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. As the day approaches, the threats intensify, and Serrailler finds himself racing against the clock to prevent catastrophe.
Susan Hill has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewelyn Rhys prizes, as well as being shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has written 55 books in several genres, including the ghost story The Woman in Black, the play adapted from which 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 a short story here for the first time. Her new novel, The Soul of Discretion, is the eighth in the Serrailler series, and will be published by Chatto and Windus in October. Susan Hill is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, 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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Do not get confused, this is not about fascism, gays or even bad guys. This is a great look into what police departments go through these days, when there are public parades, etc.., and bomb threats. Every bomb threat has to be taken serious, even if it seems false. The police do not take sides, they have to stop threats before they happen. We always hear about when the police get it wrong, but not when they get it right (and I am not saying they get it right here). The bad guy only has to strike once to be successful, the police have to cover everything, all the time and when successful, no one even knows.
I only gave the story three stars, but still believe this could be an eye opening listen to many people. It is free and only an hour and half long.
"So glad I found this free story!"
I"ve had Hill's Serailler series in my wish list for years, but hesitated to hit "buy." This short is just OK; however, the listen tells me enough to know that I will enjoy a full length Hill listen-- a well-written modern take on a village cozy with police procedural added, somewhere between the depth of PD James and the lightness of Deborah Crombie. The excellent narration lives up to the positive reviews of Pacey as the voice of this series.
"Pros and Cons"
I'm familiar with Susan Hill for some of her ghost stories, and downloaded this free offering because I enjoy her writing. This is not an especially compelling story outside of the context of the main character's detective series. But the writing is very good, the narrator excellent, so based on this snack sized sample, I am interested in looking at more of the series. Thanks for the freebie, Audible.
"What a tease!"
okay, this was fun, but I want an entire book. Love Susan Hill's books and can't wait for the next one.
a little weird starting out, and the ending was abrupt, but all-in-all not too bad.
Great short story. Great narrator. Highly recommend for lovers of British police procedurals & crime.
You never know what anyone else really thinks or feels until they act. When they do act, you may not like it or agree. You can never really walk in another person's shoes for we each have a unique pair.
"Couldn't wait for it to end"
I'm a person who finishes what she starts, and I am grateful this is a novella and nothing more. There is a bevy of disconnected characters you meet once to never hear from again and you wonder why any time was spent on them at all. The plot line is predictable with some homophobia and machismo thrown in to leave a bad taste in your mouth. All in all, the only redeeming factor is the reader, who has a lovely voice and nice accent.
i did not enjoy this book. THE tittle was all trumped up....for an eventbthat didnt cone until the lastbtwo minutes of the book! wasted suspense ( if you can call it even that).
"not my cup of tea"
I really struggled to even finish it because it never reeled me in and I was at chapter 4. By then I realized it was only 9 chapters total but it took all I had to focus and finish it.
"Police have very politically correct attitudes."
Not very exciting. Politically correct viewpoints. Lots of domestic padding. Few chapters for main story line. And I think that decisions made would have been done by somebody considerably more senior than a Major. A relatively junior officer.
I'm glad I'm not a neighbour of the terribly boring central character!
"A little taster"
Well written, as usual, and well read too - come on Ms Hill, it's high time there was another full length instalment!
"OK had a?"
Not my cup of tea😐nevet the less. O rubish either well OK good work city
"Susan hill never disappoints!"
Even though this was a short story, it was as good as any of her longer stories !! Hope she write a new Simon Sirallier novel, would live to know how he's getting on !!!
"Good short story"
Downloaded for two main reasons: 1, it was free: 2, Steven Pacey.
I've read a couple of books by Susan Hill and have not really taken with her for reasons I cannot explain. This was a really good short story however, and I would be interested in reading a proper book from within this series.
Pacey, as ever, is amazing.
"Excellent short story!"
Steven Pacey as always makes this story even more exciting and fast- paced than written, although it's already very well written. The story is shocking and sad , the characters fully formed and believable.
"sorry. didn't even manage to last to the end"
struggled to finish to the point where I gave up. I just couldn't get the plot or characters. sorry 😔
"I love Susan Hill!"
Short but sweet
Good to see the usual characters develop.
Story as usual excellent and Pacey's narration is great
"Extremely hard-hitting in an hour and a half"
Fantastic short story tackling all levels of violence and motives behind it - well written and read.
Shaky plot. no connection with events. Dodgy characters. Ended abruptly.
I only finished listening as it was the only title I had downloaded left to listen to.
Now I understand why it was free...
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