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A young woman's body is discovered on a deserted footpath.
It seems like a simple crime for DCI Sophie Allen and her team to solve. But not when the victim's mother is found strangled the next morning. The case grows more complex as DCI Sophie Allen discovers that the victims had secret histories involving violence and intimidation. There's an obvious suspect, but Detective Allen isn't convinced. Could someone else be lurking in the shadows, someone savagely violent, looking for warped revenge?
Dark Crimes is the first in a series of detective thrillers featuring DCI Sophie Allen, head of the newly formed Violent Crime Unit in Dorset. She is pushed to the limit in her first major case as the team's head.
©2016 Michael Hambling (P)2016 Tantor
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By Donna J. Shaw on 12-24-16

Good for a first outing.

I love to read a good mystery so that I can puzzle out whodunit. In this case the mystery isn't whodunit, it's how to catch him. A good police procedural, but I was hoping for more of a puzzle.

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By Andy C McNiece on 02-28-17

Almost Too Good to be True

What made the experience of listening to Dark Crimes the most enjoyable?

It was a very good crime procedural. Seems to have an inside view.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Plot was fairly complicated but came together well.

Which character – as performed by Cat Gould – was your favorite?

Sophie Allen is the lead and she is very good. But she is almost too good to be true. I always need some flaws in my heroes.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Although I did not listen to it in one sitting I could have easily done so.

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By Jeff Pinnock on 05-21-17

Good police procedural poor narration

The story was quite good the Aussie version of speech was out of context I would not buy another book by this author unless the narrater was changed The Aussie rising interorgative

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By smac902 on 01-23-17

Terrible Narration

Good story but the narrator made it sound as though Dorset had been completely overrun by antipodeans. Very distracting and reduced the overall enjoyment, instead of becoming wrapped up in what was being said I ended up focusing on how it was being said. I had intended to listen to subsequent books in the series but as they have the same narrator I don't think I can face the irritation.

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