Shortlisted for: Crime & Thriller of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
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.
Then Simon's former sergeant, the ever-cheerful Nathan Coates, tracks down a name: Alan Keyes. But Alan Keyes has no birth certificate, no address, no job, no family, no passport, and no dental records. Nothing. Alan Keyes does not exist.
The seventh in the best-selling Simon Serrailler series, A Question of Identity is Susan Hill's most thrillingly imagined crime novel to date.
©2012 Susan Hill (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"Thoroughly enjoyable read"
I've listened to all the Simon Serrailler crime novels and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Particularly gratifying is getting to know the characters in depth and following their travails as well as the crime in hand. To say that Steven Pacey 'narrates' the story is to do him an injustice. He makes the novel and all the characters come to life by adopting very different voices for all the main characters. So distinctive are they you know instantly who is speaking and can picture them in your mind's eye. Thoroughly recommend this series but you should start with Book 1 - I envy you the journey.
"Roll on Book 8"
I have now listened to the 7 books in the Simon Serrailler series one after another - and can only hope that we will be treated to another instalment soon. Characters and plots that flow over from one book to another weave themselves into an overall picture that is much richer than the usual detective series. However small their part Susan Hill makes us care about, despair of or dislike every single character, no-one is wasted, and she tackles some very difficult social issues with delicacy rather than a sledgehammer. Unlike some reviewers I have found the standard has remained constant throughout the series both in terms of the writing and in the very excellent reading by Steven Pacey. It is hard to review any of these books without giving away the plot - but then the plot is really only part of the reason for listening. Thoroughly recommended.
"Excellent easy listening"
Good mix of detective and family storyline. Interesting twist. Very easy to listen to narrative voice.
"Start with Book1"
Just being brought up to date with Simon, his love life and his family, with, once again, a very enjoyable story.
"Another great book"
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Another good read in this series. The crime story was a good one, very gripping but what I love about these books is the ongoing stories of the Serrailer family. The characters are well written and I care deeply about what happens to them. The writing is clean, strong and active.
The reader is excellent and brings the story to life, as usual. A great read.
Love this. Have and will keep recommending. Felt like I was part of the story. One of very few that kept me listening through the whole book. FANTASTIC *****
"Back on form"
I am a great fan of the Simon Serrailler books, but was slightly disappointed at Book 6. This one, though, was back to its usual standard. The books have two aspects - the solving of the crime and the continuing lives of the characters. It is not a James Bond type action story, but much more of a thoughtful, fascinating look at what makes various people tick. I would definitely recommend reading these books in the right order, as there is so much to be gained by relating to the continuing lives of the main characters. Just one slight quibble - I'm not sure that I quite believed who the culprit eventually turned out to be, but all in all an extremely enjoyable read. Steven Pacey is the perfect narrator for these books.
"The best Serrailler book yet!"
Great intricate story line. If you haven't started the Serrailler series yet leave this to the end as it adds more to the series. Excellent narration.
"Just keeps getting better"
Susan Hill manages as few authors do to keep her characters fresh and the stories riviting.
I have read all these Simon Serrailller books - fantastic with such good narration. Wouldnt want to live in Lafferton, too dangerous!!!
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