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His Third Victim

Narrated by: Tim Bentinck
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)
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Summary

A brand-new stand-alone detective mystery from number one best-selling author Helen H. Durrant.

A man is shot dead, and his body is dumped on the moors. His arm is stamped with the Chinese symbol for 'sorry'. There have been five unsolved murders with the same hallmark. The police can’t find any motive or connection between the victims.  

Bella Richards was close to the murdered man. She lives with her five-year-old son and has begun a new life in the local area. But although clearly grief-stricken, she is not telling the police everything she knows.  

Detective Talbot Dyson wants his most trusted inspector on the case. But DI Matt Brindle is out of action. He was badly injured and his sergeant was killed in a criminal ambush. He is drawn into the investigation and must decide whether he wants to go to back to his old life.  

What is the real connection between the victims, and who will be next?  

This is a detective mystery full of twists and turns, with a stunning edge-of-your-seat ending.  

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell or Mark Billingham, you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.

©2017 Helen Durrant (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Durrant's Secret Series!

As I finished this I felt I had enjoyed the book but was disappointed because some story arcs that were given significance just disappeared without getting resolved by the end. As, at the time of writing, Audible are describing this as a stand-alone book so that and the slightly flat ending had me feeling short-changed. However, this is apparently actually the start of a series of books with the second one already out in written form so assuming Audible persist with it my concern about the "missing pieces" should subside.

It is a short book that delivers an enjoyable detective fiction adventure with the prime character having the unique dilemma of trying to choose between police work and the renovation of his family home which he would like to open as a tourist attraction to save the family's ailing finances. There are some genuine weaknesses in the story though, for example, the killer's rationale for eliminating some people didn't make sense and would have had the opposite effect to what he intended.

Tim Bentnick's narration is definitely a highlight, he has a lot of authentic (to me as a Southerner!) character voices though he is probably best with the older characters.

The story itself has some clever touches, it never hits the high notes of say a classic Rankin or similar but it is very enjoyable and if Audible do persist with the series then those "missing pieces" will likely tempt me back.

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Great story, great characters, great narrator

I love Tim Bentinck's voice because I'm an Archer's addict, so I decided to give this title a try. It is a great story with interesting characters. The gruesome details are 'sketched' without getting too ugly. I enjoyed getting in on the beginning of a great law enforcement partnership. I hope this team comes back.

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