Breen and Tozer

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 93 ratings

A Song from Dead Lips Summary

London, October 1968. As Beatles fans encamp outside Abbey Road Studios up the road, the Marylebone CID is as much an old boys' club as it ever was: comfortably sexist, racially prejudiced and crawling with corruption.

Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen is the pariah of the office, having just run out on a fellow officer held at knifepoint, when it's shaken up by the arrival of WPC Helen Tozer: awkward chatterbox, farmgirl, and the first woman to enter the murder unit - apart from the secretary.

When a young woman is found naked and strangled in well-to-do St John's Wood, her identity is a mystery. The neighbours offer nothing but xenophobic suspicions, witnesses are staying silent; only Tozer's savvy gives Breen a lead.

Following it, resourceless, deep into the rural backwaters, Breen sees one dead body lead to another - a trail of bloodshed taking them dangerously close to a killer with everything to lose...

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  • Book 1

    • A Song from Dead Lips

    • By: William Shaw
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    London, October 1968. As Beatles fans encamp outside Abbey Road Studios up the road, the Marylebone CID is as much an old boys' club as it ever was: comfortably sexist, racially prejudiced and crawling with corruption. Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen is the pariah of the office, having just run out on a fellow officer held at knifepoint, when it's shaken up by the arrival of WPC Helen Tozer: awkward chatterbox, farmgirl, and the first woman to enter the murder unit - apart from the secretary.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable

    • By Mrs G Buchanan on 05-02-16

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 2

    • A House of Knives

    • By: William Shaw
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Marylebone, November 1968. Detective Sergeant Breen has a death threat and two burned bodies on his hands. One is an un-mourned vagrant; the other the son of a politician. One case suffers the apathy of the police; the other obstructed by a PR-conscious father. Then the potential perpetrator of his death threats is murdered. Banished from a corrupt system, Breen is finally forced to fight fire with fire.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I liked this so much I listened to it twice

    • By J. Wigney on 09-09-16

    Regular price: £20.89

  • Book 3

    • A Book of Scars

    • By: William Shaw
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    It's 1969. Five years ago, teenager Alexandra Tozer was murdered. Her sister, Helen Tozer, will never forget. Returning home after quitting the Met Police, she brings with her the recovering Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen, who slowly becomes possessed by the unsolved case. But Breen is on a trail, for the two men connected to this case met in Kenya, during the Mau Mau uprising; and the history that Britain has turned its face from is now returning to haunt it.

    Regular price: £20.89

  • Book 4

    • Sympathy for the Devil

    • Breen & Tozer, Book 4
    • By: William Shaw
    • Narrated by: Roger Davis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    She made a profit from her youth. She's not beautiful anymore - but she will be young forever. Called away from his pregnant girlfriend, Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen knows the sight of the murdered prostitute will be with him all his life. But this is what he does: he finds killers. Helen Tozer, more than most, understands why.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not enjoying Book 4

    • By meyerbeer on 30-12-18

    Regular price: £19.99