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Helen Wilson

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Tedious and dull

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

Reviewed: 22-01-2021

I was hoping the DI Knox series would be good, but Book 1 (including a prequel) has proved disappointing. I don’t intend to buy more in the series and am abandoning this one at Chapter 3. Although David Monteith gives his usual capable narration (the voices of the two leading officers clearly echoing DCI Daley and DS Brian Scott) he cant make up for one dimensional characters, staid writing, and a boring plot. The characters are wooden and unlovable, and they speak with unbelievable formality. Even a murderer admitting to the crime does so in the most stilted language, and the police officers are unfailingly calm and polite. Not credible at all. None of the characters are easy to like, and DI Knox is far too old and boring to really have a 20 something young detective as his lover. That’s not credible either. The plots are pedestrian. I had worked out the identity of the murderer in the prequel long before the police did, and it was utterly predictable, as well as disappointingly stereotypical. If you want compelling Scottish crime writing, try the DCI Jack Logan series, the Logan MacRae series, or anything by Doug Johnston. This one isn’t worth the credit or the listening hours.

The Best Victorian Detective 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: 30-10-2020

Bridie Divine and her ghostly companion are utterly compelling characters, and the story is riveting. The narration is brilliant.

Poetry with an Irish accent

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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: 30-10-2020

It doesn’t get better than the magic filled storytelling of Jess Kidd and the many layered voices of Aoife McMahon. A wonderful wonderful book

A wonderful book

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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: 30-10-2020

The wonderful writing and characters of Jess Kidd voiced brilliantly by Aidan Kelly. Memorable characters and a bitter yet beautiful story

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.

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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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