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Summary

Bodyguarding had never made it to Manchester PI Kate Brannigan’s wish list. But somebody’s got to pay the bills at Brannigan & Co, and if the only earner on offer is playing nursemaid to a paranoid soap star, Kate has to swallow her pride and slip into something more glam than her Thai boxing kit. 

Offstage dramas threaten to overshadow the fictional storylines till the unscripted murder of the self-styled ‘Seer to the Stars’ stops the show. And to make matters worse her process server keeps getting arrested; her tame hacker has found virtual love; her best friend is besotted with baby; and the normally reliable Dennis gets himself arrested for murder as a result of his latest dodgy business venture. Nobody told her there’d be days like these....

©1998 Val McDermid (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"Combines wit and exuberant writing with a careful and clever plot and oodles of perceptive social observation." (The Times)

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Undemanding codswallop

This is definitely the worst so far of the Kate Brannigan series.
The story is extremely lame and the characters all lurch further down the road to laughable stereotyping. I come from Manchester but have never heard anyone continually referring to others as “chuck” as the soap star who hires Kate does. Cringe.
The story concerns the murder of a astrologist and each chapter infuriatingly commences with the reading of a horoscope. Boring at best but annoying if you want to re-listen to a chapter.
Richard continues to act like a moron. He probably has mono sodium glutamate poisoning due to his heavy consumption of Chinese (the cuisine not ,apparently, the people but I may be mistaken here)
Alexis becomes an even more stereotypical scouser speaking in stereotypical scousims.
Kate’s analogies and comparisons become increasingly cringeworthy and are often unnecessary. I suppose this is meant to tip the had toward American fictional detectives but mostly doesn’t work well.

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dissapointef

lost the will to live struggled to finish. have read better by this author so give her a rest.

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book 6

I would say, not as good as the first books. But still a fantastic listen. I just crave more.

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I think this is probably a really good book

I have never written a review before but the narration is awful. I am sure the reader is wonderful with the right story but this is terrible. There is no normal conversational intonation. She speaks really quickly and it is different to tell who the different characters are. My attention kept dropping every time I tried working out the meaning and feeling of each sentence. It seems like a really good story but the concentration needed to follow what is happening has ruined this for me.

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Kate wing Kate......

Branigan at it again . This time covered in Snow and Ice, winter must be coming! Well narrated as usual, with the normal multi-thread story line to keep you on your toes. Her last KB book was a bit of a disappointment but this, although not classic was much better.

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Crying it's over

The series is so well-written I'm really sorry there aren't any more. Dare I say I prefer this to the Stephanie Plum series? Chloe Massey's narration rivals Kobna Holdbrook-Smith of Rivers of London. Sad now 😢

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Not her finest.

Struggled to finish. Story plot very lame. Sorry Val Mcdermid not my cup of tea.

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I have listened to several books by this author and could say I am a fan, however this book was tedious and he must have had an off day when he wrote it

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Hey Chuck - what a good story

Enjoyed this detective story, and the narration was excellent. Had a feeling who it was going to be, liked how it all unfolded. Looking forward to listening to another Val McDermid book.

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Fantastic!

This great murder mystery is the most enjoyable, and humorous, that I’ve listened to on audiobooks by Val McDermid. Chloe Massey managed to capture the spirit of the story and kept the narrative fluid all the way through. Every character was interesting and it was fun,in the early chapters trying to figure out the motive and the perpetrator. Meanwhile, Val McDermid kept you hooked by the different characters involved. The wonderful epilogue was the icing on the cake! I thoroughly recommend this book; a brilliant combination of prose and acting.