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Summary

Crooked deals and financial scams are looking like murder for PI Kate Brannigan.  

Kate Brannigan, feisty Manchester-based PI, is back, investigating the bizarre case of the missing conservatories. Before long she’s up to her neck in crooked land deals, mortgage scams, financial chicanery - and murder. But when a favour for a friend puts Kate’s own life in danger, bizarre is not the first word she thinks of.... 

©2019 W. F. Howes Ltd (P)2019 W.F. Howes Ltd

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"A satisfying range of villains, Manchester and its environs turn deeply sinister and Brannigan toughs and wisecracks her way to a solution." (The Times)

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Funny down to earth PI

I’m enjoying this series, there is suspense but also some funny passages. It’s refreshing to have a protagonist who is not suffering from a miserable home life. And to read about a female protagonist who is neither a damsel in distress nor a Kill Bill Type fighter.

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Love this series

I have just got into the Kate Brannigan series having listened to a few other Of Val McDermid’s books. Whilst I thoroughly enjoy all her books are find that all are read so brilliantly this one was a little tricky to get on top of all the characters - I got there in the end but I know if I’d been reading an actual book I would have been turning back the pages to catch up which character had done what with who!

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Clever scam!

love that Val writes about local places and I am growing to like Kate more in this book. The scam s a very realistic sort of scam which makes it more plausible.

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Dumped it halfway through

The author begins this book alluding to a boring story., and boy this really is. Whoever thought the details of land registry would make a good read was seriously deluded. I don't think I've ever given up before the end in the past but on this occasion I just had to.

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A good listen

Really enjoying the series hope to listen to them all. McDermid is a solid storyteller.

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Not as good as the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series

This series of books is ok but In a different league to the Tony Hill books. I bought the series of these after enjoying the Tony Hill books. I find it hard to believe these are by the same author. These just don’t grip me the same. The plots are not very plausible either.

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Better than the first book

The narrator was more consistent with the different characters’ voices this time and the plot was more convincing.
Looking forward to listening to the next book 😊

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Great book

Loved it. Well written, and extremely well narrated. The story was really interesting and kept me intrigued.

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series gets underway

As an avid reader of crime I have been meaning to try some Val mcDermid books. Her Kate Branaghan series is really getting going with this second installment.
Great narrator and easy to listen to on long journeys. I shall keep on with the next.

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so so.

I like the narrator more than the story itself..
Will listen to a few more 'cause Brannigan is such an awsome character!

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