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Summary

Who hanged the headmaster in the playground on the night of the school Hallowe'en party? Almost everyone in Heppleburn either hated or feared the viper-tongued Harold Medburn.

Inspector Ramsay is convinced it was the headmaster's enigmatic wife, but Jack Robson, school governor and caretaker, is determined to prove her innocence. With the help of his restless, enthusiastic daughter, Patty, Jack digs into the secrets of Heppleburn and uncovers a cesspit - of lies, adultery, blackmail and madness.

©1990 Ann Cleeves (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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I didn't think I would like this book, but it surprised me.

I enjoyed this book, it took me a long time to get into it and it was hard to keep track of all the characters but it was worth persisting. It's a good story with a number of twists and turns in the plot and interesting characters. I don't think it's as good as her other books, but I would recommend it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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good story

a good story well read .

I did guess the murder about half way through but still worth listening to the end

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Not the best Ann Cleeves

Disappointing is the word to describe this book. Very one dimensional characters leaves you not caring about any of the group of characters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not to my taste

Disappointed with waffly start and voice of reader. Just could not go on with it.

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A Lesson Excellent Story Telling

This story pulls you in at every turn, seeming deceptively simple the plot is complex and intriguing throughout. And the narration captures the mood in a way that keeps you rooting for every character. That and an unexpected end makes this one of the really brilliant “who done it” novels.

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sending this one back

Love the Vera books but I can't get into this Inspector Ramsey book at all. I'm afraid its being returned.

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  • Sue
  • Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
  • 19-07-18

Not very good.

I think this must have been an early Cleeves, neither the writing nor the story impressed me, and I love her more recent stuff.

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Disappointed

Felt content was lacking in comparison with other Ann Cleeves books - not really about Ramsey - not really about the amateur neighbour detective - very much just a surface read.

Didn't particularly like Simon Mattacks narration - too bland, found it hard to concentrate on the story and had to rewind several times as I drifted off. Perhaps someone different might have injected so oomph into the story.


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disappointing

not even close to Ann Cleeves normal standard made worse by a very poor narrator.

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great

i loved it. good narration. was easy to follow, good twists and turns. recommended reading.

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