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Summary

Winner of the Mystery Readers International, Macavity Award for Best Novel, 2004.
Shortlisted for Audible's Listen of the Year, 2006.

A woman is found strangled on a beach in Sussex. It takes the police 12 days to discover she was a top profiler for the National Crime Faculty. Why was she killed? And why is the NCF thwarting Detective Peter Diamond's efforts to unmask her murderer?

©2003 Peter Lovesey; (P)2003 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.

Critic reviews

"The writing is as smooth as polished steel, and the small touches that reveal character, especially the memorable Hen, approach genius. This is Lovesey at his best." (Publishers Weekly)

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sue
  • Bognor, West Sussex, United Kingdom
  • 14-03-06

A good listen

A good book however I did guess who the muderer was - not sure why I came to the conclusion I did but I was right so maybe it was a little predictable. I enjoyed listening to it. It ran at a reasonable pace and had some interesting characters. Interesting for me as I know the area! - though yet to find out if White Sands does exist!

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

The House Sitter

Initially I found this a little slow to grab my attention but please persevere- this book has a good balance of witty lines from the characters and yet retaining above that a good storyline. Ultimately, I found myself relishing long drives to listen to more and leaving the office early for appointments so I could listen to as much as possible: the mark of a good download.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Rough Diamond

A good story with plenty of twists, well-paced and very much up to the Peter Lovesy standard.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • C
  • GuildfordUnited Kingdom
  • 08-01-08

A new Author

This is the first Peter Lovesay I've read/listened to, and it was a really good story. The action was fast-paced enough to keep me interested, yet detailed enough that you got a good mental picture of the characters. I too guessed the 'baddie' towards the end, but it didn't detract from the overall thrill of the book.

I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a crime 'whodunnit' book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Exciting story

I hadn't read/listened to this author before and thought I'd give him a try. I wasn't disappointed. It's a well-constructed and exciting story that keeps one listening. The characters are well-drawn so one can remember who they when they re-appear. The reader is good.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sarah
  • Cirencester, Glos, United Kingdom
  • 14-10-08

Well worth a listen

An unsatisfying solution but that didn't detract from a gripping listen which had me hooked from the start. Characters well defined and likeable and a plot just complex enough to keep one guessing thoughout. Nicely read too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Robbie
  • southamptonUnited Kingdom
  • 12-02-07

Needed a longer drive

A nice paced audio that ment I had to sit in the drive to hear the end of some sections. Waiting for the next Peter Lovesey to appear.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Well constructed plot

Really enjoyed this, slow start but the pace soon picks up and the end result is a well constructed plot with a touch of humour, my Wife kept asking me why I was laughing.

The final outcome was a surprise, I would never have guessed the perpetrator of the crime.

Recommended without hesitation.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Entertaining, but not a whodunnit

I enjoyed this and found it well-written and quite gripping. However, it is not difficult to work out who the murderer is as there are not enough credible suspects. Worth the download if you are a subscriber, I guess

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

entertaining

Not a fast moving thriller, but a good modern day detective story of the traditional kind that I enjoyed very much. I felt I got to know the main characters and venues, and the twists and turns kept me entertained.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jami E. Nettles
  • 18-01-06

Interesting, well done

Very entertaining mystery, with very well-done characters, enhanced by the narrator. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Wanda
  • 17-09-06

Thoroughly enjoyable

I enjoyed the story and was pleased to find that there was no 'gratutious violence and sex'. It was everything it promised to be: a classic 'who done it'. Not mind-boggingly clever or devious and the narrator certainly didn't impinge on the story. Well worth getting if you enjoy Ruth Rendell, PD James etc...

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • S. Harvey
  • 13-02-06

Good Listen

This is a very good book in its genre. The plot is intriguing, the characters are credible, and the suspense keeps one looking forward to time to turn on again. Great narration. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a good whodunit. Looking forward to the next Lovesey book from Audible.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Claudia
  • 15-04-10

Good story, bad sound

Good, entertaining police procedural. I think the narrator recorded it while down at the local pub, though - annoying background noise.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • RJ
  • 04-02-09

This book is the embodiment of misandry

This is only the second Audible title I have given up on without finishing.
I was looking forward to a good mystery and, it seems that, plotwise, this could be have been one.
What stopped me was the fact that for 45 minutes of listening there was not one sympathetic male character. The women were intelligent, caring professional, empathetic. Male characters were either uncaring,lazy, unlikeable, stupid, callous or combinations thereof.
After waiting for a single decent male character, I gave up.
Mysteries with intelligent female protagonists are great. But not in the unbalanced work this author produces where one half of the world is inhabited with well delineated and colorful women and the other, barely sketched, cartoon like men.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Claycnst
  • 14-07-08

Save your credit

Save your credit on this one. It was incredibly slow.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful