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No Good Reason

Series: The Dark Peak, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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Detective Sanne Jensen (not blonde, not tall, definitely not Scandinavian) and Dr. Meg Fielding (scruffy, scatterbrained, prone to swearing at patients) are lifelong best friends, sharing the same deprived background and occasionally the same bed. When a violent kidnapping stuns the Peak District village of Rowlee, both women become involved in the case.

As Sanne and her colleagues in East Derbyshire Special Ops search for the culprit, and Meg fights to keep his victim alive, a shocking discovery turns the investigation on its head. With the clock ticking, Sanne and Meg find themselves pushed closer by a crime that threatens to tear everything apart.

©2015 Cari Hunter (P)2017 Bold Strokes Books Inc

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  • Amy
  • 08-08-2017

excellent and engaging.

absolutely became absorbed in this story. feeling for all the characters. they grow wonderfully through this dark and monstrous case. can't wait to listen to the next one. but might need a break first because no good reason was very intense.
The narration was spot on. loved it.

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  • Donna
  • 11-06-2017

YA?

I got tickled as this book rolled along - I wondered who would play the girls' parts in the movie- maybe the young Shirley Temple and Haley Mills? (yes, I am older) This book started well, promises of good plot and serious police work. But there were so many side trips into character development ( except the victim's) that the grist of what could have been a very good book didn't quite make it. Hopefully the author will buckle down, get a good editor and produce more books in what could be a good series. Worth the cost for a light read with better to come.

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  • Tanya
  • 06-05-2017

Outstanding!

Wow. Well written. Hits all the spots. storyline. emotion. lesbians. a real timeline.
And the narrator was fantastic. One of the best I've listened to actually.

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  • Ann Townsend
  • 19-03-2017

Seriously, LOTS of Room for a Series

You know what I like about Cari Hunter's characters -- other than the way Nicola Victoria Vincent narrates them? The characters are this blend of serious, funny, cheeky, strong women. The characters aren't a blend of some formula.... I can see the rescue worker in Snowbound interacting with Meg in this book, No Good Reason. I can see Sane (Sah'nah) hanging out with Alex from Desolation Point.

I like Nelson well enough, but if Alex and Sarah ended up in North Umberland for peace and quiet of rural England, and Alex chose to get back on the horse as a copper under Eleanor.

Then, were Alex to be partnered with Sane or Sane and Nelson, that'd be just fine with me. American and U.K. police work combined.... THEN all they'd need is a nice portion of Irish and Scottish lasses for the culmination. That'd be cool. Great righting! Cheers!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-2019

i love it

number 1 I absolutely love the story I love the mystery and the characters that are very easy to love some of them are assholes so I love that about



2 I'll guess I'll start with number 2 with kept throwing me off for the story and this is my sound stupid to whatever but it was never a mention of her service what I know it's a stupid thing but when I do know you be a cop store you know they can even though they carry guns a cop carry guns and carry guns but it was never mentioned what side of her body she carried her service weapon was it in on the left was on the right was in her lower back that she wear shoulder holster for none of that I just be kept throwing me out of the flow one dangerous situations Came Upon her and.

let match go to got her gun like that why didn't she do that or put yourself in the position with no cops and detectives are trained to draw their weapons very fast as fast as they humanly possibly can in order to stop or make the no suspect hesitate a lot of incidents throughout this book.

where her hurt her in her partner should have been drawing the weapon for caution or at least put their hands on it and put them in this position where they can draw it but it was never mentioned about the gun or even like if there was a one-sheet preferred or what is a silver weapon the same one we have here United States of America or do they use different types of models gun for London England law enforcement so there was just that just kept popping up and it was just like damn service weapon so without going on deep into that like I said it did get me out of the moment for a minute but it was still enjoyable to read


3 okay so this will be a talking about the case the case was fantastic I did not I kind of recognized the first twist after they caught the first suspect and you know things after that sort of kind of feeling place but I did not expect the other Twist on all of the case that did happen I also was expecting but there were so many twists in this case that I didn't see coming I won't spoil it because I never know a new reading might come along and do what I do re comments into being spoiled so again I'm not going to spoil it for anyone in the future to read but you know they were just the case was just really good it was really put together it was from beginning to end you know you never this the characters.

never stopped working on a case that never stopped talkin about the case if followed them home and it followed her home and it just it always invaded her life completely all of their lives there be no schedule got messed up there sleeping habits we came by their eating habits you know some of them hell she didn't even eat so like you can really see the realness of that and I actually enjoyed that very much just that she made it very realistic made it very human for these being a man and woman to go out here and do what they do and then she showed you the side effects of what they do and how that affects them on a daily basis even with a tough case like this one so I thought that was really



4 the romantic relationship between the two male to female characters is there an interesting it's a very interesting Dynamic most of my LGBT stories pretty much out of his own format with either you know a Butch carbs in a feminine you know character to go with it and enjoy the nice twist that she done here you know that the character is not the tallest it's not the strongest detective may not be the smartest but what she has she makes up for it she's athletic I mean you run 8 miles in your very athletic very good shape but she did she's not she doesn't stand out too much as far as like people talking about her looks, that happens a lot in the LGBT story I guess in the stories which I'm cool with that I enjoy those stories very much with the butch in the aspect of it those are my go-to stories anyway so but I enjoy this relationship is right off the bat feel the chemistry between both of these women and it was very fascinating from the reader mannerisms there the history is fascinating to me their childhood and how after all these years he's wanted managed to now and still be friends and rely on each other.

but they're on that borderline where they want to be something more and is afraid to cross that line because they're free to lose one another when I enjoy the relationship with the you know the male character where are the characters that she have I think her relationship with her partner is a very special one he has her back she has his and it shows you know he respects her because she earned his respect and heat he knows if she's good at what she does so I really enjoy their Dynamic to and you can see the respect that people have one another you know that's my thought on that it's



5 detective lady I guess you could say if you're going here thinking that she going to be some version of detective Rizzoli smash with Xena kind of story that's not what this is about I'm not saying she's got a badass in her own right because she is up with their approach to her and how she does her job is definitely different from what Rizzoli would do what she does have connections with like Rizzoli word or Olivia Benson where she connects with the victim she felt for these women and she wanted to bring Justice to those who wanted to find it so she got very attached to this case and wanted to solve it to the point where she was doing some things that was not healthy for her they had the car should be reminded at hey look you only human he got to step back and got to relax and come after some fresh eyes so.


I thought that was very similar to how Olivia does things how Rizzoli handle certain cases that really touched her in in both TV shows but this this character is our own character She Doesn't Remind me of no Olivia or Rizzoli anyway it just that there was little bit of things I did pop them into my head so if that's what you're thinking is death to have his own twists like I said she's not the tallest she's not the strongest but what she does have she makes up for those attributes and I think it's nothing is pretty cool for that


5 character development and growth I think was done very well he'll even the bad guys were developing away where you like damn that just sick you know like he got issues so it was fastening to see that this is the very driven plot story is very focus on the characters the job how that job affects the people around them in themselves and I think she did it really job she made you feel for these women that were hurt and victimized by the by this bad guy and she made you feel for the good guys because they're trying so hard but they're coming up with nothing and like I said before it was just really good to see England London is definitely a part of the story I've never been there I'm from the United States born and raised so coming into the store was difficult for me the lingo and the way they talk to one another culture all that stuff is different for me so when I bought this the first time it was hard for me to read it because again I'm not from there I don't understand most of it.

I felt like I was missing the meaning behind a lot of certain words that was sad because I'm not used to them being said that way but outside of that you still easy for me to keep up with everything and to appreciate the work that was done it raining and also the voice actor that the read the book did an amazing job I loved her accent I love the fact that she was able to change her voice from man and woman and I was able to tell between it if the person was a smoker she was able to kind of mimic what a smoker voice would sound like so I thought that was just like really good on that what's truly and more I read


now the girls childhood backstory is definitely interesting they come from poverty they come from broken homes I won't go into too much detail cuz some of it is kind of for shouting and on about where they come from and how hard they work to get to where they are I know the second book will go a little bit into family relationship with them and who they're hopefully still close to who are not close to but I love the fact that these girls was able these women I'm sorry it was able to stay friends throughout their whole entire childhood to adulthood and kind of got like one foot in one foot out and they're committing to their fact that they are in love with each other or the fact that they want a real relationship either one another so I look forward to seeing that too I want to go ahead and bought book 2 and 3 I do hope maybe they'll be able for in the future I will look forward to reading something like that outside of that thank you very much for the story I appreciate it you're amazing writer

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  • 'Nathan
  • 10-05-2018

Atmospheric Dark Thriller Performed Perfectly

This was fantastic. First off, the setting of the mystery—the Peak District—lived and breathed as part of the story. Fans of setting-centered mysteries will adore that facet of this book. I cannot tell you how amazingly immersive this was, and especially having grown up in the north of England, it was like walking back in time, frankly. I picked this up after a recent visit to the very area in question, (I even took a walk along the Peaks).

The set-up begins with the discovery of a woman who has escaped capture, only to fall among the treacherous geography of the area. Detective Sanne Jensen and Dr. Meg Fielding are our heroines, and their characterization peels back in onion layers, piece by piece. They've been friends since their rocky childhoods, and sometimes more than that, but neither is willing to quite risk more than their odd, not-quite-defined partnership of support, caring, and—yes—sometimes sex. The relationship between the two women carries as much of the story as the hunt for the sadistic bastard still at large.

This dark story doesn't hold back any punches, many of which land squarely on the chins of the main characters. I really enjoyed this aspect: by the end of the novel, both characters are crossing the finish line mentally and/or physically drained, and that felt real.

I should mention I listened to this on audiobook, and I say that because the audio performer was sheer bloody perfection. Nicola Victoria Vincent blew me away. Accents, characterization, cadence, and pacing? Every step of the way, her performance had me drawn completely into the narrative. It's always a joy to listen to an audiobook done well, but it's even better to find an audio performer who is so good I'm bookmarking all of their other work.

I'll be picking up the next Dark Peak audiobook right away.

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  • Stacy
  • 16-11-2017

Fabulous series, fabulous narration!

These books transported me to northern England. I loved all of the characters and this was a good ending to the story. Keep writing Cari.

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  • Catrice
  • 20-10-2017

review

this was a really good book I love it that it had mystery and suspense -a little with not just the hole relationship and sex taking over the story

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  • LadyReadsalot
  • 29-08-2017

Wow...thriller...mystery...romance!

Great story that covers all the bases with a spot on narrator! Worth the price of a credit...looking forward to rest of the series.

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  • DB
  • 07-07-2017

Wowsa

What made the experience of listening to No Good Reason the most enjoyable?

My first British murder mystery and I loved it. Great humor, lovely relationship, good angst. Pretty perfect all the way around.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Edge of my seat but not full throttle adrenaline until the end, as it should be. Great character development which made it even more enjoyable.

What does Nicola Victoria Vincent bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I read all the Harry Potter books and they were fun but I got so much more out of the story when I listened to Jim Dale perform them. Same in this case.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

So worth the time and financial commitment.

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  • Roni Ochsner
  • 25-06-2017

narrator was awesome

the book was good but not awesome. I wish there was more hot scenes with sana and Meg. what happened to the victims were very vague but maybe for the best. you def didn't know who the perp was until the end.

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  • Claire
  • 26-12-2017

As good as reading it yourself!

I've read the book twice myself and chose it as my first audio book for a long car journey. The narrator was great and was able to individualise each character with subtle accent changes, being a Northerner it was lovely to hear the accents were correct and not overdone. Well done Cari for writing a superb story and Victoria for doing it justice! Next in the series is ready for my long drive back home!

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  • Niki Lorna
  • 08-10-2017

<br />Excellent!.

Best audio book in some time. Brought alive by Nicola Vinent. Highly recommended if you like crime .

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  • Desmond
  • 12-08-2017

Brilliant Crime story

Loved this story. A gripping crime story with just the right amount of sex, violence, humour and pace to make the story interesting and the listener to want to find out more of what is going on. Have read a few this author's books, but this is certainly the best so far. Look forward to listening to the sequel! The narration is very good to, can almost hear Cari Hunter's voice in this, especially when the characters swear...lol!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-07-2017

I cried so hard.

I'm not sure I want to hear another story like this. It was heartbreaking, but in both happy and sad ways. I think I'll need a month or so to recover from this story before I try another.

Some of the coincidences the story relied on stuck out a bit much - I know in real life coincidences do happen, but the one that wraps it all up strained my credulity a bit more than makes me comfortable.

In all, a good story, performed expertly.

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  • Bathos
  • 21-03-2017

Gripping thriller

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This is a really gripping thriller that had me hooked from the first and that I had to keep listening to, even though I'd already read the book. The characters are really likeable and you feel for them throughout. The story is a real rollercoaster of emotions.

The narrator did a great job with all the characters and accents. She's not someone I've listened to before but I'll certainly look forward to hearing her again. It's a great high quality recording.

Now I'm just hoping that the second book in the series is being recorded!

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  • robert
  • 22-04-2018

Naration dreadful - too fast

Having read a previous Cari/Cary Hunter book I looked forward to this one. However It was dreadful, dreadful, dreadful!!
It was so so full of cliche, A lesbian cop absolutely shouting the fact, a Lesbian Doctor doing the same by overdoing it - just appallingly dire.
What absolutely let this book down was the dreadful naration. It was delivered at a break neck speed making it feel rushed and lacking any depth because of this. Also naration without good character definition, very uncomfortable.
I couldn't continue with this book beyond chapter 6, because of the horribly fast narration and feel I have wasted, and lost, the money it cost to buy it.

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  • Katfinnuk
  • 05-09-2019

Couldn’t put it down.

A great listen, a great story and a great delivery. The accents were bob on for characters and the speed was just right. I did wish there was a 2-3 seconds pause between chapters to help press pause at right time. This is an enjoyable crime thriller with a smidge of wlw intimacy. Thanks from me.

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  • Mrs P Turner
  • 10-06-2019

Great characters, great narrator

I enjoyed this book as the characters were well devolved and I particularly enjoyed the narration. The voices fitted the characters perfectly. Now looking for more by this author

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  • Bookworm
  • 16-12-2018

Stunning

I have had the ebook since 2016 and have read it countless times. The audible version brings this story to life and you can get the humour between Meg and Sanne.

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  • Joan Collins
  • 13-12-2018

Ok but not great

struggled to get into this book, felt very slow and non eventful but maybe I was expecting more of the police investigation side than relationship and medical side of the story. The narration was not great either which didn't help, for most of the time it felt flat/monotone. Overall a tad disappointing.