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The House Sitter Audiobook

The House Sitter

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Mystery Readers International, Macavity Award for Best Novel, 2004.
Shortlisted for Audible's Listen of the Year, 2006.

A woman is found strangled on a beach in Sussex. It takes the police 12 days to discover she was a top profiler for the National Crime Faculty. Why was she killed? And why is the NCF thwarting Detective Peter Diamond's efforts to unmask her murderer?

©2003 Peter Lovesey; (P)2003 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"The writing is as smooth as polished steel, and the small touches that reveal character, especially the memorable Hen, approach genius. This is Lovesey at his best." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Sue Bognor, West Sussex, United Kingdom 14/03/2006
    Sue Bognor, West Sussex, United Kingdom 14/03/2006
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    "A good listen"

    A good book however I did guess who the muderer was - not sure why I came to the conclusion I did but I was right so maybe it was a little predictable. I enjoyed listening to it. It ran at a reasonable pace and had some interesting characters. Interesting for me as I know the area! - though yet to find out if White Sands does exist!

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. M. Smeeton UK 11/04/2006
    Mrs. M. Smeeton UK 11/04/2006 Member Since 2007

    MJS

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    "The House Sitter"

    Initially I found this a little slow to grab my attention but please persevere- this book has a good balance of witty lines from the characters and yet retaining above that a good storyline. Ultimately, I found myself relishing long drives to listen to more and leaving the office early for appointments so I could listen to as much as possible: the mark of a good download.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    H. Tollyfield 30/04/2006
    H. Tollyfield 30/04/2006

    Tolly

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    "Rough Diamond"

    A good story with plenty of twists, well-paced and very much up to the Peter Lovesy standard.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    C GuildfordUnited Kingdom 08/01/2008
    C GuildfordUnited Kingdom 08/01/2008
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    "A new Author"

    This is the first Peter Lovesay I've read/listened to, and it was a really good story. The action was fast-paced enough to keep me interested, yet detailed enough that you got a good mental picture of the characters. I too guessed the 'baddie' towards the end, but it didn't detract from the overall thrill of the book.

    I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a crime 'whodunnit' book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Cirencester, Glos, United Kingdom 14/10/2008
    Sarah Cirencester, Glos, United Kingdom 14/10/2008
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    "Well worth a listen"

    An unsatisfying solution but that didn't detract from a gripping listen which had me hooked from the start. Characters well defined and likeable and a plot just complex enough to keep one guessing thoughout. Nicely read too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie southamptonUnited Kingdom 12/02/2007
    Robbie southamptonUnited Kingdom 12/02/2007
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    "Needed a longer drive"

    A nice paced audio that ment I had to sit in the drive to hear the end of some sections. Waiting for the next Peter Lovesey to appear.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Milton Keynes, Bucks, United Kingdom 27/05/2009
    Peter Milton Keynes, Bucks, United Kingdom 27/05/2009
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    "Well constructed plot"

    Really enjoyed this, slow start but the pace soon picks up and the end result is a well constructed plot with a touch of humour, my Wife kept asking me why I was laughing.

    The final outcome was a surprise, I would never have guessed the perpetrator of the crime.

    Recommended without hesitation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T Baghwallah UK 13/01/2008
    T Baghwallah UK 13/01/2008 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining, but not a whodunnit"

    I enjoyed this and found it well-written and quite gripping. However, it is not difficult to work out who the murderer is as there are not enough credible suspects. Worth the download if you are a subscriber, I guess

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstine 15/11/2007
    Kirstine 15/11/2007
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    "Exciting story"

    I hadn't read/listened to this author before and thought I'd give him a try. I wasn't disappointed. It's a well-constructed and exciting story that keeps one listening. The characters are well-drawn so one can remember who they when they re-appear. The reader is good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lower Lydbrook, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom 19/07/2006
    Linda Lower Lydbrook, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom 19/07/2006
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    "The House Sitter"

    Overall a good listen, maybe a bit slow to start, but the characters certainly come to life. Found the quality of the recording a little lacking at times but worth persevering with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Jami E. Nettles
    Columbus, MS USA
    18/01/06
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    "Interesting, well done"

    Very entertaining mystery, with very well-done characters, enhanced by the narrator. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Wanda
    Creuse, France
    17/09/06
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    I enjoyed the story and was pleased to find that there was no 'gratutious violence and sex'. It was everything it promised to be: a classic 'who done it'. Not mind-boggingly clever or devious and the narrator certainly didn't impinge on the story. Well worth getting if you enjoy Ruth Rendell, PD James etc...

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • S. Harvey
    Hungry Bay, Paget Bermuda
    13/02/06
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    "Good Listen"

    This is a very good book in its genre. The plot is intriguing, the characters are credible, and the suspense keeps one looking forward to time to turn on again. Great narration. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a good whodunit. Looking forward to the next Lovesey book from Audible.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Claudia
    Raleigh, New Caledonia
    15/04/10
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    "Good story, bad sound"

    Good, entertaining police procedural. I think the narrator recorded it while down at the local pub, though - annoying background noise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RJ
    04/02/09
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    "This book is the embodiment of misandry"

    This is only the second Audible title I have given up on without finishing.
    I was looking forward to a good mystery and, it seems that, plotwise, this could be have been one.
    What stopped me was the fact that for 45 minutes of listening there was not one sympathetic male character. The women were intelligent, caring professional, empathetic. Male characters were either uncaring,lazy, unlikeable, stupid, callous or combinations thereof.
    After waiting for a single decent male character, I gave up.
    Mysteries with intelligent female protagonists are great. But not in the unbalanced work this author produces where one half of the world is inhabited with well delineated and colorful women and the other, barely sketched, cartoon like men.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Claycnst
    14/07/08
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    "Save your credit"

    Save your credit on this one. It was incredibly slow.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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