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A Belgian adventure

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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: 28-01-15

I don't want to spoil the book so suffice to say that Maigret is both a minor part and a major character in this book. I adore this series and the reader is brilliant. Several twists that had me wondering who was telling the truth. One of my favourites in this series.

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Nothing like House of Silk - Brilliant

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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: 10-12-14

I was put off this because of not enjoying the House of Silk, but I am so glad I read the other reviews and gave it a chance. Brilliant! Julian Rhind-Tutt reads it very well. Nothing about the story grates with the Conan Doyle stories. And as for the plot of this one - impossible to go into without spoiling it. You'll have to take it on trust that you'll be amazed.

Another Excellent Story

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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: 18-11-14

I am a huge fan of this series. It is so imaginative and combines magic and mythical creatures into the London based stories without getting all leather and silver about it. This is the fifth book and is the first one to take our hero out of London, although not too far and with familiar faces referenced and involved at various points. Two young girls are missing and Peter sets off to decide if it is a Falcon case or not.

Most missing children stories have an obvious point point at which the story concludes but, without wishing to include any spoilers, Ben Aaronovitch doesn't go in for obvious. In fact I'm still reeling from the ending of the previous book, the implications of which are picked up during this one.

My only doubt is whether this would work as a stand-alone read/listen or whether you need to have started at the beginning. However, thinking back I feel there was enough background explanation to make it work - but not so much that it would feel to someone who had read them all like they were impatient for Peter to get on with it. And that speaks to the Author's skill at storytelling as well.

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An Excellent Listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-14

I don't think there was anything I didn't like about this audiobook. The reading was excellent, the characters well brought out and the story engaging. Perhaps you can guess the solution before the end but it is still enjoyable to listen to because of Maigret's quiet outrage whenever someone behaves as they do in this story. I also loved the first book in this series and have just downloaded the third.

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Loved the TV series, now loving the audio books

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-14

I was almost put off by other reviews saying these translations made Maigret less likable but I am glad I took a chance on what is a relatively short audio book in exchange for one of my precious credits. I have listened to this twice and really love the story and the narrator. He does a great job with accents, men's voices and women's. Maigret is a touch 'harder' than the TV series from the 80s but not so much that this couldn't be Michael Gambon still. The story is interesting and has Maigret travelling around, talking to different ranks and interacting with Madame Maigret. I would definitely recommend this.

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Very obvious plot

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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: 14-06-14

At one point in the story someone mentions that it doesn't usually take months for the shop owner to solve the mystery. "Months?" I thought. "How can this have taken more than a day or two?". The culprit really is obvious from about 1/3 of the way through despite the very obvious red herrings plonked down all over the place. The amercian narrator is r.e.a.d.i.n.g .v.e.r.y. c.a.r.e.f.u.l.l.y to make sure everything can be heard but as a result sounds like she's recording an audio book for children. I chose this because I found the previous books entertaining and needed something to listen to as I was packing to leave the house but I wouldn't get another with this narrator.

So confusing, unlike the previous three

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

Reviewed: 14-06-14

The way the story is set out does not work at all in an audio format. The first time they time jumped with no warning I assumed I'd accidentally fast forwarded to another chapter and spent ages trying to work out where I should be in the recording. The random jumps were very confusing and with the ending being what it was I felt the whole thing was amazingly anticlimactic. Because of this, having heard the murderer's confession I didn't realise it was actually real until the book had almost finished. It's a shame as the basis of the story is as good as the other books.

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Classic Mystery, Well Read

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

Reviewed: 24-02-14

Anyone who has read an Appleby mystery before knows what to expect - classic english country house type setting with clear distinctions between those upstairs and those downstairs. This is a classic one of those with, indeed, a house party in the house of a famous author who is possibly being wound up or possibly being driven towards a breakdown by a series of jokes and more sinister events. Appleby here is early on in his career and it is his sister who gets him involved just as the author's son is getting his university tutor and a psychologist entangled at the same time. The story, possibly because of the sheer length of this recording, loses it a bit towards the end and I had to go back and relisten to work out exactly what had happened. I find these mysteries seem to climax rather quickly compared to the length of the build up. Apart from that this is really good.

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Classic Detective Plus Funny

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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: 24-02-14

I have read a few of this series and while they were all good this was the funniest. There are so many comic moments and puns slipped into the text that even on a second or third listen you'll find new things to smile or laugh at. The actual story sees Lestrade start out by shooting himself in the leg and then, as usual, he and those around him pick up a series of other injuries throughout the book. There are lots of murders, lots of excellent accents and a fair few twists. The narrator is also the author and unlike some memorable others this isn't out of vanity. He genuinely reads the stories very well.

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A good classic detective mystery

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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: 29-01-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a lovely mystery set in an english country house during a house party. It combines this already classic murder setting with a body in the library, which vanishes before the police arrive. The retired detective, the actual police, Honeybath the artist and all the personalities of the house guests could lead to one big confusing mess but they don't. I'd definitely recommend it to someone who liked classic english mysteries.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Near the beginning you have people's reaction to Honeybath's tale of discovering a body, followed by the body vanishing and the various reactions to it. This was written very well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is a bit long for that, but in between bouts of listening I did think about the story and wonder what was coming next.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this to anyone who likes classic british mysteries.

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