Three corpses: drugged, labeled, and brutally beheaded; a trail that Detective Li Yan has to follow. He and forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell have been trying to deny the attraction that nearly destroyed both their careers. But when a fourth victim is found, they have no choice but to work together to track down the truth and to hunt down a ruthless killer. The Fourth Sacrifice is the second in the acclaimed China series from Peter May, author of Runaway, Entry Island and the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy.
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"Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth." (New York Times)
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"Developing romance but storyline Too predictable"
Not really. Although the narration is very good unfortunately the storyline in this second book in the series is not as good as in the first book.
He could have put in more twists and turns.
Yes, I have listened to the Lewis Trilogy books which were absolutely fantastic. Because they are based in Scotland his accent was perfect. For the China series although he is a good narrator the effect is not quite the same as in the Lewis Trilogy.
No not really unless the TV channel was allowed to make it a bit more complex or RomantiC.
I will listen to the third in the series and hopefully the plot will be a bit more developed.
"Excellent story and lovely narration"
This was a fast moving and interesting story with lots of turns and twists.
I do like the bits of cultural and historical information that get slipped into the story, it really adds to the interest. The characters are very human with reactions that are 'true' and believable.
I love the way that Peter May writes, and I love the way that Peter Forbes narrates.
My only 'problem', and this is my own fault, is that with the names of characters being Chinese names - I tend to get a little confused about who's who, though I usually get it within the sentence.
Liked this for the same reasons as the first book in the trilogy. Plenty of interesting information about Beijing.
Builds on the previous book. The author certainly paints a convincing picture of modern China
"Not good enough to continue"
The central "twist" in this book was obvious from very early on, and the set-up was quite clumsy. After two books in the China series, the central characters show no promise of fleshing out to any enjoyable extent.
I very much enjoyed Peter May's Outer Hebrides series but this China series is seriously lacking in interest on most levels.
I am a sucker for a book series, but for the first time I will not be reading one to its conclusion. I am stopping the China series right here.
Great story. Vivid descriptions of china and its people give this book a very realistic background and hypnotic appeal
Really like Peter May's books, empathetically read by Peter Forbes. A strong storyline is complemented by a depth of detail and web of graphic, well paced plots which keep you guessing to the very end.
"Slow start, but made up for it in the end!"
Probably not, but only because I want to read the next book in the series.
Mmmmm difficult to say.
I listened to 'Coffin Road' and agreed with Peter May when he said he couldn't imagine anyone else narrating his books, nor can I.
"Peter May delivers again"
Peter May delivers again keeping your attention from beginning to end, but not a patch on the Lewis trilogy.
"Liked it, but found it a little far fetched."
As usual, impeccably read by Peter Forbes, which I feel must make the audio version of this book better than the print version.
He just makes a perfect job, every time. Voices, pronunciation, all flawless.
Most of Peter May's book bring a tear to my eye from time to time.
Loved the story and the presentation, but found the clues a little heavy handed, by Peter May's standards, so much so that I thought there might even be a huge double bluff. I also found the conclusion a bit far fetched. You always have to be prepared to suspend disbelief with Peter May, but with the Fourth Sacrifice, I thought I had to do this more than usual.
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