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Publisher's Summary

She couldn't believe that he wanted to meet her. He was famous. She was a nobody. Finally, someone could see how special she was....

When the body of a teenage girl is found in a London hotel, DI Patrick Lennon is mystified. Nobody saw her or her killer enter the hotel, and there is no apparent motive - until a second teenager is found and Lennon realises somebody is targeting fans of the world's biggest boy band.

As Lennon struggles with both his home life and his rivals on the force, the pressure to catch the killer before he strikes again reaches fever pitch. And when Lennon makes a terrible mistake that ends in disaster, he finds himself in a race to save not only the lives of more teenage girls but also his own career.

Exploring the darkest depths of the entertainment industry and the terrifying dangers of social media, The Blissfully Dead is a new masterclass in tension from the #1 bestselling authors of From the Cradle.

©2015 Louise Voss & Mark Edwards. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Heart stopping suspense!

I loved this book as it grabbed my attention immediately. I couldn't put it down until I had finished it. The end had me chewing my nails.

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Another great read

Another good read. looking forward to the next book in the series.
Well written characters keep the reader's interest all the way through.

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  • Chickincharge
  • 12-05-2016

Blissfully Surprised

What did you love best about The Blissfully Dead?

I thought the overall story line was going to be boring and too teenage like, but I was delightfully surprised. I liked and was intrigued by all the twists & turns.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Carmella's character. She was a strong woman who added a great deal of character to the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I couldn't stop listening to this book!!!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Lia
  • 03-03-2018

Fantastic Listen

The second in the DI Patrick Lennon and Carmella series. An exciting and fast moving thriller about the dangers of social media and young girls. Although if the behavior of friends and neighbors is any example, social media can be pretty damaging to persons of any age.

It broke my heart to see how easily these young girls were misled into believing that a person they could only fantasise (in reality), about could want to meet them in out of the way places...and alone...of course.

I found the part about the boy band interesting as well. My knowledge of the music industry is more of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, so I was interested to learn that these young men apparently didn't even know one another before becoming a band from some talent show. The characters of the manager, promoter and various hangers-on were familiar though.

This book was more tightly written than the first one. Not so much wandering about lost. The characters are real and believable with good back stories and interesting relationships.

Simon Mattacks was outstanding with the delivery of the story

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Paula
  • 24-07-2016

Great Mystery, Great Police Procedural!

Don't hesitate to grab this one when you can -- it is a very good mystery which gives way to a very good account of police procedures. As others have noted, the violence is horrifying, but sadly, it is real world, part of the world we live in. While it is a book for mystery lovers first and foremost, it is also a story about on-line danger, on-line bullying and mental illness. That made it an even better listen. The narration was very good and I simply enjoyed it throughout.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • brian
  • 24-05-2016

Thank you Mark, Louise and Simon!

nice read, compelling. fantastic voice performance really polished a 5 karat story into 10! thanks

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  • J. Kromrie
  • 16-06-2016

thoroughly enjoy these police procedurals

Perfect author combo as u get clever mysteries with engaging stories, and I dare u to guess "who done it".

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  • Wayne
  • 14-05-2016

Wonderful suspense/psychological thriller!

First, the narrator: This may be the first audiobook British actor has narrated. Darn, he is incredibly good!

The Blissfully Dead is the second Detective Inspector Patrick Lennon novel that British authors Mark Edwards and Louis Voss have co-written. The first was From the Cradle which I reviewed earlier. The Blissfully Dead is about teen girls who go crazy on social media about a a popular boy band. The girls' disagreements and one-upmanship with each other lead to a series of murders with severe torture.

This is a great suspense and psychological thriller.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • nkmunicado
  • 05-07-2016

Narrator Gives Star Performance

Would you listen to The Blissfully Dead again? Why?

No, but that isn't a poor reflection on the book/story. There are simply too many books, too little time. I want to read more and other books.

Have you listened to any of Simon Mattacks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard Mattacks before, but I was truly amazed at his performance, even early on in the story. Actually, it's the narration that compelled me to even submit the review. Mattacks flowed seamlessly between Patrick's British accent to Carmella's lyrical Irish. Just as impressive, even as a male reader, his timing, phrasing and inflection so perfectly captured the bantering chatter of teenage girls, and the one teenage boy character - without making radical and unnatural sounding shifts in his own voice. It wasn't necessary to speak in an affectedly lower or higher tone to represent any of the characters. The expressive capacity of his voice successfully conveyed the right context anyway. In a word - stunning. I'm new to Audible, but I had some sense that a narrator could make or break the book. If I had read it myself, I wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly as much.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

if it were possible yes. On the other hand, there were enough twists in the story, it would have exhausted me to think through it all in a single sitting.

Any additional comments?

I love a good story with a riveting plot. But I'll always check out the narrator.

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  • C. S.
  • 04-07-2016

Good story.

Good story. Getting into some interesting areas of society. Too much sex though.
Good narrator.

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  • KimReads
  • 04-08-2017

SEX, DRUGS, & ROCK-N-ROLL

I am a fan of D.I. Lennon and will most likely download the next one when it's available. I don't often give 5 stars and only give 4 when there are one or less "strikes" as I see it. A "strike", for me, is immediate and graphic sex, profuse profanity, and a main character I can't support. This book has more profanity than the first one did and that made it hard to listen to. There were so many sentences using the "f" word that it constituted 2 strikes. Otherwise, I enjoyed it.

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  • Dtmurphy1
  • 29-06-2016

Today's world

At first I was afraid I stumbled into a young adult novel but was pleased that it was an adult point of view on young adults world. Having a teenaged daughter, this story captured their world. I enjoyed the young characters and felt the use of social media and Internet was spot on. It's interesting to see how it can affect our young people. The narrator was excellent.

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  • Emma
  • 26-11-2015

Hooked from start!

I was so keen to keep hearing this story that every moment that wasn't filled was taken up with listening to my audiobook. I really enjoyed the narrator, the pace of the book and the storyline was really clever. Recommended...

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  • Ann D
  • 02-04-2016

Excellent!

Any additional comments?

This is a really well written and unusual story. The characters are very well drawn. I love DCI Patrick Lennon, a very human, flawed and likeable character. This is the second in a series of books featuring Lennon. The authors say there will be more. I do wish the other 4 books by Edwards and Voss would be produced in audio format.

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  • Susan Random
  • 20-01-2016

The Blissfully Dead

This, the first Voss and Edwards collaboration I've listened to, but the fifth one penned by Edwards was a compelling and engrossing story. Set amongst the world of teenagers, boybands, fan fiction and technology it provided an excellent insight into that would for a middle-aged fuddy duddy such as myself.

DI Patrick Lennon returns - a man haunted by past events and seeking answers. A girl gets murdered in affluent Kingston-upon-Thames; she's a huge fan of the boyband du jour 'On Target' and regularly posts on their official forum and pens fan fiction. This leads to a series of events: are any On Target fans in danger?

This book, although corny in places 'he was wearing jeans which must have cost at least £180.' and slightly repetitive (references to Patrick's tattoos and love of the indie band 'The Cure') didn't detract from the fact that this was a darn good thriller. It was very moreish and Ioved it.

The narrator was fabulous too - extremely versatile and performed a convincing array of accents. I am now going to seek more Edwards and Voss material. Recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-06-2017

The boy band mystery

as I listen when I'm walking the dog, the story has to engage me from the start. this delivered.

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  • Johanna
  • 17-04-2017

Best I have heard in a long time, Great book

What did you like most about The Blissfully Dead?

I enjoyed this book immensely. I found the characters, story and narration superb.
From one suspect to the next, I was absorbed from start to finish. This is a great book
And the best I have heard in a very long time.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were very good, I could visualize them clearly and have empathy with them.
The murders are very absorbing and shocking. The suspect changes, from one to the other and in all cases, believable.

Have you listened to any of Simon Mattacks’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, I have not heard Simon Mattacks before, but he is really outstanding. I usually hate readers trying accents, I would rather imagine it myself, but Simon's character and accent changes are brilliant.

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

I do not want to ruin the story for others, but, the murder of one of the team is really gripping.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book every free chance I got, Authors, Narration performance, fantastic. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Sheila Harvey
  • 17-04-2017

Well worth reading

A very powerful story! another good Detective book, more please from these two Authors soon!

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  • Michael Doury
  • 13-12-2016

A very modern story

Very contemporary ticking what seems to be publishers current must contain boxes. A flawed male detective with an intuitive female assistant, from the regions. Innocent young people lured by the evil ways of others on the internet. The wonder of the music business (boy bands) And the world of celebrities. In spite of the story being well read I could not bring myself to believe or care about any of the characters or what happens to them.

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  • Benny
  • 06-05-2018

Held my attention.

I was literally grabbed by this book, just could not bear to switch off.

Particularly appreciated (one of) the authors message at the end, it was no mean feat to create a story as they did and maintain the continuity so seamlessly. Shall look for their other creations.

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  • MISS TERRI L JONES
  • 02-02-2018

another page Turner!!

once again I'm am gripped by the twists and turns of Lennon and his team...
I can not wait to read the next book :)

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  • JillyB
  • 25-12-2017

Not sure at first

When I first started reading it it seemed too close to the first book, however as it developed I really got to like it. And obtaining audible through Kindle Unlimited is an excellent way of getting extra books! Will undoubtedly try number 3!