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Pain Has a Permanent Address

The John Handful Mystery Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Michael Sharp
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
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Summary

Private investigator John Handful specializes in solving the impossible cases that the Suffolk Constabulary cannot, and when local businessman Charles 'Buster' Bill is found mutilated in the local forest, it is believed there is a maniac on the loose.  

John Handful thinks differently. His own investigation soon reveals that at the heart of the man's death lies a devastating secret and by the time Handful realizes what it is he has just made himself the next target....

©2017 Andrew Hixson (P)2018 Andrew Hixson

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This is a very good audio book got to give it 5 out of 5

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  • Paignton Devon
  • 24-08-19

amazing book

Private investigator John Handful specializes in solving the impossible cases that the Suffolk Constabulary cannot, and when local businessman Charles 'Buster' Bill is found mutilated in the local forest, it is believed there is a maniac on the loose.
fab book got me hocked straight away

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Book 4

This audio book has a several parts that is full of suspense. I keep guessing while listening until the end of the audio book.

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A good story.

I've listened to a few Andrew Hixson books lately and this one was the best so far. I enjoyed the way the story developed slowly and then the constant changes in pace between action and investigation as it developed.

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 25-09-19

Good Murder Mystery

This is my first book in the series, but it won’t be my last. I thought this was a great mystery with a good story and a great protagonist. Even though this is a series, this book was standalone, and I didn’t feel like there was any history from the earlier books that I missed. Series are always best read in order, however I had no real notion that there was some big event before this book that would have changed my understanding.

The plot and setting was good, although my favorite part was the characters. I liked John Handful a lot and think his name is quite fitting, he definitely is a handful. His ability to take a beating and keep on going was impressive. I’m interested to see where his relationship goes with Kera.

Michael Sharp did a good job with the narration. For some reason I felt his voice and tone made John sound a bit older then he may actually be. Not sure either way, but I felt it was fitting. Disappointed to see that each book in the series has a different narrator.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Pierre-Olivier Gagnon
  • 13-12-19

Riveting

As a disclaimer, I have been offered a copy of this book for the sake of an honest review.

I have listened to a few of Andrew Hixson's John Handful mysteries before tackling this episode, and I must say that this one is my favourite.

Both the writing and the tone of the narration by Michael Sharp are spot on. The character development of John can be felt throughout this harrowing thriller, and the chapters end in a number of clear, if sometimes small, cliffhangers that keep you wanting more.

I really recommend this book, as I feel it is pivotal to the John Handful Mysteries serie.

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  • Ms Peach
  • 31-10-19

How many times can a character get beat up

And that should be the title of the book. The PI Handful seems to lurch from one beating to another. Then in the end there is a reveal but I don’t get it. The quality of the recording is tinny.

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  • Myrna
  • 29-10-19

so so

Received a bonus code for an honest review. Narrator did an excellent job. The story rather dragged. I will not be looking for others in the series.

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 02-10-19

Excellent detective story

All of the books I've listened to in this series are fantastic and this one is no exception.

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  • Marla
  • 20-09-19

Pain IS a permanent address.

The narrator Michael Sharp ruined this book for me. I found his voice irritating. The story was somewhat interesting but was hard to hold my attention. The PI who is helping on a police case is taken off the case. He continues even though he is taken off the case.



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was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Janalyn
  • 16-09-19

Twist, twist and more twists!

The John Hayneville mysteries or one of my favorite book Siri‘s and in this one pain has a permanent address he has pushed it up a notch. He had me guessing until the end although I kind of thought I knew who did it but wasn’t certain. I cannot wait to read book 5 it looks so good. I have read every book so far. I can’t recommend these books enough.Twist and more twists!

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  • Kim
  • 16-09-19

Twists & Turns!

I have enjoyed Andrew Hixson's diabolical plot twists in this book. You just can not anticipate the plotline of the book. You may have a general idea of who the culprit is... only to be thwarted by the twists in the plot until all is revealed.

I listened via Audible, but I did have 1 small issue. And while it wouldn't be that noticable to most, I am a bit odd this way when listening. I noticed that an event occurred with in the storyline that a couple of future chapters in production seemed to ignore in an odd way. It doesn't necessarily detract from the Audible version (and I understand it isn't an issue in the Kindle at all) but it threw me for a second, and the researcher that I am, I had to go back and forth for a bit to figure out if I missed something to account for it.

Outside of the stated flaw above, Michael Sharp did a great job with characters and vocals, as well as emotions and inflections which made the story so very fascinating. I believe the flaw mentioned, after conversing with Mr. Hixson, was an editing in production issue, so I won't necessarily ding him badly for it. Maybe just a star....😉

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  • Blackeagle
  • 15-09-19

Catching an unknown killer

John Handful is at it again when two badly mutilated bodies have shown up in the woods. The question is who or what committed the crime. While investigating his life is threatened more than once. Original plot with very descriptive narrative. I received a copy of this audio book at my request and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 19-08-19

What a difference a good narrator makes!

What a difference a good narrator makes! I found Michael Sharp made listening to this book so much more pleasurable, then Bk 3... I found that Andrew was also pretty cagey in this mystery and he kept me interested all the way to the end... actually he may have been a little too cagey, as I'm still scratching my head... I'm still not super fond of Andrew's writing style, the choices his characters make, and some of the predicaments he puts them into seem rather nonsensical at times... 
I felt that this was probably written as an homage to the great detective, Sherlock Holmes' Hound of the Baskerville... but, you don't need to take my word for it, grab the book and see what you think!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.