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Pamela M.J.

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One of the best of the Brunetti series

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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: 05-12-2019

This is well-worth buying both for the story and the depiction of the Venetian lifestyle and the islands in the Laguna. The narration is also excellent. Hugely enjoyable!

Couldn't finish it

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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: 31-10-2019

This is a series of live coaching sessions. While I think Mel's 5 Second Rule has merit and on this audio book she is full of insight and advice, the sessions are only of interest if you can identify with the problems of her participants. The audio book may appeal to followers of series like Dr Phil but I guess that's not me.

A great story well-told

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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: 09-09-2019

One sister is a barrister, the other a guarda. They have different perspectives, different skills, but together they make a great team. I wanted to cheer them on. Keep going girls! This is a super novella and Aoife McMahon is the perfect narrator for Dervla McTiernan. More like this one, please Ms McTiernan.

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A perfect thriller

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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: 08-08-2019

Amos Decker remembers everything, 100% recall, the result of a condition known as hyperthymesia. But even he doesn’t recognise the man who approaches him while Decker is visiting his daughter’s grave. Decker had been responsible for putting Merryl Hawkins in prison for life for murdering four people but he has been released and he looks nothing like the man Decker investigated as a rookie homicide detective. Hawkins is dying, and he wants Decker and Decker’s former partner on the case, Mary Lancaster to clear his name. But even before Decker and Mary can talk to the man, Hawkins is murdered himself. While it seemed to be an open and shut case at the time, Decker wonders if there is some truth in Hawkins plea of innocence. And when Decker finds his own life being threatened, he realises that someone is afraid of what he will find if the case is re-opened. But without a single clue to follow, and no authority as a law enforcement officer in his hometown, he will have to draw on not only his wits and his memory, but the goodwill of former colleagues if he is to discover the truth. I loved the narration and the fast pace of the story that meant the miles flew by as I listened to it while driving. I had not read any of the previous Amos Decker books before and had wondered if I’d be lost, but that was not the case. Decker’s character and what brought him to this place were so skilfully inserted into the plot, I think even a Decker fan would not have found it repetitious, and a newcomer like I was, is satisfied. It is rare for me not find some flaw in a novel but this one deserves a full five stars. It is a brilliant thriller.

Lots of character and style but a thin plot

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

Reviewed: 25-07-2019

This is not a crime thriller but the record of a good man in decline through drink. Jack Taylor brings destruction not only on himself but also on those sround him. He doesn't pretend to be a great detective - and he's not. The suspected murder he is investigating is resolved not by him, but by others and the ending is suitably ironic. This is a novel crying out to be heard rather than read and the narration is excellent.The style is a cross between James Joyce and Raymond Chandler. Jack is well-read, and if you are too, you will enjoy the literary allusions.

A great story spoilt by the narration

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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: 19-07-2019

What, if anything, has a rain of dead birds, several break-ins of holiday houses and two dead bodies got to do with each other? This is the puzzle facing Wisting at the beginning of this novel. On top of that he is car-jacked on the way home from the initial investigation of the first murder and he is worried that his daughter Line may have become inadvertently mixed up with some criminals through her boyfriend. There is lots of meat in this novel, enough to satisfy the most discerning crime fiction enthusiast. So it was disappointing to have such a good story somewhat spoilt by the narration. However, it is difficult to say whether this is the fault of the narrator or whether Horst’s sparse and unassuming writing does not translate well into audio. Nonetheless, the story kept my interest to the end.

A five star novel and performance

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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: 15-05-2019

The inciting incident in this novel is an horrific attack that changed the life of the Quinn family forever. The incident is told and retold throughout the novel from different points of view, memories which surface when Charlie is accidentally involved as a witness in a school shooting 28 years later. Now she and her sister Sam have to face the damage they thought they had buried. The descriptions are superb. The attack on Sam and Charlie and the death of their mother is told in almost excruciating detail and once or twice I had to simply switch off to allow my heart rate return to normal. However, it was the characters that seemed so unappealing at the beginning and are then slowly revealed as the hard shells they have grown to cover their pain are slowly peeled away, that was the winner for me. It is the characters that really drive the plot to its sad and inevitable conclusion. They are so painfully real. So deeply flawed. Yet they are driven by the purest intentions and ultimately so admirable in their strength and resilience that I wanted to both weep for them and applaud their bravery.

Good story but reader far too cute

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

Reviewed: 29-04-2019

I almost turned this off forever after the first 20 minutes. It sounded like a novel for pre-teens, That oh-so-cute reading style was hard to listen to and grated most of the way through. Such a shame when the plot was excellent. Maybe it is the American cutey-pie voice that lacks appeal for Aussie listeners.

A peek behind the curtain

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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: 12-04-2019

I very much enjoyed hearing one of my favourite authors speak about how the protagonist of her series, Brunetti, was "born". The insight into her creative process, and into her own character, will make my further reading of the novels just that bit more enjoyable. It is always gratifying when you can admire the author as much as you admire their work.

Hugely entertaining

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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: 12-04-2019

Both the story and Steve Shanahan's reading are faultless. I didn't want it to end. Each chapter revealed a little more about the characters until I felt I really knew them and the mystery was solved in a very credible way. Highly recommended.