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Publisher's Summary

An unpopular victim. An impossible crime. A murderer on the loose.

A body is discovered deep in a cave beneath the Yorkshire Dales. Leading the investigation into the mysterious death are experienced DCI Jim Oldroyd and his partner DS Carter, a newcomer from London.

The deceased is Dave Atkins, well known throughout the village but not well liked. While there is no shortage of suspects, the details of the crime leave Oldroyd and Carter stumped. How did Atkins’s body end up in such a remote section of the cave? When someone with vital information turns up dead, it becomes clear that whoever is behind the murders will stop at nothing to conceal their tracks.

Oldroyd and his team try to uncover the truth, but every answer unearths a new set of questions. And as secrets and lies are exposed within the close-knit community, the mystery becomes deeper, darker and more complex than the caves below.

©2017, 2018 J. R. Ellis (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Boring

Felt more like reading a tourist brochure about Yorkshire than getting into a good gritty book. Had potential but was a just long winded and no suspense or anything. Really didn’t enjoy it.

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  • Panache
  • 12-08-2018

Fresh approach; great narration

I enjoyed this book enough to have ordered the 2nd in the series and plan to pre-order book three.

Author does splendid job developing the lead characters with quick efficiency. Narrator was superb.

This was a fun police procedural that introduces you to the limestone caves of Yorkshire. Police team is likeable and
collateral characters interesting.

Highly recommended,

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms Peach
  • 12-08-2018

Marvelous

This a wonderful novel. The mystery is intriguing. The characters are authentic. The plot moves at a good pace. The narration is excellent. I really enjoyed this mystery. These books would make a great tv series.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 11-09-2018

I hope the series improves

This was interesting enough. I have been reading a lot of UK country copper stories. The story was good but I felt the character of Andy Carter was very undeveloped. The DI was probably the best developed of all the cast of characters.

Andy's budding romance seemed to sprout up overnight. That seemed odd.

The descriptions of the potholes and the cave explorers were very interesting.

The narrator of the audiobook did a good job with the Yorkshire accents (at least to my uneducated ear) but he needs to work on his female voices.

I'll keep reading. First books in a series aren't always the best.

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  • Constance Jenkins
  • 11-08-2018

Well at least it was free...

I got this one from Amazon Unlimited, so at least I am not out the credit.

This was terrible. The narration was a hot mess. Character voices were inconsistent and so similar it was hard to track who was talking. The heavily accented voices were labored and very difficult to understand.

The writing was pedestrian. It wasn't, story-wise, the worst mystery I've ever encountered, but that is about the best I can say about it. The characters are flat and too many stereotypes. The plot was run of the mill.

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  • Mercy Phalen
  • 22-09-2018

Pretty Good Mystery

I enjoyed it. I could picture in my mind the caves and the development of the plot. Great mystery and characters.

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  • Jean
  • 19-09-2018

A Bit Overdone

An interesting setting and a good narrator. However, the author seemed to think it was necessary to carefully explain the motivations, feelings and back story of every character - instead of letting the dialogue and action speak for itself.

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  • Readaholic
  • 16-09-2018

A trip to The dales

Loved the descriptions and character development. No serial killers, psychopaths or unreliable narrators. Just a good old fashioned mystery with lots of clues as well as some dead ends.

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 13-09-2018

Glad I found this series

Nice British mystery. Classic style, can be heard by all ages, nothing offensive. Interesting characters, already purchased the next two.

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  • mary morrissey
  • 13-08-2018

Listen to sample before buying

I didn’t like the narrator but the story was ok
Don’t think I will get the next book

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  • tabitha
  • 16-08-2018

Rubbish accent

It might have been better to get someone who could actually do a Yorkshire accent!
Cringeworthy

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  • Gill
  • 05-09-2018

A Review From Yorkshire

This is a classic murder story in Agatha Christie style and follows the usual storyline. Never the less even though it was predictable the story works.
However the writing lacks sophistication. Sentences are often clunky and need rewriting and the sudden insert of swearing and crude language from time to time is stark and out of place with this gentle stroll through the Dales.
Finally as a Yorkshire girl, some of the accents were too board and pronunciation just wrong. It was often difficult to tell one character from another. The incomer from London often has a local accent!

So who would enjoy this? Not your maiden aunt or your young daughter. Not the office girl wanting a bit of action. Probably not any man. So perhaps a female middle aged murder mystery fan who can stand a bit of crudity.

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  • eileen regan
  • 01-09-2018

appaling narration

Dated stereotypes and really irritating narration. One dimensional characters lacking credibility. I struggle to comprehend how works like this get published.

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  • Mrs. Helen M. Herbert
  • 26-08-2018

Storyline spoilt by poor performance.

As a Yorkshire woman I was very disappointedly by this presentation.
The storyline of this book is good but several glaring inaccuracies put me off right from the start. Harrogate is not and has never been in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It has always been policed by North Yorkshire Police not West Yorkshire. The readers reading of dialect is appalling and all the characters speak with the same gravelly voice. I have listened to many Audible presentations but this is the worst one yet.

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  • P1977
  • 10-08-2018

Lesson learnt: ALWAYS listen to the sample.

The narration is h o r r i b l e! It’s rushed and tense, it lacks sensibility and is extremely off-putting. I really wish I hadn’t spent money on this. I managed about ten minutes before my head started to hurt with the tension caused by the narration.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Donna L.
  • 03-09-2018

What a terrible narrator!

This was a lesson in checking my library against the narrators name before buying. I have bought a few read by this performer and struggled my way through all of them....this was a step too far.

As a Lancastrian I felt deeply for anyone from Yorkshire having to listen to the appalling Yorkshire accents affected by this narrator. The doom laden delivery (making "would you like a cup tea" sound like the reading of a death warrant) and the ridiculous attempt at Yorkshire dialects (there are more than one!!) completely ruined this book.

It's time that Audible considered allowing subscribers to have 3 "returns" in a year. It would compensate for the producers of some books failing to tell their performers that they are not up to the job! I should add that I am not often moved to post a review but have done so twice in as many weeks. Both reviews have centred on the same issue - terrible narration and accents.

Oh and.....even the best of narration could not have rescued this book from being average at best.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Will Emslie
  • 12-09-2018

It wor passable

The narration is dreadful. Aside from the teller's inability to imitate a Yorkshire accent (n'er mind dialect, like) -- and pronouncing the town of Keighley "Keeley" is a mortal sin in us parts -- he renders every male voice in a rasping asperate state that sounds lyrengetic; and every female one sounds like a camp drag queen. I will never again entertain Mr Page as a narrator.

This isn't bad for a first novel. It's an entertaining crime mystery with scant originality. My enjoyment was enhanced by my own love of the Harrogate area and the dales; were it not for that, I doubt I would have made it to the end, though.

I believe J R Ellis shows promise and I will seek out his future work. I'll opt for the Kindle versions in future.

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  • D L Campion
  • 03-09-2018

Boring and predictable. Not enough context.

Really didn't enjoy it. Kept reading to see if there was a twist or something but was just disappointing.

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  • Joe Hodkinson
  • 28-08-2018

Very unexciting

It was well narrated, but a boring and uninteresting plot. Very disappointed in the book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful