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A Killing in the City

Tom Kendall, Book 4
By: John Holt
Narrated by: Christopher Hunter
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Summary

‘To make a killing in the City’ is a phrase often used within the financial world, to indicate making a large profit on investments, or through dealings on the stock market--the bigger the profit, the bigger the killing. However, Tom Kendall, a private detective, on vacation in London, has a different kind of killing in mind when he hears about the death of one of his fellow passengers who traveled with him on the plane from Miami. It was suicide apparently, a simple overdose of prescribed tablets. Kendall immediately offers his help to Scotland Yard. He is shocked when he is told his services will not be required. They can manage perfectly well without him, thank you.

©August 2012 John Holt (P)2018 John Holt

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Like a dog with a bone.

John Holt's doggedly determined detective, Tom Kendall, has promised his long suffering secretary and business partner, Molly, an holiday, an extravaganza of sight seeing and shopping: four weeks in London. It will be his first holiday in years and his first time out of the country, apart from a day trip to Niagara Falls. As Molly packs and grows ever more excited, Kendall desperately searches for their passports and tickets which he knows he put somewhere safe.
Of course, once in Eng!and, Molly's dreams of serious shopping and shows are elbowed aside in favour of Kendall's camera as he determinedly drags her to, seemingly, every building and monument in his guide book, taking pictures at each one. Until, that is, an acquaintance is found dead in an hotel room and the detective within him simply won't accept the verdict of suicide.

The characters of Molly and Kendall are a delight. He has the assurance of being right, even when he's not, despite what the Scotland Yard detective and others might say as he humbles his way, Columbo -like, through interviews, determined to find the proof for his theories, constantly mentally rehearsing his ideas in his head. And bored Molly endures it all, none too stoically, muttering to herse!f, 'Here we go agakn.'
The relationship between the two, more long married couple than detective and secretary, is sheer delight. She pushes and reprimands, he argues, ignores and feels guilty. The solution to the story might be obvious but it is the getting there which brings such ennoyment.
Unfortunately, the narration was less than excellent. Although Christopher Hunter read well with reasonable inflection and a speed which felt perfect to reflect the character of Kendall, at least initially he sounded as if he were fighting off a cold and his constant pronunciation of 'asked' as 'axed' was both disconcerting as well as distracting. His reading of Molly's conversations brought a slight softening of his voice but there was no apparent attempt to bring different voices for any of the other characters Not that this latter really mattered - it was always obvious who was speaking. Not a bad reading overall but it could have better.

I have become a big fan of these slow paced but absorbing and humorous detective stories, full of character and realistic dialogue, of stubborn nosing around as well as vague memory lapses. My thanks to the author for freely gifting me with a complimentary copy of A Killing in the City, the fourth in the Kendall series and, like it's predecessors, fully standalone.
For all who enjoy detective stories or well developed real-feel quirky characters, highly recommended.

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Book 4


Kendall has just completed another case and had promised his secretary / assistant a long holiday in England sight seeing, but he does need to be constantly pushed into actually going.

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Good Story Terrible Narrator

The interesting story is ruined by lackluster narration and the repeated use of the word 'axed' instead of 'asked'' or 'axes' in place of asks. I had to abandon the book half way through as it became tedious.

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  • Kelly Watley
  • 16-09-18

Highly recommended !!


"Wow! What else can I say? This story is wonderful. Kendall is a likable, memorable private investigater bound by unquestioned values of justice...Individual voices are displayed and all the characters are quite visible in the mind's eye." - 

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 18-06-19

Suicide or murder?

Private detective Kendall is off sleuthing in London. Where will his talents lead him??

Christopher Hunter did a good job narrating.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Rayc
  • 14-06-19

A Good read / listen

A Killing in the City: Tom Kendall, Book 4.
The more books I read in the Kendall series the more I think of him as a modern day "Columbo". Dogged and determined to get to the truth, a thoroughly likeable character. The writing style is unusual but suits the Kendall perfectly.
And as usual the criminals conceit is his main downfall (apart from Kendalls efforts).
Really good detective entertainment.
I was given a free copy of this audio book at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 30-01-19

Bad narration

I love the Kendall series, but this particular narrator should find another line of work. After hearing him pronounce ask and asked as axe and axed for a couple dozen times I had to stop the story. I apologize to the author but your choice of narrators for this one was not good.

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  • Taj-Marie Lingofelter
  • 03-01-19

Drawn out

This story drive me nuts. It was very slow, repeated a lot of statements in different ways, and repeat sayings. This book needs a good edit. If it had that it would be a good storyline

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  • patricia sterlin
  • 05-12-18

an interesting detective story

I liked the story by line. it reminded me a little of Colombo. Kendall was like a dog with a bone. he kept telling the inspector that the man was murdered. the narrator was a little flat sounding. monotone, but other than that good story

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  • Donna
  • 23-09-18

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The story developed slowly which allowed me to settle in and learn the rhythms of this author. The plot filled in nicely, the characters were interesting. I liked the thinking of the private eye, he jumped around a lot but always finally focused on the evidences of crime. My mind found this very easy to follow and together we solved the crime.
I was distracted by the narrator so often using the word "aksed" and his verypoor reading of the text. He has a nice voice, I hope he gets more coaching and practice.