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Cliff hanger!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-20

Excellent book, a treat after some of the books I've recently downloaded which have turned out to be damp squibs.Not till the very last minute was all divulged and "was she, wasn't she?" revealed The narration is one of the best I've listened to, so many different voices, all done so well, it was like actually listening to the many different characters, Emma Gregory is extraordinary.

Awful

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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: 30-07-20

Was really looking forward to this, sadly it turned out to be truly awful, writing and plot very poor and predictable, narration annoying. Can't understand folk who say it's great...

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Very enjoyable read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-20

Swithered for ages about buying this one, and am really glad I did, it's the best book I've listened to in a while. I often find that those books with few reviews are far superior to those with hundreds of glowing reviews which I've bought and thought were absolute rubbish. The story is a great well written police thriller with an interesting, caring protagonist, and is interwoven with great descriptions of the arid rural Australian outback and people. Narration is good, too. I'm hoping that Audible will record Disher's new book, "Peace" which is the next Hirsch instalment. Please, Audible?

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Lovely book.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-20

Really enjoyed this book, and ready to read the next in the series. Growing up in Manchester during WW2 in a poor Catholic family, Billy endures much, with some sorrow and much laughter. The book is semi-autobiographical, beautifully written by "our kid". This is not the first book in the series, but they don't need to be read first to love this wee gem.

Boring.

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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: 01-02-20

Listening at night and falling asleep with this book, it never seemed to move on and I would never have guessed I'd missed a chapter or two, it was all of a sameness. I gave up after a few hours of boredom. This author is not for me. Didn't like the narrator either, sorry.

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Started off well...

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

Loved the first part of the book, characters were interesting, as was the story, but my attention flagged in the second half due to the plot being too convoluted and drawn out. Disappointing, since the book had all the elements of a great story. I'm about to read the second in the series though, hoping for better second time around.

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Great listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Was really disappointed when the DC series finished, but this book appeared to my surprise and delight. It's so very good, with all my fav characters making an appearance, and the book making an almost seamless continuation of the first series. Beautifully written as usual, making it a great pleasure to listen to, and with Chris, Serena, and a new temporary DCI who is to be responsible for the forming of a new murder squad, big changes are in prospect for DC Smith's proteges. The shouty DI Terek is still around, will he be in favour with the new DCI? No giveaways, listen to the book and see!

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Entertaining.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-19

Downloaded this first in the series a couple of weeks ago, and found it so enjoyable, that I'm now on Book 4. The two detectives in the stories are delightfully normal, there's no bloodied body parts being cut up by ghoulish murderers, the plots are well written and keep you guessing till the very end. Set during WW1, though society was far more strait laced than today, Inspector Marmion is not priggish and is an example of understanding and fair mindedness, bless him, and his lovely Sergeant Keedy regards his superior as a mentor and friend. The interplay between the two makes the stories engaging, and I can't wait (having finished Book 3 last night) to begin Book 4. So glad to have found the Home Front series!

Unsympathetic main characters

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-19

Nothing good to say about the husband and wife characters, hated them both, always so sorry for themselves. Only saving grace was JP, I found myself rooting for him throughout the book, he deserved better. Not the author's best work. Good narrators.

Very Different

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-02-19

Absolutely loved this story, it is so different from the usual detective fiction It took me a wee while to get used to the style of storytelling and the narrator, but once I got into the story and warmed to the narrator's gruff voice, I was hooked. The main character, ex-police officer Ted, has been wrongly and cruelly accused of a ghastly crime committed on an underage girl, though never convicted, and now it's a case of "no smoke without a fire" as he tries to clear his name. He's a big kind teddy bear of a man who's fled to the far north of Australia to try and find some peace, where he does some private detective work with Amanda, a time-served murderer (yes, it's complicated, but fun!). The story is sad in places, and laugh-out-loud in others, and makes for a really good listen. I enjoyed it so much I'm now listening to the latest in the series, and loving it, too. Missed the first book in the series, but look forward to listening to that next!