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A murdered mother. Drug dealing unchecked. Can Detective Drake achieve justice when so many have failed? 

When drug addict Dawn Piper is found dead in her own home, her neighbors are far from surprised. Dawn’s habit led her to mix with some dangerous people. But this quiet mother of one was small fry. Would anyone want Dawn dead?

Inspector Drake knows there is more to Dawn’s murder than a simple drug deal gone wrong. As he digs deeper, he discovers that Dawn hoped to clean up the streets of her community that are being overrun by drugs and the dangerous County Lines gangs that sell them. And it cost her her life. Have the police force failed the community they serve?

Drake is used to the murky world of organized crime groups. He knows the dirty games they play to evade arrest. But in his toughest case to date, Drake is determined to make the guilty pay.

This time, they will have nowhere to hide.

Nowhere to Hide is the seventh book in the dynamic Inspector Drake crime series. If you like clever mysteries and engrossing listens, then you’ll love Stephen Puleston’s Ian Drake novels.  

©2019 Stephen Puleston (P)2020 Stephen Puleston

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  • 01-05-20

Another fab instalment

As per usual the narration and storyline kept me enthralled. It was like putting on an old pair of slippers. I think Richard Elfyn is brilliant. Great range of voices with a warmth that makes his voice so familiar and comforting.

Storyline was good too with an ending that I didn’t see coming. Very pleased that all the characters are getting a good chance to shine and make a difference. What a team.

There are a few verbs used that have another connotation these days and even though they perfectly describe the action taken, they did make me cringe a little..just a little.

Off to download the next one.

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Wonderful series, fantastic narration!

I just absolutely adore everything about this series - the writing is great, the narration by Richard Elfyn is fantastic and the cases get better with each instalment.
I also love the huge improvement in Drake's private life - having listened to this while in Corona lock down I couldn't help but think that I wouldn't even wish a lock down with his ex wife on my worst enemy!
Highly recommended, but I'd start at the beginning - whilst they work as stand alones Drake's development makes more sense in chronological order.

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Brilliant continuation of the series

This is a brilliant addition to the series, with a drug addict being found murdered in her house and the local residents all claiming that she upset the wrong person and had it coming to her.</p>


As Drake and his team investigate they release all is not as it seems and she has in fact been trying to get away from the drug scene, which Drake has also been trying to shut down for a while,.</p>

Whilst investigating Dawn's murder, one of her close friends also turns up dead in the same way, so Drake has to investigate that as well.</p>

All through the book there is a lot of action and stuff going on, which keeps the story flowing nicely and kept me hooked and wanting to read the next chapter each time I got to the end of one
As with all previous 6 books this one can be read as a stand alone, although you do get a lot more back story if you have read the previous ones first. This book delves more into the person that is Inspector Drake, and I really like the way that Stephen has written him, not too perfect but without many issues.

Overall this is a brilliant book and I am really enjoying the character of Drake and his team. The lovely Welsh landscape helps with the story as well.

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A solid and authentic police procedural

I have been listening to a lot more audiobooks recently as I avoid watching too much TV and my reading has been slowing down. So when I was offered the opportunity to listen to the audiobook of Stephen Puleston’s Nowhere to Hide, I jumped at the chance.
This is the 7th in a series and although I have not read the others, I did not feel at a disadvantage and this worked fine as a stand-alone, though clearly there was a significant backstory I didn’t know.
Our protagonist is Detective Inspector Ian Drake, based in Deeside, North Wales. Drake works with DS Sara Morgan, DC Luned Thomas and DC Gareth Winder. Their Superintendent, Wyndham Price, is about to retire and Drake is concerned that the new appointment, Hobbs, will not be as easy to work with; his reputation is that of a man difficult to please.
Drake suffers from OCD, though that is improving now that he is in a new relationship with Annie and the pair are planning a much needed holiday, taking his kids to Disneyland, Paris.
The biggest problem facing the North Wales Police is drugs and the increasing supply coming in from England, which the police refer to as the ‘county lines’ problem. When Dawn Piper, a young woman and a recovering drug addict, is found dead in her flat and it’s clear she’s been killed somewhere else, Drake and Morgan investigate.
It’s pretty obvious to them that drugs are at the root of this murder and that Dawn’s death may be connected to local crime bosses. The local community are already up in arms about the drugs problem and then another death takes place, this time a friend of Dawn’s is murdered.
When Drake’s ex-wife is forced off the road, with his children in her car, Drake knows he has to find these killers before his family comes to serious harm.
Puleston writes a pacy novel and this police procedural is tense and twisty with a terrific sense of place.
Richard Elfyn’s narration is excellent. Fabulously and enthusiastically Welsh, he handles the different voices well and I could listen to his pronunciation of Caerphilly over and over.
Verdict: A solid and authentic police procedural with convincing characters and a strong and believable plot.

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Excellent police procedural!

I am a huge audio book fan, but Nowhere To Hide is actually the first time I have listened to one which is a police procedural - and what a fabulous place to start!

Although this book is actually the seventh one in the Stephen Puleston's Inspector Drake series, it works extremely well as a stand-alone, which is good because I have not read any others in the series....yet!

The story concentrates on the murder of a small time drug addict, whose murder turns out to be much more of a complex affair that it first appears. As Inspector Drake and his trusty team investigate Dawn's death, some rather worrying facts come to light that seem to link it to the rise in the County Lines drug trafficking problem and despite their efforts, more bodies appear before they can get to the bottom of whoever is behind the crimes - and the violence comes much too close to home for Inspector Drake's liking.

The audio book is narrated by Richard Elfyn, who manages all the accents rather well and pronounces the Welsh place names oh so beautifully. I did find the narration a bit too monotone at times and would have liked to have heard a bit more passion expressed in the parts where the story affected DI Drake personally, but in all other ways the dispassionate way the story is told fits in quite well with the nature of a police investigation - cool and fact driven.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story itself, which builds tension nicely and has a lovely twist at the end - one which works well. I particularly liked the realistic way Drake and his team went about their painstaking investigation - each of them having a part in the more mundane aspects of police work that are necessary to gather the evidence needed for a successful prosecution.

In fact I enjoyed it so much that I suspect I will be delving into the past episodes of Stephen Puleston's DI Drake books before too long - I am already aching to get to the next one now I know all the characters!

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a timely storyline

another winner from the puleston Elfynn combination hear as inspector Drake and his team investegate the murder of Dawn Piper, a seemingly reformed drug user. this book tackles the subject of county lines drug dealing which is an timely issue for this series to tackle.

We are currently living in strange times and this was the perfect read to curl up with and forget what is happening. Drake and his team feel like old friends now that we are 7 books in to the series and it's good to see Drake's pri?ate life really beginning to fall in to place.

the other members of Drake's team seem to be coming in their own as the series develops and it will be interesting to see how Drake interacts with his new boss as the series continues.

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Just excellent

Drake is back. That’s it he’s back I’m won over
These are one of the best books I’ve read or listened to.
Simple as that.
I adore Drake his idiosyncrasies & his attitude. So glad he’s getting his life together.
He takes no crap & deals with his job head 1st. The team are fab characters & they mix well, even with their annoyances at each other.
This story delves into drugs & local gangsters.
Excellent.
Narrator as always, spot on, kept me interested & the story rolling exactly as always does.

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A Great Listen

This is an Inspector Drake novel well thought out, likable character a little bit of OCD but getting better, and now he has a new love in his life. This story starts with a murder and the author has a good knack of painting a picture of the victims and started with this poor soul a drug addict always trying to get herself clean to no avail, quite an intricate story and Puleston does get it right. A great story believable and very little swear words if any, good procedures, likable well-described characters and area description brilliant one can imagine being there. One of his best, whether you read or listen I have done both the book some time back and now the audio version the narrator as always does a fine job.

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Stephen Puleston does it again!

Inspector Drake is back and has to investigate the murder of a drug addict in Deeside, and the death is linked to County Lines drug gangs. Once again Mr Puleston has delivered a well written, exciting police procedural which had me hooked from the start.

Drake’s personal life is much improved in this book and his relationship with Annie is going strong. The only cloud on the horizon is the imminent retirement of Superintendant Price, as his replacement seems to have a bad reputation, and I feel he could make problems for Drake in the future.

This is a fast paced read/listen with a glorious setting, interesting characters, and the fabulous narration by Richard Elfyn is the cherry on the cake.!

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Great Read

Another great Inspector Drake book. A reformed drug addict is murdered, two vulnerable teenagers go missing and a dangerous adversary attacks Drake’s family. Fast paced and exhilarating read. Excellent narration from Richard Elfyn as always.

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  • Myself
  • 31-05-20

Not quite the same...

After having listened to all 7 titles, this one feels a little like a let down; part of what makes Drake so interesting is all his idiosyncrasies - the rituals, the scrupulous tidiness, the anti-social behaviour. There were hints in the early books that this was caused by something - apparently his grandfather's behaviour towards him, the funeral - his compulsions all started with something in his past that escalates when he's under stress. In this latest book, he's like any other guy trying to figure out how to keep his girlfriend happy. His behaviour -borderline disorder- is suddenly just a bunch of funny little quirks. The anger with his old adversary goes exactly nowhere, his daughters are perfect dears (really? for kids raised by a compulsive father and demanding mother, who have to endure a divorce and threats from Drake's enemies, it's a little surreal); his detectives learn to get along just fine, the press are understanding, his ex leaves him alone, and the mean politico goes away. Nope - not enough conflict, not enough personal angst, no darkness - just another police procedural with a flat, go-nowhere ending. Richard Elfyn's magnificent performance is wasted on this one.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 20-04-20

One action changes everything

Inspector Drake gets pulled back into the world of drugs and organized crime. He’s fought this fight before and it was a draw. Now is his chance to finish addressing this issue from his past and make the streets a little safer. However, this time he has an angry, uncooperative community to deal with. They feel the police force has ignored their needs for far too long and many blame the government and police for not eliminating drugs from their neighborhoods. I really liked this aspect of the story because not every community is happy to work with the law because they feel let down by it.

Drake is a fastidious man, very neat, very tidy. And for several books now I have wondered how he manages to have intimate relations. There’s proof he has done so (2 daughters) but I always pictured him fully dressed with a stack of clean wipes to the side to make sure everything stays neat and tidy. Well, in this book we get a very brief love scene that does a little to answer these questions. Still, I bet he showers directly after.

The mystery itself is a great rollercoaster of suspects, victims, bodies, drugs, and grumpy people. Just as they start to get their hands around one body, another drops. The community feels the local police aren’t interested in doing anything until there’s a body. Hence, much of the community isn’t jumping up to help Drake and his team with their investigation. As they dig into the first murder, it looks like the victim was trying to do something to get drugs out of the community. With this realization, the possible culprits narrow to those supplying the drugs. While this victim wasn’t perfect, she was trying to make a positive difference.

I loved the zombie bit. Our first victim is a zombie fan and really liked her zombie computer games, movies, and this newly opened zombie boat. Yep, a ship that has been set up as a zombie experience. Drake doesn’t get it but he and his team diligently look into it, as with all aspects of the victim.

In this book, we see that Drake has continued to grow as a person. His ex-wife and daughters are threatened by whoever is behind the murder. And later, with the daugthers staying with Drake and his girlfriend (Anne), their house is vandalized. Drake does a good job of reassuring his ex and his daughters, but he forgets to consider how this might be affecting Anne. Yet when it comes up, he immediately sees his mistake and how to fix it. In the past, he would have had trouble processing this and would have bungled about trying to make it better. Yay Drake!

The last bit of the story ramps up the pace and the tension. An old enemy has raised their ugly mug and Drake can taste sweet victory! But then one action changes everything and Drake can see how he missed this big piece and now he has limited time to catch this hidden culprit. Very satisfying end. 5/5 stars.

Narration: Richard Elfyn continues to give us a gripping and talented performance. I love his voice for Drake and Elfyn captures Drake’s ability to switch between Welsh and English with ease. Elfyn is very talented with all the regional accents described in the book and I feel educated after listening to this series. His female character voices are feminine and his little kid voices are good too. The pacing is perfect and there are no tech issues with the recording. 5/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book. My opinions are 100% my own.

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  • Jan M
  • 20-04-20

Awesome Addition to the Series!

Nowhere to Hide by Stephen Puleston is both a great continuation of the series and a standalone listen. The author is fantastic with his imagery of Wales and police procedures. I loved the added background into Inspector Drake's life. He's not a perfect guy, but isn't loaded down with excess baggage either. The story is fast moving and has some unexpected twists. Richard Elfyn was wonderful bringing the characters to life. He is the voice of Inspector Drake to me, and gives the characters distinguishable voices and inflects the right emotions. I really enjoyed this listen!