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  • False Lights

  • By: Gillian E. Hamer
  • Narrated by: Tim Dalgleish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

An elderly woman is burnt to death in the remote hamlet of Silver Bay. A young woman dies of an overdose on a notorious Holyhead estate. A drugs war is about to explode. Somebody knows but no one is talking. Kelly Morgan has a social conscience and a pile of regrets. She wants to help but knows she'll never manage it alone. Her boss, Amanda Gold, cannot allow anything - not her divorce nor her daughter nor her affair with the boss - to cloud her thinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, kept me guessing, interesting characters

  • By Lucy on 20-03-19

Thrilling!

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

Reviewed: 14-05-17


I slipped back into the world of Dara, Amanda, and Kelly as if I'd known them forever. Hamer digs under the skin and creates a virtual reality, helped by the inclusion of some emotional baggage and the way it can interfere with work related business, and this is something carefully threaded through the story. Fear and empathy for DI Gold's personal life is never far behind the terrific tension created by a drugs ring, the local sink estate and several shocking murders. The coast of Anglesey lends itself well to such dark escapades. It's rugged beauty and historic relevance is the perfect backdrop to this complex plot. It's totally convincing, full of depth and a wide range of characters, and builds to a heart-stopping denouement. And wow... what an ending! I thoroughly enjoyed it and the audio version is once again superbly narrated by Tim Dalgleish

  • Crimson Shore

  • The Gold Detectives, Book 1
  • By: Gillian Hamer
  • Narrated by: Tim Dalgleish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

A half-naked woman dead in a ditch. A disappearing pathologist. A teenager run off the road. For a peaceful island, Anglesey is experiencing abnormal levels of crime. What's the connection? DS Dara Brennan has women problems. His boss, Amanda Gold, is embroiled in office politics, and his wife thinks he's a disappointment. And then there's DS Kelly Morgan. As missing-person cases become murder enquiries, Dara must put aside his personal life and focus on the killer's trail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great detective story

  • By Sam on 04-10-16

Perfectly narrated version of a great read!

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

Reviewed: 24-08-16

If you could sum up Crimson Shore in three words, what would they be?

Compelling, real, gritty

What does Tim Dalgleish bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A polished narration by Tim Dalgleish. I’d go so far as to say the perfect tone for the genre. I’ve listened to a few audio books and I was surprised how influential the voice is as to whether one continues to listen with commitment. The clever nuances between the various character dialogues meant I was never confused or backtracking.

Any additional comments?

Hamer is known to me through her other series and I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed. This is book one in her crime series and we’re introduced to Dara Brennan as he finds his way through a murder case. Great characters as always and all set in a familiar area to me on and around Anglesey, North Wales.
Completely believable, great plotting and combined with the excellent narration, this comes highly recommended.

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