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Too Good to Be True

Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
Series: Shetland Island, Book 6.2
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
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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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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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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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Disappointing

Felt quite short changed with this one. Have loved all the Shetland series, and was pleased to find one I'd not read but this was quite short and sweet and not really in the same league as the others . More like a novella. I really like Kenny Blyth's narrating style but there were too many first letters of words chopped off in the narration (more towards the back end of the book) - quite distracting.

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Distinguished

As always a great story, beautifully told by t Ann Cleebes and read so well by Kenny Blyth.

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Excellent short story

This was a great short story which I listened to in one go. Good plot, easy to follow. Excellent narrator. Easy listen.

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loved it short and sweet

I love Kenny Blyth's narration, and all the Shetland books, makes me want to visit as the books are so descriptive

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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. :)