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    • The Comforts of Home

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 78

    Recovering on a remote Scottish island, his peace doesn’t last long. He is pulled in to a murder inquiry by the overstretched local police. A newcomer, popular with the islanders, has died in perplexing circumstances. The community's reactions are complicated and fragile. It’s good to be back on the job. And when Simon returns to Lafferton, an arsonist is on the rampage and a woman whose daughter disappeared some years before is haunting the police station seeking closure. She will not let it rest, and Simon is called in to do a cold-case review.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • welcome back Simon

    • By Patricia on 01-05-19

    Regular price: £11.09

    • The Various Haunts of Men

    • Simon Serrailler 1
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,353
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 930
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 930

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An unusual way to start a series

    • By Linda on 27-06-14

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Shadows in the Street

    • Simon Serrailler 5
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 562
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 375
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 375

    Simon Serrailler has just wrapped up an exhausting and difficult case for SIFT – Special Incident Flying Taskforce – and is on a sabbatical on a Scottish island when he is recalled to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have vanished and are subsequently found strangled. By the time he gets back, another girl has disappeared. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent - nothing else to say really!

    • By Glynis on 27-04-11

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Pure in Heart

    • Simon Serrailler 2
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 762
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 530
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 527

    Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, first introduced in The Various Haunts of Men, is on a painting holiday in Venice when he is summoned home by a telephone call. He has family problems to face, and the stress and grind of running a busy police station. When a little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school, an ordinary community realises that terror and evil are in their very midst.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully read and excellent characterisation.

    • By Christine on 29-11-07

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Risk of Darkness

    • Simon Serrailler 3
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 588
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 406
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 401

    Following on from the child abduction in her previous novel The Pure in Heart, Susan Hill explores the crazy grief of a widowed husband, a derangement that turns to obsession and threats, violence and terror.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another gripping instalment beautifully read

    • By Christine on 12-12-07

    Regular price: £19.69

    • A Question of Identity

    • Simon Serrailler, Book 7
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 545
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 404
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 398

    Duchess of Cornwall Close: sheltered accommodation, a mix of bungalows and flats, newly built and not quite finished. Despite the bitterly cold weather, elderly residents are moving in. Then, one snowy night, an old lady is murdered - dragged from her bed and strangled with a length of flex. DCS Simon Serrailler and his team are aware of bizarre circumstances surrounding her death, but keep some details secret while they desperately search for a match. All they know is that the killer will strike again, and will once more leave the same tell-tale signature.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyable read

    • By Kindle Customer on 06-11-12

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Vows of Silence

    • Simon Serrailler 4
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 493
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 351
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 350

    Gunmen are terrorising young women in the Cathedral town of Lafferton. What - if anything - links the apparently random murders? Is the marksman with a rifle the same person as the killer with a handgun? Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler falls back on well tried police methods such as questioning neighbours and house-to-house searches.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More than just a detective story

    • By Kirstine on 07-01-12

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Hero: A Simon Serrailler Short Story

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 125

    When Simon Serrailler was a rookie constable with the Met, he did something reckless in the course of a night's work which caused a man's death. But his act was praised by his colleagues, and he was called a hero. Years later, now a detective chief superintendent who has been badly injured in the course of duty, he receives a medal for bravery at Buckingham Palace while recollecting that fateful night of his early career, when chance disguised itself as bravery.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Neat prequal

    • By Vicuña on 09-08-16

    Regular price: £1.99

    • The Benefit of Hindsight

    • Simon Serrailler, Book 10
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Length: Not Yet Known
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    On the face of it DCS Simon Serrailler has had time to recuperate after the violent incident that cost him his arm, and nearly his life. He is back in harness at Lafferton CID, but is spending his spare time high up in the cathedral roof, making drawings of some medieval angels which are being restored. Lafferton is apparently going through a quiet patch, so far as crime is concerned, until one night two local men open their front door to a distressing scene....

    Regular price: £23.99

    • The Woman in Black

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
    • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,096
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 747
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 755

    Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Listen.

    • By Elizabeth on 07-04-08

    Regular price: £9.09

    • The Betrayal of Trust

    • Simon Serrailler 6
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 519
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 347
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344

    Simon Serrailler is faced with that most complicated of investigations - a cold case. Freak weather and flash floods all over southern England. Half of Lafferton is afloat. A landslip on the Moor has closed the bypass and, as the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - are exposed. It doesn’t take long to identify the remains as those of the missing teenager, Harriet Lowther, last seen carrying a tennis racket while waiting for a bus. But that was 16 years ago.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent crime writing

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-02-12

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Soul of Discretion

    • Simon Serrailler Book 8
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 703
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 646
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 645

    The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place. As part of the same rapidly changing world, it shares the same hopes and fears, and the same kinds of crime, as any number of towns up and down the land.When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton's new Chief Constable, Kieron Bright, he is met by four plainclothes officers. He is asked to take the lead role in a complex, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It's dark, this one

    • By Sal on 08-10-14

    Regular price: £14.99

    • A Breach of Security

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 613
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 535
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 529

    When a bunch of neo-fascist thugs named The Bulldogs attack a Gay pride march in the sleepy country town of Lafferton, detective Simon Serrailler moves quickly to find the assailants. He’s already got his hands full making security arrangements for a memorial service to honour soldiers returning from Afghanistan. When anonymous threats come in, Serrailler wonders if the Bulldogs are behind these too - and worries that they know the Prince of Wales will be in attendance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely hard-hitting in an hour and a half

    • By Suswati on 27-10-16

    Regular price: £2.99

    • I'm the King of the Castle

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 39

    Charles Kingshaw and his mother have come to live with Edmund Hooper and his father ¿ in their ugly, isolated Victorian house called Warings ¿ for good. To Hooper, Kingshaw is an intruder, a boy to be subtly persecuted, and Kingshaw finds that even the most ordinary objects can be turned by his enemy into a source of terror.In Hang Wood, when they are lost, their roles are briefly reversed but Kingshaw knows that Edmund will never let him be and that he cannot win in the end.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • strangely compelling

    • By Anthony on 24-03-07

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Gentlemen & Ladies

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Elaine Claxton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Faith Lavender's funeral and the arrival of a stranger upsets the balance of Haverstock. Undercurrents of fierce emotion reach the surface while the tensions rise and the ladies of Haverstock find their actions motivated by mutual suspicion and fear.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • four star for a five star writer

    • By Patricia on 31-03-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Magic Apple Tree

    • A Country Year
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Elaine Claxton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Looking out from Moon Cottage, Susan Hill records the sights and smells, the people, gardens, animals, births, festivals and deaths that mark the changing seasons in the small Oxfordshire community.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful

    • By Karen Thomas on 22-06-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Mist in the Mirror

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Matt Addis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 61

    An inveterate traveller, Sir James Monmouth has spent most of his life abroad. He arrives in England on a dark and rainy night with the intention of discovering more, not only about himself but his obsession with Conrad Vane, an explorer. Warned against following his trail, Sir James experiences some extraordinary happenings - who is the mysterious, sad little boy, and the old woman behind the curtain? And why is it that only he hears the chilling scream and the desperate sobbbing?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Could have been better

    • By Kindle Customer on 13-07-14

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Printer's Devil Court

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 80

    Ideally spooky Halloween listening.... A chilling ghost story by the author of The Woman in Black. One murky November evening, after a satisfying meal in their Fleet Street lodgings, a conversation between four medical students takes a curious turn, and Hugh is initiated into a dark secret. In the cellar of their narrow lodgings in Printer's Devil Court and a little used mortuary in a subterranean annex of the hospital, they have begun to interfere with death itself, in shadowy experiments beyond the realms of medical ethics.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Victoria sponge...

    • By FictionFan on 17-06-15

    Regular price: £3.99

    • The Bird of Night

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Francis Croft, the greatest poet of his age, was mad. Harvey Lawson watched and protected him until his final suicide. From his solitary old age Harvey writes this brief account of their 20 years together and then burns all the papers to shut out an inquisitive world. The tautness and control that characterize Susan Hill's work are abundantly evident in The Bird of Night as she magnificently handles the heights and depths, the splendours and miseries of madness and friendship.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Deeply moving and so brilliantly written.

    • By Sara on 07-03-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Strange Meeting

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Things like this don't happen often in a lifetime... John Hilliard, a young subaltern returning to the Western Front after a brief period of sick leave back in England blind to the horrors of the trenches, finds his battalion tragically altered. His commanding officer finds escape in alcohol, there is a new adjutant and even Hilliard's batman has been killed. But there is David Barton. As yet untouched and unsullied by war, radiating charm and common sense, forever writing long letters to his family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful story. Beautifully read. Just.Well done.

    • By baharnn on 04-01-15

    Regular price: £14.99

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