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Too long

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-20

I quite enjoyed this book up to a point. However it went on too long with too many unlikely scenarios. Helpful taxi driver, weird landlord, incompetent police. I could go on but I wanted it to end long before it did. I was as exhausted as the ‘heroine’

Had to return

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-20

I had to return this. I did not like Blood Orange but hoped for improvement. There was none. Dreadful characters at prestigious school (am sure they can’t all be that bad). Daughter had to attend said school according to (awful) dead mother’s will. Personal email put in junk folder? Please....The tale looked set to be as convoluted as Blood Orange and I couldn’t bear to listen any more. It was quite difficult to distinguish between two of the female characters and I didn’t know who was speaking. There was also a mysterious (awful) husband lurking in America. Could not carry on reading anymore.

I won’t be tempted by any more by this author.

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Good story

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-20

Great story line with lots of laughs and scares in an expat community in Spain. Narrator fine with Scottish accent but awful with cockney

Making me smile in these times

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-20

I am going through these very funny and well -plotted mysteries. They are light, and I am getting to know the two very different characters of Jude and Carole. They are also well narrated.by the author. Thank you Simon Brett for keeping me cheerful.

Totally unbelievable

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-20

I enjoyed the first book in this series and the author has used a similar format which is that we follow the killer’s journey through multiple murders. What was amazing was the complete ineptitude of the police. They cannot be that clueless in reality. The only saving grace was the narrator who injected pace and excitement and encouraged me to (nearly) finish the book. It’s a pity really as the police characters are likeable (but not too clever)

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Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-20

Another fantastic episode in this series. They are not churned out like many other detective series but are well-crafted with the same great characters, Maeve and Josh solving complex cases intertwined with their personal growth and challenges. Despite the grimness of some of the cases, Maeve is a delight and Caroline Lennon’s narration is exactly right. I am going to start at the beginning and listen to the whole series again.

Utterly awful but good too

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-03-20

I can’t count the number of times I rolled my eyes upwards at the stupidity of the main character. Very predictable ,except to the main character. Guessed very early who was protagonist. Quite childish not very intelligent writing

Too much blood

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-20

Quite well written but an improbable story. One bloody body too many. I had to return

Not to be taken too seriously

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-19

Whilst I agree with the scathing review I have to admit to enjoying these series. Yes unrealistic and simplistic but good fun too and the characters are well drawn if a bit too stereotypical. It’s really more chick lit than crime fiction but it keeps me entertained.

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Welcome back Jackson

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-19

Another episode in Jackson Brodie’s life as a PI. But that’s only half the story (or even less). He gets caught up in several happenings including murder, slave trafficking and old abuse cases. Familiar characters are there (a bit older) Julia, Nathan, their son (now 13)
his daughter Marlee and Reggie Chase now a detective constable. New characters also appear. Kate Atkinson’s writing is superb with moving moments as well as hilarious ones. The best audio book for me this year

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