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Stewart Webb

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Bargain! Great Books

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-20

Good stories. Well read. Really enjoyed these books. And four books for one credit. What's not to like!

Too Far Fetched

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

Reviewed: 11-02-20

I have liked this author. But this is a terrible book. The premis is silly. Half of the food described would take three people to cook let alone one. The plot is so far fetched to be believable. It is going back!

Not For Me

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

Reviewed: 16-01-20

I had high Hopes for this book after reading the reviews and a clip. But alas not for me. The first half most of the characters are off thier heads on drink or drugs. No real story turns up until halfway through. and is a very, very feeble whodunnit. I found the attempts at humor not even remotely funny. I really hate giving bad reviews. However this time I'm afraid I have had to. Its going back. which at least you can do on Audible!

Rambling & Disjointed

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-19

I should have taken onto account the other reviews on this book. Firstly it jumps 30 years or so with no explanation. You have to keep listening till half way through a chapter to discover what time frame your in. Then there are whole chapters ( which are thankfully short) on love and family relations bearing no relation to the story. Also as has been said by others the dialogue is terrible and badly written. The only saving grace is a good narrator. Shame she never had more to work with!

I struggled onto the end. Then wished I hadn't bothered.

Good Story

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

Reviewed: 30-10-19

This is a very good story. ending a bit of a let down but despite that well acted and very polished. I have been avoiding Audibles own productions finding them a bit over produced. But they hit the spot with this one. I would have willingly paid for this. So glad it was free though. Bring on some more!

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Have I Got The Right Book?

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

Reviewed: 20-10-19

I was really looking forward to this book. It is a Victorian dedective novel. The reviews were all great bar one. I particularly liked the reviews which mentioned detailed description of Victorian daily life mixed with a whodunnit.

But sadly no. There is crime in the first chapter. Then we have chapters on why the main character comes to his job. which he is not at all cut for ir have any experience. Another whole chapter on a child which has died in very sad circumstances is a crime or not. Again nothing to do with the story. Finally (well for me) a whole chapter in a bar with our man being amost mugged. It was at that point I hit my PC and sent it back.

I would not waste a credit on this one.

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Could Be A Two Hour Abridgement

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-19

I used to love this author. But this book is terrible. Whole chapters devoted to his past love interests and pointless side issues, converstions going on about meaningless drivel with nothing to do with the story. I am sure just to fill a very thin plotline. It could easily be abridged to just two hours and then at least you would have the actual storyline! I rarely give very bad reviews but this one deserved one such. Sorry, Peter, I may try one more in the future, but if anything like this is going back!

Not Worth A Credit

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-19

I have never given a review as bad as this, usually, a poor book has some saving graces, but not this one. I like victorian history, and I like a detective novel, from the description that was what I thought I was going to get. But alas no. As it says in the description there is indeed a body found in a coal cellar. Then each chapter opens with what each character would have been doing in his or her life in Victorian England, bearing no relationship to the story whatsoever. Then the story might re-emerge for a few paragraphs, in what I came to realise was the wrong order, talking about the trial before the evidence or main suspect had been covered. Very rare for me but I have given up and it is going back.

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Long and Tedious

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-19

Only just got through this book. There are some dark secrets that the main character has to find out, despite the fact he does not want to (which takes a chapter to explain). There then follows a long and winding explanation of the family background and then we are drawn back to the second world war, and very unbelievable tale of two brothers, who I struggled to comprehend were anything to do with the story. Confused? So was I! Perhaps I missed the point of the book, but I think not. To me badly written and appallingly plotted. However, the reader was very good, its only saving grace.

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Enjoyable But Not His Best

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

Reviewed: 09-07-19

As with this whole series easy to listen too and well read by the author. which is rare. But he does have an extensive BBC background as a producer, presenter and his great Charles Paris books dramatised (some are on Audible, if a bit expensive for a short listen).
But back to this book. Not his best. I would go back to the earlier Death series and start there. I now have I believe the whole cannon. so can't reccomend him enough. Good cosy crime well read!