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Time of Death Audiobook

Time of Death

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The chilling new release, Time of Death, by highly acclaimed crime writer Mark Billingham keeps listeners gripping the edge of their seats in this unabridged mystery crime thriller audiobook narrated brilliantly by Billingham himself. Enter the cold and secretive town of Polesford, Warwickshire. Long-buried secrets, community uprisings and grotesque evidence lurk around every corner of this eerie town. Join ex-local and police officer Helen Weeks in discovering the grisly truth and the real culprit of this shocking crime. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

Now a major BBC Drama as part of the series In the Dark, this is a gripping, brilliantly plotted thriller from number one best-selling author Mark Billingham.

Discover one of the two masterful hit novels adapted for the massive new BBC One Drama series In The Dark, featuring brilliant heroine Helen Weeks.

Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the heart of the community where police officer Helen Weeks grew up. But this is a place full of secrets, where dangerous truths lie buried.

When family man Stephen Bates has been arrested, Helen and her partner Tom Thorne head to the flooded town to support Bates' wife - an old school friend of Helen's - who is living under siege and convinced of her husband's innocence.

As residents and media bay for Bates' blood, a decomposing body is found. The police believe they have their murderer, but one man believes otherwise. With a girl still missing, Helen sets herself on a collision course with local police, townsfolk - and a merciless killer.

The hugely acclaimed latest novel in Mark Billingham's best-selling series, Love Like Blood, is out now.

©2015 Mark Billingham Ltd (P)2015 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Clever and inventive." (Financial Times )

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    Ms. L. Chalkley St Albans, England 27/04/2015
    Ms. L. Chalkley St Albans, England 27/04/2015 Member Since 2011

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    "A Thorne Tour De Force"

    I've enjoyed Mark Billingham's work for many years now. I first found out about his detective thriller writing when I'd gone to listen to Christopher Brookmeyer talk at a Book Festival event and Mark happened to be on with him. Mark's transition from stand up comedy to thriller writing seemed odd and intriguing then. But reading the Tom Thorne series it seemed to make more sense - there was lots of observational detail and black humour peppers some of the characters core relationships. His research into the issues that are used in his books, especially around homelessness, abuse and drug use - marks him out as an author - lending sensitivity and realism. I really enjoyed Rush of Blood - one of his stand alone thrillers that I listened to. So I was excited at 'the new Tom Thorne book' and wondering where on earth it was going to go - in pretty much every sense of the word - after the mayhem on Bardsey Island in 'The Bones Beneath'.

    Mark Billingham performs this book and how. I was gripped from the beginning, I was up all last night feeling emotionally wrenched around by the rollercoaster ending. I read and listen to so many thrillers that I'm amazed that I didn't see plot twists coming - I don't know if that was due to me be being so emotionally caught up in a harrowing story that seemed all to real. The pace and switching of narrative voices seemed just right to me - I wanted to know what was going on with each set of people and was worried about the other characters who were out of the action in the moment.

    The story and the characters became more powerful, real, punchy and gripping the nearer it got to the conclusion. And I'd thought it was a bloody good book to start with. I purposely haven't mentioned anything - the directions the book takes, the how and the why of it, are part of the skill and the art. I wouldn't have liked to have missed any surprises or twists and turns. I'd just like to give the author a standing ovation. There's one other detective book that has left me this blown away - Angel's Flight by Michael Connelly - which had a powerful but gruesome ending, but that was number 6 in a detective series. For Billingham's 13th Thorne book to do some brave things and make some powerful new moves - well hats off to you sir.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstine 28/06/2015
    Kirstine 28/06/2015
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    "Inventive and engrossing story"

    This is the latest and eleventh novel charting the career of detective Tom Thorne, and having read or listened to many of them, think this is one of the best in the series. The story is more inventive in the use of forensic science and Thorne seems a more nuanced character than in earlier books. The detective’s personal life is woven into the story which makes it more interesting. As par for the course of this genre the crimes are elaborate and somewhat contrived but it all adds up to an engrossing listen. A plus for me is that there aren't too many salivating descriptions of the violence perpetrated on the victims.

    The author narrates the book even better than in the previous books.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    TC Valentine 30/04/2015
    TC Valentine 30/04/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"

    Good story line and Easy to listen to- voice just right- I only say that because some voices really grate.

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    Ms 25/04/2015
    Ms 25/04/2015 Member Since 2011

    Hi all I love reading and listening to audio books I like a variety of books but mainly crime books

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    "Time of death"

    Great story kept me listening , I love Tom Thorne
    Well written amusing in places
    I would recommend this audio book to everyone.
    Cy

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    Ann D Newcastle, England 28/05/2015
    Ann D Newcastle, England 28/05/2015 Member Since 2014

    Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true

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    "A good substantial book!"
    What does Mark Billingham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Excellent narration, but then of course he would know better than anyone, how it should be read!


    Any additional comments?

    My first book by this author. I really enjoyed it. I found it well written, absorbing and it bounced along nicely.

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    Clarissa Horton 29/04/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "As usual brilliant"

    Thrilling, humorous and very good entertainment with a twist at the end that signify Mark Billingham. Love his books very much

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    Euro walker 11/06/2017
    Euro walker 11/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    Very good book I have really enjoyed the eco thorn, and can't wait to listen to the next one

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    Amelia 23/02/2017
    Amelia 23/02/2017

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Did not hold interest"

    The author read this. I always find this is a bad idea and really took from any enjoyment of book in my opinion.
    Thorn is away from Kentish Town supposedly on holiday and then chasing after old school friend of Helen.
    I did not believe in the relationship between Tom Helen and her friend. There was so spark or interest in this one and just felt like I was going through the motions reading it.
    I could not also reconcile how two middle class detectives would go into the house of virtual strangers just staying there when they would have known the couple would quiz them etc. It just did not feel that they would do this.
    I was glad it ended to be honest I did not find it credible, had no interest in any of the characters thus did not enjoy it and would not recommend.

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    barry COLCHESTER, United Kingdom 21/11/2016
    barry COLCHESTER, United Kingdom 21/11/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Mark please give up narrating"

    I can't listen to these books anymore marks narration is flat and destroys the book it really spoils the book get a narrator AND Not Sean barret

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    garry 05/07/2016
    garry 05/07/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "A little slow"

    Good story, just lacked pace and got bogged down here and there.
    Narration was good though.

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