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The Blissfully Dead Audiobook

The Blissfully Dead

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Publisher's Summary

She couldn't believe that he wanted to meet her. He was famous. She was a nobody. Finally, someone could see how special she was....

When the body of a teenage girl is found in a London hotel, DI Patrick Lennon is mystified. Nobody saw her or her killer enter the hotel, and there is no apparent motive - until a second teenager is found and Lennon realises somebody is targeting fans of the world's biggest boy band.

As Lennon struggles with both his home life and his rivals on the force, the pressure to catch the killer before he strikes again reaches fever pitch. And when Lennon makes a terrible mistake that ends in disaster, he finds himself in a race to save not only the lives of more teenage girls but also his own career.

Exploring the darkest depths of the entertainment industry and the terrifying dangers of social media, The Blissfully Dead is a new masterclass in tension from the #1 bestselling authors of From the Cradle.

©2015 Louise Voss & Mark Edwards. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Vivianne 18/02/2017
    Vivianne 18/02/2017
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    "Heart stopping suspense!"

    I loved this book as it grabbed my attention immediately. I couldn't put it down until I had finished it. The end had me chewing my nails.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Surfside, Australia 27/07/2016
    Amazon Customer Surfside, Australia 27/07/2016
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    "Another great read"

    Another good read. looking forward to the next book in the series.
    Well written characters keep the reader's interest all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Chickincharge
    California, USA
    12/05/16
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    "Blissfully Surprised"
    What did you love best about The Blissfully Dead?

    I thought the overall story line was going to be boring and too teenage like, but I was delightfully surprised. I liked and was intrigued by all the twists & turns.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Carmella's character. She was a strong woman who added a great deal of character to the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't stop listening to this book!!!


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Paula
    Overland Park, KS USA
    24/07/16
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    "Great Mystery, Great Police Procedural!"

    Don't hesitate to grab this one when you can -- it is a very good mystery which gives way to a very good account of police procedures. As others have noted, the violence is horrifying, but sadly, it is real world, part of the world we live in. While it is a book for mystery lovers first and foremost, it is also a story about on-line danger, on-line bullying and mental illness. That made it an even better listen. The narration was very good and I simply enjoyed it throughout.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • brian
    24/05/16
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    "Thank you Mark, Louise and Simon!"

    nice read, compelling. fantastic voice performance really polished a 5 karat story into 10! thanks

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • J. Kromrie
    16/06/16
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    "thoroughly enjoy these police procedurals"

    Perfect author combo as u get clever mysteries with engaging stories, and I dare u to guess "who done it".

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
    Matthews, NC
    14/05/16
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    "Wonderful suspense/psychological thriller!"

    First, the narrator: This may be the first audiobook British actor has narrated. Darn, he is incredibly good!

    The Blissfully Dead is the second Detective Inspector Patrick Lennon novel that British authors Mark Edwards and Louis Voss have co-written. The first was From the Cradle which I reviewed earlier. The Blissfully Dead is about teen girls who go crazy on social media about a a popular boy band. The girls' disagreements and one-upmanship with each other lead to a series of murders with severe torture.

    This is a great suspense and psychological thriller.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • nkmunicado
    5/07/16
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    "Narrator Gives Star Performance"
    Would you listen to The Blissfully Dead again? Why?

    No, but that isn't a poor reflection on the book/story. There are simply too many books, too little time. I want to read more and other books.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Mattacks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard Mattacks before, but I was truly amazed at his performance, even early on in the story. Actually, it's the narration that compelled me to even submit the review. Mattacks flowed seamlessly between Patrick's British accent to Carmella's lyrical Irish. Just as impressive, even as a male reader, his timing, phrasing and inflection so perfectly captured the bantering chatter of teenage girls, and the one teenage boy character - without making radical and unnatural sounding shifts in his own voice. It wasn't necessary to speak in an affectedly lower or higher tone to represent any of the characters. The expressive capacity of his voice successfully conveyed the right context anyway. In a word - stunning. I'm new to Audible, but I had some sense that a narrator could make or break the book. If I had read it myself, I wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly as much.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    if it were possible yes. On the other hand, there were enough twists in the story, it would have exhausted me to think through it all in a single sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I love a good story with a riveting plot. But I'll always check out the narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • C. S.
    4/07/16
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    "Good story."

    Good story. Getting into some interesting areas of society. Too much sex though.
    Good narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dtmurphy1
    HORTONVILLE, WI, US
    29/06/16
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    "Today's world"

    At first I was afraid I stumbled into a young adult novel but was pleased that it was an adult point of view on young adults world. Having a teenaged daughter, this story captured their world. I enjoyed the young characters and felt the use of social media and Internet was spot on. It's interesting to see how it can affect our young people. The narrator was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Calliope
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    3/08/16
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    "Juvenile with ham-fisted writing"

    The quality and style of the writing in this is really clumsy and ham-fisted, even though the ideas (crazed fans, social media, pop stars) are good. And there are some inconsistencies that really should have been caught before this made it to print.......at one point, the story has DI Lennon musing that the killer must have walked, since he (the killer) knew that everyone would be looking for his car - but in the previous chapter, we are told that the car was left behind by the killer and was now in police custody being checked for evidence. That kind of mistake is just plain sloppy. Now, Arthur Conan Doyle was known to have inconsistencies in some of his Sherlock stories too, but the writing quality and characters were so good that they were barely noticeable to engaged readers. Here, they stand out like lightning.

    And why does everyone, including the detectives in a major urban police force, act like they're 14? These guys (and gals) don't seem very good at their jobs, or mature enough, to be members of a major investigative unit (a Murder Investigative Team) in a cosmopolitan city like London. I think it's kind of embarrassing to the Met to have their Detectives (whether DC, DS, or DI) think and act like teenagers rather than seasoned professionals. I understand why the teenage girls act like they're 14 or 15, but the detectives?

    All in all, it is a book with juvenile characters, clumsy writing, and a few inconsistent plot points. Which is too bad, because the original concept had some merit, in my opinion.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Triner
    Chicago
    14/04/17
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    "Not even finished. Get this book!"
    Would you listen to The Blissfully Dead again? Why?

    Not usually, but I may.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The extremely complex between the detective and his wife, as well as the murder storyline. These kept my interest. I have been disappointed in several other books. This book keeps your interest and wanting more.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Mattacks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Perfection!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both, there is quite a bit of humor, along with serious police procedue and detective mystery thar the narrator excellently provides us with.


    Any additional comments?

    Considering that I am mid-way this book, I am HIGHLY RECOMMENDING this one. Keeps my attention. I still have no idea who the murderer nay be. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Emma
    26/11/15
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    "Hooked from start!"

    I was so keen to keep hearing this story that every moment that wasn't filled was taken up with listening to my audiobook. I really enjoyed the narrator, the pace of the book and the storyline was really clever. Recommended...

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    2/04/16
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    "Excellent!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a really well written and unusual story. The characters are very well drawn. I love DCI Patrick Lennon, a very human, flawed and likeable character. This is the second in a series of books featuring Lennon. The authors say there will be more. I do wish the other 4 books by Edwards and Voss would be produced in audio format.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • SilentSinger
    London
    20/01/16
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    "The Blissfully Dead"

    This, the first Voss and Edwards collaboration I've listened to, but the fifth one penned by Edwards was a compelling and engrossing story. Set amongst the world of teenagers, boybands, fan fiction and technology it provided an excellent insight into that would for a middle-aged fuddy duddy such as myself.

    DI Patrick Lennon returns - a man haunted by past events and seeking answers. A girl gets murdered in affluent Kingston-upon-Thames; she's a huge fan of the boyband du jour 'On Target' and regularly posts on their official forum and pens fan fiction. This leads to a series of events: are any On Target fans in danger?

    This book, although corny in places 'he was wearing jeans which must have cost at least £180.' and slightly repetitive (references to Patrick's tattoos and love of the indie band 'The Cure') didn't detract from the fact that this was a darn good thriller. It was very moreish and Ioved it.

    The narrator was fabulous too - extremely versatile and performed a convincing array of accents. I am now going to seek more Edwards and Voss material. Recommended.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Johanna
    St Andrews, United Kingdom
    17/04/17
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    "Best I have heard in a long time, Great book"
    What did you like most about The Blissfully Dead?

    I enjoyed this book immensely. I found the characters, story and narration superb.
    From one suspect to the next, I was absorbed from start to finish. This is a great book
    And the best I have heard in a very long time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were very good, I could visualize them clearly and have empathy with them.
    The murders are very absorbing and shocking. The suspect changes, from one to the other and in all cases, believable.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Mattacks’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not heard Simon Mattacks before, but he is really outstanding. I usually hate readers trying accents, I would rather imagine it myself, but Simon's character and accent changes are brilliant.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I do not want to ruin the story for others, but, the murder of one of the team is really gripping.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book every free chance I got, Authors, Narration performance, fantastic. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sheila Harvey
    17/04/17
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    "Well worth reading"

    A very powerful story! another good Detective book, more please from these two Authors soon!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Doury
    London UK
    13/12/16
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    "A very modern story"

    Very contemporary ticking what seems to be publishers current must contain boxes. A flawed male detective with an intuitive female assistant, from the regions. Innocent young people lured by the evil ways of others on the internet. The wonder of the music business (boy bands) And the world of celebrities. In spite of the story being well read I could not bring myself to believe or care about any of the characters or what happens to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    24/06/17
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    "The boy band mystery"

    as I listen when I'm walking the dog, the story has to engage me from the start. this delivered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss L ttophi
    20/05/17
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    "makes you think"

    an extremely well written boys takes you back to bands you liked as a teen and shows have socail meida and the internet has evoled makes you awear how what you may do if you have smaller kids growing up or teens now the letter at the end is really nice
    a griping and thrilling book covers all emostions

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Niamh Dermody
    Ireland
    19/11/16
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    "Absolutely fantastic"

    I adore Mark and louise's books! I find them fantastic and engaging. This book is perfect if like me you listen to them commuting to and from work. It's a long book which is great value for money but trust me you won't get bored at any point throughout. It has a twist you won't see coming!! I do suggest you read the first book from the cradle to get an understanding of DI Lennon.. but without a doubt a must listen! I have the next 2 books in this series pre ordered!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arcticangel.
    Seaford, United Kingdom
    26/10/16
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    "Significant.."

    Having gone through the angst of teenage years with my three children, I can t help but feel that this is rather a significant piece of writing, other than being a darn good and entertaining story. It addresses the subject of cyber bullying, more and more frequent in this technological time, and the almost overwhelming adoration many teenagers feel for their favourite band, which I can remember myself from the days of The Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Now, however, the scene becomes darker, with teenage suicides from all sorts of causes, cyber bullying prominent amongst them, a too frequent happening. I found the book something of a revelation. I am going to buy it for my daughter who has two young teenagers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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