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Publisher's Summary

Young Tom French was found dead, lying in a marsh on the Norfolk coast, with his head bashed in and his binoculars still around his neck. One of the best birders in England, Tom had put the village of Rushy on the birdwatching map. Everyone liked him. Or did they?
George Palmer-Jones, an elderly birdwatcher who decided quietly to look into the brutal crime, discovered mixed feelings aplenty. But as he and his fellow "twitchers" flocked from Norfolk to Scotland to the Scilly Isles in response to rumours of rare sightings, George - with help from his lovely wife, Molly - gradually discerned the true markings of a killer. All he had to do was prove it...before the murderer struck again.
©1986 © Ann Cleeves (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd
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2 out of 5 stars
By Penelope on 11-28-16


Would you try another book from Ann Cleeves and/or Seán Barrett?

Love Ann Cleeves writing, particularly the Shetland Series.
But the narration here by Sean Barrett is paralysingly boring and monotonous. It adds nothing to the book.
Great is you want a bedtime book - this one won't keep you awake.
I will always look forward to an Ann Cleeves book but will wait until an alternative narrator is used or buy the ebook instead.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Mostly relief that it was over. The narration did nothing to build suspense or intrigue, or even interest to keep one guessing.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Seán Barrett?

Someone who can bring themselves to get involved in the story.
Simon Vance, Simon Prebble, George Guidall, Kenny Blyth, Davina Porter or Jonathan Keeble ...... So many wonderful narrators to choose from!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. Not Ann Cleeves best book but that could have been less obvious with a different narrator perhaps.

Any additional comments?

It is disappointing when a narrator seems uninterested in the book, but as I haven't anything else in my library read by Mr Barrett I can't judge whether this is his usual style, that is, calm and quiet, or if it was just the book he couldn't raise an interest in.
Buy the ebook and read it yourself.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 04-04-15

Gripping until the ending

Have you ever read one of those Agatha Christie novels where you try really hard to work with the detective only for a snippet of information to arrive from Somerset house, transforming our understanding of events?
So it is with this book. It is a good listen, but when all is 'revealed' I felt cheated by the deceptive presentation of one character. It made the resolution seem random.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Christine Helfrich on 06-17-17

Better at high playback speed

I enjoy Ann Cleeves' other series and I might enjoy this series more if I was the interested in birds. I found the plodding pace of the narrator difficult until I turned playback up to 1.25x.

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