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When a house explodes in a quiet Oxford suburb and a young girl disappears in the aftermath, Sarah Tucker becomes obsessed with finding her. Accustomed to dull chores in a childless household and hosting her husband’s wearisome business clients for dinner, Sarah suddenly finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew, as her investigation reveals that people long believed dead are still among the living, while the living are fast joining the dead.

What begins in a peaceful neighbourhood reaches its climax on a remote, unwelcoming Scottish island as the search puts Sarah in league with a man who finds himself being hunted down by murderous official forces. 

©2003 Mick Herron (P)2020 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Non-Slough House

This is not part of the Slough House series, so has the disadvantages of no Jackson Lamb, Roderick Ho et al and is not read by the superb Sean Barrett.

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This is another beautifully written & well crafted story, with interesting, well drawn characters. The fact that, having got used to the Slough House mob, none of them appears in this story, drew my attention anew to the quality of the writing, which doesn’t disappoint. And the narrator, Julia Franklin, is superb! She strikes just the right note of weary cynicism which suits MH’s writing. Thoroughly recommended.

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Disappointing

I love Mick Herron's books based around Slough House and the wonderful characters he developed for those stories. "Down Cemetery Road", I'm sorry to say, I did not enjoy so much. I didn't stay with it to the end and that, in part, was to do with the narration which grated on me. Julia Franklin has a good voice but her delivery is wanting. The lead character did not hold me either; as time went by I didn't much care what happened to her. Sorry, Mick Herron. I can't wait for your next Slough House book, though.

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Maddening

I am a great fan of Mick Herron's books and a fan of Audible too but I was dismayed to find that all the Zoe Boehm titles I had previously purchased were deleted from my library. My credits were refunded for all the titles but I won't be using any more of them on this series.
Each is now read by Julia Franklin. I stayed with Cemetery Road because I wanted to hear again how the story ended. Listening was agony!
Words of one syllable were turned into two, It was as though Julia Franklin were reading a fairy story to a small child in a sugary, affected voice. The men all sounded the same and Zoe Boehm came over alternately as frightfully posh or like a gruff man.
The stories are entertaining and pacy, the writing is good, which is why I am giving the overall rating of four.

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A Good Start

I think I'm right in saying this was Mick Herron's first book. It's not great, and he certainly hadn't yet fully honed his craft, but there are certainly signs of the great writer he has become, and flashes of the wit we have come to expect. So a bit of a lukewarm recommendation from me, but a recommendation all the same. If you enjoy Mick Herron's later books, I think you will enjoy it, just don't expect Slough House quality.

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A slow start, but a good story

I assume the characters will get to better things. I've come to this from Slough House, like others. It's a different sort of story so I'm prepared to try the next one in the series, after a break...

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Slow start

I found the start of the book slow to get going and a bit of a domestic situation. I prefer the Slough House series which seemed more dynamic . I found the characters in this book less interesting .
Worryingly I find I like Jackson Lamb and this book lacked any such character of a similar disposition. I will still explore Mick Herons other books .

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  • 12-03-21

Very long and drawn out to the point of boredom

I would have been happier if this audio book had been abridged . It was interminably long and drawn out to the point that I didn’t care about any of the characters.... I just wanted it to end . So midway I skipped to the last chapter.

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An interesting start

Apart from a longish and fairly turgid recounting of a drug taking event from student days the story rolled along well. It’s possible to find glimmers of the future brilliance and bare outlines of figures to come, though in different guises.

The narrator coped well with a difficult task. Giving each character a different voice / vocal tone can’t have been easy. Whilst some grated rather, that’s probably the way voices are in real life.

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Up there with Slough House series

Having gobbled up all his slow horses offerings over the past 12 months and, whilst waiting with baited breath for Slough House 7 and the Netflix dramatisation thereof, looking to see what else Mick Herron had written, I saw the Zöe Boehm novels.
Despite being a proud Geordie and seeing the Newcastle connection, the female protagonist and narrator - I know MCP! - put me off somewhat so I chose other material including second helpings of the whole previously-devoured Jackson Lamb series.
I reluctantly, then, decided to actually try this novel.
What can I say?
Absolutely spell binding and masterfully narrated by Julia Franklin.
To have deprived myself of this delight for so long is nothing more than the punishment I deserve.
All Herron's superb wit, clarity and ingenuity which we have come to expect is there in spades so, if you like Jackson Lamb and, like me, are waiting for February 5th, and if you have not already done so, I can thoroughly recommend Down Cemetery Road.

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Hoped for more, narration could've been better

The story was a bit slow at first but then developed. The main character came across as being a bit drippy but that may have been due to the narrator's voice and delivery, both of which I disliked.

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 09-08-20

Not as good as Slough House

Like other Slough House fans, I am anxiously awaiting another book in the series, so when I received an amazon notice about an author I like, I clicked the link. Learning this is an early series, with Cemetery Road being Herron's debut book, I went to Goodreads looking for reviews. The majority of reviewers praised this series, lots of five stars, but some two stars with criticism I now agree with. The only reason I did not return the books is I kept waiting for it to get better, as was suggested by goodreads commentators. While his dark humor, quirky characters, and interesting plot ideas were all present, the book fell flat for me. Perhaps, if you are a Mick Herron fan, you should try the book, Audible has a generous exchange/return policy.

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  • Ed R.
  • 21-07-21

Great book!

As an American reader, the book is a little hard to file at first. Heron’s almost steam off consciousnesses descriptions will grow on you.

If you are patient, there is a great payoff with wonderfully developed characters and a tightly connected and engaging storyline

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  • bill
  • 26-06-21

Excellent Writing

Excellent Writing and Great Syory. Very clever. surprising female characters foil the bad guys in this drama.

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