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A gruesome exhibit. A gallery of death. Can Inspector Drake stop the killer before he demonstrates his ghoulish skills again?

When the dead body of a woman is found on public display, the murder scene bears all the hallmarks of a famous work of art. DI Ian Drake knows he is dealing with a very creative and intelligent killer - one who enjoys having their work showcased for all to see.

As more murders take place, each copying a famous work of art, Drake faces a murderer who always seems to be one step ahead. And when one of the suspects is revealed to be his own brother, the pressure mounts. This case just got very personal.

The art world is small, but the murderer's ego is too big to hide forever. Drake knows he is getting closer to unmasking the culprit, but can he stop the killer before their grand finale - and a very public murder?

Can he catch the killer and avert more deaths?

Dead on Your Feet is the fourth book in the dynamic Inspector Drake crime series. If you like police procedurals, clever mysteries, and gripping thrillers, then you’ll love Stephen Puleston’s Ian Drake novels.

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Loving this series

I am really enjoying the series. Inspector Drake is a very believable character with a few quirks that make him very human.

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 14-11-2019

Best book in the series, just keeps getting better

The review explains the storyline. DCI Drake suffers from OCD. I like authors who trust their readers. He did not insult our intelligence by explaining his characters. Little mannerisms are scattered throughout the book reminding us of his condition but no explanation needed, we know our detective. Two new detectives are added to the team, both quite adequately replaced the two who moved on. Drake's personal family problems are scattered throughout, making him human, but once again the author does not waste time rewriting explanations the fan of the series already knows. Good mystery, great ending.

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  • Christine
  • 17-08-2020

Story needs more suspects

I wish the author would have added 20 more suspects so I could have justified buying my own white board to keep track of them all. The highlight however was the narration. Seldom will you laugh so much listening to a murder mystery. The narrator had great fun with female voices.

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  • Jan M
  • 17-10-2019

DCI Drake

Dead on Your Feet by Stephen Puleston pulled me in immediately. I love the British mysteries, and this series is so well done. I like how the character of DCI Drake has progressed over the books, but find each book to be a standalone listen. This story seems darker than some, but very compelling. I had not figured out the killer, so kudos to the author. Richard Elfyn brings the characters to life with his distinguishable voices for the characters. I really enjoy his performance. This is a great British thriller and I highly recommend it.

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  • Denise Dunham
  • 02-09-2019

Not one of his best...

why must all of the women sound in thier dotage? The story was a bit bland.

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  • NM
  • 20-10-2019

Didn’t quite hit the spot this time

Hmmmm...not sure I’d listen to another Drake instalment on audible. Can’t quite put my finger on why. Having read the first three, which I thoroughly enjoyed and don’t get me wrong I liked this one too, however, it did not have the impact of the others. A clever story line but a little long drawn out for my liking. Sorry.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 21-04-2020

Plenty of artsy suspects

Note: Even though this is Book 4 in the series, it works as a stand alone. Drake continues to astonish. I just love this series. I was a little worried that the tale wouldn’t be the same without his sidekick (who was on maternity leave), but the plot and characters all still worked well. He has to balance his personal life with his work life and that is tough in the best of times. His wife Sian and him are having a trial separation, and his young daughters Megan and Helen live with their mother. Toss in a surprise relative, and Drake is in deep water. He flounders on the family front but I still root for him. Meanwhile, the police have a clever killer on their hands, someone who is using shock value and social media video clips, which puts the police under a huge amount of stress. I loved the mess of artsy suspects in play and the maniacal killer’s reasons for doing as he did. It was a delicious, twisted mystery for Drake and his team to solve. Sara is Drake’s new partner and she’s always neat and tidy. She’s also clever and I think Drake will be letting her handle more on her own as the series progresses. She’s quick to pick things up. Meanwhile, Lynette, another new addition to the team, is working with the other guy…. I always forget his name. He’s oblivious & usually says insensitive things. In this tale, he is also a bit lazy not treating his assigned tasks with the attention they deserve. And that leaves an opportunity for Lynette to shine – and she does. All together, it was a very good addition to the story. I love the bits of Welsh and how the British police make it work with the Welsh population. 5/5 stars. The Narration: Richard Elfyn is just such a joy to listen to. He has done this series justice with each and every book and this one is no exception. Elfyn nails Drake’s voice. All his voices are distinct and his female voices are feminine. His voice for Lynette was a little rough on my ears but perhaps she is supposed to have a slightly grating voice? The recording is perfect – no technical errors. 4.75/5 stars. I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 01-03-2020

Murder in the art world.

This was another enjoyable listen from Stephen Puleston. It didn't matter that I had jumped from #3 to #5, missing out #4 - Drake's relationship status is a little different, but otherwise he's the same thorough police officer, dealing with his personal issues in his own inimitable fashion. Again the narration was by the excellent Richard Elfyn, with his wonderful Welsh accent, saving me from murdering the names of the places and mispronouncing the characters. This murder case had art as its theme, a rare bonus for me; I think I have only read one other novel centred around art and I loved that one too. The murder victims are presented to represent a famous art installation, such as Tracy Emin's Unmade Bed. Drake and his new sidekick, DS Sara Morgan, must find a motive amongst several suspects within the local art world, before more bodies are found. I liked DS Sara Morgan, she was a good foil for Drake, unlike her predecessor, who I found too much of a stark opposite. Drake also begins to learn of the hidden life of his recently deceased father, and is introduced to an unknown half brother. He continues to struggle with the separation from his wife and daughters, a sad fatality of the life of a dedicated police officer. I'm sure this series is excellent in book form, but I am finding the narration adds another level to the novels and I'm looking forward to the next episode.

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  • Carol B
  • 17-10-2019

A Great Listen

Inspector Drake novel the one that suffers from OCD and is very meticulous and is now separated from his wife but still sees his 2 girls when he has the chance, and now a new case is another one of those where he promises one thing and cannot commit, and the girls suffer yet again, and this case does have him stumped as it's quite a gruesome murder and the murderer as shown this as an art exhibition, like a painting. As always they do not stop at one and each murder is exhibited as works of art The killer does have him running around and frustrated but slowly and methodically Drake gets there in the end. On a personal note, I do not think this was one of Puleston's best works but still, a good read/listen, Listening instead of reading is a good experience and the narrator Richard Elfyn was superb

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  • Angie
  • 16-10-2019

Enjoyable

I found this crime story fast paced and exciting. This is the second book in the series I have listened to and will be downloading the other books. I enjoy the main character and like seeing how he juggles solving crimes, his broken marriage and spending time with his daughters.

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  • jhanami
  • 16-10-2019

Great series, wonderful narration!

This is the fourth instalment in a series that goes from strength to strength and probably my favourite so far. DCI Drake is doing much better without his wife who I never really warmed to, the murders are gruesome and sinister, the story is as ever cleverly plotted and well paced and the whole thing is simply one of my favourite crime series on audio - Richard Elfyn does wonderful accents, but especially his soft Welsh lilt is beautiful to listen to and gives the story a wonderful sense of place and atmosphere. Excellent stuff!

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  • TerryHeth
  • 11-10-2019

Fab book to listen or read

DI Drake is 1 of my favourite Male characters. He’s grumpy to a point or set in his ways I should say. He like things just right, his ocd over runs him at times but he’s an interesting guy & his wife really doesn’t get him. For a police officers wife she’s not very patient about his job or hours. The story is really good, a gruesome serial killer is loose & is placing victims as art pieces. Drake knows this murderer isn’t like others he’s faced & the hunt is on. Fab book to listen or read.

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 09-10-2019

The best in the series

The fourth book in the DI Ian Drake series and the best so far. The characters are growing in substance with each book. Drake has a new work partner, Sara who does not know his idiosyncrasies but his OCD seems much more manageable now he has separated from his wife. A body is found on display - exhibited in a shop window. As more murders are committed it becomes clear that they are copying famous works of art and DI Drake delves into the bohemian art world looking for the killer. A great story, I listed to the audio version and the narrator was superb.

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  • Steven
  • 30-09-2019

another cracker

Dead on your feet is the 4th Inspector Drake novel I've read on audio and this series goes from strength to strength. In this installment, Drake and his team are on the hunt for a serial killer who is enacting pieces of modern art as part of the crime scene. I've really warmed to the character of Ian Drake over these books and, as well as this gruesome case, he's got a lot going on in his private life with his separation from his wife and, as part of this story, finding out he has a half brother who finds himself slap in the middle of the murder investigation. Drakes team has also undergone something of a shakeup with a new sergant and ditective constable joining and I think both of these characters add some interesting tentions in the team of ditectives. as I always do with these books, I must end by congratulating the narrator, Richard Elfyn who delivers yet another first class performance. I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Lindsay
  • 19-09-2019

Claustrophobic and dark story

I enjoyed this book and being set in and around Wales made my day although a few times I did question if I sound like that when I talk lol. However it was beautifully narrated and a really in-depth story which I really enjoyed as the book started to feel claustrophobic as the team got more desperate to solve the case and I really liked that as it felt like clever writing. The story is about a serial killer who is placing bodies out to look like works of art. This killer wants to world to celebrate how talented they are and needs to be stopped.

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