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  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (263 ratings)

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Beneath the Surface

By: Jo Spain
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
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Publisher's Summary

The top 10 best seller. 

Shortlisted for the Richard and Judy search for a best seller competition.

Did I know it would come to this? There is no shot at redemption. I am going to die. The gun is in my eye-line as the second bullet is fired. That's the one that kills me.

Late at night, two powerful men meet in a secret location to discuss a long nurtured plan about to come to fruition. One is desperate to know there is nothing standing in their way - the other assures him everything is taken care of. Hours later, a high-ranking government official called Ryan Finnegan is brutally slain in the most secure building in Ireland - Leinster House, the seat of parliament. Inspector Tom Reynolds and his team are called in to uncover the truth behind the murder.

At first, all the evidence hints at a politically motivated crime, until a surprise discovery takes the investigation in a dramatically different direction. Suddenly the motive for murder has got a lot more personal...but who benefits the most from Ryan's death?

©2016 Joanne Spain (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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Good mystery series with repetitive themes

I've been enjoying this series but have been struggling with the character perspectives. I love the mysteries, writing style, and narration. However it seems that the overarching motivation for almost all characters, good and bad, is children. It is clear that the author has a reverence for babies and children that comes out in their books, however as a childless person with no interest in children whatsoever I find this difficult to relate to.

This absolutely would not be an issue if it were just a couple of characters or stories, but it seems that every book I've read so far revolves around people's intense reverence for babies and mothers, or the failed relationships between babies and mothers. I find the constant focus on parenthood quite dull.

Aside from that, the mysteries are interesting and well written. Definitely most recommended for those who love children and would relate strongly to that rhetoric.

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Great story

Love the mystery and thrill of the story. The narrator was brilliant made the listening thoroughly enjoyable

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Fantastic

Great story very well presented

Very entertaining with some great unexpected twists and turns.
Excellent listen

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Quality Detective Series

A bit of a slow
start but a satisfyingly complex plot. Love the familiar characters’ sub plot too.

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Another great book

I am a huge fan of Jo Spain books and this one didn’t disappoint. Story was good as it kept you guessing and narrated beautifully with the lovely Irish accent.

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Good but long

I liked this book but didn’t love it as much as “with our blessing”. The workings of parliament and their laws while necessary to understand the plot were a bit tedious to listen to. Once again the narrator was excellent. I will definitely ourchase more from this author.

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Just ok. Not as good as Book1

Just ok. Not as good as Book1 .

Performance by Aoife is faultless. But the story woven around politics is a bit boring. Book1 was superb and has a real intensity to it.

Listening to Book3 now. Hopefully it would be as good as Book1.

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Great story marvellously told

Just discovered this series and am already binge listening over the last week. Jo Spain is a talented writer who mixes a great plot with interesting characters up against a beautiful Irish landscape for context. The icing on the cake is the extraordinary narration.

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They just get better

I love Jo Spain and this story lived up to her usual top quality. The story is brilliant and the reader is amazing!! I love every word , I could listen to her accent all day

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Politics is hard going

Irish politics not my strong point so struggled to get my head around that part of the story. Liked the development of relationships of characters. Really like Tom Reynolds

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