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Marie Murphy

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A bit slow

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

Reviewed: 26-05-20

Probably the most interesting part is the book being set in Iceland. It's a bit slow. I do like the protagonists and (spoiler alert).... I fully predict at this pace they could get together in book 10.

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Could not get past the first five minutes

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

Reviewed: 05-04-20

Every sentence read ina burst, the sense lost, made it too difficult to listen.

Very enjoyable, well paced

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

Reviewed: 19-06-19

Enjoyed this, well paced, read beautifully, the scenery and the Scottish accent helped of course.

Enjoyed the reading but not a book I recommend

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

Reviewed: 16-06-19

Extremely slow paced. The courtroom scenes were boring rather than suspenseful. It was read very well which kept me with it but it was not a good suspenseful thriller by any stretch.

wow, was this overhyped

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

Reviewed: 21-06-18

I feel a bit stupid for falling for the hype but hey life is for discovering new stuff and sometimes you get gold. not in this case though.
theres nothing in this book to justify the big hype it got.
its a reasonably mundane detective drama, pretty slow paced, the detective and sidekick pretty unmemorable.
Nothing like a Rebus or a Wallander.
Sorry Author but I just cant understand why audblie hyped this particular book - unless it was to test if they could push sales of their middle of the road material.

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not a Glaswegian Rebus by a long shot!

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

Reviewed: 23-02-16

this was entertaining enough but something in me gets despondent when I have to deal with yet another vaguely incompetent and ditsy female character who saves the day despite her shortcomings.
could we have a vaguely stupid and bumbling man for a change?

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appallingly lazy writing

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

Reviewed: 24-01-16

Halfway through this I was still waiting for some sort of story to form.
this reads like a collection of discarded scenes drafted for other books that didn't make the cut and were used here with a thin narrative to tie otherwise disjointed material loosely together.
its cynical moneymaking and delivers nothing for the reader.

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Cracking Ian Rankin

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-12

What more is there to say except this is not an Inspector Rebus story and Ian Rankin proves thats hes more than just Edinburgh and whiskey and DI Rebus with all his forgivable flaws.
Well worth a listen.

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Repetitive and uninteresting

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-12

I bought this because the premise sounded interesting and I though it had the makings of a good read---well listen.
I should have heeded the other reviews warning me I would lose interest.
Its very difficult to write this type of storyand make it really compelling. This book really didn't make for compelling reading. I think it was because the main character developed no personality and attracted no reader empathy. And for an unsympathetic character you had to spend so much bloody time with her.
I dont receommend this. But if its ever rewritten as a very short story - or with a better developed character, who maybe has a small sense of humour(aka Bill Murray in Groundhog Day) it could be a really cracking read. Full marks for imagination, Zero for character development and the telling of the story.

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