Olympic rowing hopeful and senior Metropolitan Police officer DCI Rebecca Meredith trains alone on the river in Henley one dark afternoon - and doesn't return. Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner Detective Inspector Gemma James are called to investigate and find that the answers lie closer to home than they could have imagined. Now more than one innocent life depends on their ability to track down the killer.
©2011 Deborah Crombie (P)2011 Recorded Books
The story is seemingly set in 2011 as it refers to the 'Olympics' next year. However, throughout, I just thought of the 1950s. Whether this is due to the narrating or the writing I am not too sure. The story is not bad and you certainly learn a lot about rowing, however, it was so middle class I felt ostracised from the characters.They are generally privately educated at Eton, rowed for Oxbridge, live in Nottinghill and have Agas as well as being relentlesly 'PC'. The police investigating the crimes had all the rowing terminolgy and this seemed unrealistic.
Some of the characters voices were so cut glass they actively grated on my nerves as they bordered on arrogant. It was a shame as one of the main characters I really disliked whereas, had I stuck to the written word, I probably would have liked him. The principals' backgrounds are twisted but I just was not interested.
The other ratings for this book are high so my view differs from others, however, for me the book dragged and I was half inclined to leave it before the end. I may try another by this author in paper format rather than audio.
The story draws you in and quotes are used effectively at the start of chapters.
Ruth Rendell books are similarly intriguing
The voice was a great fit for the characters and very absorbing
It needed a few sittings due to its length, but it was hard to put down
Sometimes I felt as though I wanted to speed up the narration to get to the next dramatic scene.
I'm over two hours into this book and that's as far as I'm going. The narrator's voice grates after a while, the characters don't seem to have any character or personality and I can't remember who they are - or the plot for that matter.
No redeeming features as far as I'm concerned.
I've tried listening to and 1.5 hours of this one and it just isn't getting any better. It's slow, plodding and boring. Far too much general everyday description and sadly lacking in story. We all know that trees light up when car lights shine on them! The narration doesn't help much either It certainly doesn't make me want to carry on listening so time to send this one back and try something new.
It took ages to get going and introduced so many characters that it was really confusing.
Slow and dull
Awful voice - really boring
Boring and predictable
accents used by reader did not portray the charactures
any one who had read the ;book and had some insight to charactures
could be interesting if narrator reads the book first and understands the characters more
not a bad read but some more introduction to main character's if possible but not divisional to story.
This book was a rollicking read it had so many different twists and turns with some dead ends and a few red herrings. I learnt all sorts of things about the rowing fraternity. I will read it again.
"Great crime fiction novel"
Definitely I will listen to it again. Very good story, great characters main and secondary,and good plot
My favorite character is Gemma James although I love Duncan Kincaid too. I really enjoy the way the author combines domestic life with crime investigation
Yes, I like the way she performs, Not too dramatic with nice accent
Great mystery novel.
I strongly recommend the series.The novel stands on itself but I think it is more enjoyable if you read at least the second or third book before this one.
"Great, enchanting mystery from Deborah Crombie"
Deborah Crombie, along with Louise Penny, is certainly on the list of my favourite detective writers - and she does not disappoint this time. Each of her books usually has a new theme, a twist, a focus - opera, antiquities, history of London Docks etc. In this case, it is rowing. Narration is very pleasant as well, no criticism here. If you are a fan of cosy British mysteries with flavour of local history, I highly recommend this book
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