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Black River

By: Joss Stirling
Narrated by: Claire Wyatt,James Lailey
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Summary

A thrilling new whodunnit series, fast-paced and funny, featuring a detective as sharp as his suits and a heroine who’s trouble.

The River Thames always gives up its dead…

There’s a killer picking off victims from the wild swimming spots on the upper reaches of the Thames. The case takes Detective Inspector Leo George into the path of Jess Bridges, a private investigator who lives life close to the edge.

Their enquiries lead them to author, Jago Jackson, whose book on secret wild swimming spots has turned him into a social media celebrity. Is Jago’s book the blueprint that the murderer is following? If so, does that make Jago a target or the killer himself? Either way, the duo find themselves swimming in some very dangerous waters…

©2020 Joss Stirling (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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An ‘acerbic’ review of this relationship drama

I’ve never reviewed a book without finishing it before (bear that in mind when considering my review), however; there’s no way I’m going to make it through this one.
Narration is split been a male and female, the latter I found slightly nauseating, not unlike she’s reading to young school children, only the occasional profanity or mention of adult theme breaking the illusion.
You would hope that a proof reader or even friend of the author might have picked up on the overuse of the word ‘acerbic’ and offered an alternative to use now and then, thinning it’s use out a bit. Instead, it’s the authors word of choice for anything spoken with a hint of negativity and I’ve ditched the book with it already used, I think six times and beginning to grate on me.
Reading like a relationship drama, the fact that somebody has lost their life is almost incidental.
Perhaps there’s a brilliant twist and change of tone later in the book and this is why I came across the high review score that lead me to give it a shot but, I’m not prepared to suffer any longer, waiting for it.

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Awful

Nothing like a detective novel. More like a diary of relationships and suchlike. Slow rambling

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Enjoyable

I enjoyed this book on the whole. Interesting characters and a good mystery, however I would say it was more for the 30-something audience. I’m 50-something and found some of it a little immature. It’s also billed as Book 1 in a new series but one of the main characters refers to past situations which I believe must be in the earlier book ‘Don’t Trust Me’ by the same author.

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  • 01-09-22

Couldn’t get very far… maybe just me?

After five or so starts, I give up. Though the narration was beyond perfect and rather humorous, the plot dragged on and on and on… However, as my editor, dear friend and mentor wisely told me in 1979, “If everyone liked the same things, the world would indeed be a boring one.” RIP Dan Di Leo

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  • 02-08-21

Absolutely LOVE this series…!!!!!

This series is fabulous..!!
It’s a perfect combination of mystery,
Mayhem and laughs..
Superb writing with the perfect narrator,.. spot on timing and inflection.
On my way to buy her next one..

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  • Mark D
  • 10-04-21

The Worst Accent

Story itself was fine, but that is the worst Polish accent ever. Had to skip over it.

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