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The Last Straw

DCI Warren Jone, Book 1
Narrated by: Malk Williams
Length: 13 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)
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Summary

When Professor Alan Tunbridge is discovered in his office with his throat slashed, the suspects start queuing up. The brilliant but unpleasant microbiologist had a genius for making enemies.

For Warren Jones, newly appointed Detective Chief Inspector to the Middlesbury force, a high-profile murder is the ideal opportunity. He’s determined to run a thorough and professional investigation but political pressure to resolve the case quickly and tensions in the office and at home make life anything but easy.

Everything seems to point to one vengeful man but the financial potential of the professor’s pioneering research takes the inquiry in an intriguing and, for Jones and his team, dangerous direction.

©2014 Paul Gitsham (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Really like this series

I personally liked the writing style of Paul Gitsham. The mystery is well plotted. Once again, for those of us who consume a lot of mysteries, the who done it was easy to figure out, but the journey was delightful. Looking forward to the whole cast of characters in future books. Have already downloaded the next. It is also refreshing to have a DCI not in a hateful relationship with his superiors. There was mild tension with the chief, just the right about of political pressure to be believed. Also, this is a family friendly book that can be listened to in the car with other people present.

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Might be a good new series

Might be a good new series. Not spoilt with too much of the police characters' social lives and with plenty of possible suspects the story developed at a reasonable pace. Narrated in an even tone by Mark Williams. Happy to try the next one at some point.

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Good first in series

I enjoyed this introduction to DCI Warren. I like books where I cannot figure out the ending before the end of the book. if you are looking for a new series I would recommend this one

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Good effort but

good plot ideas and descriptions were drowned in an effluvia of irrelevant extra detail. Would have been a good book if he'd cut half of it out.

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A Good First in s Series

Initially the book started slow for me — lots of talk about scientific issues around studying bacteria. I got a little bored and almost returned the book but eventually decided to stick it out. I read s lot of British police procedurals and this one has the marks of sameness that I see in others without any strikingly original plot twists. However, I did enjoy the book and will read the next in the series in the hope that the author deepens character development.

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A little too much

The story was quite grasping until we got to the resolution of the enigma. I was glad it was quick but it made me doubt about the whole story. Of course it was the wife! Luckily , The narrator’s performance was outstanding.

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 05-01-19

Really like this series

I personally liked the writing style of Paul Gitsham. The mystery is well plotted. Once again, for those of us who consume a lot of mysteries, the who done it was easy to figure out, but the journey was delightful. Looking forward to the whole cast of characters in future books. Have already downloaded the next. It is also refreshing to have a DCI not in a hateful relationship with his superiors. There was mild tension with the chief, just the right about of political pressure to be believed. Also, this is a family friendly book that can be listened to in the car with other people present.

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  • Mark
  • 19-12-18

Might be a good new series

Might be a good new series. Not spoilt with too much of the police characters' social lives and with plenty of possible suspects the story developed at a reasonable pace. Narrated in an even tone by Mark Williams. Happy to try the next one at some point.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Colette M. Cummings
  • 06-10-18

Good first in series

I enjoyed this introduction to DCI Warren. I like books where I cannot figure out the ending before the end of the book. if you are looking for a new series I would recommend this one

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Wild Horses Flying
  • 20-12-18

Good effort but

good plot ideas and descriptions were drowned in an effluvia of irrelevant extra detail. Would have been a good book if he'd cut half of it out.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Virginia S. O'Bryan
  • 19-11-18

A Good First in s Series

Initially the book started slow for me — lots of talk about scientific issues around studying bacteria. I got a little bored and almost returned the book but eventually decided to stick it out. I read s lot of British police procedurals and this one has the marks of sameness that I see in others without any strikingly original plot twists. However, I did enjoy the book and will read the next in the series in the hope that the author deepens character development.

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  • Buckelpferdchen
  • 28-12-18

A little too much

The story was quite grasping until we got to the resolution of the enigma. I was glad it was quick but it made me doubt about the whole story. Of course it was the wife! Luckily , The narrator’s performance was outstanding.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful