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The House in the Woods

Atticus Priest, Book 1
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: Atticus Priest, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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Summary

Four murders. Two detectives. One mystifying crime.

On Christmas Eve, DCI Mackenzie Jones is called to a shooting at a remote farmhouse. Ralph Mallender believes his father lies dead inside. When three more bodies are discovered, it's clear a festive family gathering has turned into a gruesome tragedy. 

At first it seems like an open-and-shut case: a murder suicide committed by Ralph's volatile brother Cameron. Then new evidence makes Mack suspect the man who reported the crime is in fact the perpetrator. 

But Mack isn't the only one with a stake in the case. Private investigator Atticus Priest has been hired to get Ralph acquitted. That means unearthing any weaknesses in Mack's evidence.

Irascible, impatient, and unpredictable, Atticus has weaknesses of his own. Mack knows all about them because they share a past - both professionally and personally. This time round, however, they aren't on the same side. And as Atticus picks at the loose ends of the case, everything starts to unravel in a way neither of them could ever have predicted....

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Saved by the narrator .

This is positive proof that employing a first rate narrator can rescue a book that is far from being anything like convincing . Without Simon Vance this would have been just another mediocre effort .

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Wow! Just Wow!!!!

Another brilliant and electrifying story from the pen of master storyteller Mark Dawson. Atticus Priest - Book 1. I hope we don’t have to be on the edges of our seats for too long before No.2 appears.
Fantastic at every level and a great narrator too. 👍👍👍👏👏👏

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Great novel

Previously I have read the John Milton series as I don't usually read ordinary crime novels. Glad I tried this one. Excellent read full of twists and full of Mark's touches. The narration was great, Simon Vance has a great delivery. The book was of a similar feel to P D James novels of Cordelia Gray.

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Brilliant

Another well written novel by Mark Dawson, as always very well detailed. There’s twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. Also an inkling of a background story that leaves you guessing.

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Wow, great book!

Listened to it in one day, really enjoyed it. Mark Dawson usually writes a good book but this one is great.

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Move over Sherlock Holmes

I never thought I would see the day when I read this book and thought 'move over Sherlock, there is a new sleuth in town.' This has to be the best book Mark Dawson has written, in my opinion, and I've read them all. I can't wait to read more in this series. I started it just after 10 pm, and didn't stop until 7.40 am when it had finished playing. It was so worth a sleepless night!

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house in the woods

Another fine story by Mark. fantastic new characters. Great story line with lots of twists and turns. brilliant.

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brilliant

a departure from the John Milton genre but I loved it from the off. the characters are well written and there are many twists and turns. unlike other books like this the ending didn't disappoint. looking forward to the next Atticus Priest book

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Good detective story

This was a good listen. Easy to hear, and easy to follow. I wanted to listen to hear it to the end, a good sign. The ending was a little disappointing, but I will definitely won't to listen to another. The narration was good, although sometimes the voices were a little confusing. Wish the narrative had used the word chapter at the beginning rather than just the chapter number.

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  • EveryContinent
  • 25-05-20

Impressive new characters, more please!

Ah, joy. My first Mark Dawson book and will now listen to everything he’s written. Hard not to become invested right away with the protagonists. Clever plotting. Atticus puts me in mind of Cormoran Strike. Icing on the cake is Simon Vance’s narration of course.

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  • VA Barnhill - Author
  • 10-06-20

Pure reading enjoyment

I began my Mark Dawson fan girl status reading The Black Mile. I loved that story, so I searched for more Dawson books. That’s when I discovered John Milton, Beatrix and Isabella Rose, and his Other well developed supporting characters. This was five years ago.

Now that I’ve read The House in the Woods, I discover that I’ve waited five years for this story, which I didn’t realize until I finished reading it. As wonderful and engaging as all of Mark’s books are, I have to admit that there’s just that something in this style of writing that takes him one tiny notch above the rest of his excellent stories. It seems to me that this genre surfaces from somewhere deep inside his vastly creative self.

Atticus Priest is a layered and relatable main character, flawed in all the ways we humans are flawed. Just when I thought I’d figured it out, the story turns another corner.

Thank you for writing this book, and I hope I don’t have to wait five more years for the next one in this style!

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  • Margaret
  • 10-06-20

Really good but really predictable.

I hope there are more Atticus Priest books in the future. This was really good, albeit quite predictable. Vance was spectacular as usual.

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  • Susie
  • 09-07-20

Excellent!!

For those who listen to police procedurals this book is excellent!! The characters are well developed and the twist at the end is surprising. Well Done!

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  • Sharon Keaton
  • 29-06-20

Great Story as Expected

Great story line character is likable. I would recommend to my friends and family for a great entertaining read.

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  • Charles Rower
  • 21-06-20

Only the narrator saves the day

I never knew precisely wha the performance rating was for. I have always assumed it was for the narrator, which in this case is why the five stars. Absolutely exceptional.

And if you happen to be an Agatha Christie fan the whole book is probably close to 5 stars. But the low number of reviews for this book tells the story. For some inexplicable reason Mark Dawson seems to have abandoned his breakthrough success run of his Beatrix Rose, Isabella Rose and John Milton Series to switch from action thrillers to mystery tale land.

So now Mark Dawson is venturing out and trying a new market, which if that is his cup of tea, that's his choice. But if he doesn't head back toward the direction form which he came, he is surely going to disappoint a previous very large following.

Here's one prior fan that hope he finds his way back home.