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  • A Midlands Crime Thriller Series
  • By: Sally Rigby
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Detective Sebastian Clifford, Books 1-3

By: Sally Rigby
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
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The first three crime thrillers in the Detective Sebastian Clifford series together in a single collection for the first time.

Web of Lies, Book 1

A trail of secrets. A dangerous discovery. A deadly turn.

Police officer Sebastian Clifford never planned on becoming a private investigator. But when a scandal leads to the disbandment of his London-based special squad, he finds himself out of a job. That is until his cousin calls on him to investigate her husband's high-profile death and prove that it wasn't a suicide.

Clifford's reluctant to get involved, but the more he digs, the more evidence he finds. With his ability to remember everything he's ever seen, he's the perfect person to untangle the layers of deceit.

He meets Detective Constable Bird, an underutilized detective at Market Harborough's police force, who refuses to give him access to the records he's requested unless he allows her to help with the investigation. Clifford isn't thrilled. The last time he worked as part of a team it ended his career. But with time running out, Clifford is out of options. Together they must wade through the web of lies in the hope that they'll find the truth before it kills them.

Speak No Evil, Book 2

What happens when someone's too scared to speak?

Ex-police officer Sebastian Clifford had decided to limit his work as a private investigator, until Detective Constable Bird, aka Birdie, asks for his help.

Twelve months ago a young girl was abandoned on the streets of Market Harborough in shocking circumstances. Since then the child has barely spoken. With the police unable to trace her identity, they've given up. The social services team in charge of the case worries that the child has an intellectual disability, but Birdie and her aunt—who's fostering the little girl—disagree. They believe she's gifted and intelligent, but something bad happened and she's living in constant fear.

Clifford trusts Birdie's instinct, and together they work to find out who the girl is so she can be freed from the past. But as secrets are uncovered, the pair realize it's not just the child who's in danger...

Never Too Late, Book 3

A vicious attack. A dirty secret... and a chance for justice.

Ex-police officer Sebastian Clifford is quickly finding that life as a private investigator is never quiet. His doors have only been open a few weeks when DCI Whitney Walker approaches him to investigate the brutal attack that left her older brother, Rob, with irreversible brain damage.

For nearly twenty-five years, Rob had no memory of that night, but lately, things are coming back to him. Whitney's worried that her brother might–once again–be in danger.

Clifford knows only too well what it's like to be haunted by the past, so he agrees to help. But the deeper he digs, the more secrets he uncovers, and soon he discovers that Rob's not the only one in danger.

©2023 Sally Rigby (P)2023 Podium Audio

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Interesting story and great narration

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Brilliant dialogue and narration

Brilliant collection 100% entertainment and no nasty stuff. Looking forward to the next editions. Very good value

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A great read

What better way to introduce a series than by offering a 3-1 deal interesting characters, great storylines & a good British accent for narration which suited the series . Will definitely be buying the next ones.
MORE 3-1 introductions Audible well done :-)

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Great listen

Story line very good, narrated brilliantly. Fantastic to have all three parts together. Hopefully there will be more to come.

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  • 08-11-2023

Loved them

Fun books with enough twists and turns to make them a fun listen and to keep
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  • T Beck
  • 19-02-2024

A bit … middling

Overall this was a little corny, trite. A story can be wholesome but still have depth, but this was strangely cutesy, lacking credibility. And the language and themes became repetitive lacking creativity, like the repeated use of the word “damn” by several characters. The narration was unconvincing though well articulated. I like more depth in my fiction, both in narration and story, so moving on to another author instead.

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  • 15-02-2024

Entertaining and wholesome

I appreciate the character development. The plots were easy to follow and held interest.

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  • Remington Foster
  • 24-01-2024

Love it!

Well plotted casual listening. I love this set of characters and the narration is perfect.

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  • Jeanne C
  • 20-12-2023

Great plot and charactera


Very good narrator and an intriguing series. I enjoyed the the plotting and feel like you get a good sense of the characters.

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  • Olympia1010
  • 20-02-2024

Great 3 Volume Set!

After listening to a few dull books in this genre by other authors I decided to take a chance on this set. What a refreshing experience it was! All the elements are here. Strong stories that moved at the right pace, characters unexpectedly interesting, making for a compelling listen. But what brings it all together and takes it to another level is the stellar narrator who tells the story and makes the characters real. Especially the two main characters, Seb and Birdie.

The good thing is, there are more books in this series, and the next one is already downloaded in my Audible library ready to be started.

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  • Jeannette Matelot Green
  • 04-11-2023

Implausible characters

I thought the stories were good but couldn’t take to the aggressive nature of Birdie. Politeness is not a word in her vocabulary. I couldn’t imagine Seb wanting to share a business with her. Too many Brunei accents for something set in Market Harborough. Seb seemed to be the only character who understood policing. Twiggy was being given an award for hearing a noise in a warehouse they were searching!! The Birdy being late wax beginning to wear a big thin. I might try another book without Birdy!

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  • BJB
  • 26-10-2023

Books 1-3, a veritable feast

I downloaded this audible set of the first 3 books in the series as it was included for free, and very glad I did.
Three really entertaining and plausible stories all read by the exceptional Jonathan Keeble, my favourite narrator.
I will be downloading more of this series.

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  • booky
  • 28-12-2023

Good story but ridiculous lack of policing knowledge

Honestly if you’re going to write a book(s) involving a lot of police procedure you really should do some research. The ridiculousness of it spoilt a reasonable story & puts me off bothering with any more.

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  • Georgina A. Bloss
  • 08-11-2023

Great story, terrible accents

Like all previous comments, speaking as someone brought up in the Leicestershire area the constant use of a Birmingham accent grated but not enough to completely put me off the story. Three books in one - great value

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  • Silver Fox
  • 19-12-2023

Terrific narration

Interesting plots and characters brought to life by excellent narration. Looking forward to the next volume.

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  • vicki
  • 14-12-2023

New series,little waffle.

Enjoyed this new series, usual police/detective storyline. Not violent, easy listen plot lines work , not farcical. By having the first three books in the series helped in that character’s development / sub storyline flowed. Will be sticking to this series, would recommend to listeners of DS Cross books.
Yes narrator’s accent may have been off at times , not enough to ruin listening, pleasant change to hear the increase pace and tone at appropriate times.

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  • Jamie Klingler
  • 20-02-2024

Felt paint by numbers

The stories are okay and run their course but not the least bit challenging as a reader. I’ll never think of them as soon as I am done reading

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  • Christina
  • 16-02-2024

I loved this trilogy

I really enjoyed these books having previously read Sally Rigby’s Cavendish and Walker series. Wonderful characters, interesting plots and some old familiar friends in there. Excellent narration by Jonathan Keeble.

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  • Dub4747
  • 16-02-2024

Great value for money getting 3 books in 1

Really enjoyed all three books and getting 3 for the price of 1 is brilliant value! Love Birdy and Seb as character so looking forward to more books about them.

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  • Ms C.
  • 09-02-2024

Really enjoyable

Loved the chemistry between the characters Sebastian and Birdie the stories and the narrator were excellent I look forward to listening to more books in the series

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