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Hilariously bad!

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

Reviewed: 14-03-20

Worth listening to for the utterly ridiculous plot, which goes from implausible to downright bonkers. An added treat is Tim Bentink’s comedy voices - as though he recognised a daft novel and thought he might as well exploit the nonsense. The Bella character is awful and I was hoping she would be murdered but I won’t spoil things by revealing the outcome. Buy it for the laughs - not if you want a decent story. It smacks of very, very bad juvenile teenage writing. If a twelve year-old wrote it, I apologise to them and say well done for trying but read better literature before you try writing yourself again. Oh, and thanks for the laughs.

Here we go again...

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

Reviewed: 01-01-20

Just as I thought I’d come across an author with a decent plot, the usual ghastly descriptions crop up. Is there a detective fiction writing checklist that authors learn in creative writing classes that demand the use of superfluous description? Is it just to pad out a narrative? The nauseating descriptions of the protagonist’s wife serves no purpose, except to make the protagonist seem smug and the writer seem to be writing out a fantasy. The detectives are TV detectives: inspired by the visual form, when this is written, thus greatly misdirected. Has nobody edited this? Populism has overridden quality; perfect for lovers of BBC drama; disappointing for me. Sigh.

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Never again...

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

Reviewed: 23-12-19

I’m not buying a title by this author again. There’s too much of a focus on the personal lives of the detectives, as - yaaaawn - usual and of course the female protagonist is - more yawning - so very beautiful and what a man our male protagonist must be to bag a woman like her when she could have any man she wants and she’s half his age...blah, blah, blah. Jen is a hideous character: a high maintenance holder of grudges; petty, egocentric and narcissistic. She’s not done the feminist cause any good; maybe that’s the idea behind making her barely even two-dimensional. Crime writers, these days, are so same old, same old and this author is no better.

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Not for me.

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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: 06-12-19

This probably has plenty of appeal for many but I found it cloying, like a creative writing course attempt that intends to tick boxes for fronted adverbials and noun phrases (of which there are too many).

The dialogue is cringeworthy, particularly the vapid, innuendo-filled quips of the dim and ghastly female lead.

Some of the sentences don’t make sense because they are clumsily constructed.

The characters are more like caricatures, making this like an audio pantomime, especially the homosexual and the working class.

A horrible book to listen to. I was on the murderer’s side. I was hoping they would do away with Tanner.

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A chore of a book

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

Reviewed: 18-10-19

I expect that this is enjoyed by many but, for me, this is hard work. There isn’t enough interesting content to justify the unnecessary padding out with dull thoughts, trite dialogue and even a list of clothes that women wear - just in case the reader doesn’t know. The stereotypical depiction of those living in social housing as the unworthy and uneducated underclass is simply horrible, made worse by the condescending surprise that one such family can have some dignity. The narration is odd but I know I couldn’t do any better. I won’t be looking out for this writer again, except to avoid.

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Not bad but stop with the description of everyone

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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: 09-03-19

This story is okay, if clearly unlikely. The protagonist is somewhat smug and self-satisfied but not entirely detestable. Stopping off to describe everybody and all the supposedly perfect looking women is grating. An easy listen if you want an unchallenging story. There are no gripping moments and you could take it or leave it but it’ll keep you going if you like crime drama.

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Just as you thought you were safe from cliché,...

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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: 04-03-19

Here we go again: same old same old...the Charlotte storyline can be seen coming and is eye-rollingly cheap. My God, I’m sick and tired of the same old story being told over and over, just with different details. So many irresistible male detectives seduced by so many helpless women. Sigh. Thank goodness for Jane Austen.

Entertaining

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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: 03-03-19

Despite being a tad reliant on the usual tropes, this is better than Joy Ellis, LJ Ross, etc. It’s pretty enjoyable.

Entertaining to a degree but disappointing sequel.

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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: 03-01-19

Starts well but the identity of the murderer is obvious, early on, and there are so many cloying tropes of modern crime literature: characters who are ‘brilliantly intelligent’ (so why didn’t they work out the identity of the killer when I did?); the most eminent expert at this or that; same old hints at same old sexual tension; pantomime villains; ever-so convenient plot twists.

There is some genuine tension involving Kevin and some heartfelt description of the Fens but, all-in-all, a bit of a yawn for me.

Lesson learnt: ALWAYS listen to the sample.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-18

The narration is h o r r i b l e! It’s rushed and tense, it lacks sensibility and is extremely off-putting. I really wish I hadn’t spent money on this. I managed about ten minutes before my head started to hurt with the tension caused by the narration.

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