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The Ladykiller | [Martina Cole]

The Ladykiller

George Markham has a nasty little hobby, one that erupts into an orgy of viscous sexual depravity. Patrick Kelly is a hard man. His one soft spot is his daughter, and when she falls victim to the Grantley Ripper, Kelly wants revenge. The DI in charge of the case is Kate Burrows. She feels for Kelly but her growing involvement with a known villain is putting her career at risk...
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Publisher's Summary

George Markham has a nasty little hobby, one that erupts into an orgy of viscous sexual depravity. Patrick Kelly is a hard man. His one soft spot is his daughter, and when she falls victim to the Grantley Ripper, Kelly wants revenge. The DI in charge of the case is Kate Burrows. She feels for Kelly but her growing involvement with a known villain is putting her career at risk... As the forces of law and order and London's underworld converge in a huge manhunt, Kate fears she'll lose everything she's ever cared about... to the ladykiller.

©1993 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital

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    Nik Nik C UK 22/02/2015
    Nik Nik C UK 22/02/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book"
    Would you listen to The Ladykiller again? Why?

    Yes. I really liked this book. The story kept me wanting to know just what was going to happen next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favourite, I enjoyed it all.


    What does Annie Aldington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Yes definitely. Annie is a great story teller & brings it to life.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It didn't make me cry, it did however have me looking behind me every five minutes whilst walking my dog haha..... no, really!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy E. 16/02/2015
    Amy E. 16/02/2015
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    "Best Martina cole book ever 😍"

    well i really enjoyed listening to this audiobook , it was like watching a serial killer being made right before your eyes fascinating. i felt a degree of sympathy for the murderer which i guess is what the author wanted. But then he'd commit some other atrocitie and the sympathy would be gone. this storyline made me want to keep listening at any opportunity as it had me hooked. the narrator was gteat to and her cockney accent was pretty good. so this is an amazing purchase and would deffinately recomend this audible book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Die Ohrwurmer aus Franken 01/12/2014 Member Since 2006
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    "Shallow characters."

    A story about a very nasty serial killer calls for deep and dark narrative. The lack of atmosphere is enhanced by the narrator who reads as though this is a children's bedtime tale. The detective's unlikely relationship with a stereotypical gangster is given equal weight to the main plot - how she managed to reach Chief Inspector is the mystery to me! I managed to listen to the end and was gratified to find an unusual twist or two. Overall, a good plot poorly executed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Graham Colchester, United Kingdom 10/10/2014
    Graham Colchester, United Kingdom 10/10/2014 Member Since 2015
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    "Dissapointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, there is more sub plots than plot, and the side stories swamp the main story


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have liked to explore the murderer a bit more, and I was definitely uninterested in the detectives love life


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The opening scene was quite dark


    Could you see The Ladykiller being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Wouldn't be interested in any film or programme myself


    Any additional comments?

    We have a psychopathetic murderer on the loose, terrorising a small town, yet the book is all about the detectives relationship with a East End gangster and their sexual exploits

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    hayes 11/07/2014
    hayes 11/07/2014
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    "Lady killer"
    If you could sum up The Ladykiller in three words, what would they be?

    Gruesome . I didn't really enjoy this


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ladykiller?

    Well it disturbed me


    Would you be willing to try another one of Annie Aldington’s performances?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't listen to end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. R. K. Hollis UK 07/07/2014
    Mr. R. K. Hollis UK 07/07/2014 Member Since 2015
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    "Gritty and exciting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, because it brings you face to face with some horrible realities of mental illness, even though the book is a fiction


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George, because he was the sick one. Terrifyingly wonderful.


    Which character – as performed by Annie Aldington – was your favourite?

    George. She seemed to really get into his head. His accent and manner were brutally visceral.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    eden swindon, United Kingdom 19/02/2014
    eden swindon, United Kingdom 19/02/2014 Member Since 2015
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    "Ending of the villan could be better"
    Would you listen to The Ladykiller again? Why?

    I would listen to it again because the stroy was gripping throughout


    What did you like best about this story?

    the plot of how the crimes where carried out


    What does Annie Aldington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    tones of voices and different styles


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it is a book you like to listen to a bit each day


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sllunicko sllunicko 12/02/2014
    sllunicko sllunicko 12/02/2014 Member Since 2013

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    "great story, gripping straight from the beginning!"
    Where does The Ladykiller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's absolutely great ... it does catches your attention straight from the beginning and it keeps it all along! ... also really liked the way it was told, voice, tone, stress, great .... really enjoyed it .... hope to find another like that


    What other book might you compare The Ladykiller to, and why?

    Another crime book that I really enjoyed straight from the begining and throughout was a Twisted Wing


    Have you listened to any of Annie Aldington’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    not yet, so really enjoyed it!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Genette FRINTON ON SEA, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Genette FRINTON ON SEA, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping stuff"

    This was my first book purchased from audible and I was so pleased with it. The story is about the 'Grantly Ripper' and has many depths to it. Martina Cole has a brilliant understanding of human nature and as she delves into the past of the murderer she even has you feeling almost sorry for him as you realize what has led him to become the monster he is. The story revolves around several characters and how this one evil man causes their lives to intertwine. Also the narrator is perfect for this story and really makes it come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 30/10/2013
    Mary 30/10/2013
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    "Gripping storyline"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ladykiller to be better than the print version?

    I was trying to listen to this book at all times of the day,it really was a very hard hitting story,made so much better by listening rather than reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ladykiller?

    Markam's Mother !!


    Have you listened to any of Annie Aldington’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I find Annie fine in her narration


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some of the scenarios gave me the shivers but that's how the storyline takes you


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Tracy
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    30/05/12
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    "Creepy Killer!"

    Wow! Interesting read. Enjoyable long listen that took me down surprising roads, some I am still travelling down in contemplation. Not much about the investegation, instead you are "in the head" of the criminal and detective and what drives of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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