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A different take on the Who Dun It

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

Reviewed: 30-07-20

There seems no doubt who the muderer is - and yet ..... you just keep listening. Very well told and narrated story. Can thoroughly recommend.

Took me a while to get into this one

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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: 30-07-20

But well worth persevering The cases themselves aren't particularly exciting but the banter between our two detectives is excellent. An enjoyable listen.

Good characterisation

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-07-20

This is the 2nd audible book I've enjoyed by Jo Spain. I saw the end of this one coming but that didn't detract from it's enjoyment. Well described characters with two fairly likeable detective leads. The 'gated community' smacked rather more of America than Ireland to me and I think it coloured my listening a little, hence it doesn't get 5 stars all-round. Gets very close to it though and well worth a listen. Am certainly going to be looking at further works by this author - as well as further reads by this narrator.

Not your usual Roy Grace

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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: 19-07-20

Roy Grace doesn't contribute much to this tale and its probably all the better for that. It's hard to keep interest from flagging in a long running series and Peter James has very cleverly inserted this court room drama into his series to give us something different. Roy, Norman Potting and the rather irritating Cleo are all there but but their tale is taking place in the background rather than the foreground on this occasion. As always there is a lot of attention to the detail (this time on the judicial system) and Daniel Weyman reads this in a slow methodical fashion that keeps us all with him. I thought this absolutely excellent and am glad Peter James has got a grip with his series over the last couple of instalments - I now feel quite confident there is a lot of life left in it yet which is good news for us.

Well read decent plot

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-20

Well described cast of characters in a cleverly contrived story which certainly kept hold of my attention. You are never quite sure which way is the right way to be viewing what is being told to you although I did finally guess the ending. Certainly worth a credit.

A truly wonderful find

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-20

I hadn't caught this on the radio and selected due to audible reviews. The interaction between the DI and her mother and sargeant are amusing and comfortable but never twee. A thoroughly enjoyable listen superbly cast. As one reviewer points out there is a change in reader for the mother but I hardly noticed they were all spot on. Don't miss it.

Extraordinary little story

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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: 26-06-20

One of those strange little books that could be a children's book could be an adults - it reminded me of reading Ballet Shoes (one of my childhood favourites) to my daughter. Was a lovely listen, with the narration absolutely spot on. Yes the ending was perhaps abrupt (see other reviews) but I think that was probably rather clever. Something else that was a little bit different.











Beware heroine is quirky girl with vintage clothes

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-20

I obviously mis-read the blurb on this because I hadn't realised this was going to be 100% chick lit. So whilst this story is based on a good idea and is very well read it really wasn't for me. Perhaps I am just a miserable old codger or perhaps we were very different back in the 60'and 70's but I don't relate to these gushing multicoloured clad girls at all. Certainly none of them are going to further their careers if they don't actually get their head down and do some decent work... The author sounds particularly nice from the interview at the end and so I'm sorry not to be giving it a 5 star review. However bear in mind the 2 stars only relate to people like me, I tend to think if this is your sort of thing you will love this (and even I almost shed a tear at the end!).

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Unusual and enjoyable

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-20

Clever approach and excellent production makes this something a little bit different with a satisfying number of twists and turns including one near the end I hadn't seen coming. This could so easily have been a 5 star but I thought it lost its way just a little in latter stages hence the slight downgrade. Don't let that put you off this is well worth a listen.


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Every bit as good as the rest of the series

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 14-05-20

And by series I mean Kings Lake and the D C Smith books. This is a superb series, well written and read - with a great cast of characters who I for one have got extremely fond of. Just looking forward to the next instalment.