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Summary

The second novel in the Lindsay Gordon series. 

A protest group hits the headlines when unrest at a women’s peace camp explodes into murder. Already on the scene, journalist Lindsay Gordon desperately tries to strike a balance between personal and professional responsibilities. As she peels back the layers of deception surrounding the protest and its opponents, she finds that no one - ratepayer or reporter, policeman or peace woman - seems wholly above suspicion. Then Lindsay uncovers a truth that even she can scarcely believe.  

©1989 Val McDermid (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"The real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers; no one can plot or tell a story like she can." (Daily Express)

"The Queen of Crime reigns." (Independent)

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Appalling narration

The worst narration I have ever heard on an audio book. The regional accents were inconsistent and story line poor for Val McDermid... very disappointing all round.. would not recommend..

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Weak everything

A weak plot with weak characters, weakly read by a poor reader. This is best avoided.

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Terrible narration

Love vals story but this was slow and I just couldn’t get over the narrator. Awful just ruined it for me.

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Dire performance

I have now idea whether the story is any good because I couldn’t bear the voice beyond the first 20 minutes.

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Just poor I am sorry to say.

The performance was very poor and although it settled down a bit the first two chapters seemed like the first time she had read out aloud. And the voicing of any accent was just grating.
I am a big fan of Val McDermid and although written well the story line was just poor. The worst I have read of hers. Not helped by being very very dated, the plot was so full of holes and silliness as to be painful.
I kept going until the end and it got worse.

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A struggle to finish

Having struggled through five chapters, I doubt that I’ll continue with this audiobook. I find it difficult to believe that this is by the gripping, clever, fast paced pen of Val McDermid. It’s actually quite awful!
Uninteresting characters slopping around a muddy murder at the Greenham Common lesbian camp....
Sorry Ms McDermid, this is just boring and the narrator should steadfastly avoid trying to do a child’s voice ever again.
It’s back to Carol and Tony for me.

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I find the narration hard to listen to, bland and repetitive monotone narration, sounds as if the person is trying to read it as fast as possible. I had to mark the book as finished .

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Spoiled by the narration

So long as she's reading in a Central Belt Scots accent, the narrator is acceptable. What she really cannot do at all well is any type of English accent. Just awful and detracted from the story, which is itself quite thin for McDermid. I imagine this was one of her earlier efforts.

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Great Series

Griping and fast moving. Val McDermid never disappoints. Look forward to the next in series.

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Not one of my favourite listens,

I did not enjoy this book at all, I found the reader uninspiring, and the story not to my liking, it didn't flow and the characters were not portrayed very well

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