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Report for Murder

Lindsay Gordon Crime Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Caroline Guthrie
Series: Lindsay Gordon, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Summary

Freelance journalist Lindsay Gordon is strapped for cash. Why else would she agree to cover a fund-raising gala at a girls' public school? But when the star attraction is found garrotted with her own cello string minutes before she is due on stage, Lindsay finds herself investigating a vicious murder. 

Who would have wanted Lorna Smith Cooper dead? And who could have slipped out of the hall at just the right time to commit this cold-blooded crime?

©1987 Val McDermid (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Narration is woeful

i lasted 4 chapters and the story was getting into its stride ... however the narration is woeful ... i just couldn't carry on and returned book. I will buy hard copy as want to know how Lindsay gets on !!

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Awful narrative

Really love Val McDermid books, but the narration of this was so awful I didn’t bother listening to the end.

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Not up to Val Mc Dermid’s usual standard

Love Val McDermid’s writing, her use of language, intelligently constructed plots and in-depth research. Clearly a fan. I found this book light weight and was disappointed on so many levels. More ‘chick-lit’ than gritty crime writing. Sorry Ms McD but not one of your best.

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  • Carôle
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 15-03-19

Totally unbelievable

This is my first (& probably my last) foray into a Val McDermid novel. Lindsay Gordan is portrayed as a thoughtless, heedless, impetuous woman. I find it totally incredible that someone would do even one of the exploits she went on to do. I do not find the characters entertaining or endearing, so am not tempted to read anymore in this series.

The Narrator is fabulous and deserves 5 stars. The story is not.

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What happened?

Terrible choice of narrator -accents all over the place when doing characters

I got bored. Skipped half
This isn’t what I expect from a great story teller.
But maybe a different narrator would have helped I normally rate her books at 4/5

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a good listen

after reading all the not so complimentary reviews on this book I almost returned it unread, I am so glad I didnt. although it wasn't as gritty as some of he authors other books it was an enjoyable listen

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Not the best

I was really looking forward to listening to this as its a new series for me. However I was rather disappointed, just not the standard we have come to expect from Val.

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Dreadful

Awful predictable story with dull characters narrated by a simpering voice. Will not be having any more in that series

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First and last

Difficult to believe that this written by Val McDermid. More adolescent fiction than crime -thriller. Narrator is unconvincing. Thankfully I have read other book by this talented author, otherwise this would have been a first and last for me.

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Can’t believe McDermid wrote this

Sorry Val gave up half way through and returned this book, it was a bit too St Trinians meets Mr Hercule Poitot, just didn’t get it, especially compared to the brilliant Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series.