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Another excellent Stef Penney book

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Reviewed: 20-03-20

Stef Penney does write a good book. The ones I’ve read have been so varied. This one consists of a story of a murder mystery, set in Canada in the 1860s. There are many passages where you will almost feel the frostbite!

The narration is clever - split into Sally Armstrong reading the first person narrative of Mrs Ross, and Adam Sims reading the third person prose of the other characters.

Some might feel the ending incomplete (don’t worry, you find out whodunnit!) but I thought this was allowing a lot of freedom for a persons imagination to continue and complete each characters story themselves.

Fabulous!

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Reviewed: 04-12-19

A mixture of thriller, crime drama and echoes of gothic horror. Brilliantly paced, and chapters end with tantalising sentences that can’t make you stop listening. Interesting having 3 female first-person narrators, and then the mellifluous tones of The Stranger - the ‘real’ gothic ghost story - being read alongside. Voices are easily different enough to know who is speaking. I have read other reviews which find the end disappointing - I totally disagree, I thought it was good, and dragging out loads more explanation would have been unnecessary.

Compulsory reading!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-19

I never like books narrated by their author, because good narration is a real skill, not one most people have. However I’ve heard worse, and the story is so exhilarating that you don’t really notice.

This is so inspiring and eye opening, it should be compulsory to read. Beware if you have a very sensitive vaso-vagal nerve and pass out at the mention of blood.

It was a good combination of enough personal stuff to get to know the author, with lots of factual ‘action’ so-to-speak from the war zones, with only a sliver of political opinion. A good balance overall. An example of what a well-lived life can do for the benefit of society, mankind, the world. Well done Dr Nott.

Very well written and performed

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-19

I LOVE Julian Rhind-Tutt as a narrator; never a dud book.

The story is exceptionally well written with some very clever phrases (which of course I couldn’t now find to include to show you!). However the denouement was a bit long winded. In the ‘real’ Christie books it’s all quite snappy and fast, but Poirot here seemed to feel the need to intricately explain every single little clue or discrepancy. So please don’t worry that there will be any loose ends!

Very well worth buying.

Ooo, you can’t put it down!

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Reviewed: 05-03-19

An exciting fast paced book with so many turns you can’t figure out which possible shady person actually killed anyone! I enjoy a good yarn without the distraction of deep character development, and I feel it suited my tastes very well.

I also don’t like the popular thing with modern day detective fiction that they have to have a troubled and unhappy home life. Let’s just have a team of hard working detectives who want to do their job well, and all function together fairly well as a team - thank you Joy Ellis!

I’m sorry Richard Armitage as I think you’re a great actor, but the narration wasn’t my favourite. Could do with a few pauses or change in tone to denote change of location of the action, change from speech to thought etc. Sometimes a little hard to follow, and I pressed my ‘back 30 sec’ function a few times.

Buy it, it’s a great book, and thankfully it’s part of a series so more of the same please!

Delightful and charming

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Reviewed: 02-02-19

Reviewers on Amazon have said that in the written version of this book, they found words ACCENTUATED WITH CAPITALS to be quite annoying. In the audio version however it just leads to some emphasis with a kind of old-school BBC voice. The story feels light to start with, but really has some guts and heart. I was a little disappointed with how Bunty reacted to a certain situation (about 2.5 hours before the end), as I didn’t feel it rang true to the character created so far. However it all came out in the wash (as Emmy would say) and was resolved by the end.

Beautifully narrated, it is a delightful tale which was full of joy despite some serious and sad subject matter - being set during the 2nd world war. I regularly found myself smiling as I drove the car listening to it. Highly recommend.

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Horowitz knows how to write a good plot

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Reviewed: 25-11-18

SPOILERS alert
I have not read anything by Ian Fleming so can’t compare, but I imagine that Anthony Horowitz has captured his style quite well. He did this excellently when writing his Sherlock Holmes books and captured Conan Doyle brilliantly. It seems to reflect the typical prevailing attitudes toward women that Bond seemed to have in the films, and of course all women he shows an interest in end up dying (as usual). It has a good twisty plot with plenty of double crossing and I couldn’t see any loose end which hadn’t been tied up by the fini. Matthew Goode has a lovely rich voice and does accents well - it was easy to tell the characters apart during conversations.

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What a fantastic book!

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Reviewed: 13-07-18

*Spoiler alert at the end*
This is a fantastic book. I only got it because it was the daily special! The story is great, brilliant pace and twisty and exciting. Narration by Dan Stevens is pitch perfect. I will definitely be getting more by Stef Penney.

But I still have one question - who was Christo’s father then???

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Fascinating stuff

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Reviewed: 18-04-18

As usual, an audiobook narrated by its writer is not performed at its best. However this is a very interesting way of looking at something we all need more of! I’m definitely going to be putting some of these things into practice. Unfortunately when listening in the car, you can’t take notes, so I’ll be needing to listen again with pen and paper!

This book won’t last long sadly - Clare, please get writing your next!

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Reviewed: 27-03-18

The narrator has a lovely voice, very easy to listen to, but could have done more to differentiate between the characters when speaking. Sometimes it doesn’t say “...said Murray” etc, and would have been helpful to tell who was supposed to be speaking.

The story is what we have come to expect from Clare Mackintosh - page turning twisty thriller, not knowing who to trust or what to believe. Still managed to be a surprise at the end even though I thought I’d been through all the possible options in my head!

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