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Helen Wilson

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Fantastic characters and plot

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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: 06-05-2020

DCI Logan is everything you want your police officers to be - tough, gritty, but caring. I adore him and hope for more books in the series. Three is not enough.

The story is great, the characters compelling. And I love that Scottish accent. Wonderful narration.

Disappointing

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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: 06-05-2020

I liked the Ruth Galloway books, although the endless Ruth/Nelson situation got a bit tedious towards the end, so thought I would enjoy this book by the same author. That was a mistake.

The characters were for the most part unappealing. I really didn’t like the female police officer and would have been very anxious as a victim of crime if she’d been investigating my case. She and her partner bumbled along and really got almost nowhere. The voice of the narrator who read her part was irritating and her pronunciation was poor.

Georgie was a pain, and her mother not much better. The dog was the only truly likeable character.

The resolution to the mystery was so unlikely as to be almost laughable.

The Stranger story within a story was melodramatic and a bit silly.

I might have to give up on Elly Griffiths.

Brilliant!

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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: 22-02-2020

These titles are all brilliant. The writing is excellent, the characterisation couldn’t be bettered, and the narrator perfectly voices both characters and story. I adore DI Caslin. The environment of York and Yorkshire is a wonderful setting, brought to life beautifully for a reader who has only visited. I went from book to book and couldn’t stop listening to each. Just had to know what happened next. I’ve now read (listened to) all of the DI Caslin series, and hope there will be more.

Another brilliant instalment in the Lyra story

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

Reviewed: 16-11-2019

Although I wasn’t keen on the narration - much better done in the Dark Materials books - the story is wonderful, and I sped through it breathless to know the outcome. All of the magic of Lyra’s world is there, and the drama of the story continues to engage. I am now waiting eagerly for Book 3.

Characters that are hard to like; poor narration

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

Reviewed: 16-11-2019

The plot is good with a great foundation and some interesting twists, but the characters are almost universally unattractive, and the narration is stilted and pompous. The main character Adam / Rob is an early thirties Dublin detective, but he is voiced as an elderly English bore. I found it impossible to like him and, when he addresses the reader towards the end of the book, acknowledging how dislikeable he may seem, I could only agree.

The police practices depicted in the book are a world away from how things are in reality, which irritates, and the scene with the 80s rapist-now-businessman is just plain offensive, to women, and to law enforcement. The real villain of the piece isn’t hard to spot at an early stage, despite Adam / Rob missing it altogether, which is also irritating, and the outcome, due entirely to the hopeless policing, is dissatisfying.

I persisted to the end, but only just.

Gripping!

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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: 29-09-2019

It’s not a Logan Macrae book, but I was captivated nevertheless. The characters are people I enjoyed spending time with, the plot had me gripping the steering wheel as I drove and listened, and I didn’t see the end coming at all. Steve Worsley is his usual brilliant multiple selves. Twenty-one plus hours well spent

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Another absorbing DI Tom Reynolds story

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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: 06-06-2019

This is another wonderful Jo Spain story, with a plot that really holds the attention. It’s also very revealing of the practices that endured until quite recently in “insane asylums”. Fascinating, and the end is very dramatic!

As with all of the books in this series, I really enjoyed spending time with the characters. They are well rounded and fully three dimensional; they have come to feel like people that I would like to know.

The narration is brilliant, as with all of the books in the series read by Aoife McMahon - she voices the characters and their emotions perfectly.

Can’t wait for book 5!

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Don’t let the narration put you off

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

Reviewed: 06-06-2019

If you enjoyed With our Blessings you will also love this book. Inspector Tom Reynolds and his team are embroiled in the world of Irish politics with a murder in the very heart of the political world. The plot held my interest and kept me listening despite the wooden narration. The characters are as engaging as in Book 1 in the series, and we learn more about them in this book.

It’s a great story, with lots of twists and turns and so absorbing that I (mostly) forgot about the narration.

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A disturbingly beautiful book

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 29-05-2019

This book is utterly brilliant. Nineteenth century Iceland is beautifully evoked, and the characters sensitively drawn. The story is completely compelling and the reader is drawn deeply into the history and fate of the main character. I bought the hard copy book immediately on finishing the audio version as it a book to return to again and again.

Morven Christie is also brilliant - the perfect narrator.

Continues the tradition of With Our Blessing

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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: 29-05-2019

Another riveting story from Jo Spain, with the wonderful Tom Reynolds. This one explores the mind of a serial killer. Fascinating, and disturbing. The narration by Aoife McMahon is brilliant.

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