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Norfolk, England
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What an imagination!

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Reviewed: 22-01-19

This is the third Karen Maitland book I have read and is my favourite so far. The plotting is incredible, as is the characterisation. David Thorpe is an amazing actor who really brought the book alive. So few people can master a Norfolk accent, but David
Thorpe switched back and forth from Norfolk villains to Norman lords, and Europeans to Saracens, with great effect.

I like a historical novel and Maitland has managed to spin a magnificent tale of feudal life and mysticism in Norfolk under the rule of King John that grabbed me from the start and enthralled me throughout many a dog walk and cleaning session. Bravo!

Thumbs Up

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Reviewed: 30-12-18

Lackberg’s characters have a rare warmth and her books are a joy to read/listen to, as on re-entering her world it’s like meeting old friends.

This story is well-plotted and tense. The dog enjoyed some extended walks as I couldn’t stop listening to the unfolding storyline. I won’t spoil it for you, but if you are a fan of murder mysteries, you will enjoy this book.

Optimism in the face of gathering gloom

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Reviewed: 28-12-17

John O’Farrell sums up my feelings nearly exactly. His world view matches mine. I found this book really heartening - his relentless optimism in the face of the frightening centripetal force that is now threatening parts of the West has given me hope. I like this book a lot. I’m going to be buying it for many friends and family members as a reminder of when the country looked outwards instead of in.

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Masterful

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Reviewed: 11-06-17

Jo Nesbo has long been my favourite writer of Nordic Noir and this is his best novel yet. Suspenseful and full of believable characters with red herrings a plenty, this was unputdownable.

Excellent and recommended

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Reviewed: 19-01-17

Ian Rankin tells a fine tale. The characterisation and plot are excellent, as are his narration. The narrator does a fabulous job and in my opinion suits the novel extremely well, bringing a Scottish accent to a Scottish detective story. I love these books. I would recommend them to anyone.

Dark and atmospheric

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Reviewed: 07-12-16

It took me a while to get hooked into this book - it's told through several points of view and it took me about an hour of listening to really get into the characters. After that, I found it addictive listening.

It's a dark tale, but the medieval setting is very believable. The narrator does a very good job, I feel, of differentiating between the different characters and the plot rolls on at a satisfying pace. I have also listened to the Company of Liars by the same author, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I feel this novel is just as good. I look forward to trying some other books by Karen Maitland.

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Fantastic!

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Reviewed: 01-03-16

I am very interested in this period of history and also enjoy a pacy plot led tale - this book ticks both those boxes! Unputdownable! I was making excuses to walk the dog and do the housework so I could continue listening to this well-knitted and well-narrated book. I will definitely be looking out for more from this author!

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Riveting

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Reviewed: 19-05-15

I'm a great fan of Nordic Noir, and having read everything Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo and Camilla Lackberg have produced, I thought I would try Jussi Adler-Olsen,and I'm glad I did! Adler-Olsen has created a great set of characters for his Dept Q, each with their own mysteries.

This novel has a wide scope and disparate threads that gradually come together. It is a thrilling read, full of suspense.

Having binge-read all of the Dept Q novels, I'm bereft at now coming to the end, and I'm impatiently awaiting the next! (To be released in September 2015, I believe.)

Just fab

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Reviewed: 30-03-15

I'm on a reading binge and can't stop reading books in this series. I'm a great fan of Nordic noir (it takes place in a land both familiar and alien) and I feel Jussi Adler-Olsen has created a detective team with a distinct identity. Carl Moorck and his team, which includes a Syrian refugee and a bolshy secretary, have a basement full of cold cases to investigate. This is the second case, and is quite different from 'Mercy', the first book in the series.

The detective, Carl Moorck, is a warmer and more likable character than Nesbo's Harry Hole (who I love),
though equally as tortured. The book's contents are intricately plotted and well-paced.

If you like crime drama, you must try this series. Personally, I can't wait to read the next one and I'm downloading it right now!

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Good, but...

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Reviewed: 24-03-15

... Not quite what I was expecting.

I absolutely loved 'some kind of fairy story' and wanted to read more of Joyce's work. This book jumped out at me due to excellent reader reviews. I like Joyce's quirky tales, and did enjoy this, but I was expecting something a bit more horrifying due to reviews of this 'scary' ghost story. Maybe it's just me, but I didn't find it remotely scary. I just spent most of the book waiting to be made to jump, but in my opinion it's not that type of story. It is atmospheric, idiosyncratic, sympathetic and worth reading. Just don't expect to jump out of your skin!

I would say it's a quirky tale rather than a ghost story, but give it a go and see what you think!

The narrator was fabulous - really brought the story alive with all his voices. I will look out for his reading in future, for sure!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful