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The Body in the Marsh

DCI Craig Gillard, Book 1
Narrated by: Marston York
Series: DCI Craig Gillard, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife, Liz, goes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin.... To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard, who is drawn into the investigation. 

Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present? The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

©2017 Nick Louth (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Fairly good with some weaknesses

It was fairly long - so there’s a fair amount of “nothing really happens”. Some bits of humour here and there which I think is essential in a crime thriller so it’s not all “doom and gloom”. I took a star off purely for the unbelievably stupid actions of one character who did the equivalent of going into the basement alone to see where the spooky noise was coming from. I’m not sure how I feel about the main character. Basically he spent the entire book pining for a girlfriend he had 30 years ago for six weeks. I guessed who the guilty party was fairly early on but found the victim to be completely unlikeable so I didn’t care that they had died. The narration was excellent - he did a good job with all the various accents. I’ve bought the second book - I just hope the main character grows on me a bit more.

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  • Miriam Sabir
  • 28-10-2018

Exceptional

I listen to many British police procedurals and this is one of the best. From the research to the narration, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • John
  • 13-11-2018

Tight...Taut...Terrific...Trust Me...!!!

Why oh why isn’t there another of this authors books available at present from Audible beyond me... while I figured out fairly soon what the outcome would be,.. I was still gripped throughout.. great read,.. great ride..

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  • Karenique
  • 16-03-2019

Finally! An extraordinary murder mystery after recent disappointments

Wow! An exhilarating thriller incorporates two murder cases with a twisted ending I never expected, though a bit over-the-top at the very end. Looking forward to the next book in this series. Great writing and narration! Recommended. You won’t be sorry; well worth the credit.

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  • Charles Laughlin
  • 23-12-2018

Excellent Police Procedural/Mystery

I read dozens of mysteries a year, and this is one of the best I have read in years. The characters are well fleshed out and compelling. The plot is a superb whodoneit. And the narrator is perfect.

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  • jlbedford
  • 18-02-2019

One of the best I've "read" in a while!

This was a great listen! The characters were interesting and the police procedures detailed but believable. The plot kept me guessing, although I did figure it out before all was revealed in the book. I highly recommend.

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  • MC
  • 06-08-2018

Clever

This is an excellent book. Worth a credit, very well written. I understand a second in the series will be coming out soon. Can’t wait.

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  • sally earl
  • 05-01-2019

Brilliant

First time I’ve read this author and I can’t wait for more now. I hope there are more Gillard books. This one kept me guessing til nearly the end which I loved. Very cleverly written plot and the narrator is great.

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  • Ann
  • 29-11-2018

WORTH THE PURCHASE

Even though the listener to the audiobook "The Body in the Marsh" figures out who done it fairly quickly, the how and why remain a mystery until the end. An intricate plot and great narration make this an excellent listen.

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  • Nancy T Mayfield
  • 06-02-2019

Please put more of Nicks' books on audio!!!!

Kept my interest and great narrator. Didn't want book to end. Especially when I noted that none of his other books on audio!!! Just when I find a mystery writer I like audible disappoints!!!

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  • Joe Bledsoe
  • 16-03-2019

No cliff hanger!

If you like a mystery that you can solve immediately and the good guys struggle with for another 9 hours, you’ll like this book. The author beats you over the head with the obvious conclusion for most of the book, but our intrepid heroes can’t figure it out until the last few pages. Pretty irritating.

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  • TrudyW
  • 23-08-2018

Loved this book

You know when you don’t want a book to end, well this for me was one of those books. Well you do want it to end because you are really curious as to the outcome. This was a well researched book with a great story. The narration was second to none and very enjoyable. Nick Louth is now on my list of favourite authors. The story is complex and I don’t want to go into it in depth frightened of giving too much away, well worth a read

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  • Andie
  • 28-11-2018

Good plot

It is a long book and at times you may lose track of who is who. Unfortunately I realised the twist and called it really early in the book. I still enjoyed listening to it so I can get confirmation of my suspicions. Very well researched so I cannot fault any part of it.

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  • Judith
  • 13-01-2019

Makes you want to find out how!

This was a new author to me and I quite enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. I knew what had happened very early on, just couldn’t work out how it had been achieved. In that sense it kept me reading until the end.

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  • Maureen
  • 06-11-2019

Started off well...

Loved the first part of the book, characters were interesting, as was the story, but my attention flagged in the second half due to the plot being too convoluted and drawn out. Disappointing, since the book had all the elements of a great story. I'm about to read the second in the series though, hoping for better second time around.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-12-2018

Spellbinding

Unforeseen twists and turns. Excellent and exciting. Very little vulgar language which was a blessing. I am truly fed up with vulgar books. This one proves there can be all that is expected from a first class novel WITHOUT resorting to graphic sexual scenes or vile language. Well done Mr Louth. Looking forward to reading more from you.

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  • Mrs CJ
  • 11-11-2019

What a complicated story!

I did guess quite early on where the main plot was heading, but that didn’t spoil my enjoyment because I really couldn’t work out how it was done. The secondary strand about Child F, was also a good plot. The fly in the ointment for me was the narrator’s not very credible estuary-style voices for most of the police. Highly recommended.

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  • Val McWilliam
  • 01-03-2019

Good read

Enjoyable read, I did work out what was happening fairly early on but that didn’t detract much from the story

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  • JW Opyr
  • 08-02-2019

This is the book that never ends

Figured it out in chapter two, but by God it goes on for another ten hours.

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  • Susan
  • 27-04-2019

Brilliant with one small irritating fault.

Very detailed and interesting story. Although I really liked listening to Marston York when reading narrative, I found his S.E. accent for male and female characters dreadful. I come from this area and the accent was far too exaggerated and jarred on my nerves. He also went up an octave which made the 'hard man South London' accent sound puny and almost laughable. Neither was there any differentiation between one character and another and so I got confused as to who was meant to be speaking.This also applied between male and female characters too! If I ignored this problem, I found it to be a great read.

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  • Beeab
  • 05-12-2018

Guessed it pretty much as soon as first clue laid down

Very well read but way too obvious. And lots of soft exist undertones throughout sadly.

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