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Another Day, Another Scar… Conrad needs a rest, and so does Vicky, his partner in fighting magickal crimes. The universe has other ideas. Conrad had planned the perfect weekend in the English Lake District – tie up some loose ends before spending the night with his girlfriend. Simple. What could possibly go wrong? Everything is the answer. An innocent man is murdered to Another Day, Another Scar… Conrad needs a rest, and so does Vicky, his partner in fighting magickal crimes. The universe has other ideas. Conrad had planned the perfect weekend in the English Lake District – tie up some loose ends before spending the night with his girlfriend. Simple. What could possibly go wrong? Everything is the answer. An innocent man is murdered to cover up magickal misdeeds, and before they can draw breath, Conrad and Vicky are on the trail of a Mage who hides behind dark magick to kill at a distance. In the third book of Mark Hayden’s highly praised King’s Watch sequence, Conrad and Vicky have to unlock doors and penetrate the ancient families of the Lakeland Particular to unmask a killer with an agenda of vengeance who doesn’t care who dies on the way. Praise for the King’s Watch Books on Amazon If you like Dresden Files, Rivers of London, and the Iron Druid series, you will enjoy this. Rollicking good read! (TT) Excitement, humour and sorrow expertly blended together. (DS) Hayden is an excellent writer (Anon)


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Another Day, Another Scar… Conrad needs a rest, and so does Vicky, his partner in fighting magickal crimes. The universe has other ideas. Conrad had planned the perfect weekend in the English Lake District – tie up some loose ends before spending the night with his girlfriend. Simple. What could possibly go wrong? Everything is the answer. An innocent man is murdered to Another Day, Another Scar… Conrad needs a rest, and so does Vicky, his partner in fighting magickal crimes. The universe has other ideas. Conrad had planned the perfect weekend in the English Lake District – tie up some loose ends before spending the night with his girlfriend. Simple. What could possibly go wrong? Everything is the answer. An innocent man is murdered to cover up magickal misdeeds, and before they can draw breath, Conrad and Vicky are on the trail of a Mage who hides behind dark magick to kill at a distance. In the third book of Mark Hayden’s highly praised King’s Watch sequence, Conrad and Vicky have to unlock doors and penetrate the ancient families of the Lakeland Particular to unmask a killer with an agenda of vengeance who doesn’t care who dies on the way. Praise for the King’s Watch Books on Amazon If you like Dresden Files, Rivers of London, and the Iron Druid series, you will enjoy this. Rollicking good read! (TT) Excitement, humour and sorrow expertly blended together. (DS) Hayden is an excellent writer (Anon)

30 review for The Eleventh Hour

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Better Another enjoyable read, a bit more darker in tone than the first 3 books. Word building and characters are getting more evolved.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Conrad Clarke plans a romantic weekend with his girlfriend but his plans are thwarted by murder, gnomes and magickal shenanigans. In this third installment of the fantastic series Conrad and Vicky investigate a mundane death that turns out to be anything but. Love this series, binge read it over a few days so my reviews are consequently short.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mel Horne

    I found this outing for Conrad and Vicky to be a tad disjointed. I found it hard to make all the connections, maybe there was a glamour on it ! I still don’t know why the horses were relevant or why the first murder was required, I must have lost concentration . It is quite an entertaining world so I will probably read the next one anyway 😀

  4. 4 out of 5

    WonderAl

    Love it. They get better and better. Real mystery This is an incredible example of magical world building as well as an excellent and intriguing murder mystery with an amazing and flawed pair of central protagonists and I can't wait to read the next one. Wish there was an audiobook! Love it. They get better and better. Real mystery This is an incredible example of magical world building as well as an excellent and intriguing murder mystery with an amazing and flawed pair of central protagonists and I can't wait to read the next one. Wish there was an audiobook!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This is the ‘additional’ review I posted for The 13th Witch – but the comments made in this review apply to all the books I have read so far in the series, so I am copy/pasting this for the rest of the books I have read. ;) I've finished reading the series as far as it goes and I am now waiting eagerly for the next book to be published - sometime around the end of March 2020. I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed an urban fantasy series quite so much, and to the extent that I immediately sta This is the ‘additional’ review I posted for The 13th Witch – but the comments made in this review apply to all the books I have read so far in the series, so I am copy/pasting this for the rest of the books I have read. ;) I've finished reading the series as far as it goes and I am now waiting eagerly for the next book to be published - sometime around the end of March 2020. I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed an urban fantasy series quite so much, and to the extent that I immediately started reading again, from the start. The writing is deliciously 'British', the characters each have their own distinctive 'voice' and the author uses some subtle and clever ways to change POVs (which doesn't happen very often.) And I LOVE the slight obsession with shrugging! As the series progresses, the back story becomes clearer, though there are still several mysteries regarding Conrad, and usually that would irritate me. But it doesn't here. It works really well for some reason (and yes, I know Conrad's story is written in a different series, but I hadn't read those) I also love the way details are dropped into the story with an almost casual air. I expect the author has done a phenomenal amount of research and it shows, but not in massive info-dumps, or great wodges of boring details. There's a comfortable sense that this author isn't going to drop a clanger or write something so stupid that I want to throw my Kindle across the room. Instead I am quietly enjoying learning small details without feeling I am being lectured at! There are a few niggles about the actual format of the book - changes in scenes/times are not sometimes marked with the usual *** and it can confuse the reader. The chapter titles are a tad too large - maybe because I have my kindle font set at 'large' and although I like the covers, they have a slight 'blurriness' about them – but I think that might be the Kindle? However, I have read all six books in the series and I am going to start reading them again, tonight. I think that's a good enough recommendation. ;)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    I was really let down by this installment. It was more of a 3.5 stars to be precise. The previous book was so good! I admit I am a sucker for Dragons, sure, but nevertheless it was great. Eleventh Hour though? It didn't feel like anything was really happening for half the book. There was no clear idea of what exactly the big mystery was and once it's finallyyyyy revealed it was underwhelming and needlessly convoluted. One of my biggest problems with the overall series is Mina. Up to this book I I was really let down by this installment. It was more of a 3.5 stars to be precise. The previous book was so good! I admit I am a sucker for Dragons, sure, but nevertheless it was great. Eleventh Hour though? It didn't feel like anything was really happening for half the book. There was no clear idea of what exactly the big mystery was and once it's finallyyyyy revealed it was underwhelming and needlessly convoluted. One of my biggest problems with the overall series is Mina. Up to this book I haven't really cared about her story. This time out we experience more of her and I have to say she is a pain in the ass. I get she's been in jail and is likely to be negative about life in general but man she really treated Conrad like dirt during the trip to Langsdale and the spa. She complained so much! Conrad is always going on about how much he loves her and I don't get it at all from what we've been shown of her. I'm really hoping she turns out to be a secret villain down the line. Learning more about the magical world is always fascinating, and this time out we get unions and assessors which was an idea I've never seen before. It made it a little more political which I'm not especially keen on though. I don't want to be spoilery so I'll just add as out of context as I can: SERIOUSLY HE CARRIED HER ON HIS SHOULDERS LIKE A TODDLER THROUGH A FIELD??

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    Another instalment in the Tales of the King's Watch, my current 'better than popcorn but not too demanding' series, though it has to be said this one was a little darker than it's predecessors though it still provided much needed light relief after a heavy read. Conrad Clarke becomes more Dresden-ish with each story, though without in any way being a clone of Mr D, he is very much a unique character albeit with a few traits in common. This instalment is set in my beloved Lake District so there wa Another instalment in the Tales of the King's Watch, my current 'better than popcorn but not too demanding' series, though it has to be said this one was a little darker than it's predecessors though it still provided much needed light relief after a heavy read. Conrad Clarke becomes more Dresden-ish with each story, though without in any way being a clone of Mr D, he is very much a unique character albeit with a few traits in common. This instalment is set in my beloved Lake District so there was nice familiarity in the locations, the magical feel of those places being well worked in to the story. The characters are continuing to flesh out and develop, lovely to have a bit more of Mina in this book - and I look forward to more in future stories. As ever there were many twists and turns within the plot, with the persistent menace of something weird going on gently rising as it has throughout the series, I love the 'feet firmly in reality' aspect of the story and the entertaining twists this produces as you anticipate the reaction of certain groups/characters to the actions of our heroes. Some excellent new characters and another member of the Merlin's Tower Irregulars promises more time spent in The Lake District Peculiar in future tales which is pleasing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Speed

    Struggled a bit - but still excellent. So third book now finished & as ever another superbly written & crafted story which is making me look forward to the fourth book. However at the start of the last quarter of the book I was finding it a little hard going. There was a lot going on, a ton of names to remember & more than once I was finding it hard going thinking who was that again! Plus I did wonder where the story & investigation was going too. Yes it sorted itself out beautifully but had me goi Struggled a bit - but still excellent. So third book now finished & as ever another superbly written & crafted story which is making me look forward to the fourth book. However at the start of the last quarter of the book I was finding it a little hard going. There was a lot going on, a ton of names to remember & more than once I was finding it hard going thinking who was that again! Plus I did wonder where the story & investigation was going too. Yes it sorted itself out beautifully but had me going for a bit so hence four stars instead of five. Another book has come along from another author I love so started that now - still with four other books on the go - but I’ll be back for the fourth book in this series when I’m done!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dan W. Hanifen

    Excellent read. I enjoyed the challenge of a new detective urban fantasy. The series is more challenging as an American to keep up with the British terms used in the dialogue between the main characters. Interesting characters backstories so far. Use of the glossary is very helpful to keep track of locations. Recommend use of map for each book to indicate geographic locations. Recommend a list of characters for reference as well. I don’t recall these on the referenced website. Lots of fun.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John-Torleif Harris

    Excellent Once again, I love how Conrad tends to fall into some minor happenstance that results in a major reorganizing of the magickal order of things. Is it just me, or does it seem that Conrad's Lux is getting stronger? I'm not sure if he would have even been affected by the Undercroft before this book. I'm eagerly anticipating the next book, where we will finally get some insight into Thomas and what he did. Excellent Once again, I love how Conrad tends to fall into some minor happenstance that results in a major reorganizing of the magickal order of things. Is it just me, or does it seem that Conrad's Lux is getting stronger? I'm not sure if he would have even been affected by the Undercroft before this book. I'm eagerly anticipating the next book, where we will finally get some insight into Thomas and what he did.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen J. Wendel

    Conrad rocks I had been looking - without luck - for someone to take up Harry Dresden’s mantle. I had begun to despair when I stumbled upon the first book in this series (The Thirteenth Witch) and am now fully addicted to the King’s Watch. Grab them, read them, devour them. You will not be sorry. I only hope that there will be more than 13...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carole Simpson

    Murder and magicking The unlikely duo working out crimes in a world of witches gnomes and magick has hooked me yet again. This is not my usual genre to read but the author has managed to combine normal heart warming relationships that continue to build with the unusual and unexpected world of magick

  13. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Collyer

    Love this series! This is the third book I have read in this series and I love them! Characters are well drawn. The magical aspect is creative and incorporates from a myriad of teachings, it sees. Love Conrad and Vicky's relationship and his unfolding magical education. Fun all the way through. Love this series! This is the third book I have read in this series and I love them! Characters are well drawn. The magical aspect is creative and incorporates from a myriad of teachings, it sees. Love Conrad and Vicky's relationship and his unfolding magical education. Fun all the way through.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Sheehan

    Never stops These.books are full of multi-layered mystery and as a bonus this one has a nice traveler's guide to some of the Lake District. The protagonist uses mundane and magical skills but have to.say his greatest skill may be human intuition. Looking forward to the next book Never stops These.books are full of multi-layered mystery and as a bonus this one has a nice traveler's guide to some of the Lake District. The protagonist uses mundane and magical skills but have to.say his greatest skill may be human intuition. Looking forward to the next book

  15. 5 out of 5

    patricia l. white

    Great fun Conrad keeps you guessing the entire book - both who did what when but also what’s with the relationship with Vicky? Will her and Mina be BFFs or when Mina gets out (next book??) she will make Conrad get a new partner - was that a hint at the end of this book? Can’t wait to read the next one

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kim Western-Williams

    A must read.. Haven’t got time to write a lot as need to get onto the next book. If you have never read a Mark Hayden book then you don’t know what you are missing....go on go start reading book 1!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alex Thurley-Ratcliff

    Still good The relationships develop further in this book, setting up the story for the next book, but I found some of this plot a bit opaque - maybe suiting the mood of the story 😊

  18. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Loving these! I love love love these stories! They are so good, gritty, down to earth, occasionally I get a bit lost, but it's only a paragraph or two before I'm where I need to be. Just spectacular. Loving these! I love love love these stories! They are so good, gritty, down to earth, occasionally I get a bit lost, but it's only a paragraph or two before I'm where I need to be. Just spectacular.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alan Paterson

    Inventive and Engaging I've read the first three books over the last couple of days and really enjoyed them. Skilfully written the internal logic of the setting is very appealing juxtapositioning the fantasy elements with our 'mundane ' world. Inventive and Engaging I've read the first three books over the last couple of days and really enjoyed them. Skilfully written the internal logic of the setting is very appealing juxtapositioning the fantasy elements with our 'mundane ' world.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Clare Moore

    Nice distraction from the current craziness of the real world Really enjoying this series, makes me wonder about the real world and if there are real gnomes and Glamours covering places we can’t see...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alastair Deacon

    Lovely portrayal of magical England I'm loving this series. It's a nice read from start to finish and the characters, the story and the background landscape all make this a real page turner for me. Lovely portrayal of magical England I'm loving this series. It's a nice read from start to finish and the characters, the story and the background landscape all make this a real page turner for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Miller

    Can't wait to read the next one Wonderful series. I almost did not read this third one but the characters have continued to grow and the hero is more complex with each book. Thanks to the self isolation of this spring 2020 I will probably start book four tomorrow. Can't wait to read the next one Wonderful series. I almost did not read this third one but the characters have continued to grow and the hero is more complex with each book. Thanks to the self isolation of this spring 2020 I will probably start book four tomorrow.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Clampett

    Great read Better than the 2nd but still not quite as good as the first. The main characters are coming to life a bit more and I loved virtually travelling around the lakes to places I have been, !

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Pottinger

    Very enjoyable read! The characters and their relationships are written well. I enjoyed the storyline and the introduction of magic from across the world. Very much looking forward to the author's next novel! Very enjoyable read! The characters and their relationships are written well. I enjoyed the storyline and the introduction of magic from across the world. Very much looking forward to the author's next novel!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pete

    Excellent series. Very enjoyable English Fantasy. It’s great that it is not just London based. As good a Mike Sevdons work. I find it difficult to put down. Very compelling. Have to read the whole lot

  26. 5 out of 5

    ian cheshire

    Another great story The world of Conrad and Vicky just gets more intriguing. Each adventure follows on neatly from the last. Love the way Mr Hayden writes. Descriptive and funny. Great stuff

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    Not as great as the first two, but I still love the series. Oddly enough, the main plot did not do it for me, but everything else did; i think i just really like the world that has been created in this series. Still worth a read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Blake

    Really enjoyable and immersive,well written. Great series I finish one.and go straight to the next. I live the two main protagonist but less so mina who's a bit annoying apart from that they are pacey, well written and intriguing. Really enjoyable and immersive,well written. Great series I finish one.and go straight to the next. I live the two main protagonist but less so mina who's a bit annoying apart from that they are pacey, well written and intriguing.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie Totsch

    Great series I love the series. This one seemed to move a little slower than the others. I hope they catch on enough to become audiobooks, because I would love to hear Conrad's voice. Great series I love the series. This one seemed to move a little slower than the others. I hope they catch on enough to become audiobooks, because I would love to hear Conrad's voice.

  30. 5 out of 5

    kate mcgrail

    Great fun Another great story. Slightly more comp!scared than the first two books. Brilliant use of the Lake district geography, Brimstone So a is beautiful but not cheap! I love the character evolution and an really looking forwards to the next book.

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