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Emily D.

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Well-read and some beautifully written sections

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

Reviewed: 23-12-18

This is a well-crafted piece of literature and is read beautifully. Some parts drag slightly (lots of ruminations on the subject of faith that can go around in circles), but I liked this a lot.

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Love Horowitz and this doesn’t disappoint. Clever and believable- not the usual detective book. Narrator is good (although his women’s voices are a tad excruciating at times), but I love his voice for Hawthorn- sums him up perfectly! I’m sad it’s finished!

Amazing, clever, gripping novel

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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: 21-08-18

From the start this book is clever, intriguing, surprisingly witty and gripping. The plot is stunningly brilliant and has a lot of depth and layers that reveal themselves as the story develops. For those who criticise the fact that Horowitz sometimes goes on about his various achievements, I do get your point- but these segments are not frequent and the rest of the book is too damn brilliant to miss!

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

This book has possibly the best storyline in the series. Although I preferred the narrator of the first two of the four books, the performance of this final novel was more fluid than the previous (3rd) book and showed a definite improvement. A fun listen.

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Lovely story, didn’t enjoy narrator

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-18

Lovely story- this is equal if not better than the first two books in the series. The narrator is an odd choice- he frequently pauses in the middle of sentences and this makes him hard to follow sometimes (not great for an audiobook.) I found myself having to re-listen to sections at times to fully catch when was going on. This is a shame as the narrator for the first two books was amazing. This narrator does sound like a lovely man and I like the voices he does, but it’s just too stilted and slow for my liking.

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A nice listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-18

I enjoyed this story- which was a fun and easy listen. The narrator spoilt it at times though. His voice for some of the characters- in particular the female characters- was grating and ruined parts for me, taking away what should have been some of the best moments. Other than that, it’s a decent listen.

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Worth a credit!

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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: 10-05-18

This is one of those ‘must read’ books and it translates well to audio. I agree with others that the narrator doesn’t fit the character as you might envisage her, however you can’t fault her delivery and it’s not worth not listening to because of this one factor.

Not comparable to House of Silk

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

After listening to House of Silk, which I found fantastic, I had high hopes for this novel. As many other review state, there is a twist at the end, however it felt like the twist (which comes about 95% of the way through) had been thought of first and the rest of the narrative forced, quite uncomfortably, to fit around this. The bulk of the story was ok- but just not a Holmes-worthy piece of work. It was hard to believe in the characters and something about it just didn’t work. The twist is not particularly inventive and explains some of the holes in the rest of the narrative. Overall I was disappointed- which I’m sad to say as a huge Horowitz fan. I would recommend House of Silk highly, if you are choosing between the two.

Perfect!

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

Reviewed: 24-03-18

I have been a fan of Horowitz since I was a child, and he has captured Sherlock’s world brilliantly. This, in my opinion, is a very enjoyable adventure and more than does the original series justice.