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Summary

The Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month.  

In a town full of secrets.... 

Someone was murdered. 

Someone went to prison. 

And everyone's a suspect. 

Can you uncover the truth?

Dear Listener - enclosed are all the documents you need to solve a case. It starts with the arrival of two mysterious newcomers to the small town of Lockwood, and ends with a tragic death. 

Someone has already been convicted of this brutal murder and is currently in prison, but we suspect they are innocent. What's more, we believe far darker secrets have yet to be revealed. 

Throughout the Fairway Players' staging of All My Sons and the charity appeal for little Poppy Reswick's life-saving medical treatment, the murderer hid in plain sight. Yet we believe they gave themselves away. In writing. The evidence is all here, between the lines, waiting to be discovered. 

Will you accept the challenge? Can you uncover the truth? 

The standout debut thriller of 2021 that delivers multiple brilliant twists, and will change the way you think about the modern crime novel.

©2021 Janice Hallett (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"This dazzlingly clever cosy crime novel completely trumps Richard Osman. A modern Agatha Christie." ( Sunday Times)

"This is a case you're about to become obsessed with. A triumph." (Alex North)

"Very different but very satisfying. I thoroughly recommend The Appeal." (Elly Griffiths)

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Maybe even better in print

This is good story and it was performed really well. However, and as a devoted audible fan it’s hard for me to admit, this is probably better done in print.

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Not recommended

Format of this book makes it repetitive and somewhat monotonous. Perhaps easier to read than listen too. Constant headings of emails detract from the storyline. Did not persevere, gave up with seven hours to go.

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Definitely different

Enjoyed the story. The way it was delivered was initially tedious, but I wanted to see where it was going so persevered. Glad I did. Some clever twists and turns.

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mixed feelings

I wish I had read rather than listened to this. it was quite cerebral so to read it would have been more satisfying I think - and some if the narrators were a bit irritating or just hard to listen to, for one reason or another- not a relaxing listen but worthwhile.

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Different - in a good way !

I read a lot of crime fiction and though I enjoy the books at the time most go in one ear and out the other leaving little or no memory. This was different. The first part of the book is almost entirely transcripts of emails texts etc. Read by the characters who wrote them. I found this very compelling as information is revealed. The story builds to a satisfying climax and ending.
Because of the large number of characters and voices (well done readers !) this feels more like a radio play than an audio book but that is in no way a criticism and I really enjoyed the whole performance. One word of caution, the emails and messages are read in full with To: Subject: Date and Time: and From: for each message. For me this gave the story its distinctive character but I can imagine some readers might get irritated after a while. But if you’d like to try a crime story with a difference I’d certainly recommend this one !

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just gave up few chapters in. The email and messages didn't keep my interest at all

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Contemporary and original.


This book has a contemporary and original format well suited to audiobook media. The author's insightful exploration of community, social hierarchy and relationships are intrinsic to the story.

A respected barrister is prepping for an appeal. On his instruction, two pupil lawyers investigate the case through emails, messages and crime documents. The ordinariness of the email and other electronic communications belie the information they contain. The reader is invited to get to know the characters and their relationship dynamics. Being part of the investigative team immerses the reader in the story, which is addictive.

The narrators are excellent, bringing each character to vibrant life. Whilst, there are no physical descriptions of the characters, sensory imagery makes them and the events that unfold easily visualised.

Additional information and a list of characters are divulged to the pupil lawyers. This allows them to focus on the case's pertinent areas and produce a legal analysis of the information to make a viable appeal case. The final revelations reveal the truth with just a hint of mystery to ponder.

This is an engaging and enjoyable audiobook.

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brilliant

Absolutely loved this Audiobook. Really gripping and well read. Can't recommend it enough. thank you

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A novel approach to a who dunnit

I enjoyed this. It could have been shorter. At the beginning, not having it in black and white, I was confused by the cast of characters. It started as an observation on the petty politics of village community life, and I found this amusing. It was cleverly devised, plotted and performed, but is not really a genre for me. Well read by a few actors for a lot of characters and an indictment on the screen-time communication which consumes us all.

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so dull I couldn't finish it

I tried really hard but this was so dull, so slow moving that I couldn't even reach the end, which is very unlike me!