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Bernadette Aitken

Canberra, Australia
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Revenge after 40 years

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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: 27-10-2019

A nasty villain who seems to be beyond the long arm of the law and young, foolish youths who believe they are invincible. What can possibly go wrong?
There is a long buried secret in Leesdon that has started to impact on the lives of the current residents of the area. The discovery of an old school satchel in a long abandoned house helps to bring two investigations together.
Calladine seems to be up to his bad habits where attractive women are concerned and his DS Ruth Bayliss is still trying to reform him.
There is conflict within the team when DCI King is sent to work with Calladine’s crew. She is holding back information about why she is with them. This leads them to leave her out of the loop if they can and to go around her to follow up on information.
There are no secrets that can’t be uncovered if you dig deep enough.

A wonderful mystery

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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: 25-10-2019

The way that these two main stories flow together is very clever. Trafficking, prostitution, slavery and revenge all combine in a number of murders that the team needs to solve.
New leadership, which is at first not welcome, turns out to be better than expected. This is the final case for Ruth before she leaves work to await the arrival of her baby. Tom Calladine has lady friend problems again and he is still trying to come to grips with his new extended family.
As a reader you feel like one of the team. You cheer for the successes and feel down when things don’t go right. If you like detective series where you get to know the characters then this is another one to add to your list.
I particularly like the narrators voice and the voices he gives the characters.

Strange people!

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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: 15-10-2019



This was an interesting storyline with a very strange culprit. Our two main detectives are still having problems finding any balance between work and private life and this series of murders isn’t making it any better.
The dialogue between the characters is entertaining and rings true. They are doing their best under difficult times, especially when the cost of the investigations are being called into question.
A good series for those who love British murder mysteries.
The narrator of this book is excellent. His voice allows you to form a picture of each character and he can use his voice for both males and females.

A great quick read.

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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: 16-09-2019

This was a quick and enjoyable read. The story of the two sisters starting out to make a name for themselves is a compelling story. Both of their investigations are connected and they are trying their best to do the right thing without their prejudices cloud their thinking. I really liked the way the chapters switched characters as the story developed.
I really enjoyed listening to the narrator.

Second time around

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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: 01-09-2019

A well written novella to begin a multi author series. I like the concept of slightly older heroes because live and the desire to care and protect are not the sole domain of the young.
Experience with life and death/sadness make for a different dynamic. I look forward to reading the other books or listening to them as audio books.

Second marriage, first love

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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: 31-08-2019

Yet another wonderful story in this series. I really like the fact that the characters in this series are far more complex than they first appear. They are shaped by their experiences, both good and bad and they find their HEA as they accept love despite thinking they will never find it.
Jo’s life with her first husband was as bad as I’d imagined it might be. She’s has had to learn not to accept the negative self talk he imposed on her, as well as the feelings of inadequacy.
Bran feels overwhelmed with the changes that have seen him travel thousands of miles from the only place he considered home. He has a young daughter, a new earldom and an unloving mother.
When he and Jo team up they make a great team. I was very happy to read Jo’s story and see her get her HEA. Now I’m onto the next book in the series.
Once again Marion has done a wonderful job of reading this book.

Secrets

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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: 24-08-2019

This was a very enjoyable read/listen. I really enjoyed the way Ivy’s back story was revealed bit by bit throughout the book. You could guess at some of the things that had happened to her, but not everything. Her attitude towards marriage and ‘gentlemen’ makes perfect sense.
The Duke of Clare has also allowed his adult life to be formed in reaction to things in his past. Meeting Ivy is the turning point for him.
These two characters are very likeable and it is their differences that make them believable as a couple.
Marion reads very well and it is quite easy to keep up with individuals within the story.

Second chances.

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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: 16-07-2019

An enjoyable story about second chances and becoming an adult. Nora spent nine years in the country after an unfortunate moment during her season. It wasn’t too dreadful, but she suffered from it and not the gentleman. As a result of this and the death of his father Titus changes his life for the better.
If you love to see good people find love and happiness then this is the book for you. Strong characters and a HEA.
Very nicely read.

What a first date!

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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: 14-07-2019

A great little novella to supplement a great series. A roller coaster first date for Kayla and Carlos. An intense personal response to finally acknowledging their attraction for each other, combined with kidnapping, explosions, society events and saving lives and you have an interesting first date.
Some threads from previous stories work their way into this story. It is like watching ripples on a pond expand from a single point. The conclusion is satisfying, while leaving a door open for more to come.
Listening to Greg Tremblay read the story is a pleasure in itself. He has a lovely voice and is able to reflect the mood by moderating his speed and tone.

Caving disaster

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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: 09-06-2019



The murder of an unlikeable character is always an interesting premise for a mystery. The connections across various community groups to this man helped to create many possible leads and suspects. Greed, get rich quick schemes and revenge all impact on the characters.
I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Yorkshire countryside and the addition of the dialect. The police team and their personal relationships gave the investigation an intimate quality.
I appreciated the descriptions of caving, but it didn’t make it anymore appealing to me. The danger in the activity was highlighted on a number of occasions.
The humour, usually directed towards the new DS from London, broke the tension that built up in the book. The performance of Michael Page and his use of different voices also added to this humour.