake and his team are tasked to investigate a murder on the local ferry, leading them to a complex and very sophisticated drug ring, money laundering and even more murders.
If you enjoy police procedures stories with a very English flare you'll probably love this one almost as much as I did. It's fast paced with careful, methodical investigation techniques and a quirky, obsessive hero determined to endear himself to you, even as he drives the reader c
Greg Whaley
Slightly better than the first book in this series but the author still devotes way too much time to the obsessive compulsive behavior of Inspector Drake. Is there a reason for making someone with ocd the main character in the series? Does the author suffer this malady or someone close to him? If it wasn't for the time devoted to this aspect this could be a very good series. As it is it's so-so with hints of what it could be showing through here and there. I'll probably beat myself up and give t ...more
Holly Lenz
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Worse Than Dead is an interesting detective mystery taking place in Wales. This story starts with a murder on the ferry, but it is also about addiction, whether to drugs, video games, or even sudoku games. There is a lot going on, and I’m afraid I got lost in some things (part of the problem with listening to audiobooks while doing chores). The ending dropped off rather suddenly. Guess I need the next book.

The narrator is well suited to the book series and does a good job bringing the books to l
Simon Leonard
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series and i loved it. You don't need to have read or listened to book 1 first but it would help with backgrounds.
This one follows drake as he is sent to investigate the mysterious death of a man on a boat, which is made harder by the arrogant man who runs the docks as he wants the boat back out again ASAP.

There are loads of twists in this book which kept me guessing all the way through and i loved it.
Marie (UK)
I am disappointed with these books. I haven't read them in order but i don't think that really matters apart from you get the Inspector's personal life out of order. However there is for too much drivel in the books about the A55 and The MC's compulsive behaviours and not enough investigative information. There are also marked similarities in the story lines - certainly of 2 and 3 where i am certain bent coppers feature along the way. Do we have that many bent coppers I certainly hope not
Ellen White
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Drake is compulsive at work, his cases consume him. To the problem with his wife and two children. His father is unwell. Now having a new boss how will his tendencies work for him or against.
They say the more murders the killer begins to leave clues.
Intriguing to find the clues as we read, and with the narration brought this story to life. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting mystery!

D I Drake and team, from Northern Welsh Police, have another exciting, involved case to solve. It involves murder and drug smuggling, with many, many suspects. Drake is also having counseling because of his obsessive habits that are exacerbated by the stress of the job. It is a fascinating case and moves rapidly!
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