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  • Against the Tide: An Exciting British Crime Thriller

  • Inspector Ian Drake Murder Mystery Series, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Puleston
  • Narrated by: Richard Elfyn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Against the Tide: An Exciting British Crime Thriller

By: Stephen Puleston
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Summary

A fisherman lies dead. A beautiful girl is strangled. Can Detective Drake uncover the secrets that connect them?

Welsh Inspector Ian Drake is back on duty, but struggles as he comes to terms with his father’s death. When a fisherman is found impaled on the sand in a small island community, Drake comes up against a wall of silence.

When a young girl is killed, Drake is stumped by the motive for her death. But with lots of money at stake with the development of a nearby nuclear power station, Drake believes there are powerful forces at work.

Images recovered from a computer suggest a more sinister motive behind the deaths, and when one of the suspects commits suicide, the pressure mounts on Drake. And how far will people go to protect their way of life and language?

Can he expose the truth and catch the killer...or killers?

Against the Tide is the third book in the dynamic Inspector Drake crime series. If you like police procedurals, clever mysteries, and gripping thrillers, then you’ll love Stephen Puleston’s unnerving whodunit.

©2014 Stephen Puleston (P)2019 Stephen Puleston

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Another great Detective Inspector Drake mystery

A great well plotted and well written novel with convincing characters. Fast paced and enjoyable brought to life by Richard Elfyn’s superb narration. Highly recommended.

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Very good thriller

This is a cracking thriller, with a very good story and excellent Welsh narrator. This is an excellent series long may it continue. Highly recommended.

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Excellent engaging read.

Another very engaging book by the Author. A great insight into the minutiae of small village life and its undercurrents. Excellent

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Superb

This is the third DI Drake book, and I think it’s my favourite so far. This time DI Drake has more than his share of problems. He is still grieving for the death of his father, his marriage appears to be on the rocks and his OCD is getting worse. Then on top of this there is a serial killer on the loose on Anglesey and DI Drake is the officer in charge.

Once again Stephen Puleston delivers an exciting page-turner with a cracking plot and fantastic characters. I enjoyed Drake's development in this book. When I read the first book in the series I wasn’t sure I liked him very much, but he has definitely grown on me. The plot is quite intricate and there’s quite a big cast of characters to get your head around but it’s a real page-turner. Nd of course the setting of Anglesey plays a big part in the book. This is a cracking police procedural and I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

I listened to the Audible version, which once again was narrated superbly by Richard Elfyn.

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Road trip.

I listen to audio books in my car. So gripped am I by this story I find I am making unnecessary journeys in order to continue listening. I like Stephen’s style as he slowly unravels his stories. It makes you want to continue listening. The narrator is excellent. I particularly like his skill in producing a variety of accents, very accurate. Living on Anglesey I know the locations, this helps bring the stories to life. The stories are interesting, taut plot lines, believable characters and unexpected twists. Keep them coming. I must fill the car with petrol............

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Murder in Anglesey.

I think I'm going to start this review by mentioning the audiobook narrator, Richard Elfyn, because he made such light work of all the Welsh place names and characters, which would have been so totally mispronounced if I'd been reading. Unless you are Welsh, this is definitely a book to listen to. My husband is Welsh and our daughter-in-law is Welsh speaking, which added to the setting for me.

This is the fourth Inspector Drake novel I've listened to and I'm getting quite found of the crotchety old grump. In earlier books his OCD annoyed me a bit, but I can't help respecting that he's now recognised the problem and is making a valiant attempt to control it. The author also makes less reference to his issues, which helps. He is missing his father, who was sick in the last book and has now died, and his wife is losing patience with him. So he is under a lot of personal stress when this latest case drops onto his lap.

A body is found on the beach impaled by a garden fork and Drake and Ceren, his sidekick, are called to the scene. This is only the first victim, however, and Drake must sift through a plethora of conflicting evidence to identify murderer and motive. There is a plan to build a nuclear power plant in the area and townsfolk vary in their response to this; some are set to gain financially, while others are set against it for a variety of reasons. Evidence of a pedophile ring comes to light, implicating some powerful people and Drake must step carefully.
All of this is complicated by an irritating, pushy journalist and a leak from 'inside'.

This is a series that is maturing as it progresses and I shall certainly continue to follow Inspector Drake. For me, there were rather too many characters and I got confused, with the Welsh names adding to this, but for more experienced mystery lovers this would be a great read.

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Murder mystery

This “who dun it” is set on the Welsh island of Anglesey I found the main character, Drake delightful and his OCD both interesting and amusing at times. I will certainly read more novels in this series.

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Brilliant!

I love these fantastic stories and this is the best yet! Richard Elfyn is outstanding. Can’t write any more..... no time....need to download and start the next one!

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Great series getting ever better and beautiful narration

This is the third instalment in this series and - despite loving it from the start - my absolute favourite so far. Basically the series is just getting better and better - the characters are developing, the cases are getting trickier and Drake is getting more layered.
I have listened to Richard Elfyn’s beautiful Welsh lilt from the beginning and thus his voice is now synonymous with Ian Drake for me - I love his narration and the different voices and accents he gives the characters, adding a wonderful sense of place to the already very atmospheric writing by Stephen Puleston.
One of my favourite series on audio - I can’t wait for the next one!

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Fantastic just listen to it.

I am a newby to Stephen Puleston (this is my second audio book of his). All I can say is I am hooked both on the lovely Welsh narration and the story. What a story. Loved the location - it was so good recognising places from going to North Wales to see inlaws.

The narration was just so suited.

Please just listen if you like crime and British settings and also find more by this narrator.

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