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Summary

Meet DCI Cyril Bennett, a ladies' man with a passion for efficiency. His partner, DS David Owen, is naïve and untidy but keen. Together they make a formidable pair.

When two dead infants are found at a teacher training college, Bennett and Owen are given the case. At the same time, a killer is on the loose staging attacks using sulphur mustard. Bennett and Owen must work together to bring to justice a killer with revenge on his mind.

©2016 Malcolm Hollingdrake (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"Totally riveting and...thought provoking." (Sarah Nardy, Bytheletterbookreviews)
"Beautifully written, this debut novel is a masterclass in tension. This is a perfect thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat." (Betsy Reavley)

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Gripping drama had me hooked right to the end, what a brilliant find!

Stayed awake into the early hours hooked on the brilliant plot, beautifully written, following two very different but compelling cases DC Bennett was working in. A very accomplished author with a well deserved following from and educated audience.
This audiobook was beautifully read by the magnificent Nicholas Camm. His accent and tone perfectly matched to the twists and turns of the police investigation in both Yorkshire and The Cote D’Azur.
Off to download the next one, can’t wait to become aquatinted with both Cyril Bennett and Mr Camm’s dulcet tones.

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Fairly average

This was my first book by this author. There are two storylines which run side by side, but not confusing and easy to follow, and both storylines come together towards the end. I loved the fact that the books were set in the Harrogate area in my native Yorkshire, so many of the locations were familiar to me.

I wasn't keen on the character of DCI Cyril Bennett though. The Bell's Palsy angle was interesting but I didn't really feel I got to know him or his sidekick, DS Owen very well.

All in all I felt the book was just average, though I will try the next in the series in the hope that I enjoy it more.

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  • Maria Elisa Nalegach
  • 31-05-21

Not what I hoped for

I was intrigued by the description, and as I am always on the lookout for new series I started this book. I usually switch between reading and listening (driving 3 hours to and from work). The performance could use some improving, maybe it's technical, but the sound fades so you have to rewind and listen again. As for the writing, the characters lack development which is to be expected in a first book. I didn't really warm to the main character and was surprised by another DS introduced about halfway. Two or maybe 3 subplots as if the author couldn't really make up his mind about what story he wanted to tell.
TBH I don't think I'll read any more of this series.

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  • Scotty
  • 06-01-19

Enjoyed it!

I'm an avid mystery/thriller fan amd enjoyed this plot, characters, and narrator. It was difficult to clearly hear him at times, Nicholas Camm, and I had to turn the volume up or rewind in parts. However, personally I like this narrator. He makes the whole thing sound omnious,. spooky, and foreboding where it fits the story.
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