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The is the first of the series I've listened to. (Only two others are available as audiobooks.) For the most part, it is self-contained, although there are times when it would have helped to have read some of the earlier books in order to flesh out the main characters. DCI Tom Caton is an admirable DCI, with seemingly few of the flaws that usually characterize protagonist detectives. Much of the color is associated with his primary assistant, He is about to marry Kate, a criminal profiler, who is four or five months pregnant with their child. There is quite a lot of time spent on character development and office politics, as one might expect in a police procedural. The story itself is not very exciting except near the very end. Not a bad read, but nothing to write home about.
The narrator, Michael Troughton, was adequate, and did give different characters different voices or accents. What was really annoying were the many telephone conversations, which the production handles poorly. The remote person was given a much diminished voice, very tinny and difficult to hear and understand. When I turned up the volume in order to make the person audible, then the person nearby is far too loud and distorted. Audible ought to exercise better quality control.
It seems this series is self-published, and, compared with most others of that type, the writing is pretty good. I doubt however that I'll be reading others.
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The book would be better with a different narrator. Michael Troughton is dreadful at characterisation, he made the main character sound patronising and some of the character voices sounded so odd and so similar to one another that it spoiled the book.
The plot is okay, rather contrived unconvincing but a good enough story.
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