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One of my Favourites

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-2020

I loved this one. It's long been one of my favourite books, but was available in audio only as an abridged version. I was pleased to find it in the full version and the narrator was impeccable.
Deep Secret is also a gem, so now, please give us Fire and Hemlock.

Go Glen and Tyler!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-2020

Glen and Tyler are settled in a new house when murder intervenes. As ever, it's not the story so much as the characters... Brian Rollins is the perfect narrator. Tyler is somewhat smug, as usual, but he's fully aware of his good fortune and he and Glen make a sweet-romance couple. Seems an odd thing to say about a couple of hockey-playing dudes, but they're fun to spend a few hours with. I like the way they keep adopting people into their company of friends and satellites.

Tory and Co are on form

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-2020

Clever follow-up to the other stories in the series, and equally clever weaving of Robin's story. Our Heroes are all in hot water of some kind, but I depend on the author to get them out at the end of the final title.

Well... Why Would it Be?

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-2020

Nothing is meant to be simple where St Marys is concerned, so why would this Christmas be any different? It was a bit of a case of Greatest Hits, and good fun, as usual.

Team Weird!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-2020

Luke, Jane and Matthew all join the Time Police for their own reasons...Chaos ensues, and then St Marys gets in on the act. More chaos... It was fun seeing the TP from another angle. The only thing I found a bit odd was the Australian accent of one of the characters. I doubt the familiar Ocker twang had developed at that stage of history. But then- this isn't our world, right?

If you enjoy St Marys I would think you'll also enjoy Doing Time. I look forward to Book 2

Fun, Fresh and...

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-2019

I picked up this title on a whim. I'd never heard of the author or series, but I liked the title and the blurb so I paid over my credit. I'm so glad I did. This is the first new best-of-breed series I've found since The Rivers of London. Tori and her three new best friends are great fun and there's enough back-story mystery to keep the flow going through the series. The narrator, whom I'd not heard before, fits the main character and does a good job with different characters throughout.

Lighthearted Fun

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-2018

I enjoyed this one for a few reasons. One was the performance. I've listened to a few books read by this actor and she's one of my favourites. Then, I liked the bits of humour. I liked the concept. Finally, I liked the insight into the way novelists work, and how would-he-really works in plotting. I knew that already (I'm a writer too) but it was fun to read about it and to be nodding along.

An Old One Revisited

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-2018

I read this one when it was new (yep, I'm that old). It was fun to revisit, and I appreciate much of Garner's storytelling (before he became incomprehensible to me) but I found now, as then, that Colin and Susan are... bland. Not sure why. Philip Madoc has a great voice but I found his reading a bit stagy.

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Good Solid Story

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-2018

I enjoyed Fated. It's a good solid story with some action, character and a good (if somewhat too measured IMO) narration. I was looking for something similar to Rivers of London, but that was silly of me. Same genre... not the same tone.

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Slider Reliable

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-2017

I enjoyed listening to this one. I haven't read all the Bill Slider series, but I have read a lot of them. I enjoy them, on the whole. The (minor) problem I have with them is possibly more of a comment on me than on the books: I have the same problem with the Charles Paris stories and quite a few others. I like Bill and Charles, but just occasionally, I'd like to see things go right for them. I know stories need reverses, but Slider just seems to have SO many. Early in the series, he falls in love with Joanna, but doesn't tell his wife. He faffs about and nearly loses Joanna. Then his wife leaves him. Hooray! Joanna... but hey, she's off on a long trip. Now I catch up and find out that though they're married, something else has gone wrong for them...

As I said, that might be just me. I like Atherton, and all the others of the team. I like the style, and Slider's dogged character. I like the details about music and policing. I'd just love to see him NOT get a bollocking for doing his job properly. Come to think of it... I often get annoyed with those books or series where a talented amateur solves a lot of the crimes and yet the police are forever telling him or her to butt out.

If you enjoy Slider though, this is a solid entry. I enjoyed the narration, too.

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