Simon Serrailler

10 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 5,685 ratings

Hero: A Simon Serrailler Short Story Summary

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.

Susan Hill has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewelyn Rhys prizes and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has written 55 books in several genres, including ghost stories. The play of The Woman in Black is still running in London's West End after 25 years. I'm the King of the Castle has been a GCSE set text. She has also published collections of short stories, fiction for children, several nonfiction books and the highly successful crime novel series about the detective Simon Serrailler, who features in this short story.

Her new novel, The Soul of Discretion, published by Chatto & Windus, is the final title in the Serrailler series. Susan Hill is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of King's College, London, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours of 2012.

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  • Book 0.5

    • Hero: A Simon Serrailler Short Story

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 114
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 105

    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

  • Book 1

    • The Various Haunts of Men

    • Simon Serrailler 1
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,195
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 785
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      4 out of 5 stars 785

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Wish I liked it more; hope to do better.

    • By common reader on 11-03-09

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 2

    • The Pure in Heart

    • Simon Serrailler 2
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 671
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 444
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 440

    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

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  • Book 3

    • The Risk of Darkness

    • Simon Serrailler 3
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 525
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 348
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 343

    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

  • Book 4

    • The Vows of Silence

    • Simon Serrailler 4
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 447
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 309
    • Story
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    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

  • Book 5

    • Shadows in the Street

    • Simon Serrailler 5
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 513
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 330
    • Story
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    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

  • Book 6

    • The Betrayal of Trust

    • Simon Serrailler 6
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 482
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 314
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 311

    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

  • Book 7

    • A Question of Identity

    • Simon Serrailler, Book 7
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 508
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 368
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 362

    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

  • Book 8

    • The Soul of Discretion

    • Simon Serrailler Book 8
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 667
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 613
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 612

    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

  • Book 8.5

    • A Breach of Security

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 563
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 493
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 489

    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

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