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The Body in the Marsh

DCI Craig Gillard, Book 1
Narrated by: Marston York
Length: 12 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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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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  • Karen Ross
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Melissa
  • 23-01-2019

Satisfying puzzle, wraps up nicely

This was a totally enjoyable police procedural. Many new wrinkles based on current science. The narrator's style fit the personality of the main detective, and he was good at representing other characters. I enjoyed the plot and its twists as the several lines of investigation moved along. I could nit-pick about a few character inconsistencies, but I had just too much fun listening to worry about them very much. Looking forward to more from this author and narrator.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Judy Lovelock
  • 06-02-2019

What a Brilliant story

Well I'm amazed by the way the story unfolds. all the time keeping up the suspence, and a brilliant turn of events to give the final twist

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  • Hanrattyblack
  • 08-05-2019

Interesting, but too long and drawn out

This story took a long time to get going (for me), but I eventually got hooked into the plot - even though I found said plot rather far fetched.
I liked the drawn out ending as, by then, I’d become more interested in what happened to the characters.
I would rate the narrator a good average as some of the accents were a bit iffy, but the emphasis and timing seemed okay.
The whole story came across as rather old fashioned, even though it was mostly set in 2016.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • mollyeyre
  • 23-11-2018

Not for me

I really didn't like the way this was written, first of all, I got hung up on the poor sentence structure: A man was mentioned and in the brief description it was mention that he had an earring in his left ear called 'Joe Bloggs' ( I cannot remember the actual name). I also was aware of the plot long before it was revealed.
Overall I found the whole thing 'clunky'. The narrator was really awful, his voices and accents were painful to hear.

I won't be looking for anything more from this author, nor the narrator.

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  • Gen
  • 29-10-2018

Fantastic story and reader

Peopled with believable folk interesting ‘hero “ not really feet of clay but like us all a few flaws. The reader is excellent best for last run of books.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful