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Death Stalks Kettle Street

Narrated by: Helen Clapp
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
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  • TG
  • 18-05-19

Solid 5 stars

what an engaging listen. Likeable characters, enough intrigue to keep you interested throughout the whole book. Clever, interesting, likeable - what else can I say, have a listen and enjoy this intelligent, not so cosy, murder mystery

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Murder and Mug Handles

What a fabulous book! The two very likeable protagonists are Greg, whose life is ruled by his OCD, and Beth, who has mild cerebral palsy. They join together to try to find out who is murdering the residents of Kettle Street and sending clues to Greg. But there is also a wonderful cast of other characters, all beautifully drawn. The book is fast paced with snappy dialogue and there are plenty of red herrings to lead you astray. I thought I knew who the murderer was, but I was outsmarted by that crafty Mr. Bowen!

Running through the main murder plot is a sub-plot of a writing course, where the tutor, a famous crime novelist, teaches his students (including Beth) how a cosy crime novel is constructed, and we also hear excerpts of the novel Beth is writing. It’s all very cleverly done, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

I listened to the audio version and the narration by Helen Clapp was perfect for the book.

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Out of this world fantastic!

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First and foremost my heartiest congratulations to Helen Clapp on her fabulous narration. Brilliantly done. I read this book some time ago and was absolutely blown away by the concept. John Bowen is an author of unparalleled inspiration and writes absorbing and heartfelt stories that grab your heart, mind and soul. This one, in particular, is so captivating and expresses so eloquently the difficulties the 'less-abled' face on a daily basis but without shaming, preaching or taking any kind of moral high ground. You've got to be a super special and extra talented author to be able to achieve all that. Books such as this make me want to go back to my primary school teachers and thank them from the bottom of my heart for teaching me to read. I've read it, I've listened to it and, when it's made into a film, I'll watch it in the cinema. An absolutely brilliant audio book that you won't want to miss.

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Fantastic listen

I loved this book!
I'm not great at writing reviews....

I have to be honest and say it took a couple of chapters to really start to get my head round Greg and his ocd... Then I began to understand a lot more about his condition...
All of the characters were wonderful and so real.
I was kept guessing until nearly the end by which time I was then counting with Greg and willing him on but John kept it true and didn't do some heroic ending which would have been wrong.. He kept it real
Thank you for a great listen 😊👍

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Like listening to Alexa !

This might be a great story, but the narration is like listening to Alexa, it’s robotic and false sounding... gave up after chapter 1

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Intriguing Listen

This was an intriguing listen from the outset. I loved the main characters, Greg and his OCD made me laugh out loud although I felt guilty for doing so! Beth, a sound and solid character with mild cerebral palsy brings understanding and compassion into Greg's life. There is a murderer on the loose in Kettle Street and the two unlikely sleuths put their heads together to try to find out who is killing off residents. I did guess fairly early on who was responsible but that didn't detract from the story as it developed. Greg's struggles were funny and tragic at times but always compelling.

Helen Clapp does an amazing job with the narration and I would listen to her again. All in all, a great audiobook listen.

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Couldn't stop listening

I have been hearing a lot about this book in the last couple of years and kept meaning to read it but never quite got round to it. Once i found it on audible i got it straight away and now wonder why i never read it before as it is a great story.

The book follows a man with ocd who finds out his neighbours are being murdered but made to look like accidents or suicide.

With a woman who has cp he investigates and after some red herrings is finally told who is doing it and why.

Like Greg I never guessed who was doing it, and why but it all tied up nicely in the end.

I also really enjoyed the story in the story as well.

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Wonderful Story.

This is the first time I have listened to a novel by John Bowen and it won't be the last. I really enjoyed this wonderful book and couldn't put it down. I loved the characters of Greg who suffers from OCD and Beth who has cerebral palsy, who come together to try and solve a series of accidents/murders in the street they live in called Kettle Street. There are lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the end. It was so beautifully written and it really drew me in. It was excellently narrated by Helen Clapp which added to my enjoyment.
I would highly recommend Death Stalks Kettle Street.

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Cosy crime perfection - just wonderful!

I’ve read and loved this book already a couple of years ago, but came back for a second round with the audio version. I enjoyed it just as much, if not more this time round - it is just such a perfect combination of insightful writing, a cleverly crafted, classic cosy crime framework, a good dash of humour, a beautifully laid out setting and a wonderful cast of multi-layered characters.
The two main protagonists are just smooch-able, and having a thing for endings and last sentences I can tell you this book has one of the best! Made me well-up for the second time!
To me you can’t do any better in this genre - if I could give more than 5 stars I would!

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A thoroughly enjoyable listen!

I really enjoyed getting to know Beth and Greg and all the other characters in the story, even those with only a minor part to play were described perfectly. The story unfolds beautifully, sometimes very funny and always very human. Kept me gripped and guessing till the end.

I read and listened to the book using whispersync, and both were equally enjoyable. I must admit I preferred to read anything spoken by O'Shay as the narrator's portrayal of an Irish accent was somewhat offputting. Also I never did quite work out if Pete the shopkeeper was supposed to be Asian, Welsh or Scottish!

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  • Mindy H
  • 21-06-19

What a fabulous story

Far beyond what I expected. One always knows that the initial suspect in a mystery is a red herring, but I was completely caught of guard when the real killer was revealed! Such a great read and I was actually sad when I reached the sweet ending. the narration was great. Clear and consistent. Altogether great experience!

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  • Sandra R. Merrill
  • 15-06-19

Wrapping a mystery in a mystery

People are dying on Kettle Street,and the killer seems to have made Greg the spectator. Receiving clues to the murders, Greg meets Beth and together they try to unearth the killer and the police, believing in coincidence aren’t helping.
You have to believe your best is enough in life, we are all our best.
I was drawn in to the story, characters and couldn’t stop listening.
Really enjoyed this story.

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  • naiveblueeyes08
  • 17-08-18

Ok, I guess

The author provided me with a complimentary copy of this audiobook with no expectation of a review. This was a little slow and boring for me. There was a lot of repetitiveness, appropriate I suppose since one of the main characters has OCD, but it made the story slow and kind of dull. There's supposed to be a romance but I didn't "feel" it. I didn't even care much for the victims or to know who the killer was. It just didn't seem to flow very well at all IMO.

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  • Emery
  • 18-09-17

Complex, interesting story

Enjoyed the story. Got annoyed with the emphasis on theOCD counting rituals, got the point after listing to the count from 100 two times.

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  • Julia
  • 19-08-17

Good Who Done it??

I enjoyed this book, and as others have said is a good cosy thriller, I liked the main characters,both had disabilities, Gregg has OCD and finds it hard to leave his house without checking and Beth has CP so to trying to solve who is murdering Greggs neighbours is no easy task for these two good guys, lots of good twists in this book, you think you know who did it and then that person dies too so you're back to square one trying to figure out who did it?

I thought that Helen Clapp the narrator did the book justice and I would defiantly read another book by John Bown, this book is a good read and little bit quirky to keep your attention and wanting more.

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  • Jo Reason
  • 05-08-17

Good, different and engaging

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My first book by John, an audio book offered for an honest review.

This is a great book, there are so many books out there on the market that are detective/crime novels and they are all very similar, but this one is different, first of all it is a who dunnit, but you don’t have a damaged detective with a past who is dealing with his or her own problems but real life people, ok, so these people also have their problems but the whole story if different, fresh and very good.

I really enjoyed the background details of both Greg, who is dealing with OCD and Beth who is dealing with cerebral palsy, the author has written great details and both characters have come alive and they both make a great team.

This is an intriguing book, very engaging and enjoyable. Highly recommended and well worth the read.

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  • mellie6768
  • 17-07-17

Great audio version of this book

If you could sum up Death Stalks Kettle Street in three words, what would they be?

interesting, heartwarming, mystery

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes - not sure where it was going or who done it till the very end

Which character – as performed by Helen Clapp – was your favorite?

Greg

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Accidents aren't always an accident

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Great audio version of this mystery book - nice way to enjoy the story having someone else read it to you.