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Summary

London. A newspaper editor is horrifically murdered, his death quickly followed by a series of more brutal and often bizarre slayings. The police are baffled, the only clear link between the murders being a single blood-red rose left at the scene of every killing. Why? What does the rose mean? What connects the killer to each bloody corpse? Scotland Yard detective Alan Winters leads a hunt for the elusive prey.

As the body count rises, Jennifer Chapman, renowned investigative journalist and daughter of the murdered newspaper editor, sets out on a personal quest for revenge. Drawn together in their pursuit of a deadly quarry, Winters and Jennifer unwittingly face a fatal surprise, for the killer is closer than they think.

As they close in on the truth of the blood-red rose, their unseen foe plots a shattering end to his reign of terror, and death awaits them all.

©2014 Kevin Murray (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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No connection to the characters

Nothing new here. The story doesn’t really hold the attention and there is no mystery/suspense.

The narrator is listenable but the characters come across as spoilt children, there is nothing likeable about them. I can’t decide if this is the way it is read or written. Either way, I’d not get another novel with these characters. There is no depth to them at all and each seems to be permanently angry.

Can’t decide whether this is a murder suspense or romance novel and it seems the author hasn’t decided either.

If this had not been a freebie form audible plus I’d have returned it.

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Not impressed

I wasn't impressed by the story. I'm glad I didn't use a credit on it. I wanted a murder investigation instead I got a boring story about an egoistic detective who develops a crush on the victim's daughter. not what I was looking for. I won't be continuing.

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I couldn't listen

I started this, but it started with the disgusting and brutal killing of a cat. that was enough for me. sickening.

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awful

I disliked the main characters intensely. story too long winded. Glad I didn't pay for it.

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Brilliant

Wow, great book and brilliantly narrated. Kept me awake all night, couldn't turn it off. Kept guessing right til the end. Sad there isn't another one to move on to.

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Good narration

I enjoyed this - not read anything from this author before so was wary. A reasonable storyline although the heart of the book tended to go between a crime novel and a romantic novel! Would have liked a little more character development but made a good listen

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Rubbish

Don’t waste your time the story is so slow it couldn’t catch a cold, boring boring boring.

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Narration is awful

No emotion to carry the story. Truly awful delivery, damian lynch never ever again. Awful

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The narrator is truly awful.

The pauses between sentences, and even mid sentence after a comma make this unlistenable. Terrible.

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Really good

This was such a good crime drama and I am only disappointed that Kevin Murray hasn't written a second book in the same genre. I could find no fault with it whatsoever. It had me hooked from the start and had an interesting selection of personalities. What was nice was that the plot didn't get bogged down by police procedure and individuals' personal problems and because of this the flow of the writing was more vibrant and readable.
If I had to have a grumble it would be only a small one relating to the rather long drawn out scenes in St Pauls which could easily have been halved without the plot losing any substance.
Overall well worth reading.

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  • 17-08-21

Pet lovers beware

I didn’t get past the first few lines where it describes killing a cat…. Sad

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-21

NO!

The very first paragraph has animal cruelty!!! Absolutely NOT!!! I WILL NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!!!!

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 20-05-21

Surprisingly Good

This was an audible plus selection, so I was not expecting much. The majority of books I have tried from the plus library are mediocre, but free. This book is worth a credit. The narrator was great. The story refreshing. The serial killer is revealed approximately half way through, The tension comes from the cast of characters and their interaction. All have character flaws, however, you continue to care about them. I loved the ending. PS I enjoyed the author's writing style.

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  • g.g. mom of 5, wife of 1, nya to 4
  • 16-10-21

When they start with a killer aiming a bow at a cat… they lose me completely.

When they start with a killer aiming a bow at a cat… they lose me completely.
I couldn’t turn it off fast enough!
Wish Audible had a feature that warned of violence levels. Also wish I could mark books to remove them from my reading list completely or allow me to privately “thumbs down” a book.
Life is filled with enough nightmares.
I don’t choose to add more to my life. Real or imagined.

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  • Seale G. Broughton
  • 26-09-21

Animal cruelty

Could not get past the first paragraph because of animal cruelty. Just couldn't do it

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  • @kimiroe
  • 04-10-21

Just Getting Started, But…

Already I’m wondering if I’ll be able to finish this book. Why? The book opens with gratuitous graphic animal violence. It was absolutely anguishing to listen to, and as it was literally the opening passage of the book, I find myself asking if animal torture will be sprinkled throughout. If it comes up again, I won’t be listening to find out if there’s a third instance.

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  • Pepper
  • 15-01-21

Slow beginning

The first five hours moved mind-numbingly slowly, although there is good information gleaned.
Not enough perspective from main characters as far as I am Inverness throughout.
Female lead’s character highly questionable and slightly contemptible

Narrator is excellent

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  • Jeanne E. Kragie
  • 05-11-21

Waste of time

Ridiculous excuse for a detective story. I had to abandon half way through this mess.

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  • Mixamaster
  • 03-10-21

Revolting

This book started up after my podcast finished, and I could not get my hands free fast enough. I too stopped before the first paragraph was done. Why, Audible, would you put that heinous scene of animal mutilation in my head without my permission? Seriously questionable judgement on some—thing?—one?—‘s part.

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  • Cashmommie
  • 25-01-22

Liked it

Okay, so the story starts with the killing of a cat and some reviewers stop reading there, which is their loss. Killing of th cat is a but important part of the story . I enjoyed the story.