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Disappointed

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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: 02-10-19

I bought this book because I have read a previous book in the series and liked it. The main character is a detective but there was hardly anything about investigating the case he was working on. I found the plot unbelievable, it was extremely violent and the ending was unsatisfactory. I continue to listen until the end because I hoped it would improve but it didn’t. It wasn’t my sort of book and I probably will not buy another book by this author which is a shame as I enjoyed a previous book in the series.

I have no complaints about the narrator, he was competent, clear and he read well with a pleasing voice but the content wasn’t easy to listen to.

The best yet!

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

I loved this book, my only complaint is that I didn’t want it to end! I think it is possibly my favourite book of the series. I thought the story was fascinating, I know some people are not keen on the supernatural element but I like it and it is possible to interpret it in various different ways. There were plenty of twists and turns in the plot and I didn’t guess who was responsible for the deaths until it was revealed in the plot.

It was a thought provoking and moving storyline which involved well-known characters as well as some interesting new ones. It held my attention throughout and I thought most of the characters were well drawn and believable. I would have liked to know more about some of the characters but perhaps we will find out a little more in future books.

The narration by Ian Hanmore was excellent, he is one of my favourite narrators and I think his narration enhances the story greatly. I will definitely listen to this book again and I will look forward to the next book.

I loved this book

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

I was slightly put off by a review on this book but I’m glad I took a risk because I was hooked, I enjoyed it from beginning to end. It was well read, well paced and interesting with lots of twists and turns.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

An Excellent Start to the New Series

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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: 06-08-18

I was so attached to the characters in the earlier books that I didn’t think I would like a new series with different characters, but I loved it. I like the slightly supernatural element to the books and I’m pleased that the cat theme has continued in this series too. It was reassuring to (briefly) encounter a well loved character from the Inspector McLean series and I hope that will continue in future books.

Part of the attraction of the first series was the wonderful narration by Ian Hanmore. This book is set mainly in England and a very different narrator was required. I think Rose Akroyd did very well, by the second or third chapter I was totally immersed in the book and entirely comfortable with her narration. I think she was a good choice, she suits the main character and she deals effortlessly with a wide range of characters and accents.

Overall this was an excellent start to the new series and I hope we do not have to wait too long for the next book from James Oswald.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

An Interesting Story

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This book flowed better than some of the books in this series. It was well read but it took me a little while to get used to the voice of the narrator. I enjoyed the story and the plot was interesting enough to keep my attention. I listened to the whole book in one day.

Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 21-04-18

I listened to the whole book in one day because I quickly became engrossed in the story. It was well read and well paced. It is my first book by this author but I am now keen to discover more of his books.

I loved this book

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

Reviewed: 14-04-18

The book was well read with an interesting and surprising plot as well as a lot of new information about the family and their adjustment to post war life. I wish that Jill Paton Walsh had written more in the Lord Peter series. I have now listened to this book three times and it was every bit as enjoyable on the second and third reading.

Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

This is the second volume of BBC dramatisation of the Lord Peter Wimsey stories. I prefer well read unabridged books, but these adaptations were excellent and it is always nice to hear them again.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

The end is better than the beginning

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

The first half of this book was so tedious and boring that I was ready to give up on it. It got better in the latter part of the book when that was more about the investigation and not so much about the attacker. I like the way that the police team is made up of less than perfect characters, but some of the information about the team seemed irrelevant and distracted from the story. The ending was the best part of the book but still not entirely satisfactory because it felt incomplete.

The narration was good, competent but not sparkling. I think the quality of the story made it difficult for the narrator because it was such a boring first half of the book.

A very enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

The first time I listened to this book I felt a bit disappointed. I had waited for it for a long time and when I finished it I didn’t think it had as good a plot as the previous books. However it prompted me to listen to the whole series in order and when I listened to this book for a second time I found it more enjoyable and I realised that there was considerably more to the plot than I had given it credit for the first time.

It is a good story with an odd end, but there are lots of twists and turns to keep the reader interested and as always there is a sprinkling of the supernatural. Mrs McCutcheon’s cat and Madam Rose are my favourite characters in the series as a whole but it is hard to identify a favourite character in this book. I rather liked the new Chief Superintendent but it seems that there will be more changes to get used to in the next book.

I like the supernatural element, I think he gets it just right. Best of all I like the wonderful narration by Ian Hanmore, he brings the books to life.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful