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The Body in the Marsh

DCI Craig Gillard, Book 1
Narrated by: Marston York
Length: 12 hrs
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Summary

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife, Liz, goes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin.... To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard, who is drawn into the investigation. 

Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present? The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

©2017 Nick Louth (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • TrudyW
  • Republic of Ireland
  • 23-08-18

Loved this book

You know when you don’t want a book to end, well this for me was one of those books. Well you do want it to end because you are really curious as to the outcome. This was a well researched book with a great story. The narration was second to none and very enjoyable. Nick Louth is now on my list of favourite authors. The story is complex and I don’t want to go into it in depth frightened of giving too much away, well worth a read

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Makes you want to find out how!

This was a new author to me and I quite enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. I knew what had happened very early on, just couldn’t work out how it had been achieved. In that sense it kept me reading until the end.

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Good plot

It is a long book and at times you may lose track of who is who.
Unfortunately I realised the twist and called it really early in the book. I still enjoyed listening to it so I can get confirmation of my suspicions.
Very well researched so I cannot fault any part of it.

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Guessed it pretty much as soon as first clue laid down

Very well read but way too obvious. And lots of soft exist undertones throughout sadly.

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Not for me

I really didn't like the way this was written, first of all, I got hung up on the poor sentence structure: A man was mentioned and in the brief description it was mention that he had an earring in his left ear called 'Joe Bloggs' ( I cannot remember the actual name). I also was aware of the plot long before it was revealed.
Overall I found the whole thing 'clunky'. The narrator was really awful, his voices and accents were painful to hear.

I won't be looking for anything more from this author, nor the narrator.

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Good read

Enjoyable read, I did work out what was happening fairly early on but that didn’t detract much from the story

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This is the book that never ends

Figured it out in chapter two, but by God it goes on for another ten hours.

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What a Brilliant story

Well I'm amazed by the way the story unfolds. all the time keeping up the suspence, and a brilliant turn of events to give the final twist

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Fantastic story and reader

Peopled with believable folk interesting ‘hero “ not really feet of clay but like us all a few flaws. The reader is excellent best for last run of books.

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Spellbinding

Unforeseen twists and turns. Excellent and exciting. Very little vulgar language which was a blessing. I am truly fed up with vulgar books. This one proves there can be all that is expected from a first class novel WITHOUT resorting to graphic sexual scenes or vile language. Well done Mr Louth. Looking forward to reading more from you.

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  • Miriam Sabir
  • 28-10-18

Exceptional

I listen to many British police procedurals and this is one of the best. From the research to the narration, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • John
  • 13-11-18

Tight...Taut...Terrific...Trust Me...!!!

Why oh why isn’t there another of this authors books available at present from Audible beyond me... while I figured out fairly soon what the outcome would be,.. I was still gripped throughout.. great read,.. great ride..

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  • Karen Ross
  • 16-03-19

Finally! An extraordinary murder mystery after recent disappointments

Wow! An exhilarating thriller incorporates two murder cases with a twisted ending I never expected, though a bit over-the-top at the very end. Looking forward to the next book in this series. Great writing and narration! Recommended. You won’t be sorry; well worth the credit.

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  • MC
  • 06-08-18

Clever

This is an excellent book. Worth a credit, very well written. I understand a second in the series will be coming out soon. Can’t wait.

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  • jlbedford
  • 18-02-19

One of the best I've "read" in a while!

This was a great listen! The characters were interesting and the police procedures detailed but believable. The plot kept me guessing, although I did figure it out before all was revealed in the book. I highly recommend.

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  • Charles Laughlin
  • 23-12-18

Excellent Police Procedural/Mystery

I read dozens of mysteries a year, and this is one of the best I have read in years. The characters are well fleshed out and compelling. The plot is a superb whodoneit. And the narrator is perfect.

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  • Ann
  • 29-11-18

WORTH THE PURCHASE

Even though the listener to the audiobook "The Body in the Marsh" figures out who done it fairly quickly, the how and why remain a mystery until the end. An intricate plot and great narration make this an excellent listen.

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  • sally earl
  • 05-01-19

Brilliant

First time I’ve read this author and I can’t wait for more now. I hope there are more Gillard books. This one kept me guessing til nearly the end which I loved. Very cleverly written plot and the narrator is great.

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  • Nancy T Mayfield
  • 06-02-19

Please put more of Nicks' books on audio!!!!

Kept my interest and great narrator.
Didn't want book to end.

Especially when I noted that none of his other books on audio!!! Just when I find a mystery writer I like audible disappoints!!!

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  • Christy
  • 26-04-19

So cliche-ridden, I couldn't continue

I tried to get past the self-consciously "literary" descriptions and unnecessarily flowery language, but the cliches...I just couldn't do it. In the very first chapter (minor spoilers) we get a hunky hero rescuing a beautiful (because of course she is!) woman, and then they end up going out (does she even go see a doctor for that serious injury before they hit the bar?), and she looks in the mirror so the author can describe her beauty and her "raven hair." An author in the 21st century actually used the phrase "raven hair" unironically! I just couldn't go on from there.

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