The ghost of Sherlock Holmes is dead, but who will solve his murder?
The Great Detective's ghost has walked London's streets for an age, given shape by people's memories. Now someone's put a ceremonial dagger through his chest. But what's the motive? And who - or what - could kill a ghost?
When policing London's supernatural underworld, eliminating the impossible is not an option. DI James Quill and his detectives have learnt this the hard way. Gifted with the Sight, they'll pursue a criminal genius - who'll lure them into a Sherlockian maze of clues and evidence. The team also have their own demons to fight. They've been to hell and back (literally), but now the unit is falling apart....
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the shadow police are back on the case.
it could be a good idea to recap the earlier books before jumping in. unless your memory is a lot better than mine (not that hard). I have grown to like the team and felt that this book (although very good ) a little rushed in places and did not feel for some of the lesser characters has much as I could have done. On the whole a most enjoyable experience, now I have to wait for the next book.
My work takes me on frequent long distance travel. it used to be a chore. With Audible on my phone I frequently wish the flight was longer.
The author has some entertaining ideas, but unfortunately he is not a very good storyteller. The movement of the plot and the actions of the characters often feels jarring. It leaves me more annoyed than entertained or satisfied.
Damyan Lynch on the other hand is delivering a solid performance.
Thoroughly enjoyed this third outing for the Shadow Police - but it's the performance of Damien Lynch that sets this out from many other audio series.
I love Neverwhere, Pater Grant and The Obsidian Heart Trilogy but I just couldn't follow this at all. Maybe its because Audible chose to make book 3 its daily deal meaning that I hadn't a clue who the characters were. There doesn't seem to be a recap or if there was I missed it.
The Back Road by Rachel Abbott.
No complaints about the reading.
None. Would have liked more of a recap for newcomers.
I'd try the first book in the series but may give it a while before I do as have so many other books lined up.
The first book in the series introduced us to an amazing mix of police work and fantasy horror and while this third book builds on the underlying larger story arc of the smiling man the characters appeared more observers than participants. Narration as ever superb.
Well. I stuck it out until the bitter end but know it's time I'll never get back. Try Ben Aaronovitch as a starting point.
Fan of urban fantasy & Victorian gothic especially set in London. Oh, and Georgette Heyer.
I'm still really enjoying this series about the Met dealing with London's magical crime It's darker and grittier than Rivers of London and has a similar storyline of an overarching villain who is gradually revealed. This one feels a little bit like filler until the next book but it's a good listen nonetheless and will definitely get the next one.
Damian Lynch is excellent. A good range of voices and the right tone for the story.
I am a fan of this series so it may colour my judgement but I thought it was well written and well narrated. I'm happy to see them get a bit longer aswell.
"good story, but audio editing was atrocious"
story and narration were good, but the audio editing was stilted and annoying. No flow.
"Good story, but not a stand-alone"
I understand why people who haven't read/listened to the other novels in this series didn't like it. If you haven't listened to the previous volumes, don't start here. It won't make any sense. But personally, I like that Cornell didn't waste my time repeating previous stories or reminding me who is who. I usually find that tedious in books in a series.
With that out of the way, I'm enjoying the Shadow Police. I like all the characters, I like their ops boards and police procedures. And I like that they don't have super powers, other than being able to see magic. Or London stuff, as they call it. I particularly liked this volume because of the Lofthouse segments and the back story on the previous team.
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