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Publisher's Summary

Penitent is the ninth stand-alone murder mystery in this best-selling series. When the known stalker of a young woman is arrested for her murder, it should be an open-and-shut case for DI Charlie West.

A woman is found bludgeoned to death in a swimming pool. A pensioner who disappeared many moons ago turns up out of the blue. A cockeyed boxer has more success outside the ring than in it. What connects these events may be the clue DI Charlie West is looking for to solve the latest murder on her patch. But just when West has a likely suspect in custody, Munro returns to the scene - his enforced repose having done little to dent his appetite for the finer and richer things in life - with an oblique angle on the case. Has West got it right, or will the investigation have to start from square one?

©2019 Pete Brassett (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • Laura
  • 07-01-2021

Charlie West

I have read a few Munro books and enjoyed them but, oh dear, listening to this has been painful. The appalling accent and inflection given to Charlie’s speech has completely distracted me from the story. No one anywhere in England speaks anything like that. If it sounds like anything at all, which I doubt, it maybe has a bit of South African. I can’t possibly face listening to another one and will stick to reading them.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 29-12-2020

Quite interesting story 3.5 stars really

This is a pretty good story, albeit a short one, which knocks off a star for me because I prefer all of my 'reads' and 'listens' to be longer but I'd still give it 3.5 so I rounded it up to 4 rather than down to 3

This is a series that would suit people who prefer no foul language, it was kind of amusing to listen to retired DI Murphy shouting ''Jumping Jehoshephat' and DC Dougal exclaiming ''Jeezo''.

The author does seem to be extremely fond of similes, my favourite being 'as confused as a chameleon in a bowl of skittles' ... makes me chuckle just to imagine. The comedic similes together with the interplay between the team make for quite a charming little story (but a tad too short).

The crime is secondary to the story really, but it's a pretty basic one, the investigaton is the convoluted part, but the team get it solved in less than six hours listening time so that's pretty good going.

The narrator is a different story, he's not terrible but he's not good either, his characterisation of DI West is abominable though, and he has some very strange pronunciations for quite a few words and that's not a Scottish thing, it's a Neil Macgillivray thing. He doesn't exactly ruin the book nor does he improve it in any way. Angus King would be a much better choice.

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