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  • Silvermeadow

  • A Kathy and Brock Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Barry Maitland
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)
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Silvermeadow

By: Barry Maitland
Narrated by: Angele Masters
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Editor reviews

In this fourth book in the police procedural series by Barry Maitland, Scotland Yard's Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla and Detective Chief Inspector David Brock investigate seemingly unrelated cases centered in the glittering Silvermeadow shopping mall. Fans of the series will enjoy narrator Angele Masters' superb characterizations - her Kathy has an expressive, frank voice, which contrasts well with Brock's more reserved, stoic manner of speaking.

Masters also keeps up the energy and pace of the story as the two detectives try to puzzle out the connection between an amphetamine-addicted criminal and a body found in the mall's trash compactor area. As he winds up the suspense, fans will be tempted into finishing the entire audiobook in one sitting.

Summary

When his longtime nemesis, the amphetamine-juiced killer known as "Upper" North, is spotted in England, Detective Chief Inspector Brock is on the trail. His manhunt centers on Silvermeadow, a huge and glittery new shopping mall on the outskirts of London, where North was seen. Lying in wait, he and Kathy Kolla take on a seemingly unrelated case as camouflage, that of a missing girl who had worked in the mall. But what to make of the rumor of other girls gone missing?

Coming up against dead ends, Kathy sets off to follow some leads of her own - and finds out that going solo can be very dangerous.

©2000, 2011 Barry Maitland (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Pronunciation!

Some very interesting pronunciation! I found myself waiting, in breathless anticipation, fir the next idiosyncratic interpretation of pretty basic words particularly SOCO, as in scenes of crime officer, pronouncemed sew coe (repeatedly)

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Clever Twist

Excellent book. Pity about the use of the 'F' word, which wasn't necessary. The narrator was brilliant.
At one point found the description of police depts a bit too much but the storyline was, nonetheless excellent.

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Really Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this story in which the main character is definitely the setting. The story twists enough to be interesting without becoming hard to follow or unbelievable. The narrator has a pleasant voice, only spoiled by some incongruous pronunciations. 'Inqu'ry' was annoying, but seriously, who mispronounces West Ham?

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Narrator’s pronunciation

Where did this narrator learn English pronunciation?? “Sewco” = SOCO. “Inquerry” = Enquiry. Docile, Ethos, … the list goes on.

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Why this narrator? Good story

The narrator is clearly an American, reading with a British accent. A good accent, but unable to pronounce certain words the English way, keeping the US pronunciation. Actually quite irritating.
Story itself was pretty good, maybe dragged out a bit too much. Overall worth reading, but please have British accents read by British people?

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A satisfyingly twisted story

very talented reader and voice artist with the odd mispronunciation 'SOCO' !The Australian writer must have done a lot of research for this plot location.

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Not bad story but bad narration

The narrator drove me mad. I almost didn’t finish it. I would not listen to anything she narrated again I’m afraid.

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Book was really good. Shame about the narrator !

I enjoyed the book it was well written and thought out. What I didn’t enjoy was the narrator of this book. It was hard to distinguish the characters as they all sounded alike. Plus the Scottish voice left my cringing and also did she feel the need to shout whilst doing the Scottish voice !!! Although the storyline was interesting because of the narration I found myself tuning it out. Sorry. I would love to read more of this authors books but only if it’s a different narrator… sorry.

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very good listen

loved it lots going on, believable too good lead character and nicely ended. a little scary at the endd

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Good storyline terrible narration

The story was good, but the narrator was terrible. The Scottish accent kept morphing into an Irish accent, and the Italian accent was nothing like an Italian accent but sounded like someone had inhaled helium before talking. It ruined the story somewhat.

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