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  • DCI Kate Daniels, Book 1
  • By: Mari Hannah
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (139 ratings)

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The Murder Wall

By: Mari Hannah
Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
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Summary

The Murder Wall is Maria Hannah's first gripping crime novel featuring DCI Kate Daniels.

Eleven months after discovering a brutal double murder in a sleepy Northumbrian town, Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels is still haunted by her failure to solve the case. Then the brutal killing of a man on Newcastle’s Quayside gives Daniels another chance to get it right, and her first case as Senior Investigating Officer. When Daniels recognises the corpse but fails to disclose the fact, her personal life swerves dangerously into her professional life. But much worse, she is now being watched.

As Daniels steps closer to finding a killer, a killer is only a breath away from claiming his next victim....

©2018 Mari Hannah (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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What I didn't like...

Unusually, I never got into this book, finding it tedious at best, and yet I still read to the rather than rather than returning. I think this was because I didn't really understand why I disliked it so much... so, here's my guesswork.

*Narration*: the accent wasn't geordie, and occasionally twanged posh. However, she never pronounces her letter t. It didn't sound right, and felt like a London accent trying to be geordie. I strongly recommend listening to the audio sample, in case, as it was to me, this is deeply irritating to you.

*Character development*: the author tries to develop character, but the style seems to be very short sentences and equally short developments. Perhaps that's "punchy", but I just felt it didn't work. It ended up being a long series of statements, but nothing especially probing.

*Plot interest*; In the last chapters, motive is revealed. Then it was interesting. But, like the rest of the book, it was a punchy series of this was the start, this was the next, now we're the end. Without timing it, I think that must have been 5 minutes total.

*So many pointless descriptions:* There were so many pointless details, which had no bearing whatsoever on the scene, story, character or anything. It sounded more like a child recounting an exciting day with their friends at a theme park, highlighting the bits they found fun regardless of whether it contributed to the overall readers' understanding of their day, rather than an author creating a novel with every word designed to feed the finale.

*SO... who might like this?*

It's a pretty basic story. It's pretty locally interesting to Newcastle, UK. It doesn't say much about UK police. It doesn't say much about misogyny. It doesn't reveal much about psychopathy. And it jumps about enough to be difficult for people who want a book on in the background.

I really don't know who'd like this.

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Enjoyable but confusing

A good story that kept my interest. However there were a lot of character names to remember and the narration jumped from one to another, sometimes with hardly a pause, making it difficult to follow.

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very dull bordering on boring

there's not much to say positive about this book although I did finish it it was extremely dull and boring

firstly the characters sent to be one dimensional no backstory no real emotion or what drives them was explained or come across.

the narrator voice also was boring I would have thought someone with a more regional accents where the book was said would have been a better choice

brought up a lot of police slogan or technicality that weren't really relevant to the story

but it might improve as the series develops I don't think I will continue to read the next book

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Slow and

I found the book very slow and drawn out. It often did not hold my interest. The narrator drops all her’t’s which is irritating. The story drags and lacks any pace so I often found myself losing interest. It could be written in half the amount of chapters. I don’t recommend this novel.

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Not for this narrator

Whilst I have listened to several books by this narrator I don’t think she suits the ‘Crime and Thriller’ genre. This is a good story but the narrator just didn’t make it come alive and I found myself drifting off and losing concentration many times. Unfortunately it has put me off reading the rest of the series

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Great start to a series.

I really enjoyed this book and have already bought the next one in the series. I loved the characters and getting to know more about them. The reasons for the murders kept me guessing to the end.

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Murder Wall

I hope we have many more Kate Daniels stories. It would be good to have one with a lot of perspective on Jo too

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Oi really loved the narration of this book found it a great listen , I loved the accent Went wirth the area of the story and suited the characters. Will be getting the rest in the series


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A great find!

I was delighted to discover this Kate Daniels series and have listened to every one so far.
The characters are well formed and believable and the stories interesting and a little unusual.
Personally, I have really enjoyed the narration...the geordie accent is excellent!
Definitely recommend!

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Kept my mind occupied

I agree with other reviewers about it being confusing at times and a lot of names and connections to try and follow. Loved the narrator’s accent but irritated that Daniels was replaced by Daniel frequently, I kept questioning whether there was another character!

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