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Bravo! Breath of fresh air!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-20

How refreshing to have something original and new. Crime fiction has mushroomed but so much of it is so similar. This is an exotic setting with a delightfully mature protagonist with a history and much wisdom to bring to bear, and with gentle humour. Talented writer so no need for gratuitous violence which mars so many within this genre. The narrator is superb at bringing this story to life.So delighted to have a new literary friend spend time with. No wonder his audience rating is so high on Amazon and he is up for so many book awards.

England rules and man's best friends keep dying

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

Reviewed: 05-05-20

A Scot from Edinburgh referred to as an English woman throughout, a Welshman ditto, and three dead dog killed in three books. This series has many charms, not least the narrator (so far, about to be lost) but not winning a fan here. Surely the author can think of some other way to create tension than by killing off the dog characters in the books so brutally, time after time.

Excellent narration makes this book

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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: 03-05-20

I was glad I read the first of the series on Kindle as the Audible narrator would have stopped me buying, and reading, it and I would have missed a great series. Sadly the narrator changes again and I am not sure I will buy the rest of the series from book 5 onward, and may well return to Kindle as he just doesn't have what Bill Wallis brings to the tale.

Sounds familiar...

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-20

..but I did enjoy it until 40 minutes before the end. Bad way to end the story

More! More! More!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-20

I love these tales which are refreshingly different in a time of would-be-clever tiresome stories which jump about in time with excessively large casts of characters which defeat the purpose of being enjoyable to read and become a brain task. Kobna Holdbrook-smith superbly brings them to life and I take my hat off to Ben Aaranovitch for his ingenious, entertaining storylines which never lose their fresh appeal. I now address the River Clyde when I cross it!

Welcome back old friends

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-20

In times when we need somewhere to escape to where decency, gentleness and the better aspects of humanity hold sway, this series is a blessing. Keep them coming, Sandy!

At last!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-20

Only thing not to like about these tales is the time it takes for the next one to arrive. Please publish the next instalment soon!

Another excellent instalment

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-20

I look forward to the arrival of the new Vish Puri stories, and this one maintains the high standard of writing, comedy and Mummi Ji is superb. The use of a kitten to "torture" the would be assassin was priceless.
Not such a long wait for the next one, please!

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Rivers of Germany...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-20

Misleadingly flagged up as part of the Rivers of London series whereas it actually is set in Germany with a new protagonist. This coupled with a slow start and a new narrator was quite off-putting but the usual magic romp eventually prevailed. My only objection is that once again, it is unsatisfyingly short. Ditch the "novella", write a book of a sufficient length to satisfy the readership you have built up who expect more from you. Lazy.

Not what I was hoping for

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-19

Reviews led me to believe this might be entertaining and uplifting. I found it a depressing round up of angst ridden people muddling through a fairly miserable existence. Didn't finish it though, so maybe a good fairy turned up. Disa ppointing.