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Simon Serrailler finds himself in devastating new territory as a sophisticated drugs' network sets its sights on Lafferton and the surrounding villages.

DCS Simon Serrailler has long regarded drugs ops in Lafferton as a waste of time. Small-time dealers are picked up outside the local secondary school; they don't have any information about those higher up the chain; they're given a fine or a suspended and away they go. And rinse and repeat. But when the body of a 22-year-old drug addict is found in neighbouring Starley, the case pulls Simon into a whole new way of running drugs. The foot soldiers? Vulnerable local kids like Brookie and Olivia, who will give Simon a bitter taste of this new landscape.

It is a harsh winter at home as well as work. Simon's GP sister, Cat, and her husband, Kieron (also Simon's boss), are struggling with medical dramas big and small. A trip to Bevham General on her rounds sets off alarm bells for Dr Cat, and a visit from her son, Sam, as he tries to work out if his midwifery course is right for him coincides with a threat to their beloved family dog. Simon is working hard, but he's restless, wondering what next. There's nothing new going on for him in Lafferton, but sometimes the familiar holds surprises, too....

©2021 Susan Hill (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Did the author reach her word count?

Just as the story was coming to a head, it came to an abrupt end with a toe-curling Mills and Boon flourish.
Susan Hill either reached her word count or got bored of the grubby county lines plot and decided not to tie up the loose ends. Or perhaps they’ll be picked up in the next book, as the author has done before. Yawn.
Whatever the reason, the sudden end was jarring, partly because so much time had been spent on random episodes concerning a sprained knee and an injured dog.
However, for the most part I thoroughly enjoyed the rambling middle class family saga and Stephen Pacey’s brilliant narration.
Plus there was a (somewhat bizarre) shoutout for Mick Herron’s Slough House series, which are possibly my favourite books.

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Kept me hooked to the last word

Simon Serraillier’s family and other convincing characters make this series so much more than a simple detective story: this one puts the horrors of drug-dealing and murder into perspective in a fully rounded novel. I have followed Susan Hill’s career as writer and publisher from the first novel (we are contemporaries) and go back to my bookshelves often to re-read her sensitive, intelligent and satisfying work . I hardly dare hope for a Book 12.

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Changes right up to the end

As always the spoken word in these recordings are addictive! The Laffterton Force are dragged into drugs and “county lines” whilst there are many more changes in the lives of relatives with the best kept right until the end!

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A Change of Circumstance

the narrator was, as always, very good. i enjoyed the story, and had to keep on listening.

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Just love this series

Love the stories. Love that every one is different. Love the characters. Love the continuing family dramas. Downloading next in series immediately.
Steven Pacey is a perfect narrator. Thank you

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Sudden and unsatisfactory ending

When the closing credits started playing I assumed I'd inadvertantly skipped on a few chapters.

I agree entirely with the comment about reaching the word count - excellent narration and a pleasant enough listen but an awful lot of time spent meandering down side roads (which may of course be what some readers enjoy).

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Good To Be Back

It’s been ages since there was a new chapter from Simon’s life so I was very excited to pre order this latest instalment when I saw it appear. I was absolutely not disappointed, all the usual family members are followed too, the job, the village, everything. Simply can not wait for another case, and chapter from Simon and now Rachel in the new house. I just hope it’s not too long a wait. Brilliantly narrated and brought to life by Steven Pacey as always.

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Great read

I was getting bored by Serrailler but love Hills writing. Adore Cat . Loved ending to this one.

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Fabulous

I have absolutely loved the Simon Serailler series. I love the interplay between what is ultimately a whodunnit crime story and the personal lives of the characters- who the reader gets more invested in each time you read a book in the series. I have read all of them now and can’t wait for another to be written.

Steven Pacey’s ability to narrate is the best I have ever heard- by far. He brings the books to life and I feel as though I am listening to a play! Every character has their own distinct voice- and he never fails to pick up the same voices in each book for the same character- even the young lad, Sam- who over the course of the entire series of books, grows up- his voice breaks- and Steven Pacey tracks that realistically. Steven I’d a master of his craft. I am now seeking out what else he has narrated.

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what a let down.

enjoyed this series until now, no proper story line ,felt very disappointed, poor storyline.