Composed of over 60 per cent water itself, a human body isn't naturally buoyant. It will float only for as long as there is air in its lungs before gradually sinking to the bottom as the air seeps out. If the water is very cold or deep, it will remain there, undergoing a slow, dark dissolution that can take years. But if the water is warm enough for bacteria to feed and multiply, then it will continue to decompose. Gases will build up in the intestines, increasing the body's buoyancy until it floats again. And the dead will literally rise....
I listened to the whole book in one day because I quickly became engrossed in the story. It was well read and well paced. It is my first book by this author but I am now keen to discover more of his books.
It was 1921 when Lord Peter Wimsey first encountered the Attenbury emeralds. The recovery of the magnificent gem in Lord Attenbury's most dazzling heirloom made headlines - and launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective. Now it is 1951. A happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Then the new young Lord Attenbury - grandson of Lord Peter's first client - seeks his help again, this time to prove who owns the gigantic emerald that Wimsey last saw in 1921.
The book was well read with an interesting and surprising plot as well as a lot of new information about the family and their adjustment to post war life. I wish that Jill Paton Walsh had written more in the Lord Peter series. I have now listened to this book three times and it was every bit as enjoyable on the second and third reading.
Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in the much-acclaimed radio dramatisations of Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Strong Poison, Five Red Herrings and Have His Carcase.
This is the second volume of BBC dramatisation of the Lord Peter Wimsey stories. I prefer well read unabridged books, but these adaptations were excellent and it is always nice to hear them again.
Don't imagine for one moment that I'm not watching you.... The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year's Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims' shoes are taken by the offender.... Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997.
The first half of this book was so tedious and boring that I was ready to give up on it. It got better in the latter part of the book when that was more about the investigation and not so much about the attacker. I like the way that the police team is made up of less than perfect characters, but some of the information about the team seemed irrelevant and distracted from the story. The ending was the best part of the book but still not entirely satisfactory because it felt incomplete.
The narration was good, competent but not sparkling. I think the quality of the story made it difficult for the narrator because it was such a boring first half of the book.
A truck driver loses control in central Edinburgh, ploughing into a crowded bus stop and spilling his vehicle's toxic load. The consequences are devastating. DI Tony McLean witnesses the carnage. Taking control of the investigation, he soon realises there is much that is deeply amiss - and everyone involved seems to have something to hide. But as McLean struggles to uncover who caused the tragedy, a greater crisis develops - the new DCI's son is missing - last seen in the area of the crash....
The first time I listened to this book I felt a bit disappointed. I had waited for it for a long time and when I finished it I didn’t think it had as good a plot as the previous books. However it prompted me to listen to the whole series in order and when I listened to this book for a second time I found it more enjoyable and I realised that there was considerably more to the plot than I had given it credit for the first time.
It is a good story with an odd end, but there are lots of twists and turns to keep the reader interested and as always there is a sprinkling of the supernatural. Mrs McCutcheon’s cat and Madam Rose are my favourite characters in the series as a whole but it is hard to identify a favourite character in this book. I rather liked the new Chief Superintendent but it seems that there will be more changes to get used to in the next book.
I like the supernatural element, I think he gets it just right. Best of all I like the wonderful narration by Ian Hanmore, he brings the books to life.
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DS Wesley Peterson, newly arrived in the West Country town of Tradmouth, has his hands full when a child goes missing and a young woman is brutally murdered on a lonely cliff path. Then his old friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, unearths the skeletons of a strangled woman and a newborn baby in the cellar of an ancient merchant's house nearby. As the investigation continues, Wesley begins to suspect that these deaths, centuries apart, may be linked by age-old motives of jealousy, a sexual obsession and desperate longing.
In the end it was quite a good story but it was a bit of an ordeal to listen to because of Gordon Griffin's very odd delivery. He is a competent narrator but he sounds the same in every book he reads and somehow he makes the book feel more dated than it should. The characters in this book were not as well developed as I would have liked which made it hard to follow the plot or to care about what had happened.
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Mark Howitt expects a fun, no-strings night of passion with Leila. But when he wakes up in the early hours of the morning, he is horrified to stumble upon his former bed partner dead and suspended from the ceiling alongside 27 Barbie dolls. Rhona Macleod's forensic investigation of the scene reveals the cord used to hang Leila to be a cingulum, an artefact used in the practise of Wicca, and sketches hidden in nine of the dolls suggest the dolls are linked with nine men.
It took a while for me to connect with the story but once the plot developed I enjoyed the story. The narrator was easy to listen to with a lovely accent but the mispronunciation of the same word throughout the book was irritating and there were one or two similar errors. It was a minor annoyance as in other respects she was a good narrator.
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Husband and wife Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins. Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis bereft.
I had looked forward to this book, but I'm disappointed. The narration was excellent, and the characters were well rounded and interesting but the plot was weak. It was distracting to have the book written in alternate chapters relating to different time periods one in the voice of the main character the other from the point of view of the narrator. It made the book feel jumbled and disjointed.
The ending was the weakest and most unsatisfactory part. It had been obvious who the killer was for at least half the book but there was no satisfactory expiation as to why and especially not why now. There was too much pointless violence at the end. The other twist to the plot was obvious from the start of the book and the facts revealed were unbelievable. I feel a bit cheated because I invested time to listen to a book with such an unsatisfactory conclusion.
When amateur sleuth detective Kate Shackleton receives a dawn telephone call from her cousin, James, his news soon snaps Kate into wakefulness. The India office seek her on-the-spot help in finding a maharajah last seen on the Bolton Abbey estate. He has with him a hugely valuable diamond. Investigative successes and good family connections put Kate in the highly trusted category. Perceived as 'establishment', Kate feels like an outsider in her sympathies.
An interesting plot with a lot of twists and turns. It kept my interest and was well read.
The Woman Unknown: Deirdre Fitzpatrick is married to a man who wants to know where she really goes when supposedly taking care of her sick mother and calls on the expertise of Kate Shackleton, amateur sleuth extraordinaire, to investigate. The Gentleman: Everett Runcie is a banker facing ruin and disgrace. His American heiress wife will no longer pay for his mistakes or tolerate his infidelity and is seeking a divorce.
A very enjoyable book, well read and entertaining. I got frustrated once or twice when the plot seemed a bit contrived and the main character made foolish decisions which seemed out of character.