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Too gory!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-20

I have enjoyed a number of Karis Slaughter books, but had to give up on this one: the detailed descriptions of the tortured victims was just too much to listen to

Suspend belief at times!

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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: 07-05-20

I thought the book started well and I liked the narrator but quite a few things were jarring before I got to the end: simple things like mentioning East Germany more than thirty years after the Wall came down and I would have liked a bit more development of Holly's character and the worst part was when she fought off two male serial killers, fled through a forest and managed to fall into a grave where she committed murder with a thigh bone while suffering from a broken leg! This from a woman who rarely seemed to eat, only drank coffee and hot chocolate and didn't appear to take any form of exercise. I feel the Bishop/Holly team is a cheap copy of Val McDermid's Tony Hill and Carol Jordan and the Daniel/Richard swapping of roles was absolutely preposterous; wouldn't staff in the mental hospital have noticed the difference!

Only thing giving me shivers was the swearing

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

Reviewed: 21-04-20

I sometimes think I must lead a sheltered life; four-letter words are rarely used by me and mine and certainly not as an adjective in every sentence. I get really fed up with writers of police novels assuming that we all want to hear the F word in nearly every sentence uttered. The story was OK, but a bit predictable and most of the characters were hard to like. Some of the accents, especially of the male characters, were a bit dodgy, especially the Brummie ones and I won't be reading anything more by this writer.

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 14-04-20

I have enjoyed most of the Department Q novels but just couldn't get on with this one. I think I may have missed one, so some things that have happened to the main characters were unfamiliar to me. Listened for about an hour and a half and abandoned this book. Narration good, as ever, but the various stories didn't strike a cord with me. Pity

Another cracker from Jane Casey

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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: 08-04-20

I have enjoyed all the Maeve Kerrigan books and this one doesn't disappoint. Good story lines, character development and very well narrated as usual by Caroline Lennon. Nothing more to say - can't wait for the next one

spoilt by narration

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

Reviewed: 01-04-20

I've enjoyed other Kincaid and James books and will stick with this one but it is ruined by the narrator. She pronounces some words strangely, drawls at times and her male voices are laughable. Pity

lasted ten minutes

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

Reviewed: 14-02-20

I can't comment on this book overall because I could only manage two chapters. Far too much detailed description of the main character's luxurious appartment and the narrator's voice was far too sickly-sweet for me.

Very confusing

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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: 22-01-20

A barrister who doesn't appear to take any exercise and yet can fight like superman and is involved in a murder defence which has no relevance to the police enguiry which is led by a woman DCI who is like superwoman and who hangs from a helicopter on a harness armed with a rifle in order to try to kill a murder suspect and having failed, smothers the suspect who has been so badly beaten by said barrister whose right bicep has been shattered by a bullet and is bleeding profusely. Two interminably long chapters dealing with the court case: I drifted off to sleep in the mobile phone expert's examination, it was so boring and completely failed to follow the examination of the various suspects charged with another different murder. So much murder and mayhem went on in the streets of London too - absolutely preposterous. Didn't like the narrator either: his cockney and Belfast accents were over the top. Won't try any more books by this author or narrator.

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Too much lust and not enough suspense

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

Reviewed: 20-12-19

I thought this was a thriller and it certainly started well with a very detailed terrorist attack on a shopping mall and the premise that the child who saw the perpetrators couldn't speak but was a brilliant artist was interesting but I have given up after four hours as I got so fed up with the two main characters lusting after each other - didn't want to read soft porn

Full of cliches, but still a good story

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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: 13-11-19

This first Grace Macallan story has a number of cliches: world-weary crusty old Detective sergeant looking after the vulnerable flawed DCI who falls for her boss fairly quickly into the story and an educated man killing prostitutes but the tale rattles along and I am enjoying it. Sean Barrett's growly voice adds to the action and his women's voices and Belfast accents are well done. I wish the author had not resorted to using the F word as an adjective so often, even the top police officers use it - I suppose it adds to the grittiness of policing in Scotland but I did find it a bit wearing after a while. Having said that, I shall certainly look out for any other books in the same series.