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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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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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Fantastic

Second of Tom Reynolds series. Took me a while to get into but then was great. Throughly enjoy this write and Aoife is an amazing narrator.

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  • 06-10-2021

A Good Book

First off, I recommend reading the first in the series to get the full benefit. My only gripe with this particular story is the numerous pages devoted to the emotional angst between two of the detectives. I am really not interested in others loves lives and if I were I would read a romance novel. I skimmed those particular sections and it detracted nothing from the actual story. Having said that, it was a good crime story and the narration was excellent.

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great book

great mystery and love the narrator. she always does a fabulous job as usual. 8 have listened to alot of books that she has narrated

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So much better

This book was so much better the second time with Aoife narrating the story. More of Tom Reynolds would be good

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  • Geir Nodland
  • 19-11-2020

Good story, bad accent

I liked the first in this series, and this second book was even better. On thing bothered me thou, the accent the narrator tried to put on. The supposed Danish accent sounded Russian. Either get it right or let it be and just read.

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  • Lynda
  • 12-09-2020

disappointing

After reading the first book in the series, I was amazed at the differences between these two books. The storyline was boring and the characters so one dimensional that I coulldnt care less who did what.
That said, I still want to give her books another try because the first one was so fantastic

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  • 28-05-2020

Such a well constructed and narrated story iceiring writers - write abo

John Spain has fully implemented the often proffered advice - write about what you know here. Jo,s experience S a political advisor in the Irish legislature at Leinster House in Dublin has allowed her to spin a gripping yarn totally convincing in context, physical and psychological. A very enjoyable and informative story for me as knowing as an Englishman very little about the Irish politicl world. At the same time the sensitive h handling of subject materials by this fully female writer is a joy and an education the story is so original but conforms. And ticks all the boxes of the genre thanks Jo

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  • Mrs Loretta Findlay
  • 08-04-2020

zero

first book amazing. this book is beyond BORING kept waiting for something to happen. itdidnt

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  • 19-11-2020

Riveting

Excellent murder mystery and a great listen -Well done to Aoife. The Irish influence includes DI Reynolds personal life interwoven with his daily workload and is so very believable. Have already ordered book 3

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  • Bookworm
  • 27-06-2020

Political process disguised as a story

Spain's main character switches off when politics is mentioned, yet the writer insists on shoving every aspect of politics down her reader's throats. Not what I expect from Jo Spain.

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  • Nigel R Benson
  • 20-01-2021

excellent

I read the first in the series and this was just as good. narrator does the multiple voices very well, plot is interesting but without being bloated or complicated. good relationship developments throughout - you feel like you begin to get to know the characters. I bought this one as soon as I had completed the first and have now bought the 3rd.

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  • Katharine Lea-Robbins
  • 14-05-2021

Big fan of Jo Spain but probably my least favourite

Fairly good story line overall but at times goes off at tangents and a tad confusing at times.
Aoife give a great performance again so that helped.
I love Jo Spain’s books but so far this was my least favourite, still good though.

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  • kenny
  • 14-05-2021

lost me

Too many characters for me, I struggled to remember who was who. May need to listen without stopping.

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  • mrs helen a reeks
  • 09-11-2020

Bit disappointed

I usually love Jo Spain but I found this story was lacking the usual suspense.

Some of the accents were a bit off as well which was distracting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-09-2020

Chapter numbers don’t match audio...

Jo Spain never disappoints, always keeps you hooked and wondering.
Just one thing to point out - this is the second of her audiobooks on Audible where the numbers of the chapters don’t match the audio - Chapter 1 is read as the prolog, and Chapter 2 read as Chapter 1 and so on... a small irritation but an irritation all the same!

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