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His Third Victim

Narrated by: Tim Bentinck
Series: DI Matt Brindle, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A brand-new stand-alone detective mystery from number one best-selling author Helen H. Durrant.

A man is shot dead, and his body is dumped on the moors. His arm is stamped with the Chinese symbol for 'sorry'. There have been five unsolved murders with the same hallmark. The police can’t find any motive or connection between the victims.  

Bella Richards was close to the murdered man. She lives with her five-year-old son and has begun a new life in the local area. But although clearly grief-stricken, she is not telling the police everything she knows.  

Detective Talbot Dyson wants his most trusted inspector on the case. But DI Matt Brindle is out of action. He was badly injured and his sergeant was killed in a criminal ambush. He is drawn into the investigation and must decide whether he wants to go to back to his old life.  

What is the real connection between the victims, and who will be next?  

This is a detective mystery full of twists and turns, with a stunning edge-of-your-seat ending.  

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell or Mark Billingham, you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.

©2017 Helen Durrant (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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This was an ok read. Nothing out of the ordinary. I like the narrator except for his child voice. Yes it was ok. But still looking for something better

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  • June
  • 28-12-2018

Great story, great characters, great narrator

I love Tim Bentinck's voice because I'm an Archer's addict, so I decided to give this title a try. It is a great story with interesting characters. The gruesome details are 'sketched' without getting too ugly. I enjoyed getting in on the beginning of a great law enforcement partnership. I hope this team comes back.

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  • Trish R.
  • 10-01-2020

Decent book, only barely decent narration..

I picked one that I thought was the killer BUT I was wrong! I wasn’t even close to who it really was. However, this was a really good murder mystery. Jeez, there were 6 or 7 murders. This guy was a whacko. It was a good storyline, but it was kinda boring too. That could have been the narrator, though. No romance and no F-bomb. As to the narration: Tim Bentinck just read the book. No emotions whatsoever. His female voices were not very good either.

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  • Simon
  • 21-10-2018

Durrant's Secret Series!

As I finished this I felt I had enjoyed the book but was disappointed because some story arcs that were given significance just disappeared without getting resolved by the end. As, at the time of writing, Audible are describing this as a stand-alone book so that and the slightly flat ending had me feeling short-changed. However, this is apparently actually the start of a series of books with the second one already out in written form so assuming Audible persist with it my concern about the "missing pieces" should subside. It is a short book that delivers an enjoyable detective fiction adventure with the prime character having the unique dilemma of trying to choose between police work and the renovation of his family home which he would like to open as a tourist attraction to save the family's ailing finances. There are some genuine weaknesses in the story though, for example, the killer's rationale for eliminating some people didn't make sense and would have had the opposite effect to what he intended. Tim Bentnick's narration is definitely a highlight, he has a lot of authentic (to me as a Southerner!) character voices though he is probably best with the older characters. The story itself has some clever touches, it never hits the high notes of say a classic Rankin or similar but it is very enjoyable and if Audible do persist with the series then those "missing pieces" will likely tempt me back.

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  • LJ Cassidy
  • 18-08-2019

A great start to the series!

DI Matt Brindle is still suffering after his last case ended up with his partner dead and him seriously injured. He’s sure he’s done with the police but he’s drawn back in after Alan Fisher, a man he knew is found dead at the hands of a serial killer no less! They’ve been after this killer for months dubbed ‘the Mr Apology killer’ but they’ve got no leads and no idea who he could be. Bella Richards was the last one to see Alan Fisher alive but she’s not tell them the whole truth. Will Matt get to the bottom of it before the killer strikes again? So I really enjoyed the second book in this series so I was interested to see how the audio version of the first held up. Now I’m not one for audiobooks, in fact this only the second I’ve ever listened to but I’ve been suffering from terrible headaches recently and this was perfect to close my eyes and lose myself in. His Third Victim was a really gripping police procedural with plenty of shocks and surprises along the way. Matt is a great character, damaged yet you just can’t help warming to him. Even though he grew up in a manor house, he’s down to earth and not stuck up like his mother. My only issue with the narration was the fact I felt it may have been better if there were two narrators, one for the male voices and one for the female. Not that the narrator did a bad job, but it just didn’t sound quite right when he was doing the female voices. I hope there will be more from Matt Brindle in the future!

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  • Street
  • 16-11-2019

Superb

This is a superb story, well written and with misleading clues all the way through the second book is being started later today.

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  • annie21
  • 13-07-2019

brilliant book expected nothing else from Helen

brilliant book down to earth characters fast paced story didn't know the baddie till end

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  • Amber34
  • 24-06-2019

Disappointing

This book was my first audible experience. I didn't make it to the end. I didn't enjoy the narration - using a simpering voice for the female characters was totally unappealing save made me cringe. This prickly played a significant role in me not taking to the characters. The story was rather weak and I felt rather predictable. Gave up at chapter 31

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-05-2020

excellent

really good book, the narrator was brilliant and enthusiastic. it is well worth reading/listening to

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  • Diane Walmsley
  • 11-05-2020

excellent

A super listen, the problem i had was that this should have been the first book in the series and i read them the wrong way so knew lots of the social storyline, The plot twists and turns were brilliant and had me guessing till the very end

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  • P1977
  • 14-03-2020

Hilariously bad!

Worth listening to for the utterly ridiculous plot, which goes from implausible to downright bonkers. An added treat is Tim Bentink’s comedy voices - as though he recognised a daft novel and thought he might as well exploit the nonsense. The Bella character is awful and I was hoping she would be murdered but I won’t spoil things by revealing the outcome. Buy it for the laughs - not if you want a decent story. It smacks of very, very bad juvenile teenage writing. If a twelve year-old wrote it, I apologise to them and say well done for trying but read better literature before you try writing yourself again. Oh, and thanks for the laughs.

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  • daisyrock
  • 30-11-2019

Fair to middling

On the plus side, I liked the main character, Detective Brindle, and I liked his stately-home-owning background. I also liked the many different suspects offered up for us to ponder. Also, it's narrated by 'David Archer'. On the minus side, I did guess the baddie fairly early on. Also, 'David Archer' can't do women's voices. They all sound about 100 years old and/or simple minded. Not a bad listen, but maybe not a writer or narrator I will try again.