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Summary

Too Good to Be True is a gripping audiobook from Ann Cleeves, featuring Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez from the best-selling Shetland series.

When young teacher Anna Blackwell is found dead in her home, the police think her death was suicide or a tragic accident. After all, Stonebridge is a quiet country village in the Scottish Borders, where murders just don't happen.

But Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez soon arrives from faraway Shetland when his ex-wife, Sarah, asks him to look into the case. The local gossips are saying that her new husband, Tom, was having an affair with Anna. Could Tom have been involved with her death? Sarah refuses to believe it - but needs proof.

Anna had been a teacher. She must have loved kids. Would she kill herself knowing there was nobody to look after her daughter? She had seemed happier than ever before she died. And to Perez this suggests not suicide...but murder.

©2016 Ann Cleaves (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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"Shetland" thriller.

I enjoyed this book and I think fans of the Shetland series will do as well. It's well narrated by Kenny Blyth whose Scottish accent adds authority to the tale. My main criticism of this book is that it was a little too short and did not allow the characters to develop as I would have liked them to.

That said the author has produced another absorbing investigation for Jimmy Perez and fans will not be disappointed.

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Disappointing

I usually enjoy Ann Cleeves books, especially the ones featuring Jimmy Perez, but this one was just such an unbelievable story. It was full of coincidences and the final denouement was, for me., just too contrived. Perhaps it would have been better had it been longer and more developed as it seemed to rush to a conclusion without enough substance.

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Unimaginative

I have enjoyed most of Ann Cleeves' novels, and have noticed the way her writing and plotting has evolved over the years. Sadly, this effort is something of a regression. The plot was predictable And the behaviour of some of the main characters was quite unbelievable. This was nothing like the quality of her recent Shetland or Vera works. Disappointing.

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Not too good

If you like the back drop of shetland then don't bother with this one as it's not set there.

I'm really not sure why she bothered writing this one...

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Short and sweet

Absorbing storyline that is over far too quickly! A little Jimmy Perez is better than none.

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Very short

I enjoyed this story - shame it was so short. The narrator has a good easy voice to listen to

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Previous review inaccurate

The previous reviewer who commented on the ‘Shetland backdrop’ obviously hasn’t read this book before commenting. It’s the only ‘Shetland’ Ann Cleeves book that is NOT based in Shetland! This one is Northumberland-based.
It’s a good, quick listen.

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Good for a relaxing afternoon

If you’re a Shetland fan the. Not quite the suspense and drama we’ve come to expect from Cleeves but a reasonable tale with the odd twist. Ending little predictable but interesting to unravel another layer of Perez’s character.

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Enjoyable Listen

I love the Shetland series of books and this was a nice find being a shorter story that I listened to one Sunday afternoon in one sitting.

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Disappointing

Why was this book so short? The new characters were two dimensional due to lack of time to develop them. Not up to the usual standard of the author. Was this just cobbled together to meet a deadline?

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  • Colin
  • 19-08-20

Fast moving short story

A pacey short story featuring Ann Cleeves Scottish detective Jimmy Perez.
Good characterisation, lots of red herrings & misdirections to leave the reader guessing right to the end.
Good holiday reading.

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  • Grete
  • 21-10-18

A short novella but a good story

All the ingredients for a crime novel are here but Ms Cleeves chose to write it as a short story or novella. There are lots of characters I wish we knew more about, and elements of the plot described in a sentence that could have been a chapter in themselves. A little more insight into Perez and his first wife. I bought it, so I didn't use a credit for it.
Kenny Blythe is a very good narrator.

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  • Cher Carter
  • 28-05-18

A Mere Short Story

And not a very good short story. Shame on you Ann Cleeves for releasing this as a novel, for that matter, for releasing it at all. Absolutely not up to your standards.

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  • Charmaine
  • 14-03-17

Too good to be true

Good story , short but good. Actually the shortest book I think I've ever seen from her ( as a fictional story Possibly just acting as a information gap between two full books ??Still worth the price of admission. :)