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The Comforts of Home

Narrated by: Steven Pacey
Series: Simon Serrailler, Book 9
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
4 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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Summary

Recovering on a remote Scottish island, his peace doesn’t last long. He is pulled in to a murder inquiry by the overstretched local police. A newcomer, popular with the islanders, has died in perplexing circumstances. The community's reactions are complicated and fragile.   

It’s good to be back on the job. And when Simon returns to Lafferton, an arsonist is on the rampage and a woman whose daughter disappeared some years before is haunting the police station seeking closure. She will not let it rest, and Simon is called in to do a cold-case review.  

At home, Simon is starting to get used to having a new brother-in-law - in the form of his Chief Constable Kieron Bright. His sister Cat has embarked on a new way of practising medicine, and his nephew Sam is trying to work out what to do with his life. And then their tricky father, Richard, turns up again like a bad penny.  

In this gripping new Serrailler thriller, Simon's personal and professional lives intertwine in more complex and demanding ways than ever before.

©2018 Susan Hill (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • Patricia
  • scunthorpe, United Kingdom
  • 01-05-19

welcome back Simon

Another thoroughly enjoyable if occasionally harrowing episode in Simon Serralier's life. Well written, well narrated.
Hopefully there won't be such a large gap before the next book so that we can see how Simon Serralier's life with his bodily problems progresses.

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Mixed bag

I’ve read all the Simon Serrailler stories, usually twice. This one has been anticipated for a while and I get the impression that Susan Hill made many starts on it because there are so many disparate threads that sit uneasily together. The narration moves restlessly between various locations to feature mini stories, none of them particularly gripping.

Some important characters do inexplicable things: Cat marries the Chief Constable out of the blue with virtually no run up. What’s that all about? Simon is seriously injured at the start of the book but we’re not told much about the circumstances. A cold case review leads to an unfortunate outcome but not much detail to wrap that up either.

Part of the story features Simon on a Scottish island investigating a suspicious death - just thrown in the pot and unrelated to anything much in the overall scheme of things.

This isn’t up to the usual Susan Hill standard and, like me, you might feel a bit disappointed at the end. Only 4 stars for this one, sorry.

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A series that has run its course

Rather a dull end, I hope, to this series of novels. No more of the same, please. Cat’s got married and gone to the private sector! Poor Simon loses an arm, but is none the worse for it. Next time perhaps a leg? The story motors along with the familiar neurosis, twittering on long after there’s anyone left caring. Plots don’t really matter when characters run to fat and are getting ready to fall of their perches. A happy ending at all events, and a merciful release for listeners. Surely the end has come.

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Simon and family are back, but not with a bang

Good, but not the best. These books are all about family with murder thrown in.

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Disappointing conclusion

I have loved every one of this series & was so delighted that Ms Hill had written another.
This one is disappointing, the ‘cases’ all lead nowhere & it seems a hurried tying up of loose ends, which somehow left me dis-satisfied.
No doubt, like me, you will buy it anyway, but don’t expect the usual intriguing characters with twists & plot turns. So much more could have been written about Simon’s new handicap, but it was almost brushed under the carpet. Such a missed opportunity for empathy.
I feel somewhat cheated!

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Pains me to say it........disappointing

I love the Simon Serrailler books and love Susan Hill’s style of writing them. Having read and listened to the others (including the short stories) I waited eagerly for this new chapter. We left Simon in a bad state after a hellish time in the last book and I hoped for a new case to reinvigorate him but what we got was some small cases that he was and wasn’t really involved in with no follow through and no real story to tell. I can see what Susan Hill was going for but I was surprised when it ended as not enough seemed to have happened. Hopefully it was a blip and the next one will be back to form!

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  • Linda
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 14-06-19

A dip in a fabulous series

After the very dramatic previous book in the Serrailler series I was very much looking forward to the next instalment and I have to say was a little disappointed. I suppose it was understandable our Simon was going to have to take things a bit easy for a while but this really was a little too slow. If you are following the series you will want to get this to keep up with whats happening but don't expect to be on the edge of your seat. It is a comfortable listen - hopefully getting ready for something better next time.

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Slow and disappointing

I have listened to all the Serrailler series and was looking forward to carrying on with this new book. Sadly it was a disappointment. The story lacked its usual depth and didn’t have me gripped like it usually does. More crime required less home life.

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Disappointed

I enjoy this series,but a bit disappointed in this one. Not much happens slow moving, has a couple of mini plots. All in all enjoyable enough for treadmill walking/listening. Pleasant book well read but is slow.

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Disappointed

Eagerly waited for this but a bit disappoining and even tedious in places, with ordinary day to day trivia taking precedence over any storyline. Unlike other reviewers I don't think this is the end, but could be an interim book setting the scene and characters for new stories - maybe Simon's nephew in forensics?

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  • Connie Berry
  • 01-06-19

Great to be back

Spending time with DCI Simon Serrailler and his twin sister, Cat, is always a pleasure. and Susan Hill's writing is superb. The plot, however, was thin with little tension or surprise (well, there was one surprise). nevertheless, I wouldn't miss anything she writes.

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  • Annie Smart
  • 14-05-19

Serrailler returns!

Had decided Susan Hill had retired this series so am delighted to find this. Plus the familiar voice of S Pacey. Not the best of the bunch as regards story-line (it feels like 2 or 3 interesting but unresolved stories woven together) but revisiting with Simon and Cat etc is just delightful. Much appreciated all round.

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  • Chalis
  • 12-05-19

Case Closed

If you have not read any previous books in this series I strongly recommend that you do NOT START with this one. I believe this is the end of the series .
The Simon Serrailler series has been a favorite of mine - I've read all the previous books at least twice. I enjoyed the unique characters, settings and excellent writing. I especiialy liked the inclusion of the story of the entire Serrailler family. The book prior to this ends with Simon Serallier in the hospital, gravely wounded. This book is the story of what happens after that.
There is some crime solving in this book. However the main emphasis is on the family members and the changes in their lives.
I don't expect to see any more Serailler mysteries. However I am happy that Susan Hill provided a proper ending to the series..

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  • JayM
  • 09-05-19

Not the best in the series

I love this series and was eagerly anticipating this release. I was disappointed in it, however. I agree with another reviewer. The story lines didn't really go together, especially the murder on the island. There was nothing exciting or surprising, and the ending was a bit flat. Steven Pacey was wonderful, as always. I won't give up though. I love the rest of the series too much for that.