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Summary

London, October 1968. As Beatles fans encamp outside Abbey Road Studios up the road, the Marylebone CID is as much an old boys' club as it ever was: comfortably sexist, racially prejudiced and crawling with corruption.

Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen is the pariah of the office, having just run out on a fellow officer held at knifepoint, when it's shaken up by the arrival of WPC Helen Tozer: awkward chatterbox, farmgirl, and the first woman to enter the murder unit - apart from the secretary.

When a young woman is found naked and strangled in well-to-do St John's Wood, her identity is a mystery. The neighbours offer nothing but xenophobic suspicions, witnesses are staying silent; only Tozer's savvy gives Breen a lead.

Following it, resourceless, deep into the rural backwaters, Breen sees one dead body lead to another - a trail of bloodshed taking them dangerously close to a killer with everything to lose...

©2013 William Shaw (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Very enjoyable

I enjoyed this story much more than I thought I would. It really captured the feel of the sixties and I'm looking forward to hearing more of Breen and Helen

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the 60's are alive in this book!

The Beatles were a nice back drop for this book, all the themes of gender equality, face and the changing police force are covered in this book.Great first in the series.

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  • Lee
  • Aberdeenshire
  • 21-11-17

The swinging 60's plus murder

A new author for me and a new narrator.

A cracking story set in London at the latter end of the sixties. You should be aware that
the book does contain some prejudices against working women and racial slurs but this didn't offend me at all. It seemed to be 'normal' for the setting.

Starts slowly and builds up in to a nice who dun it but it does go a little bit flat at the end. Throw in believable characters, a tiny bit about the Beatles/other musicians, bit about London and you really do have a half decent book though. The narration was spot on.

Worth the money :)

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Great story & beginning of series

This is a great start to a series that has at its centre, two funny, complicated characters that you immediately care about. The late 60's setting is evoked realistically, without going overboard with cliched descriptions and the usual tired tropes of flower power and Swinging London.

My only slight reservation is with the performance of the narrator. He does an admirable job with so many different characters and accents but his female voices, in particular, are very Monty Python and off putting at times. But don't let that put you off what is a great book and brilliant start to an ongoing series.

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Dated and a little disappointing

I think this is the first in the series which is why I thought I'd take the plunge. It was OK really - it is dated and has dreadful attitudes shown towards women and Africans , generally the story was OKish, but I didn't really like the rookie detective Tozer - I may try the next in the series after a bit of research as I do generally like William Shaw. I have just finished this book and have an 'underwhelmed and dissatisfied' feeling.
The Main character Breen, is OK and I think it may be worth a try to check out number 2. Cameron Stewart was fine with the narration - though his women's voices made me laugh on occasions.

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