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The Insider

Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
Series: Stone and Oliver, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

The thrilling second novel in the acclaimed Stone and Oliver series by award-winning author Mari Hannah.

After their success in their last investigation, DCI David Stone has been promoted and moved to the Murder Investigation Team, taking DS Frankie Oliver with him. But there's a catch: the case they are given is the latest in a series of undetected murders. It's a baptism of fire for MIT's newest recruits.   

In the incident room, the murder wall makes grim reading: three women have been killed within the past year, and nothing links the crimes: no day of the week, geographical area, similarity between victims and, most importantly, no forensic evidence.   

Joanna Cosgrove is the latest victim, her body discovered fully clothed close to a railway line on the south side of the river in the Tyne Valley. The MO is the same as the other three, but the words 'serial killer' are not welcome in Northumbria force.   

And the manner in which she was killed is too close to home for Frankie....

©2018 Mari Hannah (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Nobody understands the many faces of cops better than Mari Hannah." (Val McDermid)  

"Mari Hannah writes with a sharp eye and a dark heart." (Peter James) 

"Brand new series, same top-notch writing." (Eva Dolan) 

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Excellent British Detective story

I was interested in this book as I'd seen on Facebook, that the author was a good crime writer.

Being a former Bobby, I bought the book and was never disappointed from page one. The author must be a former CID officer to know all of the 'ways of the law and what goes on in real life'.

This was an excellent murder story with a great twist at the end. I shall certainly buy more of the author's books.

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Fast pace, attention to detail, plausible twists

What I liked was that there was a strong feeling of a police team. In the background you know that there is a lot of meticulous and probably boring work going on. It gives the story an authentic feel. The lead detectives’ thoughts and doubts are there, coloured by personal histories. But these drive them on to a common goal.

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Mystery, northern, family, secrets, betrayal.

You can tell that the author knows the area which she writes about, and being set pretty locally to me (there was even a mention of where I live) and I loved it. The story takes in a wide swathe of the North East, a bit of a tour of small towns and villages, and it's all so fantastically described that I could practically see it as I read.

I loved how the story is as much about the impact of each crime upon the protagonists as it is them investigating it. The perspective switches between Stone and Oliver so you get to see things from both sides, and see how what is happening takes its toll. You also get a few peeks at the killer's perspective, which I really liked as it helps to build up a picture yourself.

I think my favourite thing about The Insider - aside from the excellent characters, setting, and the story itself - was the feminist narrative lurking behind it all, the caustic take-down of misogyny and privilege. It was an added layer that seems particularly pertinent right now. The Insider is very much set in the here and now, and it doesn't shy away from that.

You don't have to have read the previous Stone and Oliver book (The Lost) before reading The Insider, but it would help if you want to get a bit deeper into the characters. The Insider has a few reveals that were hinted at in The Lost.

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So good

An excellent read.I was loathe to put it down.Characters well drawn.As usual great.Loved it.Superb writing.

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  • Donna
  • 05-01-19

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The hunt for a murder suspect derails so often - the 2 detective
leads take turns falling apart and
leaving the hunt for days... it is a wonder any positive clues are offered the readers or the members of the elite murder squad. But I listened on, the narrator does a fine job and the
muddy conclusion arrives. This book is for the Anglophile and very patient listeners.

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