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The sudden death of Guy Brouard after his morning swim shocks the residents of Guernsey. A generous patron and benefactor of the island since his arrival there a decade ago, his demise puts a question mark over many cherished projects.

When a young American woman is charged with the murder, her brother seeks help from the only contact he has in the UK - Deborah St James. Deborah is horrified to find that her old friend has been arrested and persuades her husband Simon to accompany her to Guernsey to avert this miscarriage of justice. There they find a tangled web of deceit and betrayal, with its origins in wartime occupation. In solving the crime, they must rely on their long-standing friendship with Inspector Lynley; they must also learn painful lessons about loyalty and trust, and the loving tyranny of family ties.

©2003 Elizabeth George (P)2004 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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At least you know what you're gonna get, I spose..

Every time I buy an Elizabeth George, I think "Cool! This will be the balls... Nice and long... well written... well plotted... Settle in with a cuppa and get stuck in...!!"
But then - as the story gets going - I get reminded how long-winded, how verbose, how melodramatic she is - but by then it's too late - i'm caught - and it's like wading through a marsh - then seeing you've gone too far to turn back - and realising now you just have to wade the whole way...
Then the punishment starts in earnest - crowds of English people agonising and torturing and overcomplicating everything in thousand-word-per-sentence oxford dictionary english - and every third sentence starts with "I expect..."
I start to go slightly mad - rolling my eyes, yelling at my speakers, turning it on and off in a huff...
It's like being strapped into an armchair and being forced to watch back to back episodes of midsomer murders
or Vogon Poetry!
PS this reader CANNOT do an american accent
that could be a good thing - you say
it's not

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  • 01-11-2012

Great Story

Not difficult to be utterly taken by Elizabeth George - she is one of the best crime novel writers ever. And I really appreciate the audio productions of her books hence would be delighted to find the earlier E. George novels (that I have all read) soon as audio books. I surely would buy them all!

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  • 10-08-2019

Could have benefitted from severe editing

Ok - the story line was interesting but I must say I got totalling fed up with the constant bickering of the two main characters which ruined it for me....

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  • Mrs Susan Steele
  • 11-06-2019

A Place of Hiding

This story was far too long. In my opinion it could have been have this length.

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  • 15-05-2019

Good listening

Once all the introductions were dealt with I found it hard to stop listening. Really enjoying these audiobooks

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  • 19-01-2019

Disappointing

I don't really enjoy American contexts but even allowing for that, very slow. I lasted 40 minutes and gave up. Turgid narration

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  • 10-07-2018

A struggle

Struggled to complete this as found characters difficult to connect with. Also found the narration annoying.

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  • 17-08-2014

Boring, depressing and too long

What does Michael Tudor Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is fabulous at changing voice and dialect to match the characters without making them sound unnatural. Without him I wouldn't have made it to the end.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The confession.

Any additional comments?

The plot would have been OK had I been able to find more sympathy for the main character and had the depressing moods of every single person not dragged on and on.

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