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Publisher's Summary

Full of betrayal, deceit and suspense, Die of Shame is the spectacular new book from number-one best seller Mark Billingham - author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series.

Every Monday evening six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about addiction. There they share their deepest secrets: stories of lies, regret and, above all, shame.

Then one of them is killed - and it's clear one of the circle was responsible. Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner quickly finds her investigation hampered by the strict confidentiality that binds these people and their therapist together. So what could be shameful enough to cost someone their life? And how do you find the truth when denial and deception are second nature to all of your suspects?

©2016 Mark Billingham Ltd (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Dialogue is perfectly pitched.... It is a credit to Billingham's skill as a writer that his characters reveal so much to the reader when blethering around the dinner table while revealing so little to one another." ( Scotland on Sunday on Rush of Blood)
"Billingham ratchets up the tension, with a twist-filled climax that shows exactly why he's one of the UK's leading crime writers." ( Shortlist on Rush of Blood)
"Hugely effective and entertaining...many twists and shocks." ( The Times on Rush of Blood)
"Billingham produces an astonishing final twist to complete his most ambitious and most accomplished book." ( Sunday Telegraph on In the Dark)
"A virtuoso performance by Billingham." ( Daily Mail on In the Dark)
"Chilling.... A story with a twist that I guarantee even veteran crime fiction aficionados won't see coming." ( Evening Herald on In the Dark)

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Guilty ?

I had the murderer all wrong which annoyed me . The story is constructed well with plenty of distractions from the guilty. It is wrapped up well. A very satisfying murder mystery

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Save your money

I could not recommend this book. The story is incredible, the characters are wooden and incredible, and the narration does not improve matters.

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Didn't finish

Struggled with it, just wasn't my type of book. Narrative did not help. I could see it grabbing some readers who like group therapy.

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  • Margaret
  • 08-06-2016

So tedious I returned.

I adore Mark Billingham and was shocked by how bad this book was. I made it to Chapter 15 and threw in the towel. Dull with unsympathetic characters and virtually no action. Billingham's great narration couldn't save it.

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  • Kyle
  • 02-06-2016

Really liked this book, but...

I really got into the story - great characters and a riveting storyline! Wanted to give it 5 stars overall but the ending was too abrupt for me...needed better closure.

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  • Kirstine
  • 16-05-2016

Disappointingly tedious

Having enjoyed some of the previous novels by this author, I was disappointed by this book. It’s ponderously slow being dominated by long passages that sound like transcripts of what was said at group therapy sessions for addicts. Followed by hearing the resumé of each session by the therapist. There are hours of this navel-gazing presumably intended to flesh out the characters but I found it boring and irritating.

Most of the characters are battling an addiction of one kind or another. None are likeable and verge on caricatures. Buried in all this verbiage there’s a murder that eventually get’s hurriedly solved near the end of the book.

The narrator is very good giving each character a distinctive voice.

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  • James
  • 11-05-2016

Brilliant

Have listen to all of Mark's books, the best one so far this is his imperial bedroom or London's Calling.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-05-2016

great book

Would you consider the audio edition of Die of Shame to be better than the print version?

Yes , I love the different characters and the way they come across on audible

What was one of the most memorable moments of Die of Shame?

all of it

Which scene did you most enjoy?

every scene with Tony

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

believable

Any additional comments?

Great story , down to earth with a touch of humor , another great book by the author

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  • Simon
  • 06-05-2016

The Only Shame is That I’ve Finished it!

My first but definitely not my last by Mark Billingham. This is one of those books that simply resonated with me from the start. I don’t know if it was the quality of the writing, the excellent narration or indeed the story which is built upon the strong foundations of richly developed characters. Addiction is a tough subject to get right but this is a book that to me does just that. From the off the group and the characters involved with it are believable. The story is their story and is told with a clever “Then and Now” dual timeline where even the identity of the victim is kept tantalisingly close for a while before being revealed allowing the main story to develop.

This is a modern whodunit of some quality, the answers are not obvious and are cleverly revealed. Throughout the book the directions and pointers towards possible motives and suspects are cleverly done and never leave the bounds of credibility. The characters grow and interact to move the plot forwards until we reach what to me was a very satisfying conclusion.

I normally see it as a warning flag when the author narrates his own story but Billingham is most definitely both a reader and a writer and shows considerable skill in breathing life into his characters. This one is not quite my usual fayre but I have no hesitation recommending it!

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  • fairylady
  • 08-11-2016

great story but

I really enjoyed the book. but not the narration Mark doesn't do the story justice in my opinion. that being said it's definitely worth a listen

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  • David
  • 01-10-2016

Slow,painfully slow

I kept waiting for it to pickup. Stayed to the end absolutely no suspense. Disappointed

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  • Binyomin
  • 18-08-2016

Good story, disappointing end

I usually like this author. This story was pretty good but the ending was abrupt and inconclusive. Performance was decent enough. Glad though that it wasn't the first Billingham book I've tried!!

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  • Lulu M
  • 17-08-2016

Fabulous book, thoroughly enjoyed

Great crime story, keeps you guessing until the final twist. Lots of interesting characters. Have read a few books by same author and enjoyed them all. Also like that he narrates this himself, really brings the characters to life.

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  • Crime girl
  • 03-08-2016

another great story!

I love Mark's books and this one didn't disappoint, kept me interested right from the beginning

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  • Andrew L.
  • 01-12-2016

Not up to his usual standard.

The story was rather long and drawn out and while the twist was interesting and the building up of the plot clever, it didn't offset the feeling that there simply wasn't enough depth to entertain. I'm usually a big fan but this one could have been 30% shorter and provided more entertainment per chapter.

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