A young woman's body is discovered on a deserted footpath.
It seems like a simple crime for DCI Sophie Allen and her team to solve. But not when the victim's mother is found strangled the next morning. The case grows more complex as DCI Sophie Allen discovers that the victims had secret histories involving violence and intimidation. There's an obvious suspect, but Detective Allen isn't convinced. Could someone else be lurking in the shadows, someone savagely violent, looking for warped revenge?
Dark Crimes is the first in a series of detective thrillers featuring DCI Sophie Allen, head of the newly formed Violent Crime Unit in Dorset. She is pushed to the limit in her first major case as the team's head.
©2016 Michael Hambling (P)2016 Tantor
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I'm not sure the story didn't deserve more stars, although the writer's research into psychopathy was a little too much lesson and too little like believable speech from the characters. Nonetheless, the story could have been compelling with a better reader. Normally you get used to bad narrators, but this one made every word grate on my nerves.
"I should have read the reviews for the second book"
The story was good and the plot kept me interested but the narration was awful. I should have read the reviews for the second book since the narrator was judged to do a poor job
I tried another book that she narrated and I couldn't listen to it. I guess I thought it would get better but I found that my ability to put up with the narration but after ten minutes I gave up and returned the book..
Probably with a different narrator
"Good for a first outing."
I love to read a good mystery so that I can puzzle out whodunit. In this case the mystery isn't whodunit, it's how to catch him. A good police procedural, but I was hoping for more of a puzzle.
"Okay story but the narrators accent annoying"
The story is okay. Unfortunately the female detective is portrayed as perfect which as most people know is practically impossible. As a British expat, the New Zealand accent of the narrator trying to do British accents spoiled the story.
Her native accent made the British accents comical.
"Great Crime drama- good narration"
No because I want to get to the next book
Was surprised by the actual culprits
Favourite scene was when they realised what evidence was planted and what was real
I liked the narration, the characters were really different and easy to tell apart
"May have been better as a print book"
This was a very good story. I did not care for the audiobook's narration at all and it detracted from the book's enjoyment. I also couldn't tell if the poorly written dialogue also contributed to the bad narration. Very possibly.
Like I said, the story itself was interesting. I feel bad when a poor narrator ruins an author's work.
I don't know if I'll read more of this series.
"Almost Too Good to be True"
It was a very good crime procedural. Seems to have an inside view.
Plot was fairly complicated but came together well.
Sophie Allen is the lead and she is very good. But she is almost too good to be true. I always need some flaws in my heroes.
Although I did not listen to it in one sitting I could have easily done so.
"Narrator ruined story!"
Narrator sounded robotic and made it difficult to finish book.
I will never choose a book with this person reading it!
Good story but the narrator made it sound as though Dorset had been completely overrun by antipodeans. Very distracting and reduced the overall enjoyment, instead of becoming wrapped up in what was being said I ended up focusing on how it was being said. I had intended to listen to subsequent books in the series but as they have the same narrator I don't think I can face the irritation.
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