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Summary

Two young boys stumble on a dead prostitute. She's on Sean Denton's patch. As Doncaster's youngest community support officer, he's already way out of his depth, but soon he's uncovering more than he's supposed to know.

Meanwhile Karen Friedman, professional mother of two, learns her brother has disappeared. She desperately needs to know he's safe, but once she starts looking, she discovers unexpected things about her own needs and desires.

Played out against a gritty landscape on the edge of a Northern town, Karen and Sean risk losing all they hold precious.

©2015 Helen Cadbury (P)2015 Oakhill Publishing

Critic reviews

"Finding a new writer of decent police procedurals is a rare treat. Finding one with a new 'angle' is a rarity." (The Bookbag)
"Exciting, pacey, vivid and humane. Read it." (Lesley Glaister)
"This is a novel almost casually involved with crime. It gripped me from the first.... The descriptions of the setting, Yorkshire at its bleakest, the characters, were so subtly slipped in that I absorbed them subliminally.... I am now reading this excellent book again." (Shotsmag.co.uk)
"Hugely assured and gripping." (Mark Billingham)

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Excellent

A good police procedure with likeable characters especially Sean Denton and good plot. Excellent narration as usual by Jonathan Keeble

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A Delight with a Light Touch

I'm so glad that I decided to have a listen to a new author with Helen Cadbury's 'To Catch A Rabbit'. This was a police procedural from a fresh and refreshing angle. Our heroes are a humble PCSO who lives with his nan, a fast track SOCO excluded from the team and an admin worker at an immigration charity. With peripheral players at the centre of the action, the usual view of a detective thriller shifts - to very good effect. I did get a little lost with a change of time and place at one point - but I decided that was a good thing, I had to keep paying attention. I am very surprised at this being a first novel. There's a deft and confidence that seems very assured. I loved the light and sometimes almost whimsical tone that the story has - it's consistent through the whole book and helped me to feel submerged in the story. Jonathan Keeble did a sterling job at performing the wide range of characters. I'm going to give it a second listen, to see if the dream that one of the characters had makes any more sense - or if it was just the rabbit!

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Fantastic

From beginning to end this story was gripping and beautifully written.

The narrator is incredible at giving tge characters identity with believable accents....except for the scouse one (sorry Jonathan). Each character he brings alive like no other narrator that I've listened to does. All who narrate books should listen to this chap and learn from his art.

The story has wonderful twists and turns throughout and without my revealing the plot it has an unsuspected ending.

Well worth buying and I'd highly recommend you listen to other books read by Jonathan Keeble.

10/10 from me for both Helen and Jonathan.

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What a pleasant surprise

Would you listen to To Catch a Rabbit again? Why?

No, not because I did not love it, but because I never listen to any audio twice.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the atmosphere , please give it a go , very original. Audible please can we
have all of this series available in audio.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?

Sean Denton, excellent.

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  • Mary
  • Surrey, Canada
  • 29-09-17

Fine, not much more to say

Book was enjoyable enough to keep me listening during runs and dog walks. I liked the main characters. Unfortunately nothing special.

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Good story- well told but.....

Overall I thought this was a well written, well told story. There were for me ( and this is just a personal opinion) one or two too many convenient coincidences and I am not a huge fan of stories being all wrapped up with a neat ending- life just isn't like that.
I was however drawn in and I did want to keep listening so if you want a good story this is for you.

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  • Patricia
  • scunthorpe, United Kingdom
  • 14-01-16

It was ok

I downloaded this after reading a review in the Yorkshire Post. I thought it would be good to read a book based aroung the area I live in. It was ok. I found it hard to engage with the characters and the story line was topical but not very exciting. Jonathon Keeble narrated it well.

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Good story, excellent narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of To Catch a Rabbit to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the printed version, so could not tell you if it is better or worse. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio however.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't think I had a particular favourite. All the characters were well written

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator has a wonderfully mellifluous voice. His range of accents and acting ability really brings the characters to life

Any additional comments?

Good story and superb performance

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  • Steven
  • Harrogate, United Kingdom
  • 02-07-15

PCSO Denton caught me too!

Enjoyable story with very pleasing ending. PCSO and his nan get caught up in human trafficking. His basic instincts and local knowledge and dedication see him and his nan at the centre of several cases. Nice to hear a story based in Doncaster and York. Interesting new angle on detective novels. Sit and enjoy.