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The Curator

Narrated by: John Banks
Series: Washington Poe, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's Christmas, and a serial killer is leaving displayed body parts all over Cumbria. A strange message is left at each scene: #BSC6.

Called in to investigate, the National Crime Agency's Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are faced with a case that makes no sense. Why were some victims anaesthetised, while others died in appalling agony? Why is their only suspect denying what they can irrefutably prove but admitting to things they weren't even aware of? And why did the victims all take the same two weeks off work three years earlier?

And when a disgraced FBI Agent gets in touch, things take an even darker turn. Because she doesn't think Poe is dealing with a serial killer at all; she thinks he's dealing with someone far, far worse - a man who calls himself the Curator.

And nothing will ever be the same again....

©2020 M. W. Craven (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Dark, sharp and compelling." (Peter James)

"A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent." (David Mark)

"Fantastic." (Martina Cole)

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Really disappointing

I found this story very ordinary. The characters also were weird with strange names and odd jobs. I wanted to like it and felt like I was pushing the story along hoping it would blossom. It didn’t. The cover of the book was so inticing but in the end a furfy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-2020

Awesome

Awesome author and narrator. Good storyline that keeps you on your toes. Lots of twists and turns. Love it!!!

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  • Matt
  • 09-06-2020

Absolutely Gripping

I say it again absolutely gripping. Not wanting to repeat myself, as with the last book I could not stop listening. Now that I am finished I have to go and find my darling wife who is very pissed off with me for ignoring her. But it was worth it.. ps. Thoroughly enjoyed “Why Sheep Don’t Shrink”

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  • Danny
  • 07-06-2020

Excellent as always

I normally like to go short and to the point with reviews. But honestly how can I make you understand how insanely good the Poe and Tilly saga is. It could be if well done one of the best series on tv ever in my opinion. Why no one isn't snapping this up, it blows my mind. The characters are thought of so well, the stories are just amazing. I will need to stop raving on, no surprise that Mr Craven gets another 5 shiny stars from me. He again had me on all hook and tenders, I applaud you sir 👏👏 ps the narration is as always the best !

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  • Sadie
  • 09-06-2020

Absolutely brilliant

John Banks' narration is excellent, he really brings the book to life. Poe & Tilly are back, and the wait has definitely been worth it. Tilly’s character is maturing whilst her adorable traits still remain, along with Poe’s dogged determination they make a brilliant team. Craven takes you on a twist and turn journey to find The Curator. It is fast paced, enthralling and unlike most crime novels the ending is completely unpredictable. A definite must listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-06-2020

Totally Absorbing

Love the Washington Tilly relationship. Thought it would get boring the third time around but this is not the case. The scientific /technological unravelling of the evidence kept my attention to the very end. Narrator is spot on. Listen and enjoy

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  • Jo
  • 21-06-2020

Awesome!

Third in this series and the best so far! I absolutely love the characters and the relationships between them...don’t think about it...just get this!!

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  • MRS HG CHURCHILL
  • 15-06-2020

Fantastic!

It is a must to have experienced in the earlier stories to be able to fully appreciate this one. Great storyline and characterisation. A job exceptionally well done!

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  • mollyeyre
  • 04-06-2020

Excellent

Great story, well drawn characters with nice friendships. Our Washington is a trifle out of order on occasions, but somehow one 'forgives' him because he been 'driven to take the actions' I really enjoyed this, I just love Tilly,!

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  • Marion G.
  • 03-10-2020

Raced through this

Cracking good story which I should have reviewed earlier because I could have written more now. However, this will have to do. Just settle down and enjoy

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  • Jobi
  • 17-09-2020

Keeps you gripped!

Love Washington Poe. such a believable character. This story is even better than the previous one. The fabulous narration immerses you into the story. John Banks has done a great job of characterising the voices. The twist at the end was a shocker! Its an intelligent, well thought out book. Lots of interesting facts in there too. Very enjoyable! Hoping there's another book in the series soon!

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  • catlady
  • 12-09-2020

Poe & Tilly are back! Much more like Book 1

I Loved Book 1 - my very first dip into crime fiction books, having been a fan of crime tv and films for decades - just loved it. I felt that Book 2 was for me, rushed, full of plot holes and Meh. Book 3 - and WOW , Poe and Tilly are back! This is the intricate, plot twisting, mind fizzing, exciting read ( listen) that had inspired me after book 1, to go off and listen to many more crime novels. The only thing I would say, that i personally was not keen on in this book, was the structure, it was structured like a television programme - there was the ... and then it picked up , and then again the ... and then it picked up elsewhere, exactly like a television programme going into an advert break, it was so strange,as I do listen to programmes ( being partially sighted) and it struck me how much the book sounded like a tv programme in its structure. However, forget about that, and onto the book itself; the plot is once again edge of your seat, except for the aforementioned breaks, the characters are again given more depth and colour, the story is mesmerising and there are a few of those woohoo bits where you are so entrenched in the character to root for them - something i felt sorely lacking in book 2. This book - well, I listened to it in one sitting - the whole thing, it was so amazing ( there were of course comfort breaks as it is a long story, but I refused to do anything or be distracted by anything until it finished) and then I was sitting on the edge of my seat and thought, bum, I have to wait for the next one! And I do sincerely hope there is a next one, I have comitted to these characters because they are just so well written, it is an absolute joy to hear about them. The narrator is also, amazing, his dialects were challenged in this installment, and he exceeded expectations. I really do reccomend starting at Book 1, you won't miss anything if you skip book 2 in my personal opinion, as the salient points are discussed in book 3 briefly. The narrator has a soothing voice, that slides between characters effortlessly. In book one I found his female voices odd, a bit squeaky, but I was actually glad to hear them this time, and I think now, I could not hear Tilly's voice any differently. A great combination of book and Narrator, and I would highly recommend this book to any crime fans, but even though I would give a pass to book 2, I would highly recommend reading at least book 1 before this one, to help with the characters, but also because it is a brilliant book, and a wonderful audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-08-2020

Gut churning excellence....again.

I wasn't sure at first but as always be the end i just wanted to start again. Brilliant.